After winning 20 straight matches in the 1970 Interzonal competition, Fischer faced the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky
in the 1972 World Championship in Iceland.
In what may easily be the most keenly awaited match in chess since the 1972 clash between the mercurial Bobby Fischer and the then world champion Boris Spassky
, Carlsen ( white) and Anand drew quickly in just 16 moves following a photographic repetition.
The Soviet's Boris Spassky
against America's Bobby Fischer.
ANSWERS: 1 Boris Spassky
; 2 The Don; 3 Sleepy or sleeping sickness; 4 Lloyd's of London; 5 Thomas Arne; 6 The Who; 7 The Royalist and the Parliamentarian
In 1972, when Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky
squared off in Reykjavik for the so-called Match of the Century, the Cold War analogy virtually wrote itself.
The thrilling tie-break was worthy of a tournament whose history also includes the historic 1972 clash in Reykjavik at the height of the Cold War between Bobby Fischer of the US and Soviet great Boris Spassky
The Spanish keeper, far too easily beaten by a shot so close to him, looked a major accomplice in a smash-and-grab act that came after the sides threatened to be involved in the biggest game of chess since Bobby Fischer met Boris Spassky
Garbus traces Fischer's humble beginnings, his rise to fame at age 14 after being crowned the youngest US champion, his legendary match with Soviet master Boris Spassky
in 1972, his gradual descent to paranoia, his sudden withdrawal from public life for 20 years and his reemergence in the early 1990s as an angry anti-Semite, a sentiment that later fed his anti-Americanism and subsequent exile.
AS a teenager, Bobby Fischer became one of the dominant forces in world chess, winning tournaments with dazzling skill that would eventually lead him to take the World Championship title from the Russian player Boris Spassky
. However, for all of his genius, Fischer was poorly equipped for life in the spotlight.
His career culminated in 1972, when he defeated the Soviet champion Boris Spassky
in a match that was seen as a symbolic Cold War victory.
It was like a game of chess but, as anyone who watches a lot of chess knows, there's only so much of it you can watch before you wish Garry Kasparov would shove a rook up Boris Spassky
where the sun don't shine.
Fischer became a Cold War hero in the US after he defeated Russia's Boris Spassky
in a 1972 chess game.
However, Petrosian's closest challenger throughout the 1960s was Boris Spassky
, who would wrest the world title off Petrosian in 1969 after a close-fought match ended 121/2-101/2.
In 1972, at the age of 29, in Reykjavik, Iceland, Fischer defeated Boris Spassky
and became the first American-born player to become international champion.