By Helgi Olafsson
|On March 24, 2005, a small airplane with Bobby Fischer on board landed at Reykjavik Airport. the coming in Iceland of the previous international Chess Champion was once front-page information worldwide. In a ploy to loose him from legal in Japan the Icelandic Parliament had granted the yank Icelandic citizenship. Fischer have been arrested in Tokyo whilst the united states warrant stuck up with him that was once issued after he had violated American sanctions opposed to the previous Yugoslavia by way of enjoying a arguable fit opposed to Boris Spassky.
Icelandic chess grandmaster Helgi Olafsson was once 15 12 months previous in 1972, while in a sensational fit in his domestic kingdom Bobby Fischer beat Boris Spassky for the area name. Breathlessly, Helgi had the fit and attended a few video games within the taking part in corridor in Reykjavik. while thirty-three years later his formative years hero was once arrested in Tokyo, Olafsson grew to become one of many participants of the Committee to unfastened Bobby Fischer.
Now Fischer again to Iceland, a rustic he was once by no means to go away back until eventually his dying on January 17, 2008. Olafsson and Fischer built a special friendship. numerous hours they spent jointly, they noted chess, approximately existence, made journeys, performed video games, rejoiced, and quarrelled. Bobby Fischer Comes domestic tells the tale in their complex friendship and paints an intimate portrait of the final years of the fellow who many see because the maximum chess participant that ever lived.
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