Bobby Fischer, one of the great chess players of the last century, is dead, aged – what else? – 64.
The controversial former world chess champion, Bobby Fischer, has died in Iceland at the age of 64. The US-born player, who became famous for beating Cold War Soviet rival Boris Spassky in 1972, died of an unspecified illness, his spokesman said.
He was granted Icelandic citizenship in 2005 as a way to avoid being deported to the US.
“Controversial” is a very British way of saying that the guy was, at least in his latter years, a deranged, anti-Semitic loon.