One of the icons of the 20th Century Robert James Fischer, former world champion in chess, is dead. He is considered to be one of the most gifted chess players of all time and, despite his prolonged absence from competitive play, is still among the best known of all chess players.Fischer became World Chess Champion in Reykjavík Iceland in 1972.
Fischer became the US chess champion at only 14, the youngest in history. He became world champion after a victory over Spassky in 1972 following one of the most famous duels in chess. Fischer renounced the title in 1975 and played publicly only once against Spassky in Yugoslavia following his win.
Bobby Fischer became the world's youngest grandmaster in chess in 1959 at the age of 15. Icelandic grandmaster Fridrik Ólafsson said that there was no doubt that Fischer was the greatest chess player who ever lived.