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Roger Grainger goes to Iceland!

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Roger Grainger will be visiting Iceland in February to see the geology of the island and, hopefully, the Northern lights if weather conditions are favourable. 

Roger will also be visiting the grave of Bobby Fischer at Selfoss.  Bobby Fischer was the World Chess Champion from 1972 to 1975.  Bobby died in 2008 on the island after spending three years there as a Citizen of Iceland following imprisonment in Japan after his American passport was withheld from him at Tokyo airport in 2005 meaning he could not travel anywhere apart from the USA at which point he would have been arrested for defying an order not to participate in any events in Yugoslavia. 

Bobby had played a rematch against Boris Spassky in Yugoslavia in 1992 and won again some 20 years after "The Match of the Century in Reykjavik, Iceland" when Bobby beat Boris in a highly charged atmosphere after losing the first game and failing to turn up for the second game! 

Roger is currently reading a book:  "Bobby Fischer Comes Home" by the Icelandic Grandmaster, Helgi Olafsson, who befriended Fischer in Iceland and discussed a lot of chess with him and helped him to survive happily in Reykjavik.   Roger is happy to lend the book to members after his return from Iceland and the website will report further on his trip.  We wish Roger and his wife, Sue, a safe and happy trip. 

For more information on Bobby Fischer this is his wikipedia entry:

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