3/10/2013 – Forty years after the legendary “Match of all Time” between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the late American champion, the hotel in which the two contestants stayed in 1972, Hotel Loftleidir (now Icelandair Reykjavik Hotel Natura) has enshrined the towering legacy of the match in a memorial exhibition. Press release and pictures.
Bobby Fischer’s Art of Chess corner opened at
Icelandair hotel Reykjavik Natura on his 70th anniversary
In 1972 the legendary World Chess Championship match between Bobby Fischer
of the United States and Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union, took place in
Reykjavík, Iceland. During the intervening decades, the contest has
assumed an almost mythological status and, having been voted by the BBC
as one of the ten most remarkable events of the 20th Century. Its title
“The Match of the Century” has morphed into “The Match
of all Time”.
Robert James (Bobby) Fischer was the first American to become official
World Chess Champion. His stunning triumph propelled him into the firmament
of chess lore and ended 24 years of Soviet domination of the World Chess
Championship. Some people even assert that Fischer’s epic victory
was the catalyzing event that led to the end of the Cold War and the fall
of the Soviet Union.
The towering legacy of this match is now enshrined in an exhibition on
the ground floor of the hotel where Bobby Fischer stayed during the event
– Hotel Loftleidir (now Icelandair Reykjavik Hotel Natura). Fragments
and artifacts of those radiant weeks in the summer of ’72 have been assembled
for this exhibit, the centerpiece being one of the chessboards that was
made specifically for the match.