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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Spassky-Fischer Chess Memorabilia Auction on June 14 in Copenhagen

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Hi everyone,

Bruun Rasmussen, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, are auctioning exceptional chess memorabilia on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the greatest chess match in history - Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer in Iceland in 1972. The documentary 'Bobby Fischer against the world' will also be screened in the auction room on the day of the sale, June 14th, from 1 pm to 2.30 pm. The chess memorabilia will be at auction at 5 pm as the first lot on the evening sale.

The greatest chess match in history took place in the summer of 1972, when the reigning Russian World Champion Boris Spassky (1937-) was challenged by the American Bobby Fischer (1943-2008). The venue was Arena Laugardalshöll in Reykjavik, Iceland, midway between Moscow and Washington, at the peak of the Cold War. Thus the match became a symbol of the political confrontation between the two superpowers. Bobby Fischer won the dramatic, hyper-exposed showdown in Reykjavik, making him the first American to win this prestigious title after W. Steinitz in 1886 (The 1st World Chess Champion).

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