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Chess champ Fischer wants to take up Iceland asylum offer

[JURIST] Iceland has offered a residency permit to Bobby Fisher, the US chess champion now detained in Japan and wanted for extradition to the US who beat Russian Boris Spassky in a famous international chess match in Reykyavik in 1972. Fischer accepted the offer Friday, although it's still unclear whether he'll be allowed to take it up. Fischer is wanted in the US for illegally playing a re-match against Spassky in Yugoslavia in 1993, when it was under international sanctions. He has been in detention in Japan since July, when he tried to board a plane to the Philippines using an invalid passport. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has more. FreeBobbyFischer.net has background coverage and updates.

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