Iceland granted citizenship to Bobby Fischer

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On March 21, 2005, Iceland's parliament granted citizenship to US chess champion Bobby Fischer in a unanimous vote. Fischer had been detained in Japan and risked being deported to the US, where he was wanted for violating international sanctions due to playing a chess game in Yugoslavia. On March 23, 2005, Japan agreed to allow Fischer to go to Iceland. Fischer had become notorious for anti-American and anti-Semitic rhetoric late in his life. He died in Reykjavik in 2008.


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