Sport: Nichevo No Longer

Before the "Super Bowl of Chess" began in Reykjavik, Iceland, there was one big imponderable: how would America's Bobby Fischer, the volatile, temperamental challenger, hold up emotionally in the long, best-of-24-games grind against Russia's Boris Spassky, the cool, deliberate champion? Fischer was quick to give an indication. Down 2 to 0 in games, he not only came back to win the third game but seemed actually to mellow in the process. "I've never seen Bobby in such a friendly, purring mood," said Fred Cramer, Fischer's representative from the U.S. Chess Federation. After negotiating...