Sport: Sputtering Start

After a week of petulant demands and infuriating delays, U.S. Grand Master Bobby Fischer, 29, finally showed up in Reykjavik, Iceland, for his best-of-24-game match with World Champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union (TIME, July 17). But he was still bellyaching. He griped about the lights and the chessboard at Reykjavik's Sports Hall, and he ordered his own $500 swivel chair to be air-freighted from the U.S. Even after the start of the first game —for which he arrived seven minutes late—he staged a 35-minute walkout because, he said, he was distracted by an almost invisible camera 150 ft. away.


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