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Bobby Fischer Buried in Iceland at Private Ceremony

Former chess master Robert J. Fischer was buried at a private ceremony in the remote Laugardaelakirkjugardur graveyard in Hraungerdishreppur parish in southwest Iceland yesterday, according to his wishes.

Gardar Sverrisson of the RJF Group, the Bobby Fischer support group, confirmed the news for mbl.is.

The RJF Group had previously proposed Fischer be buried at Thingvellir national park and that part of his funeral be public.

Fischer’s fiancée Miyoko Watai, who arrived in Iceland on Sunday, and two of his nieces and nephews attended the ceremony.

The late chess master, who is originally from New York, became an Icelandic citizen on humanitarian grounds in 2005.

The RJF group helped set Fischer free from prison in Japan. He escaped the US after being charged for breaching an embargo against Yugoslavia by playing a match with Spassky there in 1992.

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