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Tourists Queue to See Fischer’s Grave

Tourists have been visiting the grave of former chess master Bobby Fischer at Laugardælir, just outside of Selfoss, in Southwest Iceland in increasing numbers.

chess-board_pkPhoto by Páll Kjartansson.

Visitors have reportedly complained about queues to see the grave, as well as the lack of souvenirs on offer in the area, Morgunblaðið reports.

Despite its growing popularity, local resident Halldór Þórarinsson says the site should not be developed for tourism, stating that Fischer chose his final resting place because it is peaceful.

Fischer passed away in Iceland in January, 2008.

Fisher had faced extradition from Japan to the United States after defying a US boycott and playing Spassky in the former Yugoslavia. He moved to Iceland when he was granted Icelandic citizenship in 2005, and passed away three years later.


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