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Fischer, outspoken ex-chess champion, dies of kidney failure

Updated: January 19, 2008, 12:06 AM ET
Associated Press

REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- "Chess," Bobby Fischer once said, "is life."

It was the chess master's tragedy that the messy, tawdry details of his life often overshadowed the sublime genius of his game.

Fischer, who has died at the age of 64, was a child prodigy, a teenage grandmaster and before age 30, a world champion who triumphed in a Cold War showdown with Soviet champion Boris Spassky.

But the last three decades of his life were ...

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