Daily Archives: September 1, 2012

Fischer dethrones Soviet champ to give U.S. first world chess title 40 years ago this hour (1972)

Video: 'Bobby Fischer - The match with Spassky'

(Friday, September 1, 1972, 12:50 p.m. local time) — Bobby Fischer won the world chess championship today at the Laugardalshöll arena in Reykjavík, Iceland without moving a pawn. He became America’s first world titleholder when Boris Spassky resigned by telephone in the 21st game, his position analyzed as hopeless.