Searching For Bobby Fischer in Iceland

Bobby FischerWhen traveling to new places, I research the areas we’ll be visiting on a variety of sites to find things to see and do.

One of my favorite sites is Atlas Obscura. Atlas Obscura claims to be, “the definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders.” I’d agree with their claim as on the site we’ve found lots of interesting and off the beaten path things to visit over the years.

During our visit to Iceland, we came across a somewhat bizarre attraction that I wanted to check out as long as it wasn’t really out of the way.

As some of you may know, Bobby Fischer is probably one of the most famous chess players in the world. While I don’t follow or play chess, whenever I hear his name I think of the movie, Searching For Bobby Fischer.

I’ve never seen the movie but figured it would be fun to go on our very own search for Bobby Fischer in Iceland.

I wondered what brought Bobby Fischer to Iceland.

On  Atlas Obscura I learned that, “facing criminal charges in the U.S. for tax evasion and playing in sanctioned countries,  including a rematch with Spassky in the former Yugoslavia (Fischer won), he eventually found refuge in Iceland.”After visiting the incredible Kerid Crater, we went on our search for Bobby Fischer. The grave was around 15 minutes away in Laugardælakirkja.

We didn’t have an exact address but we were able to find the Grave of Bobby Fischer in Google Maps. The area was very quiet, so we took our time looking for the church.

When we arrived, the gate was closed and nobody was around. I walked up to the gate and it opened right up.Close to the entrance we found the grave of Robert James Fischer.

The search is over!

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