• The Drama of Fischer vs. Spassky

Questions remain about the events of July 1972, when the match was twice close to collapse at its very start. First, when Fischer remained in New York on its starting date, and flew to Reykjavik only when the ­English investment banker Jim Slater ­doubled the prize fund to $250,000; and then again when, after losing the first game due to a Bxh2 blunder and defaulting the second after a ­dispute over TV cameras, the American ­prepared to fly home.

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