Auction of a fabled chessboard
40 years after the Fischer-Spassky "Match of the Century" in 1972, one of the chessboards that was used during the match is up for auction. Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers in Copenhagen offers the chess board together with the chess table and two matching side tables, of which three copies were created, as well as chess pieces and a clock that were used in training sessions.
The following is based on a press release by Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers
The Match of the Century took place in the summer of 1972, when the three times reigning Russian World Champion Boris Spassky (1937-) was challenged by the American Bobby Fischer (1943-2008). The match took place in Reykjavik, Iceland, at the peak of the Cold War, and thus became a symbol of the political confrontation between the two superpowers. Bobby Fischer won the dramatic, hyper-exposed showdown in Reykjavik, making him the first American to win this prestigious title.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the world famous chess match, Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers in Copenhagen will, this summer, be offering the chessboard used during the legendary chess match in Iceland in 1972. The chessboard up for auction was used from the famous 7th game of the match and onwards until the 21st game.
Bobby Fischer was unhappy with several aspects of the match, including the chessboard’s mineral materials, the size of the squares and the presence of the cameras. He demanded that these aspects be changed and when his demands were not immediately met, he sat out the 2nd game, which he therefore lost without a fight.
2-0 down, many believed that the match was over and that Fischer would leave Iceland. He agreed, however, to play the 3rd game in an adjoining room on the chessboard up for auction, without spectators or cameras. What’s more, the American Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had urged Bobb