Einar S. Einarsson of the RJF Group tells us: Boris
Spassky revisited Reykjavik yesterday to meet with his old friend and former
adversary Bobby Fischer. It was a happy reunion, as they have not met since
1994 in Budapest. Boris expressed his gladness over Bobby's freedom and new
life in Iceland.
Spassky was in the company of GM Joel Lautier of France, President of ACP
(Association of Chess Professionals) and Dr. Alex Titomirov, a Russian/American
scientist and businessman. The purpose of their visit was to discuss the possible
comeback of the 11th world champion, specifically for Bobby to play a Fischer
random chess match against a worthy opponent.
Fischer at the original 1972 Fischer vs Spassky table in Reykjavik
This historic event if held would take place in Iceland later this year. Nothing
was signed or concluded, but the parties are expected to meet again in 2-3
weeks. The meeting with Mr. Fischer was arranged with the help of GM Helgi
Ólafsson and Einar S. Einarsson, chairman of the RJF-Group.
Report in Icelandic TV
Spassky's visit to Iceland and the plans of Alex Titomirov were the subject
of a news item in an Icelandic TV news channel last night.
Dr. Alex Titomirov: "All I can say is that we have discussions. There
are some number of steps which we have to undertake. I will probably be back
in a couple of weeks, or three weeks, and then we can talk about it. I think
that human civilisation is going to have huge benefit as a result of this event.
Citizens of the world will see the progress in chess, especially in Fischer
Random Chess. That is one of my main interests." Asked whether we can
expect to see a championship in Iceland Titomirov answers: "Everything
is possible. But there is no agreement at this point."
Asked if he would be playing against Fischer Boris Spassky replies: "No,
there is no idea about that. I am just very happy... for me he was a friend."
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