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Bobby Fischer: five days in solitary confinement
08.03.2005 We had just reported about Fischer's new passport, which an
Icelandic delegation had carried to Japan. A minor mystery was why it
had not been handed over to him last Wednesday, as planned. Now we
learn that Japanese authorities had put the former world champion into
solitary confinement. For five days. Over a hard-boiled egg. We are not

The ever-watchful Mainichi Daily News reports that Bobby Fischer was
placed in solitary confinement for several days (we are told for five)
"because of a brawl over a single hard-boiled egg". Apparently Fischer
asked for an extra egg. There was an argument and a scuffle, after
which Fisher was "hurled alone into a cell lit and monitored 24 hours
from Wednesday to Sunday."

Mainichi notes that the fight occurred on the same day that the first
of two delegations of eminent persons from Iceland were due to meet him
at the East Japan Immigration Bureau Detention Center in Ushiku,
Ibaraki Prefecture. Officials at the center were aware that Fischer was
due to receive a delegation on exactly the day he ended up in solitary

It was the first time Fischer had been placed in a solitary cell since
he was sent to Ushiku in August last year. "It was a blatant
provocation," Gardar Sverrisson, an Icelandic politician and member of
a Fischer support group said at the home of the Tokyo Bar Association.

Miyoko Watai and Saemundur Palsson

Details of the incident were given by Fischer's fiancee Miyoko Watai
and his long-time friend, Saemundur Palsson, who was able to visit
Fisher and speak to him through a glass window on Monday morning.
Fischer told Palsson that he had asked a passing guard if he could have
an egg for his breakfast. He grabbed the guard by his shirt, which
unfortunately ripped. "A group of about 14 or 15 guards came into
Fischer's cell to drag him away," Palsson reports. "He resisted their
efforts. Guards slapped handcuffs on him with his hands behind his
back, holding him that way for two hours. Then a middle-aged guard
approached Fischer, told him he had to behave himself, then started to
free him from his bindings. When the handcuffs were released, another
scuffle broke out and Fischer hit a guard in the face." Palsson said he
was not sure whether Fischer had hit the warden purposely or by
accident. He said Fischer had not spoken about whether it was

After his release from solitary confinement Fischer was on Monday
permitted individual 30-minute meetings with Watai, Palsson and
Gudmunder Thorarinsson, former head of the Icelandic Chess Federation
and organizer of Fischer's 1972 match in Reykjavik with Boris Spassky
for the world title. The Icelanders are hoping to escort Fischer back
to their country. Iceland has prepared a special foreigner's passport
for him and his supporters have an airplane ticket out of the country
with his name on it. He is hoping to leave by Wednesday, his 62nd
birthday, but that wish seems almost impossible.

Here's the full Mainichi story


Previous ChessBase articles
Fischer's passport - to freedom?
08.03.2005 March 9th is Bobby Fischer's 62nd birthday. By chance a very
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more than six months in a Japanese detention facility. We have
exclusive pictures of the new passport.
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travel documents for former world champion Bobby Fischer, who is being
held in Japanese detention for not possessing a valid passport.
Fischer's new passport will be sent to Japan by diplomatic mail, and a
delegation is traveling there to escort him to Iceland.
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61, former World Champion of Chess who has been jailed in Japan for six
months now, is applying for Icelandic citizenship. But Tokyo seems to
be balking at a constructive solution entailing his release to Iceland.
Fischer's lawyer Masako Suzuki has given us an exclusive interview.
Bobby Fischer applies for Icelandic Citizenship
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in a Japanese detention facility, has today written to the President of
the Icelandic Althingi (picture), applying for Icelandic citizenship. A
special law would have to be passed to grant Fischer's request.

Bobby Fischer - immigration plans on ice
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released from detention in a Tokyo jail and allowed to travel to
Iceland, where he has been granted refuge. But Japanese Justice
Ministry lawyers said they were not prepared to change Fischer's
deportation destination to Iceland, and that he would have to remain in
detention. A harsh blow for the chess legend.

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1/17/2005 On July 13, 2004 he was arrested at Narita Airport in Tokyo,
for attempting to leave the country on an invalidated. Since then the
greatest hero of Western chess has been languishing in a Japanese
detention facility, now physically exhausted and suffering from dizzy
spells. His Icelandic friends, who are offering him refuge, have
launched another appeal to the authorities.

US threatens Iceland, Fischer Committee appeals
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to fugitive former chess champion Bobby Fischer, the Reuters news
agency tells us. But the Icelandic government has stated that its offer
"will not be withdrawn despite pressure from the United States." How do
we know that? Among other things we read it in Aljazeera, would you
believe? Here's the latest on this international confrontation.

RJF Committee mobilizes pro-Fischer forces
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find him a home on the North-Atlantic island country. Iceland's foreign
minister and a prominent political scientist have spoken out. Here's a
report on Fischer's Iceland Connection...
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in a Japanese detention facilities pending extradition to the US, is
that the Icelandic government has offered to grant him a residence
permit. In a telephone interview Fischer speaks about his plight in
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Minister Koizumi and US President Bush: "You are going to pay for this,
and you are going to pay for your crimes in Iraq too." His new lawyer,
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involvement in a plot against Fischer.
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the US, and voices his nightmare fears: "I will be tried, convicted,
sentenced, imprisoned, tortured and murdered." We have summary
transcripts and audio files.
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Fischer's lawyers filed a lightning appeal on the grounds that physical
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legal recourse and protection under Japanese law. Here's the full story
by Fischer's legal coordinator.
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newspapers and wire services last night. Now Watai-san has sent us a
statement explaining the background of her personal relationship with
Fischer renounces US citizenship
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a 10-year jail sentence. A lot of new material has surfaced, including
Fischer's handwritten renouncement of his US citizenship and a
blow-by-blow description and picture of his arrest at Narita Airport.
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his arrest. Fischer, who has no legal counsel, is appealing for
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