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Asunto:[ajedrezlapalma] Fischer's Gambit: 'I'm a German'
Fecha:Sabado, 31 de Julio, 2004  02:40:28 (+0100)
Autor:Lucas Mendoza <lumenco>

From the Los Angeles Times

Fischer's Gambit: 'I'm a German'

Chess legend invokes lineage in an attempt to stymie any U.S. extradition.

Times Staff Writer

July 29, 2004, 2:13 PM PDT

TOKYO -- With ferocious defiance from a jail cell in Japan, chess legend Bobby Fischer has told authorities he is a German citizen with the documents to prove it, invoking his lineage to a German-born father in an attempt to stymie any U.S. extradition proceedings against him.

Fischer is in custody at Tokyo's Narita International Airport, where Japanese immigration officials seized him — in a rough struggle, they acknowledge — on July 13 as he tried to leave Japan for the Philippines.

The Japanese government ruled Tuesday that it would deport Fischer for entering the country in April without a legal passport.

Washington canceled Fischer's U.S. passport in December 2003 on the grounds that the onetime world chess champion is a fugitive, wanted for defying a presidential order by the first President Bush to not play a in $5-million chess exhibition in the disintegrating Yugoslav federation in 1992.

Fischer is expected to appeal a deportation order from the Japanese government before a midnight Friday deadline.

But speaking today through a loosely organized committee of 20 chess-playing supporters in Tokyo, he went on the offensive, claiming he is a German citizen. He said his father, Hans Gerhardt Fischer, was born in 1908 in Berlin.

Under German law, anyone born before 1975 to a German father who was married at the time, is entitled to citizenship. And Germany's extradition treaties do not allow its citizens to be deported to face charges in other countries, German officials in Tokyo said.

In the 1960s and '70s, Fischer transformed chess from nerdy to sexy and became a Cold War-era hero by vanquishing Boris Spassky, the Soviet Union's best, in the legendary 1972 world championship contest.

Fischer has been nearly a recluse ever since. Now 61, he has emerged in public only fitfully in recent years, usually to berate the U.S. government for what he regards as its evil foreign policies and to cast himself as the victim of persecution by "world Jewry."

Copyright © 2004, The Los Angeles Times

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