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LIFE.com: Out of Sight: Famous Recluses

Bobby Fischer, 1943 - 2008

Genius, chess champion (still the only American to be World No. 1), Holocaust denier, and all-around enigma, Fischer largely disappeared from public view in the 1980s, occasionally popping up to utter something outlandish -- he called the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S. "wonderful news" -- and ultimately renouncing his American citizenship. He was granted Icelandic citizenship in 2005, 33 years after he bested Russian world champ Boris Spassky in a celebrated match played in Iceland's capital, Reykjavík. (Carl Mydans/Time and Life Pictures/Getty Images/LIFE.com)
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