Who did chess whiz Bobby Fischer famously defeat in 1972?
Answer: The correct answer is Boris Spassky
There was no shortage of eccentric “battles” during the Cold War — from hockey to space travel to, yes, chess. Bobby Fischer became the youngest-ever U.S. chess champion when he was 14, and earned the title of grandmaster the next year. In 1972, the “Match of the Century” took place between Fischer and the reigning world champion at the time, Soviet player Boris Spassky. Fischer won the match with enough flair that it justified all the media attention, becoming the world’s first U.S.-born world champion.