The World Chess Championship of 1972 was a match between challenger Bobby
(above) of the United States and defending champion Boris Spassky (below) of the
Soviet Union for the World Chess Championship.The first game of the match began
on July 11, 1972 and took place in Reykjavik, Iceland. Fischer won the match 12 1/2
to 8 1/2. He became the eleventh official World Champion.
Winner Bobby Fischer being congratulated by Boris Spassky