In 1972, chess grand master Bobby Fischer specifically requested the Eames executive chair while he competed in the World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. He said he could concentrate well in the chair. When opponent Boris Spaasky [sic] saw it, he refused to play until he got one, too.
Fisher's Reykjavik games against Spassky were famously likened to a Mozart Symphony by Miguel Najdorf, a description echoed by Nigel Short, who claimed in 2001 to have played several speed games online against the reclusive Fischer. Fischer has recently become a citizen of Iceland.
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