The Chess Federation of Iceland believes that objects from the “Duel of the Century” between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in Reykjavík in 1972 are best preserved in Iceland and regrets that a chess board used during the duel will be auctioned off.
The Chess Federation is now planning to appoint a committee to find out who owns objects from the event, ruv.is reports.
Páll G. Jónsson, who bought objects from the game from the Chess Federation in 1975, is planning to auction them off in Copenhagen this summer.
The auction house Bruun Rasmussen has estimated their worth to be as much as ISK 40 million (USD 317,000, EUR 241,000).
“We regret this sale; we would like these objects to remain in Iceland where they are best preserved. These are objects of world historic value,” reasoned the federation’s president Gunnar Björnsson.