Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer, the only U.S. citizen to ever hold the title, has been detained in Japan by immigration authorities, officials said on Friday.

A brilliant but volatile player, Fischer became world champion in 1972 after beating Boris Spassky of the then-Soviet Union in a match considered something of a Cold War propaganda victory for the United States.

Fischer, 61, was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of holding an invalid passport when he tried to leave from Tokyo's Narita airport for the Philippines, Kyodo news agency said, quoting Japanese chess officials.

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