Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time by David EdmondsIn the summer of 1972, with a presidential crisis stirring in the United States and the cold war at a pivotal point, two men - the Soviet world chess champion Boris Spassky and his American challenger Bobby Fischer - met in the most notorious chess match of all time. Their showdown in Reykjavik, Iceland, held the world spellbound for two months with reports of psychological warfare, ultimatums, political intrigue, cliffhangers, and farce to rival a Marx Brothers film.
Thirty years later, David Edmonds and John Eidinow have set out to reexamine the story we recollect as the quintessential cold war clash between a lone American star and the Soviet chess machine - a machine that had delivered the world title to the Kremlin for decades. Drawing upon unpublished Soviet and U.S. records, the authors reconstruct the full and incredible saga, one far more poignant and layered than hitherto believed.
The authors chronicle how Fischer, a manipulative, dysfunctional genius, risked all to seize control of the contest as the organizers maneuvered frantically to save it - under the eyes of the worlds press. They can now tell the inside story of Moscows response, and the bitter tensions within the Soviet camp as the anxious and frustrated apparatchiks strove to prop up Boris Spassky, the most un-Soviet of their champions - fun-loving, sensitive, and a free spirit. Edmonds and Eidinow follow this careering, behind-the-scenes confrontation to its climax: a clash that displayed the cultural differences between the dynamic, media-savvy representatives of the West and the baffled, impotent Soviets. Try as they might, even the KGB couldnt help.
Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time
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As a result of studying his games I switched from the Caro Kann Defence to the Sicilian Najdorf as my main opening and I learnt so much from his approach to the game Especially his infamous light-squared bishop endings! His games seem so simple while his annotations make them seem even simpler, yet underneath there is great complexity and brilliance at work. Not yet at his level are my chess games, but I will do my best. Not bad praise from a GrandMaster, 40 years after Bobbys retirement, wouldnt you say? So what happened to him? The enormous toll which chess takes on chess grandmasters has, in several instances caused them to lose their sanity Stenitz was one, not to mention poor Rubinstein.
Anyone who has even but the slightest interest in chess know the name: Bobby Fischer. With this new documentary, filmmaker Liz Garbus makes an interesting attempt at providing a comprehensive introduction to the highs and lows of the only American to have ever won the World Chess Championship. Below is an official clip from the film:. Breaking down the historic tournament game by game, Garbus deftly highlights the parallels between the game marathon and the tense geopolitics of the Cold War era, with the eccentric, self-taught Brooklyn boy facing the brilliant Soviet-sponsored grand master. Surely, a better comparison is with Glenn Gould, the great Canadian piano genius.
What do you consider the best books written by Bobby Fischer, written about Bobby Fischer and the best books written about the World Chess Championship Match? You can listen to the audiobook book for free with Hoopla. Also of possible interest, particularly from a historical perspective, is "Extreme Chess: World Championships " by C. Purdy who in became the first World Correspondence Chess Champion which annotates the complete games of three world championship matches, including Fischer-Spassky As well the book contains player's bios and commentary and the stories behind the games, and the chess era of the time In fact Purdy contends that "For accuracy combined with entertainment, the  match was probably the best ever played, the match coming a good second. Evans knew Fischer as well as anyone, as for a time he was Fischer's second