Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time
What a mistake! The book is fantastically written and delves not into the plays themselves but all the characters surrounding and leading up to 1972 championship games Fischer v. Spasski. As well as basic psychological profiles of the two chess grandmasters, the writers full develop the supporting cast and ideologies in play on all sides.
I particularly enjoyed how the authors provided detailed biographies of not only the main competitors (Fischer and Spassky), but also for some of the lesser known characters who were entwined in the event (Palsson and Fox, for example). I also appreciated the level of detail they provided about the geopolitical climate in ...more
However, the Spassky vs. Fischer world championship had even more drama behind the scenes that there was on the board. Intertwined with the Cold War and Fischer ...more
In July, Reykjavík Iceland had the World's focus on it because two men were shuffling wooden pieces over 64 squares. The game was Chess, it was the World Championship and a wildly peculiar genius was about to end the quarter century Soviet domination of the event.
This game became known as the Match of the Century and in this book the ...more
Una de las mentes más brillantes del siglo pasado, pero también una de las más trastornadas a nuestra forma de ver. Este libro es una joya que nos remonta al llamado Match del Siglo, disputado entre el campeón Boris Spasski y el retador Bobby Fischer.
De lectura agradable, divertida, fácil e interesante, éste libro merece un lugar en la estantería de los aj ...more
The media always painted this as an extension of the Cold War, they still do but it is not strictly true. The match took place during a period of detente between East and West.
Fischer was and is undoubtedly the greatest chess player ever, but a profoundly troubled man. Spassky was a gentleman and a rebel in his own way. This ...more
Spassky is presented as being a well-rounded person who doesn't really like t ...more
For those who only know Fischer as one of the greatest chess players of all time this book soon shows his flawed character and an understanding of why at the time the Washington Post reported that, “Fischer has alienated millions of chess enthusiasts around the world” and one of the Post’s readers to write, “Fischer is the only American who can make eve ...more
We Americans are supposed to love Fischer! All most of us really know about him is that he is a one-of-a-kind chess player and that we are rooting fo ...more
This book gave terrific insight into the match by giving detailed descriptions on what was going outside making it a unified whole.
It especially gave a clear insight into Fischer's mind which repulsed me because it is the exact kind of behaviour one of the Japanese Teacher of English (JTE) exhibits. Outbursts, temper tantrums, verbal abuse (to me signs of megaloma ...more
Then into the fray leapt chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, a kid from New York whose skill was outmatched only by his fierce competitiveness. At the ti ...more
Fischer eventually won the match, however, this was not before nearly forfeiting (several times), and taking the tournament participants an ...more
But there are glaring weaknesses, too. Reading a book about a chess match that discusses the games at length without providing ...more
A fascinating look at the "Match of the Century"
The authors do an excellent job of capturing the atmosphere of the match: the imagined Cold War implications, how each country
struggled to embrace less than ideal representatives and how the organizers desperately worked to keep Fischer from self destructing and bringing down the match along with his career.
Never before or since has chess captivated the imagination of the world. The Spassky-Fischer match was front page news the world over, while e
I could recommend this to anyone even if you don't know a pawn from a que ...more
The book shows in detail how the big match was abused by the powers that be as a Cold War of the chessboard. Which ...more
So how do you feel about the fact that he's the last American world chess champion? A bit conflicted?
This book is kind of about why he's a douche. Every other page is littered with another outrageous stunt he pulled to beat Spassky in Iceland. It's dispiriting.
Perhaps though the British writers wanted to take him down a notch. That's definitely on their agenda. But whatever - so I ha ...more
The negative: It's about chess, so it has a tendency to go very dry for a smallish section every once in a while.
The summary: Dry in sections, but interesting and stuffed with fun facts abou ...more