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Fischer/Spassky: The New York Times Report on the Chess Match of the Century,

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Remember the world championship chess match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer? Seems like so long ago! From the early 1970s, this match featured an American becoming champion. This book discusses the background to the match (including discussion over the chessboard itself) to the games themselves. Two appendices are includes--one the stamndard rules for a world champ ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published December 31st 1972 by Quadrangle/The New York Times Book Co (first published January 1st 1972)
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Chris
Feb 06, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone needing a desciption of how much a human being can suck
To be completely honest, I had no idea that the esteemed Mr. Fischer died about a week prior to my recent reading of this book (Jan 18, 2008); this information played absolutely no part in my second reading of this chronicle of the ‘legendary battle of wits’ fought on Icelandic soil for the World Chess Championship.

I was going to start the review with the completely accurate statement that Bobby Fischer is the biggest piece of sniveling $hit in the world. In observance of how unreasonably caus
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Ted Moisan
Nov 09, 2007 Ted Moisan rated it really liked it
You know what? Four stars. Not five maybe just because some A-hole scribbled in my margins. But this book surprised me. Of course you know the story of the on- and off-stage near-high-school-year-book-committee grade tantrum-throwing and eventual triumph of the eccentric American over the Communist blah blah blah. Fischer's weird virtuosity and Spassky's stoicism as well as the deep history and rugged physical beauty of the match's Icelandic setting give writers free rein to unleash their full m ...more
Ted
Jan 03, 2012 Ted rated it really liked it
Shelves: games
This book was published shortly after the Fischer-Spassky world championship match in Reykjavik was won by Bobby Fischer on September 1, 1972. It is a very interesting summary, covering everything from the basic rules of chess, to Fischer's unbelievable progression through the elimination tournaments (during which he won 20 straight games against some of the world's top grandmasters, with not even a single draw), to the personalities of the players and the incredible shenanigans of Fischer leadi ...more
Joe
Jan 14, 2016 Joe rated it it was amazing
A few evenings ago, we watched "Pawn Sacrifice", Toby Maguirre's nice movie account of the 1971 Fischer-Spassky match in Iceland. The movie sent me to my book shelves where I located an old copy of the NY Times book on the match. It's a fun book--and eclectic in ways that I suspect only books can be, mixing sections on the rules of chess and the history and culture of Iceland with reportage on the rivals and their camps and analyses of the actual games. I enjoyed rereading it, and in doing so, r ...more
Steven Peterson
Remember the world championship chess match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer? Seems like so long ago! From the early 1970s, this match featured an American becoming champion.

This book discusses the background to the match (including discussion over the chessboard itself) to the games themselves. Two appendices are includes--one the stamndard rules for a world championship match and special rules created for Spassky versus Fischer.

A trip back in time! Lots of fun to revisit this event. . .
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Daniel
Nov 05, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it
Shelves: chess
Great coverage of the cold war, players and negotiation efforts to host the World Championship.
Good description of matches but inadequate presentation considering these were games that lasted 30-50 moves and are only covered by 1 or 2 diagrams each.
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For chess nerds and chess nerd wannabes. Like me.
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