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

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Paperback, 218 pages
Published December 31st 1972 by Quadrangle/The New York Times Book Co (first published January 1st 1972)
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Mar 02, 2008 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Ted Moisan
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
Jan 03, 2012 Ted rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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. . ....more
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For chess nerds and chess nerd wannabes. Like me.
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