Adrian's Reviews > Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

Endgame by Frank Brady
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Aug 23, 2011

Read in July, 2011

Tells the full story of amazing rise and sad fall. US champion at age 14 in 1956 he set the chess world on its ear and then took chess to the wider world with his victory over Boris Spassky in 1972. From there of course the story descends into what can only be described as a kind of madness. The paranoia, rage against the US government, hateful anti-semitism, picking fights with friends only trying to help him and enormous sense of superiority over all other mortals- yet it's still impossible to hate him. His end in Iceland is sad and instructive. It does no good to live up to an ideal of bizarre integrity if it leaves you sad and alone. Very evenhanded look at BFs life.
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message 1: by David (new) - added it

David Bales Sounds like a great one. You've been reading like a fiend lately!

message 2: by Adrian (new) - added it

Adrian I finished this one a month or so ago. I did edit the review the other day (I noticed a word misspelled) and maybe that sent the review out again. The Twain book slowed my reading down quite a bit actually.

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