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My 60 Memorable Games

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In this authoritative reissue of one of the most important chess books ever written, the great Bobby Fischer takes the reader move by move through 60 of his most instructive and entertaining games, including the astounding “Game of the Century,” played when he was only 15 years old! The controversial alterations that were made to Bobby Fischer’s words in the last edition h ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Batsford (first published 1969)
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Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you're a chess player and you haven't read this book... I'm struggling to complete the sentence. It's sort of like you claim to be a Christian, but haven't read the Bible. You'd better do something about it!

The short-list for "greatest chess player of all time" only has two names: Fischer and Kasparov. Kasparov had the unquestionable advantage of being sane, so he lasted much longer. But when Fischer was in the zone, he was so ferociously unstoppable that no real comparison is available. No o
Paul Bryant

D'Angelo: Now look, check it, it's simple, it's simple. See this? This the kingpin, aright? And he the man. You get the other dude's king, you got the game. But he trying to get your king too, so you gotta protect it. Now, the king, he move one space any direction he damn choose, 'cause he's the king. Like this, this, this, aright? But he ain't got no hustle. But the rest of these motherfuckers on the team, they got his back. And they run so deep, he really ain't gotta do shit.

Bodie: Like your u
Mrs. Europaea
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bobby Fischer was brilliant at chess, I don't think many would argue with this statement. My 60 Memorable Games allows the reader peer inside the mind of a genius. Fischer was often able to anticipate 7 moves into the future which is not a feat many mortals can lay claim to. I enjoyed his annotated analysis on his moves and motives in the games, I liked the descriptions, including the graphics, which made it easy to see the game play out without having super human abilities as it sometimes appea ...more
Shine Sebastian
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, chess
A great book with 60 great chess games and insights/annotations , from one of the greatest, or probably, the greatest chess player of all time! Not only was Bobby Fischer a phenomenal chess genius, he is the most interesting, eccentric and enigmatic of all the great chess players.
In this book Fischer shares with us 60 favourite games of his, with detailed analysis and annotation with great comments on all the critical and interesting parts of the games. The writing style is simple , honest and
Will Once
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fischer is an enigma. He was probably one of the two strongest chess players of all time. For a spell in the 1960s and 1970s there was no-one to touch him. He introduced a strength of self-belief and focused concentration that was frankly scary. Playing through his games you still get an incredible sense of anger and fire. This was someone who absolutely had to win. The Mike Tyson of the chessboard. That's Mike Tyson at his imperious best, not the ear-chewer of later declining times.


You h
Justin Pinard
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best chess book ever: and a peak into the mind of a troubled man who is almost indisputably both the most dominant and one of the greatest chess players ever.
Bart Breen
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Bobby Fischer is without question a chess genius.

As a person, Fischer is an enigma. He is a very high genius who as a young man exploded on the chess scene like a supernova. He won the US Chess Championships at the age of 14, an amazing feat by itself but only the beginning.

He is best known for his winning the World Championship from Boris Spassky in the 1970's. While many know this they do not know how amazing that feat really was.

International Chess is not the easiest forum to play i
Joey Tayler
A bit light on narration/explanation, heavy on alternate lines, which wasn't what I was looking for. One could probably find these games with similar annotation online, but I'm sure I'll end up returning to this. ...more
Gabriel Schoenfeld
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The great chess books are great less for their prose style than for their insight into the application of highly controlled violence. "My 60 Memorable Games" was written while Bobby Fischer was still on his steep ascent to the world-champion title -- and long before the slide into madness that ended with his death in January. He recounts his eviscerations of some of the most brilliant minds of the mid-20th century. But Fischer was never content with victory alone; he aimed to inflict agony on hi ...more
Steven Peterson
Apr 01, 2010 rated it liked it
If you want to get a sense of Bobby Fischer's view of his 60 greatest games, this is an intriguing volume. Fischer was enigmatic, eccentric. . . His selection of sixty games from 1957 to 1967 includes matches with such great players as Petrosian, Larsen, Gligorich, Tal, Korchnoi, Botvinnik, Najdorf, and Byrne.

Fischer notes of these games that (Page 11) "All of the 60 here contain, for me, something memorable and exciting--even the 3 losses." Fischer also provides a quotation from Emanuel Lasker
Dave Jones
Oct 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chess
We all know that Bobby Fischer was a great chess player. This book reveals that he was a talented writer as well. His analyses are rock-solid. As far as I know, these have stood the test of time.

His narrative of the games is fascinating as well. Often he describes the setting of the game and gives personal insights into his opponents.

While Mr. Fischer has a well-deserved reputation for arrogance, this book reveals an uncharacteristic humility. There are 3 losses and several draws in this collec
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What talent, what ego. Coolest things about the games: he included three losses, he won a “magic” game where they still haven’t found that his opponent made an error yet still lost, zugzwang is the perilous equilibrium where you’re fine right now, but any move you make will lead to disastrous consequences, he often fianchettoed his bishop, and finally, he put together a broad pawn center so that the pieces could hide behind them and then swing out like real soldiers behind shields.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Obviously just for chess enthusiasts.
Fischer was US Champion at 17, and was the first player outside of Russia to win the World Title in
Easy to read, very instructive-written by Fischer himself.
Serge Pierro
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chess
Fischer at his best! An amazing book that is a must read for all chess players! There is a reason why many consider this one of the best chess books ever written. Amazing games and amazing analysis. Lets you get inside the head of a genius.
Devyn Duffy
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Chess players, especially those interested in improving
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My 60 Memorable Games is an excellent book for chess players, probably not very useful to anyone else. Bobby Fischer presents 60 of his games from 1957-1967, years before his 1972 World Championship, mostly wins with a few draws and losses sprinkled in. Each game has a short introduction, annotated moves including alternative lines, and occasional graphical representations of the book to make sure you're keeping up. Fischer's analysis is extensive and his comments are both insightful and humorou ...more
Christ Lau
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book so much. Personally, I am a chess fan who plays chess literally every single day for an hour. This book was fascinating as it thought me how to think properly or in a way masters of chess would think by moving out the moves printed on the book with my own chess set or with the computer analysis by This was the first time I read a chess book and it taught me a lot more in openings and the basic principles you should follow in the opening. For example, I was weak in som ...more
Matt M
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
1800 rated, not saying I am great but I am no beginner. While the games are fascinating, it’s extremely heavy on variation lines and less actual explanations for moves. Which is good for pattern recognition but not so much as understanding bobby. Also the Botviniik game was atrocious. 2 pages of lines on ONE variation in an endgame with only ONE diagram and so many branching lines. I got absolutely lost in that study trying to remember the position before alternate lines appeared.
Eric Susak
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend learning some opening strategy and positional tactics before reading this book. Fischer gives plenty of variations and suggested alternatives, but lacks some explanation for why he chooses to move where he moves. But if you approach this book with some intermediate knowledge, the plans that Fischer lays out become more meaningful, and it allows for a deeper understanding of the game.
Sean S
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a chess outsider, it is fascinating to (barely) cobble together the strategy and styles of play between Fischer, who was like the Jordan of chess during his run, and the numerous grand masters (and a few others) that these games encompass. I understand this is all second nature to sufficiently trained and powerful computers, but as for humans, this is about as good as it gets.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book to help you get better at chess by learning from one of the best. Each game teaches an important lesson of what mistake the loosing side made, or how the game was drawn. I'd recommend this book to you if you'd like to get better at chess. ...more
Stanley Jessop
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone who likes chess or Bobby Fischer. Well writen with excellent game introductions and analysis. I wouldn't reccomend it for someone who doesn't want to sit at a chess board and play through the games though. ...more
Ian Williamson
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Speaks a whole different language. Chess notation with little side notes. I couldn't read without a chess board in front of me. I wish I had this book in a physical copy not ebook. Not an quick easy read, more like a 50 minutes per chapter slowly working through a game. ...more
Norman Styers
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best annotated game collections.
Ahmed Nejm
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh my god very nice book
Benjamin Carsley
arrogant boy teaches chess brilliantly lol
Ed Green
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frank, witty annotations.
Players of any strength can gain something from playing over these games.
A nice selection of games - yes, they are memorable!
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the most innovative thinker in chess. A brilliant instructor-al book.
Mehmood Ul Hassan
A was having a really hard time reading this book. Not understanding what's going on even reading the notes. It may be suitable for GMs. I have to stop after 100 pages. ...more
Trevor Evans
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative, but not for the absolute beginner. I'd suggest players rated no less than 1100 to give this book a read. ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you ask for a good chess book advice, it's this. You can read it time and again. ...more
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