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Bobby Fischer Goes to War

John Eidinow

Bobby Fischer Goes to War by David Edmonds and John Eidinow details the occasion when Bobby Fischer met Boris Spassky in one of the most thrilling and politically charged chess matches of all time.

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£10.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571214129
Date Published
05.08.2004
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Summary

PERFECT FOR FANS OF NETFLIX’S THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT

‘Gripping.’
SUNDAY TIMES

‘Pure drama.’
INDEPENDENT

‘Compelling.’
NEW YORK TIMES

Bobby Fischer Goes to War by David Edmonds and John Eidinow details the occasion when Bobby Fischer met Boris Spassky in one of the most thrilling and politically charged chess matches of all time.

For decades, the USSR had dominated world chess. Evidence, according to Moscow, of the superiority of the Soviet system. But in 1972 along came the American, Bobby Fischer: insolent, arrogant, abusive, vain, greedy, vulgar, bigoted, paranoid and obsessive — and apparently unstoppable.

Against him was Boris Spassky: complex, sensitive, the most un-Soviet of champions. As the authors reveal, when Spassky began to lose, the KGB decided to step in. . .

Critic Reviews

'Fischer seemed to thrive on complaints, tantrums and ultimatums, treating the exercise as a game, not of chess but of Chicken . . . It is precisely these factors that make for such a gripping read.'

Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

'Compelling.'

New York Times
Critic Reviews

'Pure drama.'

Independent
Critic Reviews

'One emerges reeling from this account with a sense that the story it tells so well is — to use an old cliché — truly stranger than fiction.'

Times Literary Supplement
Critic Reviews

'[Edmonds and Eidinow's] research is thorough and brings to light much that is new, especially on the Soviet side. Their prose is brisk and readable and they have a good grasp both of the chess context and of the historical background. This is an excellent book, and you do not need to play chess to enjoy it.'

Sunday Telegraph
Critic Reviews

'Meticulously researched . . . the definitive account of this historic struggle . . . Bobby Fischer Goes to War is an outstanding piece of journalism which captures this unique sporting moment more accurately and vividly than before.'

Grandmaster Nigel Short, Daily Mail