Interesting book – Bobby Fischer Goes to War

This is the story of the epic 1972 World Chess Championship between Bobby Fischer (the chess genius and challenger) and Boris Spassky (the Champion). The authors began with a short description of both players’ childhoods, explored their respective paths to Iceland and then focus on the build-up to the match including the incessant demands of Fischer. Fischer emerged as the champion but Spassky emerged the gentleman. The writing is breezy, and it is obvious the authors have done a lot of research. If you are interested in an analysis of the games this book is not for you. This book focuses on the drama of the match.

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