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 . . .
'It was thanks to Fischer's greed and weirdness that the Reykjavik match was such a compelling event . . . A fascinating story, admirably told.' Daily Telegraph
'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
'The most famous chess match of all time reconstructed in a style as compelling as that of a thriller.' Irish Times
'Pure drama . . . The most cool, ruthless and rational player the world has ever seen.' Independent