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Searching for Bobby Fischer: The World of Chess, Observed by the Father of a Child Prodigy Hardcover – Sep 1988

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (T) (Sept. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394544552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394544557
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,605,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fred Waitzkin, who fishes regularly in the Bahamas, is the author of Searching for Bobby Fischer and has written for The New York Times Magazine, New York, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Motorboating and Sailing. He lives in New York City and Martha's Vineyard. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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In the spring of 1984, at the National Elementary Chess Championship in Syracuse, New York, a distraught father began to whisper moves to his son. Read the first page
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Searching for Bobby Fisher is a good book. It would be misleading to say you dont have to know anything about chess to enjoy it. You would need to have a slight interest in the game to understand and feel the emotion attached to the chess side of the book.
Waitzkin delivers when talking about his realtionship with his son and cleverly makes examples of sports persons and their parents.
I watched the film first (Innocent Moves) which was an amazing 2 hour experience which I feel made the book more enjoyable than if i hadn't have seen the film.
It is well woth getting a copy of and can teach you some important issues on life and how people can get carried away with success.
I say take a look!
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Fascinating anecdotes and character portraits accompany the plot of a child prodigy's introduction to chess, his subsequent improvement and finally his victory at the children's national tournament. Intertwined in all of this is an eloquent story of the boy's relationship with his father. This look into the chess world was much better than the movie of the same name - a must read.
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"Searching for Bobby Fischer" is a very good book with many anecdotes and milestones in the life of Fred Waitzkin, and his chess playing son, Josh Waitzkin. At first, I considered this another boring biography, but as I started reading, I was drawn by it. It's not a biography...it is a 'real' book that describes many difficulties of being a chessplayer. The 'Washington Square Park' and 'Trip to Moscow' chapters captured my attention the most. I would reccomend this book to just about anyone, whether you play chess or not.
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