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EndGame by Frank Brady,
This review is from: Endgame: Bobby Fischerís Remarkable Rise and Fall ó from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness (Hardcover)
I actually was in the thick of the pre-World preparations in the early 1970's, when I was living in Montreal. I went regularly to the Montreal Chess club in those days and remember an exciting visit by the Grand Master Bent Larsen, a relatively young, impressive, tall handsome, tanned healthy looking blondhaired man, brimming with explosive confidence. We of course asked him questions about his prospects in the imminent prelimenaries, and the actual world championship. In particular we asked about his impending tussle with Bobby Fisher, who was already displaying signs that this was going to be a mere walk in the park for him. Bent Larsen with loud burst of laughter told us in no uncertain terms that he would show Bobby Fisher how chess should be played and that he was the man who was going to teach him that lesson and put him in his 'rightful' place.....Well the rest is history....Bobby Fisher, if I remember correctly, thrashed all the contenders, including our erstwhile superconfident Bent Larsen, by a score of 6 to O in every match!! And went on, of course, to beat reigning World Champion Boris Spassky to become potentially the best player in history....These were indeed heady days for me and all chess lovers!
Too bad that Bobby Fisher, then, not that long after those glorious days of heavenly mastery descended into a creeping dark sinister state of insanity....It became a sad tragic loss to the royal game and all connected....
The book unfortunately but unavoidably, descends with him from the glotious into the dark abyss of a self created hell...Not worthy ending to such a talent.