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Bobby Fischer Goes to War: The True Story of How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time Hardcover – 22 Jan 2004

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  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; 1st edition (22 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571214118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571214112
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.6 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘The most famous chess match of all time is reconstructed in a style as compelling as that of a thriller' -- Irish Times

‘This is an excellent book, and you do not need to play chess to enjoy it.' -- Sunday Telegraph

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Since 1948, the USSR had dominated the World Chess Championships - evidence, Moscow claimed, of the superiority of the Soviet system. But then came Bobby Fischer. A dysfunctional genius, Fischer was uniquely equipped to take on the Soviets. His every waking hour was devoted to the game and he had steamrollered all opposition to reach the championship. When he became increasingly volatile, Henry Kissinger telephoned Fischer and urged him on to fight for his country. 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 help him to fight back.


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