- 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 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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
Bobby Fischer Goes to War by David Edmonds and John Eidinow details the occasion when Bobby Fischer met Boris Spassky in one of the most thrilling and politically charged chess matches of all time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The opening chapters describe the childhoods and crucibles that forged the World Champion Chess careers of Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer. Brought up solely by his Mother in Brooklyn, Fischer's main struggle in these early years was with the rest of world, desperately trying to exclude everything but his growing mania for the 64 squares. His world collapses inwards, and this warped battlefield is the territory where Bobby would fight all his wars.
Spassky grows up in a land ravaged by Stalinism, characterised by poverty and paranoia. His struggles are more determined by survival than Bobby's comparatively cushioned life. Spassky develops a strong patriotic love for his country, but not it's ruling political ideology, with which he is always at odds. He is a Russian, not a Soviet, never endorsing the party line as his superiors would wish, and at times making comments that would land a less privileged individual in jail or hospital.
The book is fascinating in its insights into the importance of Chess to the Soviet mind, how it becomes politicised into a proof that the superiority of the Russian players means a validation of the superiority of the Soviet worldview.
The insights given into the Chess cultures of both America and Russia are also a fascinating way of exploring the hold Chess has on the imaginations of many, and how these are worked out.
Fischer's incredible hat-trick defeat of Russian Champions makes for a compelling read.Read more ›
This book details the events and characters that led up to the 1972 World Championship match in Reykjavik, Iceland. You don't have to be a chess player to read this (almost none of the actual game details are covered here - there are many other books that perform this task). The focus is on how a lone American challenged for and finally won the world title, a title that had been held by the Soviets since the end of World War II. The Cold War between these two countries forms the backdrop for this encounter, and incredible as it may sound, diplomats, lawyers, the KGB, high political figures in both countries, and multi-millionaires helped create and shape many of the events leading to the match - for a game that had, at the time, perhaps 10,000 serious adherents in the U.S.
The authors delve deeply into the characters of both Bobby and Boris Spassky, giving a large amount of biographical detail, some of which is either not widely known or newly revealed here, using as sources both FBI files and documents from the KGB and other Soviet agencies. Their assessments of the mental state of both participants will generally ring true, amply supported by documents, interview material, photos and assessments by other grandmasters, though at times I thought they may have gone a bit overboard with generalizations.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book about the world of chess before the match of the century. What I liked most about the book was that good background is provided regarding Fischer's opponents, it's a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stanley Sokol
This is a well researched and written book that probably concentrates a bit too much on the other things going on during the 1972 world championship match and not a lot on the... Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2014 by Nigel Hughes
I've been reading quite a few Bobby Fisher autobiographies and this one was as good as any other. For any Bobby Fisher fan - this book is worth reading.Published on 11 April 2013 by olivier sainson
This is the story of the epic 1972 World Chess Championship between Bobby Fischer ( the chess genius and challenger ) and Boris Spassky ( the Champion ). Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2011 by Mr. Leong Wai Hong
A compelling account of the 1972 world chess championship, accessible to non-chess players and of interest to students of the Cold War: the account of this match is well... Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2011 by Aidan J. McQuade
This could have been a brilliant, sharp essay, but instead it has been extended into book length, making it tedious. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2008 by Nt Deregowski
'Bobby Fischer Goes to War' is an in-depth account of the fischer-spassky matches in Reykjavik in 1972. Read morePublished on 11 July 2008 by Spider Monkey
Not much to add to what's already been said, except to confirm that this is a thoroughly engrossing, fascinating and riveting account of the Fischer/Spassky match. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2007 by Baz