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You know what Four stars Not five maybe just because some A hole scribbled in my margins But this book surprised me Of course you know the story of the on and off stage near high school year book committee grade tantrum throwing and eventual triumph of the eccentric American over the Communist blah blah blah Fischer s weird virtuosity and Spassky s stoicism as well as the deep history and rugged physical beauty of the match s Icelandic setting give writers free rein to unleash their full m You know what Four stars Not five maybe just because some A hole scribbled in my margins But this book surprised me Of course you know the story of the on and off stage near high school year book committee grade tantrum throwing and eventual triumph of the eccentric American over the Communist blah blah blah Fischer s weird virtuosity and Spassky s stoicism as well as the deep history and rugged physical beauty of the match s Icelandic setting give writers free rein to unleash their full metaphoric and melodramatic arsenal Yes, there s a lot of 34 R Q5ch K K3 35 RxPch K K2 and suchlike until 37 R QB6 and Black resigns Heartfelt 107 page recap of the eponymous Chess Match of the Century by Roberts Fischer, the mad genius, temperamental, almost some say boorish behavior is quite entertaining A foreward on host country Iceland sets the stage.The game by game commentary is inadequate with a dated annotation style, but I didn t deduct a star because you can simply skip this section. This book was published shortly after the Fischer Spassky world championship match in Reykjavik was won by Bobby Fischer on September 1, 1972 It is a very interesting summary, covering everything from the basic rules of chess, to Fischer s unbelievable progression through the elimination tournaments during which he won 20 straight games against some of the world s top grandmasters, with not even a single draw , to the personalities of the players and the incredible shenanigans of Fischer leadi This book was published shortly after the Fischer Spassky world championship match in Reykjavik was won by Bobby Fischer on September 1, 1972 It is a very interesting summary, covering everything from the basic rules of chess, to Fischer s unbelievable progression through the elimination tournaments during which he won 20 straight games against some of the world s top grandmasters, with not even a single draw , to the personalities of the players and the incredible shenanigans of Fischer leading up to the actual match The journalism is excellent throughout, including the long Introduction in which the author relates how he was given instruction in chess of which he knew next to nothing prior to commencing the assignment in Iceland Since the book was published in 1972, there was no way of the author knowing that Fischer, true to his extreme anti social personality, would never defend his title, and slowly lapse into semi obscurity The commentaries on the games are not quite as good, simply because of the format chosen Apparently the commentaries were done by Al Horowitz and Sammy Reshevsky, though that is not made clear in the text The main problem is that the commentaries with perhaps a scant diagram or two precede the notation given for the move by move description, rather than being integrated into the moves This makes the commentaries hard to follow.The book can be read by a non chess player very easily, by leaving aside the last section of the book containing the game commentaries Theinteresting game by game report of the match is presented prior to that section Finally, the book contains a beautiful Forward by Katharine Scherman on the country of Iceland This alone makes the book worth a glance if you ever have a chance, and made me add Iceland to my list of places to see Scherman produced a book on Iceland a few years later called Daughter of Fire A Portrait of Iceland, now out of print but readily available Very enjoyable Gave a good summary of the rules of chess and simple strategy which played nicely into the documentary style overview of a special match that is probably not talked about enough I found this book at my parents house it was my dads old original copy and I can see why he always had a chess board lying around the house This book makes you want to appreciate the game at a minimum. Remember the world championship chess match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer Seems like so long ago From the early 1970s, this match featured an American becoming champion.This book discusses the background to the match including discussion over the chessboard itself to the games themselves Two appendices are includes one the stamndard rules for a world championship match and special rules created for Spassky versus Fischer.A trip back in time Lots of fun to revisit this event Remember the world championship chess match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer Seems like so long ago From the early 1970s, this match featured an American becoming champion.This book discusses the background to the match including discussion over the chessboard itself to the games themselves Two appendices are includes one the stamndard rules for a world championship match and special rules created for Spassky versus Fischer.A trip back in time Lots of fun to revisit this event A few evenings ago, we watched Pawn Sacrifice , Toby Maguirre s nice movie account of the 1971 Fischer Spassky match in Iceland The movie sent me to my book shelves where I located an old copy of the NY Times book on the match It s a fun book and eclectic in ways that I suspect only books can be, mixing sections on the rules of chess and the history and culture of Iceland with reportage on the rivals and their camps and analyses of the actual games I enjoyed rereading it, and in doing so, r A few evenings ago, we watched Pawn Sacrifice , Toby Maguirre s nice movie account of the 1971 Fischer Spassky match in Iceland The movie sent me to my book shelves where I located an old copy of the NY Times book on the match It s a fun book and eclectic in ways that I suspect only books can be, mixing sections on the rules of chess and the history and culture of Iceland with reportage on the rivals and their camps and analyses of the actual games I enjoyed rereading it, and in doing so, remembering being 14, and following the match as it played out both on the board and the world stage Great coverage of the cold war, players and negotiation efforts to host the World Championship.Good description of matches but inadequate presentation considering these were games that lasted 30 50 moves and are only covered by 1 or 2 diagrams each. I registered a book at BookCrossing.com I registered a book at BookCrossing.com (Download Pdf) â Fischer/Spassky: The New York Times Report on the Chess Match of the Century, é Remember the world championship chess match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer Seems like so long ago From the early s, this match featured an American becoming champion This book discusses the background to the match including discussion over the chessboard itself to the games themselves Two appendices are includes one the stamndard rules for a world championship match and special rules created for Spassky versus Fischer For chess nerds and chess nerd wannabes Like me.