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What Chess Books did Bobby Fischer Read throughout his career.


  • 4 years ago · Quote · #1

    JKO

    I was curious what books did bobby fischer use to become as great as he was? For those of you who did not know, Bobby's chess library was sold an an auction in new york for $50 000. But unfortunately i have been unable to contact the winner of the auction. if anyone has any information on the books in his personal library, please leave a comment or send me a message. Thanks

     

    JKO

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #2

    JKO

    does it give titles?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #3

    fyy0r

    According to Frank Brady in "Bobby Fischer: Profile of a Prodigy", from what he seen, Bobby Fischer had about 400 books, and thousands of magazines.  Most of the content was focused on openings and tournament games.  Endgames and game collections were next in quantity.  Apparently there were almost no books on player biographies, chess history, or chess sets - with the exception of a biography on Lasker by Hannak.

     

    http://books.google.com/books?id=AbcgKnUs0CkC&pg=PA11&lpg=PP1&ots=o-ZRAyswNo&dq=bobby+fischer+profile+of+a+prodigy

     

    Go here and read page 11 and 12.  Should help.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #4

    Here_Is_Plenty

    He read books?  What a nerd.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #5

    Liberalviewer1

    Here_Is_Plenty wrote:

    He read books?  What a nerd.


    Indeed! HA! HA! Chess players are like jocks. All muscles and no brains!

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #6

    Estragon

    According to the late SM Ken Smith, who was publisher of Chess Digest and a leading book dealer in the '60s and '70s, Fischer ordered lots of books, especially tournament books (which were the primitive form of "databases") and especially those which were hard to get in this country.  He probably didn't find it necessary to keep many of them after reading them, though.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #7

    MrDurdan

    He was also a member of the Manhattan Chess Club which had its own library of books which Fischer "absorbed like a sponge."

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #8

    raul72

    The new book "Endgame" says his first book was found in a summer boys camp when he was around 8---Reinfeld's Tarrasch's best games of Chess. Bobby's mother was very good at finding free boys camps every summer for Bobby to attend.Smile

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #9

    lollolbuddha

    Liberalviewer1 wrote:
    Here_Is_Plenty wrote:

    He read books?  What a nerd.


    Indeed! HA! HA! Chess players are like jocks. All muscles and no brains!

    i think u meant the other way round u noobTongue out

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #10

    jambyvedar

    Fischer just love to read chess books. I have read in Inside Chess Magazine that Fischer(I think it's 1992) bought many Chess Books, and one of the book is about Kasparov..

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #11

    indurain

    As well as reading chess books generally, Fischer sought the compilation of "books" containing games of specific players.

    Bob Wade compiled such books for Bobby Fischer. These contained the complete games of various opponents who Fischer had to play. Spassky's complete games was compiled for Fischer by Wade. 

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #12

    kenneth67

    JKO wrote:

    I was curious what books did bobby fischer use to become as great as he was? For those of you who did not know, Bobby's chess library was sold an an auction in new york for $50 000. But unfortunately i have been unable to contact the winner of the auction. if anyone has any information on the books in his personal library, please leave a comment or send me a message. Thanks

     

    JKO

    Dear JKO, I'm not sure about the books, but someone who may know what happened to them is John Crumiller, aka "NM ComputoJon" on this site.

    Here is the link to a former discussion with him regarding some important chess sets he has collected: http://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-players/new-jersey-man-plays-out-a-dream 

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #13

    indurain

    rigamagician wrote:

    The rumour is that the red book Fischer carried around during the 1972 match was actually the Weltgeschichte Des Schachs volume on Spassky.  There is a thread here on this book.

    Thanks for that interesting link, RigaLaughing

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #14

    ChrisWainscott

    One book that Frank Brady mentions by name that Fischer read as a youngster was 500 Master Games of Chess by Tarrasch...

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #15

    russAgm

    My thing is this, we are told time and time again that the best way to improve for players under 2000, is by studying tactics - and that we should almost exclusively be studying tactics. 

    Yet, arguably the greatest player to ever play this game, didn't have one book on tactics and from what I can tell never spent time studying tactics. I even believe he was quoted telling someone who wanted a chess lesson, to go and read MCO, and when the guy came back to him a month later and said he was ready for his next lesson Fischer told him to go read it again.

    So, all this about studying tactics, when Fischer studied openings and games. Makes me wonder what the best method really is.

  • 5 weeks ago · Quote · #16

    nimzotech

    ChrisWainscott wrote:

    One book that Frank Brady mentions by name that Fischer read as a youngster was 500 Master Games of Chess by Tarrasch...

    The author is a different doctor. Dr. Tartakower and J. du Monte wrote 500 Master Games of Chess.

  • 5 weeks ago · Quote · #17

    notmtwain

    JKO wrote:

    I was curious what books did bobby fischer use to become as great as he was? For those of you who did not know, Bobby's chess library was sold an an auction in new york for $50 000. But unfortunately i have been unable to contact the winner of the auction. if anyone has any information on the books in his personal library, please leave a comment or send me a message. Thanks

     

    JKO

    A 2005 article still on Chessbase site, Bobby Fischer's Life for Sale- on Ebay said these were the books being auctioned. Even though these books appear to be in Russian or German, perhaps some of these books can be recognized.

  • 5 weeks ago · Quote · #18

    chessmicky

    All of them!

  • 5 weeks ago · Quote · #19

    Fixing_A_Hole

    chessmicky wrote:

    All of them!

    Beat me to it Frown

  • 5 weeks ago · Quote · #20

    yyoochess

    russAgm wrote:

    My thing is this, we are told time and time again that the best way to improve for players under 2000, is by studying tactics - and that we should almost exclusively be studying tactics. 

    Yet, arguably the greatest player to ever play this game, didn't have one book on tactics and from what I can tell never spent time studying tactics. I even believe he was quoted telling someone who wanted a chess lesson, to go and read MCO, and when the guy came back to him a month later and said he was ready for his next lesson Fischer told him to go read it again.

    So, all this about studying tactics, when Fischer studied openings and games. Makes me wonder what the best method really is.

    Fischer did a tremendous amount of tactical training.  He played tons and tons of blitz.


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