Bobby Fischer Books

Bamboo58

Hi Folks

I need some guidance.

What do you consider the best books written by Bobby Fischer, written about Bobby Fischer and the best books written about the 1972 World Chess Championship Match?

Thank you in advance

kindaspongey
Bamboo58 wrote:

… by Bobby Fischer, ...

My 60 Memorable Games

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708234047/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review684.pdf

Checkmate: Bobby Fischer's Boys' Life Columns

https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/3708.pdf

kindaspongey
Bamboo58 wrote:

… about Bobby Fischer ...

Bobby Fischer: The Career and Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion by Karsten Müller

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708091151/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review708.pdf

https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/2741.pdf

Bobby Fischer: From Chess Genius to Legend by various

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708093235/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review388.pdf

Bobby Fischer Comes Home by Helgi Olafsson

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708091028/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review844.pdf

http://www.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Bobby-Fischer-Comes-Home-80p3794.htm

http://www.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Bobby-Fischer-Comes-Home-80p3704.htm

http://www.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Bobby-Fischer-Comes-Home-80p3708.htm

Bobby Fischer Rediscovered by Andrew Soltis

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708094239/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review403.pdf

Bobby Fischer, the Wandering King by Hans Böhm & Kees Jongkind

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708233207/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review480.pdf

Chess Exam: Matches Against Chess Legends, You vs. Bobby Fischer by Igor Khmelnitsky

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708111904/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review719.pdf

The Unknown Bobby Fischer by John Donaldson & Eric Tangborn

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708105811/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/unknownfischer.txt

Russians versus Fischer (2d ed.) by Dmitry Plisetsky & Sergey Voronkov

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708105931/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review505.pdf

Endgame by Frank Brady

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708103430/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review811.pdf

Fischer: Move by Move

https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7548.pdf

Four Part Fischer Opus

http://www.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Four-Part-Fischer-Opus-80p3920.htm

Bobby Fischer for Beginners

kindaspongey
Bamboo58 wrote:

... about the 1972 World Chess Championship Match ...

Bobby Fischer Goes to War by David Edmonds & John Eidinow

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708111742/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review431.pdf

Fischer World Champion! (3rd. ed.) by Max Euwe & Jan Timman

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708103547/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review344.pdf

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708112045/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review690.pdf

Bobby Fischer’s Conquest of the World Chess Championship

http://www.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Bobby-Fischers-Conquest-of-the-World-Chess-Championship-80p3549.htm

RussBell
  • Garry Kasparov on Fischer: Garry Kasparov On My Great Predecessors, Part 4 by Garry Kasparov
  • Bobby Fischer: Profile of a Prodigy by Frank Brady
  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness by Frank Brady
  • Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How A Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine by David Edmonds
  • Bobby Fischer: Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion by Lou Hays

 

lots of Bobby Fischer books...

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_13?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=bobby+fischer&sprefix=bobby+fischer%2Cstripbooks%2C199&crid=3QK5MFYY32YZX

 

kindaspongey
RussBell wrote:

Kasparov on Fischer: Garry Kasparov On My Great Predecessors, Part 4 by Garry Kasparov ...

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708112445/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review459.pdf

kingfish66

I liked “Bobby Fisher Goes to War” by David Edmonds and John Eidinow. You can listen to the audiobook book for free with Hoopla.

RussBell

Also of possible interest, particularly from a historical perspective, is "Extreme Chess: World Championships 1935-1937-1972" by C.J.S.Purdy (who in 1953 became the first World Correspondence Chess Champion) which annotates the complete games of three world championship matches, including Fischer-Spassky 1972.  As well the book contains player's bios and commentary and the stories behind the games, and the chess era of the time...a very interesting book for those interested in these players and matches.  In fact Purdy contends that "For accuracy combined with entertainment, the [1937] match was probably the best ever played, the 1935 match coming a good second."

The annotated matches:

Alekhine-Euwe 1 - 1935

Alekhine-Euwe 2 - 1937

Fischer-Spassky - 1972

https://www.amazon.com/EXTREME-CHESS-World-Championships-1935/dp/0938650815/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527589424&sr=1-2&keywords=extreme+chess

 

Bamboo58

Thanks for the ideas. I will follow up on a few.

kindaspongey

If I remember correctly, the late GM Evans once expressed his approval of that book.

RussBell

An interesting article on Bobby Fischer by GM Larry Evans.  Evans knew Fischer as well as anyone, as for a time he was Fischer's second...

https://www.chess.com/blog/ttiot/the-bobby-fischer-that-we-loved

 

BoggleMeBrains

My favourite chess book of all is Fischer vs Spassky: The Chess Match of the Century by Svetozar Gligoric.  When I started playing chess as a kid in the early 90s, I only had a couple of basic beginner books, and not much else.  No internet, no chess club, nobody to play against except my Grandpa, and no connection to the world of chess.  One day, at my grandparents' house, I found my uncle's yellowing old copy of Gligoric's book that had been gathering dust for 20 years.  It was the first time I could play through real grandmaster games.  Suffice to say, my love for this book is probably out of all proportion to how good it actually is.

 

Sadly, it's long since out of print, but tracking down a reasonably priced second hand copy doesn't seem to be too difficult.

 

verylate

More has been written about Fischer than by Fischer. Given his stature in chess history, how else could it be?

I have, or have had on my shelves, My 60 Memorable Games (I still have it. Love it!), Frank Brady's Profile of a Prodigy (a story well told, and a nice selection of games but the notes are pretty sparse. Brady was a story teller, not a chess master), and Edmar Mednis' How to Beat Bobby Fischer. All 3 are worth having. I borrowed Brad Darrach's BFvtROtW. It was a fun read, but not much more.

I have to admit I haven't bought or even more than glanced at any of the many books about Fischer's 2 matches with Spasski. I have heard good things about Gligorich's Fischer vs Spassky: The Chess Match of the Century, maybe I should give it another look one day. Also Kasparov's MGP part 4. When I have time to read and digest.

BoggleMeBrains
verylate wrote:

I have heard good things about Gligorich's Fischer vs Spassky: The Chess Match of the Century, maybe I should give it another look one day.

 

I think it is a good book despite being unable to look at it objectively, but sadly nobody reading this thread can experience it the way I did - I'd never heard of Fischer or Spassky when I first picked it up.