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Bobby Fischer Goes To War

Bobby Fischer Goes To War

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"Outstanding .. The definitive account of this historic struggle" Nigel Short.
David Edmonds & John Eidinow
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.
Only a dysfunctional genius such as Fischer was equipped to take on the Soviet machine. His every waking hour was devoted to the game. He had steamrollered all opposition to reach the championship final. When he became increasingly volatile, Henry Kissinger phoned him, urging Fischer to fight for his country.
Against him was Spassky: complex, sensitive, the most un-Soviet of champions. As the authors reveal, when Spassky began to lose, the KGB decided to step in.
Drawing upon unpublished Soviet and US records, this is a fascinating story of history, politics and chess. And at its core it is a human tragedy, a story of brilliance and triumph, hubris and despair.
David Edmonds and John Eidinow are award winning BBC journalists whose first book "Wittgenstein's Poker" was highly acclaimed. Here, drawing on unpublished U.S. and Russian documents, the authors tell, for the first time, the true story of the personalities and politics involved in the Fischer-Spassky match.
Published 2004, softback, 314 pages.

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