Everyone knows of Bobby Fischer, chess prodigy who battled wits against the Russians over a chessboard during the Cold War. But how many people actually knew him? Apparently not many. The author wrote a biography of Fischer when he was at the top of his game, and knew him quite well at that time. Now, the author has written the whole story of Fischer’s life, from his introduction to chess, to his struggle with the law and what may have been mental illness, to his death in Iceland. It’s an enlightening look at a legend that begs the question: is talent something you are born with? Or something which is learned?
If you are interested in chess and the “perfect games” which have been played through history I definitely recommend The Immortal Game. It’s a great book about a particular match that is just amazing. I was wowed by it and I am an awful chess player.
The Non-fiction Book Discussion Group will be meeting at the Bridgewater Library on Thursday, May 12th to discuss Endgame.