Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors: Part 4 - Fischer

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This book brings together the two greatest names in the history of chess. The author, Garry Kasparov, is the world number one, and by common consent, the greatest player ever. The subject of the book, Bobby Fischer, is the only American to have become world champion and is probably the greatest natural talent the world has ever seen.

In the period between 1955 and 1972, Fischer, more or less single-handedly, took on the might of the Soviet Chess Empire and won. During this time...

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Overview


This book brings together the two greatest names in the history of chess. The author, Garry Kasparov, is the world number one, and by common consent, the greatest player ever. The subject of the book, Bobby Fischer, is the only American to have become world champion and is probably the greatest natural talent the world has ever seen.

In the period between 1955 and 1972, Fischer, more or less single-handedly, took on the might of the Soviet Chess Empire and won. During this time Fischer scored astonishing successes, the likes of which had not been seen before. These included 11/11 in the 1963/64 U.S. Championship and match victories (en route to the World Championship) by the score of 6-0 against two of the strongest players in the world, Mark Taimanov and Bent Larsen. The climax of Fischer's campaign was his unforgettable match win in Reykjavik in 1972 against Boris Spassky.

However, Fischer is not only remembered for his achievements over-the-board, he is almost equally well-known for his temperamental behavior away from the board. He made extreme demands of all those around him, including tournament organizers. When these demands were not met he often refused to play. The 1972 match against Spassky required the intervention of no less than Henry Kissinger to smooth things over. In 1975, when he was due to defend his title against Anatoly Karpov, Fischer was completely unable to agree terms with FIDE (the World Chess Federation) and was defaulted. After this, he more or less gave up chess, playing only once, a "return" match against Spassky in 1992.

In this book, a must for all serious chess players, Kasparov deeply analyzes Fischer's greatest games and assesses the legacy of this great American genius.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857443950
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 962,554
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.26 (d)

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Garry Kasparov is generally regarded as the greatest chess player ever. He was the thirteenth World Champion, holding the title between 1985 and 2000. His tournament record is second to none, featuring numerous wins in the world's major events, often by substantial margins. Over the last few years he has taken first prize in ten consecutive major international events.
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    one top chess player analyzes the games of another

    The famed Russian chessmaster analyzes chess games of the legendary American Bobby Fisher against some of his strongest opponents during the years Fisher was recognized as the world's top chess player. In furnishing much material besides just a simple record of moves and occasional comments, Kasparov also presents lengthy discussions of the ups and downs of the competition during the tournaments and individual matches. The exceptional book on chess goes even beyond this to give a broad picture of the chess world of the time and the play of the noted chessmasters Samuel Reshevsky, Miguel Najdorf, and Bert Larsen. An invaluable book for serious chess players, while also of interest to ones attracted to the excitement and personalities of major chess tournaments; which in recent years have started to receive some media coverage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2005

    Another book in Bobby Fischer's Games

    Definately add this to your list of books on Bobby Fischer's Life and Games if you are a Fischer fan. I don't feel this book is as good as Kasporov's first and second books in this series. It does say something that in his fourth book Kasparov doesn't cover numerous players - just Fischer. Well, either to break his books up more to make more books, or simply because he really feels Fischer deserves such recognition? I didn't find so many typos (just a couple) as the other reviewers have suggested, though I was focusing on the coverage of Fischer (it is clear that Kasparov borrowed from other books to get his information - but that is a must to be complete). I did find at least one obvious mistake in the analysis, but other than that it seems right on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2005

    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors: Part 4 - Fischer

    I have noted in this and the other books written in this series by Kasporov - he has a real attitude. Kasparov tries to elevate himself by giving his point of views (in the games and otherwise) on other world champions. Though, complimentary in many areas to the other champions, including Fischer, there are some digs and put downs strategically aimed at the idea of showing Kasparov was (and is?) the strongest world champion of all time. The analysis of the games is good, but not great. Some typographical errors are there. Kasporov assumes his readers are rather strong players so forget it if you are not a fairly strong player yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2004

    A Book with an Attitude

    I got this book written by the former world chess champion Gary Kasporov and read it from cover to cover. I also have one of the other books in his same series. The analysis is fairly accurate, and is written for the above average tournament player - good for some, definately not for a player without serious tournament experience. There are some typos and it appears that most of the analysis matches my Fritz computer program for quality. It appears as if he used the same program! I have found in this book and the others he has written that Kasparov feels he is the absolute best player of all time and that the former world champions were inferior. It is understandable that because of his age that he is no longer on the very top, but he tends to still feel that he IS the best. Fischer in his prime would have given him a thrashing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2005

    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors: Part 4 - Fischer

    If you are into the life and games of Bobby Fischer this book adds yet another persective on him. The analysis is provided at a fairly high level (definately not for weaker players). Found a couple of typos and the analysis does have a few questionable areas. Overall the book is good.

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