Endgame: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Bobby Fischer

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Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall by Frank Brady In 1943 a genius was born. That genius had a gift for playing the game of chess, genius that showed itself at a very young age. He became obsessed with the game, studied it endlessly to the exclusion of everything else. By 16, he was a high school dropout, and a chess grandmaster. He was already well on his way to becoming the world chess champion. At 29, Bobby Fischer played the championship game against Russia’s Boris Spassky as the whole world watched. Even people the world over with no interest in chess followed the competition. The meeting of the two leading world powers (United States and Russia), then in the heat of the intense Cold War, came together over a chess board. It was Bobby Fischer’s greatest moment. Endgame by Frank Brady examines Bobby Fischer’s rise to greatness. His childhood is chronicled, his rise to worldwide fame explored, and ultimately his madness which escalated and intensified with each passing year was described and documented. As chess became less a part of his life, his attention focused instead on hate. He became a vicious and vile person. Venom poured from his lips, his hatred resounding across worldwide radio broadcasts targeting primarily Jews and America/Americans. His hate list also included Russia, Japan, the Union Bank of Switzerland, most chess grandmasters he had met and often befriended but eventually loathed, any and all medical treatments, noise, and so much more. Eventually he even added Iceland and all Icelanders to his hate list and felt no obligation for their courtesies and royal treatment of him. Yet somehow, inexplicably and contrary to my feelings about this loathsome madman, I was moved by his death. Readers do not have to know how to move a pawn or a knight, or even what pieces are played in the game of chess. This fascinating book is written for a broad audience, and is written well.