From America’s foremost chess coach and game strategist for Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit comes a collection of highlights of chess history, instruction, and entertainment from the legendary Fischer years to today.
The brilliance and tumult of the Bobby Fischer years changed the chess world forever. The highest-rated chess player ever and the only player to wrest the title from the Russians since 1937, Fischer, with his devastating play and tempestuous temperament, provided challenge and inspiration for an entire generation of chess players. Two decades after Fischer’s world championship victory, another dashing young upstart won the crown—Gary Kasparov.
Offering you priceless coverage of these two champions and many others, this anthology also includes: *Extensive coverage of Fischer’s 11-0 1964 US Championship victory—the only shutout in its history *The best and most detailed coverage of the 1972 Fischer-Spassky World Championship match *Thorough coverage of how Fischer lost his title, including controversial correspondence by the champion himself *Complete coverage of Gary Kasparov’s career, from his debut at fifteen to the 1987 Karpov rematch *And much more!
With black-and-white drawings, diagrams, and photographs throughout, this is a one-of-a-kind collection no chess player should be without.
Bruce Pandolfini is one of the world’s most sought-after chess teachers and one of the most widely read chess writers working today. His role as analyst for PBS’s coverage of the 1972 match between chess superstars Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky first launched him into the public eye. His coaching of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin was portrayed in the book and film Searching for Bobby Fischer. He is a regular columnist for Chess Life, the bible of the chess world, and continues to coach young players professionally and consults for CEOs from numerous Fortune 500 companies. Pandolfini also created over 300 hypothetical games as a consultant for Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit. He lives in New York City.