Bobby Fischer Goes To War by David Edmonds and John Eidinow

To be honest, I have found this book a little bit of a let down.

If you are a regular reader here you will know that I have recently resurrected my interest in the game of Chess and this famous World Championship match seemed to be the perfect way to supplement my expanding and widening interest in all facets of the game.

But, as I said, I have been disappointed.  I found the author to have a plodding, disjointed writing style that doesn’t lend itself well to what is a historic match.  Instead of distributing the entertainment evenly throughout he some how manages to take away any excitement that could have been had all together.

I know you may be asking ‘How can a Chess match possibly be exciting?’ and I will give you an example of how I think the author gets it wrong.  The apparent KGB involvement is hardly mentioned until the very end of the book.  Instead of distributing this in relevant places throughout the story, this information is kept for the final chapters as a kind of post-mortem.  Maybe it is just me and this really is a great read, but I found it rather dry and lacking in the kind of substance that would have had me plowing through it.

I am sure that there are books about this historic event that include a move by move account of the games but it’s a cardinal sin, in my opinion, that none of this was included, not even the key games.

All in all a big disappointment.


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