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Art.-No.: LXFISM60MG

My 60 Memorable Games

384 pages, paperback, Batsford Chess, 5. edition 2008.

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A rare window into the mind of a chess icon, My 60 Memorable Games is perhaps the most inspirational and influential chess book ever written. First published in 1969, it contains Bobby Fischer's objective, honest and self-critical annotations to games he had won, drawn and even lost in the period from 1957 to 1967 - but from which he had also learned valuable lessons. Reading Fischer's intensely personal commentaries is like going back in time and watching live coverage of his over-the-board battles with the leading players of his day. Soon he would become the greatest of them all.

In contrast with the previous edition of this book, no alterations have been made to the text other than the conversion of moves into algebraic notation, making this an updated yet accurate reflection of the original book.

American-born chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer became famous as a teenager for his phenomenal chess-playing ability. In 1972, at the height of the Cold War, he won the world title from the Russian Boris Spassky in a gripping match that generated worldwide media interest. He died in 2008. Fischer not only played brilliant chess but raised the game to new levels of professionalism and his influence is still felt strongly today.

Author's Preface

The 60 games annotated in this volume were all played during 1957 trough '67 and, with the exception of nos. 44 and 50, under strict tournament conditions. The notes frequently include references to additional games, occasionally presenting them in full. An interested reader will find 34 of my earlier efforts in Bobby Fischer's Games of Chess (Simon and Schuster, 1959).

All of the 60 here offered contain, for me, something memorable and exciting - even the 3 losses. I have tried to be both candid and precise in my elucidations in the hope that they would offer insights into chess that will lead to fuller understanding and better play.

Finally, I wish to express my gratitude to Larry Evans, friend and colleague, for his invaluable aid in the preparation of the text as well as for his lucid introductions.

Robert J. Fischer

New York City

Details
Language English
Author Fischer, Bobby
Publisher Batsford Chess
Edition 5.
Medium Book
Weight 575 g
Width 15.2 cm
Height 23.2 cm
Pages 384
ISBN-13 9781906388300
Year of Publication 2008
Binding paperback
Diagrams 289
Contents

(B and W refer to Black and White)

013 1. Sherwin [B] New Jersey Open 1957

Too little, too late

018 2. Larsen [B] Portoroz 1958

Slaying the dragon

023 3. Petrosian [W] Portoroz 1958

Bear Hug

032 4. Pilnik [W] Mar del Plata 1959

Tact and tactics

038 5. Rossetto [B] Mar del Plata 1959

The unpleasant obligation

043 6. Shocron [B] Mar del Plata 1959

A small oversight

049 7. Olafsson [W] Zurich 1959

Pride goeth

054 8. Keres [B] Zurich 1959

Meat and potatoes

062 9. Walther [W] Zurich 1959

Betwixt the cup and the lip

068 10. Unzicker [B] Zurich 1959

Milking the Cow

074 11. Benko [B] Candidates' 1959

Unheard melodies 078 12. Gligorich [w] Candidates' 1959

Castling into it

087 13. Gligorich [B] Candidates' 1959

Something new

092 14. Keres [W] Candidates' 1959

Too many cooks

100 15. Smyslov [W] Candidates' 1959

A whopper

106 16. Petrosian [B] Candidates' 1959

Four Queens

116 17. Tal [B] Candidates' 1959

A very near miss

123 18. Spassky [W] Mar del Plata 1960

Old wine in a new bottle

128 19. Gudmundsson [W] Reykjavik 1960

A long voyage home

133 20. Euwe [B] Leipzig Olympic 1960

Theoretical scuffle

137 21. Letelier [W] Leipzig Olympic 1960

A Queen for the King

141 22. Szabo [W] Leipzig Olympic 1960

Bad judgment

145 23. Tal [B] Leipzig Olympic 1960

No holds barred

150 24. Darga [B] West Berlin 1960

Asking for trouble

156 25. Lombardy [W] USA Championship 1960-1

When the Maroczy didn 't bind 161 26. Reshevsky [B] 2nd match game 1961

Time will tell

167 27. Reshevsky [W] 5th match game 1961

Sheer pyrotechnics

175 28. Reshevsky [W] 11th match game 1961

A peccable draw

182 29. Geller [B] Bled 1961

Hoist with his own petard

187 30. Gligorich [W] Bled 1961

A lyrical performance

191 31. Petrosian [B] Bled 1961

The sincerest form of flattery

196 32. Tal [B] Bled 1961

The moral victor

201 33. Trifunovich [B] Bled 1961

The drawing master

207 34. Bertok [W] Stockholm 1962

Hanging pawns unhung

212 35. Bolbochan [B] Stockholm 1962

A brilliant cadenza

218 36. Korchnoi [B] Stockholm 1962

Gaston and Alphonse

225 37. Keres [W] Curacao 1962

Only a draw

234 38. Keres [B] Curacao 1962

Detective story

240 39. Botvinnik [W] Varna Olympic 1962

The confrontation 254 40. Najdorf [B] Varna Olympic 1962

The Najdorf Variation

260 41. Robatsch [B] Varna Olympic 1962

A bright cameo

265 42. Unzicker [W] Varna Olympic 1962

Playing by ear

269 43. Reshevsky [B] USA Championship 1962-3

The missing link

276 44. Fine [B] Skittles Game 1963

Shock treatment

280 45. Bisguier [B] New York State Open 1963

Ghosts

286 46. Benko [B] USA Championship 1963-4

Romp

291 47. Bisguier [B] USA Championship 1963-4

The Indian sign?

297 48. R.Byrne [W] USA Championship 1963-4

The brilliancy prize

302 49. Steinmeyer [B] USA Championship 1963-4

A complex trap.

306 50. Celle [B] Exhibition Tour 1964

Tour de force

311 51. Smyslov [B] Havana (Capablanca Memorial) 1965

Squeeze play

318 52. Rossolimo [B] USA Championship 1965-6

Peekabooo strategy

324 53. Portisch [W] Santa Monica 1966

Black magic 331 54. Najdorf [B] Santa Monica 1966

Najdorf's night off from the Najdorf

338 55. Bednarsky [B] Havana Olympic 1966

The price of incaution

343 56. Gligorich [B] Havana Olympic 1966

The Fischer continuation

350 57. Larsen [W] Monaco 1967

Change of pace

359 58. Geller [B] Skopje 1967

Flawed masterpiece

366 59. Kholmov [W] Skopje 1967

The erring Bishop

371 60. Stein [B] Sousse 1967

When champions meet

381Bobby Fischer's Tournament and Match Record 383Index to Openings

383List of Opponents

My 60 Memorable Games

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