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I was a Victim of Bobby Fischer (pb)

248 pages, paperback, Quality, 1. edition 2021, original edition 1991

From the series »Chess Classics«

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In 1971 Robert James Fischer defeated Mark Taimanov by the sensational score of 6– 0 in Vancouver, but the match games were far more competitive and tension-filled than the final score would suggest. Twenty years later Taimanov put pen to paper, reflecting on the experience. Exactly 50 years after the match, this is the first English translation of Taimanov’s original Russian text.

Taimanov, one of the elite Soviet grandmasters of his time, provides a richly detailed, honest and emotional account of the drama on and off the board. Despite the catastrophic match score, his love for the game of chess is evident throughout. Taimanov also discusses his early acquaintance with Fischer from 1960, including detailed annotations of both of their pre-1971 games, as well as the personal consequences of the match result.

With fascinating additional archive material and analytical contributions from some of the brightest young stars of the American chess scene today, I was a Victim of Bobby Fischer is the ultimate insight into one of the most famous matches in chess history.

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Weight 620 g
Manufacturer Quality
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2021
Author Mark Taimanow
Series Chess Classics
Language English
Edition 1
Year of Original Version 1991
Pages 248
Binding paperback

004 Key to Symbols used

005 Publisher’s Foreword

007 A Necessary Foreword (1993)

009 Preface (1992)

Bobby Fischer, as I Knew Him

013 1) Fischer - In Life and at the Chess Board

029 2) His Personal Development - Talent, Character, Image

035 3) The Pinnacle of a Career

047 4) Breakdown

The Long-Suffering Duel

053 5) ‘Civil Execution’

057 6) On the Eve of the Match

063 7) The Start - Game 1

075 8) Endgame Catastrophe - Game 2

095 9) The Most Bitter Game - Game 3

109 10) Agony - Game 4

123 11) “I’m sorry” - Game 5

139 12) The End - Game 6

The Aftermath

153 13) The Origins of Fischer’s Reclusion

155 14) Postscript


161 15) Translator’s Notes

167 16) Additional Games

189 17) Additional Material

195 18) 45 Years Later

201 19) 12 Interesting Positions - by GM Jacob Aagaard

207 20) Thoughts and Solutions

247 Name Index

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