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The Bobby Fischer I Knew, and other stories

359 pages, paperback, Hardinge, 2003.

From the Series »Hardinge Simpole Chess Classics«

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This Damon Runyon-like work will be around well into the Twenty-first Century to inform future chess generations about such greats as Bobby Fischer and world champion Gary Kasparov as well as the "guys and dolls" of the New York chess scene during the fabled Golden Era of the 1930s and 1940s. In the Introduction, five-time U.S. Champion Larry Evans writes that the authors capture "some of the most raucous and colorful figures in 20th Century chess" with a "Dickensian precision." Yet there is plenty of hard chess in this big book - over 300 games and positions, many never before published, and which contain interesting opening ideas that have either been forgotten or neglected in the manuals. Grandmaster Arnold Denker is known as the Grand Old Man of American Chess. In this memoir, GM Denker - who was US chess champion from 1944 to 1946 - skillfully intertwines with his own life the stories of great chess men whom he knew and loved. Denker, who is renowned as a chess raconteur, was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 1993. His co-author is Larry Parr, a former Editor ofChess Life (1984-1988). Mr Parr has received more individual awards for excellence from the Chess [oumalists of America than any other chess writer.

Language English
Author Denker, Arnold
Parr, Larry
Publisher Hardinge
Series Hardinge Simpole Chess Classics
Medium Book
Weight 220 g
Width 14 cm
Height 21.5 cm
Pages 359
ISBN-10 1843820803
ISBN-13 978-1843820802
Year of Publication 2003
Binding paperback

001 Foreword: by Grandmaster Larry Evans

005 Introduction: Babbitts and Botvinniks

Section I: Men of the Manhattan

015 Chapter I: Albert Pinkus: The Indiana Iones of Chess

035 Chapter 11: Death Be Not Proud of Dreams Destroyed

043 Chapter III: Oscar Tenner: A Character if Ever There Was One

052 Chapter IV: A Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

061 Chapter V: The Frightened, Little Rabbit

071 Chapter VI: The Incomparable Max

075 Chapter VII: A Knight in Shining Armar

085 Chapter VIII: The Kenesaw Mountain Landis of Chess

Section II: Chess Among the Stars

093 Chapter IX: Starry Knights in Hollywood

102 Chapter X: The Bobby Fischer I Knew

113 Chapter XI: One-on-One with Kasparov

120 Chapter XII: Fine Distinctions

132 Chapter XIII: The Little Big Man of Chess

148 Chapter XIV: "I Am an Officer of the Czar!"

155 Chapter XV: The Man Who Beat Alexander Alekhine

170 Chapter XVI: An Offer I Couldn't Refuse

178 Chapter XVII: The Gentle Giant of Chess

191 Chapter XVIII: Isaac Kashdan: The Gentle, Scientific Grandmaster

200 Chapter XIX: Al Horowitz: He Burned the Candle at Both Ends

211 Chapter XX: The Paderewski of Chess

221 Chapter XXI: An American Original

236 Chapter XXII: Move Over, Valentino!

Section III: Chess Among the Bowery Boys

251 Chapter XXIII: For George Treysman the Pay Was the Thing

262 Chapter XXIV: Stormin' Norman: Caissa's Conman

275 Chapter XXV: Road to the Rapture

278 Chapter XXVI: The Poetaster of Chess

Section IV: Chess Among the Scholarati

295 Chapter XXVII: The Man of a Hundred Books

306 Chapter XXVIII: Mr. Believe It or Not

314 Chapter XXIX: uA Gentleman of the Old School"

328 Chapter XXX: "Mr, Helms," aPerfeet Gentleman

339 Afterword: by Grandmaster Lev Alburt

345 Index One: Game Index

351 Index Two: Name Index

The Bobby Fischer I Knew, and other stories