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The Unstoppable American

Jan Timman tells the full story of Bobby Fischer's sensational run to the world title, and takes a current look at the games.

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Initially things looked gloomy for Bobby Fischer. Because he had refused to participate in the 1969 US Championship, he had missed his chance to qualify for the 1970 Interzonal Tournament in Palma de Mallorca. Only when another American, Pal Benko, withdrew in his favor, and after the officials were willing to bend the rules, could Bobby enter the contest. And begin his phenomenal run that would end with the Match of the Century in Reykjavik against World Champion Boris Spassky.

Fischer started out by sweeping the field at the 23-round Palma Interzonal to qualify for the next stage of the cycle. In the Candidates Matches I first faced Mark Taimanov, in Vancouver. Fischer trounced the Soviet ace, effectively ending Taimanov's career. Then, a few months later in Denver, he was up against Bent Larsen, the Great Dane. Fischer annihilated him, too. The surreal score in those two matches, twice 6-0, flabbergasted chess fans all over the world.

In the ensuing Candidates Final in Buenos Aires, Fischer also made short shrift of former World Champion Tigran Petrosian, beating the hyper-solid Armenian Tiger 61 61⁄2-21⁄2. Altogether, Fischer had scored an incredible 36 points from 43 games against many of the world's best players, including a streak of 19 consecutive wins. Bobby Fischer had become not just a national hero in the US, but a household name with pop-star status all over the world.

Jan Timman chronicles the full story of Fischer's sensational run and takes a fresh look at the games. The annotations are in the author's trademark lucid style, that happy mix of colorful background information and sharp, crystal-clear explanations.

Jan Timman is the author of many bestselling books. His Timman's Titans won the 2017 ECF Book of the Year Award. In The Longest Game, Timman revisited the epic rivalry between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov. His most recent book Timman Tris Triumphs: My 100 Best Games again met with wide acclaim.

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NC-5412

Data sheet

Product Type
Paper
Language
English
Theme
Players
Level
Everyone
Author
GM Jan Timman
No. Pages
256
Year published
2021
ISBN
9789056919788

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ISBN
9789056919788
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