Author: Müller, Karsten (1970- )
Publisher: Russell Enterprises, Inc
Place: Milford, CT
408 pages with diagrams, photographs, tables and indices. Quarto (10 1/4" x 7") bound in original red boards with gilt lettering to spine. Foreword by Larry Evans. Opening survey by Andy Soltis. Number 30 of a limited edition of 500.
The years after the Second World War saw international chess dominated by the Soviets - Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian and then Spassky held the world crown, treating it as if it were almost an integral part of of their country's heritage. There were occasional flashes of brilliance in the West - Reshevsky, Najdorf, and later Larsen - but no one really mounted a serious challenge to the Soviet hegemony. Then, in the mid 1950s, a lone genius from Brooklyn emerged. Obsessed with chess, all his waking hours were devoted to finding truth on the 64 squares. It was an unrelenting, sometimes frustrating quest, but he persevered, eventually emerging as perhaps the greatest natural chess talent ever. Now, for the first time, every one of his tournament and match games is presented with insightful explanations and analysis. Best selling chess author, German International Grandmaster, Karsten Muller, annotates each game of the player many believe to be the greatest of all time. These wonderfully annotated games are supplemented by cross-tables of every major tournament and match in which Fischer participated, dozens of archival photographs, along with brief comments and observations putting the play of the great champion into historical perspective.
A fine copy in like jacket.