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Movie Review: Pawn Sacrifice (2015) *Still Searching for Bobby Fischer*

Pawn Sacrifice, Bobby Fishcer, Tobey Maguire

Eight years after his death, Bobby Fischer continues to fascinate people.  He was the most unlikely of weapons in a war between super powers, a deeply disturbed individual, and a prodigy the likes of which comes alone perhaps every hundred years.  There are a number of good biographies about the chess genius and there have been several films, but none has really captured Fischer and no actor has given a definitive portrayal of one of the 20th century’s most complex minds.  Edward Zwick, who has directed some of my favorite films (Glory, Legends of the Fall), takes a stab at encapsulating Fischer’s life in Pawn Sacrifice.
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Book Review: Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall by Frank Brady (2012)

Bobby Fischer, chess, Endgame, Frank Brady

 

What you think of Endgame depends entirely upon how much you know about and care about chess. This isn’t exactly what I was hoping for going into the book. The author is someone who was an off-and-on friend of Fischer’s (there was no other kind) for decades and had insight into his character first-hand plus his research and observations. Brady writes himself out of the book as much as possible and does admit when he’s in the scene but otherwise tries to keep himself to a fly on the wall approach.

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