Sunday, January 23, 2011

New York Times review of Frank Brady's Endgame

It's hard to imagine anyone better qualified than Frank Brady, author of Profile of a Prodigy, to tell the sad story of Bobby Fischer's life after chess.  Brady's second biography of Fischer, Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness, just received a strongly positive review from Janet Maslin of the New York Times.

That a mentally ill person became the best in the world (and arguably the best ever) at a game which requires sober judgment is an amazing feat.  I'd prefer to focus on Fischer's achievements.  But I'll also be preordering the book!

1 comment:

Frederick Rhine said...

"Like the number of squares on a chessboard — an irony that nevertheless cannot be pressed too far — he was 64," Mr. Brady writes of Fischer’s death in 2008.

Didn't some goofball delete this fact from Fischer's biography in Wikipedia? :-)