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!