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  • Biography of Bobby Fischer

    can anyone of you suggest a good biography of Bobby Fischer?

    thanks in advance.
    "Life is too short for chess." - Byron

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    googled?
    I float like a pawn island and sting like an ignored knight

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ketchuplover View Post
      googled?
      yeah. there are too many books about Fischer. i don't have any idea which one is a formal biography of him. neither do i know which ones are good. so i thought someone from this forum, who read a biography of Fischer might be able to suggest one or two good ones.
      "Life is too short for chess." - Byron

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      • #4
        There was an old book from the mid-1960’s called “Profile of a Prodigy” by Frank Brady which got Fischer so mad at the author that he never spoke to him again. “Bobby Fischer goes to War” tells about his match with Spassky and is a fun read. There was a book called “My Seven Chess Prodigies” by John Collins that discusses his early years. I think John Donaldson and Edward Gufeld have both written more recent books, but I have not read them so don’t know exactly what material they cover. If you’re looking for games of course “My 60 Memorable Games” is a classic. Edmar Mednis also wrote a book “How to Beat Bobby Fischer” that contains Fischer’s losses and it’s quite good.
        The Hoppers

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        • #5
          I've read Brady's book. It's funny that it pissed Fischer off because it's borderline hagiographic.

          But I suppose not coming up with a health-related excuse for EVERY Fischer loss would be enough to have pissed him off.

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          • #6
            I never heard Fischer say anything against Mednis but I can’t imagine Fischer being too happy about that one either. BTW Edmar Mednis was a very pleasant person and unlike many GM’s was easily approachable. I remember he was discussing Vladimir Petrov one time when somebody asked him whatever became of Petrov. Mednis’ laconic reply, “The Russians shot him.” But about 20 years ago it was reported Petrov died of a lung disease. I wonder…
            The Hoppers

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            • #7
              I have Kasparov's first part of his my great predeccesors series and i like it a lot. Lot's of games with annotation and some good background information. Part 4 or 5 is about Fisher only and it's 300 page+. When i'm finished with part 1 I think I'm going to buy that one.

              I bought my 60 most memorable games last week in Berlin. It's in a very nice edition and I must have played over Byrne - Fisher a dozen of times now. I only wish my german was just a bit better Still, a better souvenir then another part of the wall imo.

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              • #8
                Was It Only a Game? - Dick Cavett - Opinion - New York Times Blog
                I float like a pawn island and sting like an ignored knight

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by pnerd View Post
                  can anyone of you suggest a good biography of Bobby Fischer?

                  thanks in advance.
                  Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more under books search for Bobby Fischer. I think you'll find something you'll like
                  I float like a pawn island and sting like an ignored knight

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by pnerd View Post
                    can anyone of you suggest a good biography of Bobby Fischer?

                    thanks in advance.

                    You will enjoy the time on youtube watching the documentary on Fischer-Spassky 1972 as well as the biography on his overall career.

                    Search on "Fischer" and "Fischer Biography" and you should find them both.

                    Youtube vids can be saved to your computer too.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Hoosker View Post
                      Youtube vids can be saved to your computer too.
                      can you please tell me how i can save youtube vids in my computer?
                      "Life is too short for chess." - Byron

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pnerd View Post
                        can you please tell me how i can save youtube vids in my computer?
                        There are tonnes of tools available to do just that, the majority is junk and doesn't work (anymore).

                        I think at some point, I installed the RealPlayer plugin for Firefox2 (not for this purpose). Turns out that very plugin lets me download many kinds of embedded videos on the internet, including youtube. It does so in RealPlayer format, but that's easily enough converted.
                        Have you read the Forum rules?

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                        Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                        Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by pnerd View Post
                          can you please tell me how i can save youtube vids in my computer?
                          Howdy,

                          I use youtube downloader. It saves the flv.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by pnerd View Post
                            can you please tell me how i can save youtube vids in my computer?
                            I can tell you how I do it, but it may be far from the best way to do it. I have an old computer(Windows 95, not even Win95 SE) and this way works decent enough for me. First, I copy the URL of the youtube video to an entry field on this website-
                            YOUTUBE.VIDEO YOUTUBE.DOWNLOAD VIDEO YOUTUBE.CLIP YOUTUBE DOWNLOAD.CONVERT YOUTUBE

                            Then on that same website I select to download the video to FLV format.

                            Then, I can watch the saved FLV video whenever I want with the free FLV player I downloaded from here-
                            Download FLV Player
                            (during installation, I said NO to the "Toolbar bonus" option. The player works fine for me and I have not detected any problems with spyware or spam to the email address I gave them etc.)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Hoosker View Post
                              Howdy,

                              I use youtube downloader. It saves the flv.
                              Yah, but for me, I wish I had a newer operating system so I could install something like that(it's for Windows 2000/XP/Vista only) so I'll have to stick with my current way I just posted...I'm probably the only one here on the forum with Win95....

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