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 Post subject: recommendations for good chess biographies
PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:12 pm 
Any good recommendations for chess biographies ? :D


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 Post subject: Re: recommendations for good chess biographies
PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:43 am 
fisherking wrote:
Any good recommendations for chess biographies ? :D


I don't have any chess biographies myself, but imagine it depends whether or not you are looking for a good collection of their chess games, or actually want to know about their life. What did you have in mind?


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I was looking more on the biography side right now.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 2:48 pm 
I would highly recommend Genna Sosonko's "The reliable past" and "Russian silhuettes" , which I regard as well-written and highly interesting. These are basically compendiums of biographies.

Of course there are Kasparov's "My great predecessors"-series or Frank Brady's " Bobby Fischer -Profile of a Prodigy".


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The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal


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Soltis wrote a biography of Marshall.


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There are only a few that I recommend:

"King's Gambit" by Paul Hoffman

"Persona Non Grata" by Victor Korchnoi

"Bobby Fischer - Profile of a Prodigy" by Frank Brady

"No Regrets" by Yasser Seriwan (about the 1992 Fischer-Spassky rematch)


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 Post subject: Re: recommendations for good chess biographies
PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:29 pm 
It’s rare and expensive to get hold of (I was lucky enough to come across mine in a second hand book shop for £7 a couple of years ago) but Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess by David Lawson is a fascinating read.

I couldn’t believe it when I saw it on the shelf, I almost felt like I was stealing as I was buying it for that price, because it’s worth about £125 depending on condition.

Shady Side: The Life and Crimes of Norman T Whitaker by John Hilbert is also pretty good, if a little dull in places, especially when it gets off of his Chess career and milks his very small part in the Lindberg kidnapping for about 4 chapters. I would have liked more on his early years, and his frendship/mentoring with Harry Pillsbury.

It also has all of Whitaker's existing games as a bonus :)


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 Post subject: Re: recommendations for good chess biographies
PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:35 pm 
I would second the recommendations of the Tal book as well as Brady's biography of Fischer. BUT the latter comes with a caveat: Brady is part Fischer biographer and part Fischer apologist; he tries to omit dang near everything that would cast his subject in an unfavorable light. Being as that would constitute a book of blank pages, you have to read Brady twice -- the second time look between the lines to see what he doesn't say.

I realize that sounds strange, but once you're halfway through the book the first time you'll start to understand what I'm driving at.


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 Post subject: Re: recommendations for good chess biographies
PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:43 pm 
Steve Lopez wrote:
BUT the latter comes with a caveat: Brady is part Fischer biographer and part Fischer apologist; he tries to omit dang near everything that would cast his subject in an unfavorable light. Being as that would constitute a book of blank pages, you have to read Brady twice -- the second time look between the lines to see what he doesn't say.


Yeah I got that impression from Brady’s book - plus the book was written before Fischer re-surfaced in Iceland and so you get an incomplete picture.

I thought Bobby Fischer goes to War was the better read if you’re interested in that subject matter.


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