Bobby Fischer’s Games of Chess. By Bobby Fischer. First Edition, First Printing. With a Photocopy Letter. Simon & Schuster. New York, 1959.

$700.00

Chess legend Bobby Fischer is the best US chess player of all time. A prodigy, he won the US Championship at age 14. He went on to challenge the USSR grandmasters in the 1972 World Championship, famously defeating Boris Spassky in matches that were widely publicized as a Cold War confrontation. The result has been a longstanding revitalization of chess interest worldwide, but especially in the US. In Bobby Fischer’s Games of Chess, the grandmaster presents 34 classic games alongside his personal annotations. It is considered one of the best chess books ever written. It was also Fischer’s first book, published when he was still a teenager. It helped to establish his fame and elevate the game’s popularity in the US. Many aspiring young chess players have bought copies and pored over Fischer’s annotations. For any chess book collector, it is a scarce but essential volume. This copy is also married to a photocopy of a letter by Bobby Fischer addressed to the editors of the Encyclopaedia Judaica. It is an unfortunate letter. In it, Fischer rails against his inclusion into the Encyclopedia Judaica. He denies his Jewish heritage and disparages Judaism in general. Fischer made photocopies for distribution, this photocopy being one of them. It is an artifact of Fischer’s disappointing spiral into antisemitism and self-loathing. It is well-documented that he came from Jewish heritage, making his antisemitic views all the more confusing. Yet many people have speculated that he suffered serious mental health disorders. Still, his unfortunate views tarnished his image through the 1970s to today.

This first edition, first printing is in about-fine condition. In the original full cloth boards, near fine with only minor fading to edges. Text block fine. In the original dust jacket, very good with only minor chipping, creases, and closed tears, and minor fading to spine and edges. The letter is in about-fine condition, only creases and yellowing.

A scarce first edition of Bobby Fischer’s first book on chess and a photocopy letter with unfortunate content.

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Bobby Fischer’s Games of Chess. By Bobby Fischer. First Edition, First Printing. With a Photocopy Letter. Simon & Schuster. New York, 1959.

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Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 4 in