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Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World of Chess ePub download

by Fred Waitzkin

  • Author: Fred Waitzkin
  • ISBN: 0140230386
  • ISBN13: 978-0140230383
  • ePub: 1946 kb | FB2: 1614 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Specific Groups
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Media Tie In, Reprint edition (August 1, 1993)
  • Pages: 240
  • Rating: 4.7/5
  • Votes: 967
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Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World of Chess ePub download

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Drawn into the insular, international network of chess, they must also navigate The compelling sage of three years in the life of a real American chess prodigy - now a Major Motion Picture!

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Fred Waitzkin was born in Cambridge Massachusetts It has been described as, a remarkable look inside the world of genius-a brilliant exploration of obsession, risk and triumph.

Fred Waitzkin was born in Cambridge Massachusetts. His father was a salesman, and his mother, an abstract expressionist painter and sculptor. The book became an internationally acclaimed best seller. It has been described as, a remarkable look inside the world of genius-a brilliant exploration of obsession, risk and triumph. In 2000 he published, The Last Marlin, a memoir that was selected by The New York Times as a best book of the year.

Waitzkin paints the chess world so starkly that his tales will surely scare off as many potential chess players as they attract.

in disguise, distributing Nazi propaganda. By and large, the players come off as compulsive oddballs, fighting a constant battle against financial ruin-and, in some cases, against madness. They play because they love the game, or because they see the world through chess-board spectacles. Waitzkin paints the chess world so starkly that his tales will surely scare off as many potential chess players as they attract.

Josh learned how to play chess from his father, Fred Waitzkin (born in 1943), at age 6 in early 1983. He later started playing at the Marshall Chess Club on 10th Street. He later discovered chess players in Washington Square (a few blocks above Greenwich Village) in March of 1983.

Bobby Fischer Against the World. The Spanish Prisoner.

Fred Waitzkin's book is not just about chess but focuses much on the relationship between a father and his son. The film does exactly the same and the interaction between the actors is handled skilfully by its director. This is without doubt one of the best sports movies I have seen in a while, you feel an intense level of excitement throughout the chess games and there is a great blend of poignancy, humour and serious drama also at play. Bobby Fischer Against the World.

The compelling sage of three years in the life of a real American chess prodigy – now a Major Motion Picture! Searching for Bobby Fischer is the story of Fred Waitzkin and his son, from the moment six-year-old Josh first sits down at a chessboard until he competes for the national championship. Drawn into the insular, international network of chess, they must also navigate the difficult waters of their own relationship. All the while, Waitzskin searches for the elusive Bobby Fischer, whose myth still dominates the chess world and profoundly affects Waitzkin’s dreams for his son. “The quest is beautifully resolved… in a contest that knits together all the book’s rich themes.” – Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
uspeh
Kind of a cool story. Particularly enjoyed the Afterword, “Josh and Fred Waitzkin talk about Searching for Bobby Fischer and beyond”. It gives depth and outcomes to a story about real people.

The overriding premise of the book is that chess, for all that’s claimed for it, is still a game--not life itself. The trick is fitting chess into your life without letting it take you over. The book is full of illustrations of people who couldn’t quite avoid turning the game into an obsession. The protagonist of the book, Josh Waitzkin, avoided this outcome.

Josh doesn’t quite come off as the cute and innocent kid portrayed in the movie. He is ambitious. He wants to win. In other words, he’s a normal person, not a saint. Well, not quite a normal person if normal means being mediocre. The kid’s a prodigy, but a prodigy with the ambition of doing stuff normal kids do. The art of parenting presented in the book is how to enable the kid to do normal prodigy stuff and normal kid stuff. A balancing act. Don’t think they quite pulled it off, but then who does? They came pretty close.

A really good chapter on the real Bobby Fisher, BTW.

Overall, reading the book is time well spent for anyone interested in the movie or interested in Bobby Fischer or interested in chess or interested in parenting.

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Balladolbine
Very well written and tremendously enlightening about the strange worls of chess
Marr
Interesting reading for parents of intelligent kids. Might prevent you from pushing your kid too hard. Make sure you read the afterward.
Yahm
If you've seen the movie, the book is even better. More detailed in it's descriptions, plus you get to take a trip to Russia with Josh and his father. This book humanizes chess in a way I've never seen before.

I play chess, so perhaps I found the book more meaningful. But even if you don't play, this book will make you want to give it a shot.
Stanober
I would recommend this title for anyone who truly enjoys the game of chess, a short history of american and russian chess told from a fathers point of view. Very good reading.
Saintrius
Good read. I saw the movie first, so I was familiar with the story. The difference between book and movie in some parts was a bit of a stretch, but I enjoyed both.
Camper
Loved the movie and loved the book.
AWESOME
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