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Bobby Fischer Comes Home: The Final Years in Iceland, a Saga of Friendship and Lost Illusions Paperback – June 16, 2012
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(John D. Warth, This title is destined to be a classic... ChessCafe.com)
Bobby Fisher Comes Home describes the end of the life of a brilliant chess player with dignity. (Richard Vedder, FIDE Master, Netherlands Schakers.info)
Olafsson doesn't apologize for Fisher in the way some of his other biographers have. A charming aspect of the book is how Olafsson weaves his own biographical details into the narrative.
(Cecil Rosner Winnepeg Free Press)
A fascinating read, in turns poignant and perplexing, and I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone interested in the second Pride and Sorrow of American Chess.
(Ken Surratt ChessVille)
Top Customer Reviews
By recounting the story of how he became a Fischer fan even before the great 1972 match, and how he became engrossed with Fischer during the match, Icelandic GM Helgi Olafsson helps us understand how the whole island came to regard him as a member of their tight-knit community. But the relationship was just getting started in 1972. Olafsson recounts the dismay he and the Icelandic chess community felt as Fischer broke down psychologically over the ensuing decades, and how they decided they must help him even as the US government made his life difficult by seeking to extradite him for violating US economic sanctions. For example, they formed an "RJF Committee" that pulled in Icelandic government officials to send diplomatic cables pleading for mercy on Fischer, but they got little response from the US State Department.
When the Icelandic parliament finally declared Fischer a full citizen, Olafsson felt like they were bringing him home.Read more ›
This book is eloquent and honest. From a very impressive and intelligent author we are presented Bobby Fischer the man. And I could not be more thankful for the opportunity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This excellently written book tells the side of Bobby that very few knew and explains much of his eccentric to erratic behaviors. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jim J. Walker
This is a great book by someone who tried to know and help Fisher, who it seems clear was 1) not treated fairly by the U.S. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ray A Burleigh
I was in high school when the Fischer craze hit. I stayed with the game, playing for my college in a couple of tournaments and on through the years. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Danny Woodall
Hardly as advertise, most of the information I've read elsewhere. I thought this was to be a day to day diary of sorts. Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Kendall Ashley