Biographical Chess Books
A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster
The Queen of Katwe is an intimate and heartrending portrait of human life on the poor fringes of the twenty-first century.
The Queen of Katwe
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The Memoirs of a Grandmaster
Ludek Pachman's account of his political struggles is interspersed with numerous chess anecdotes about many of the masters he faced in tournament play, such as Alekhine, Bobby Fischer, Botvinnik, and Tal
Checkmate in Prague
The Final Years in Iceland, a Saga of Friendship and Lost Illusions
Bobby Fischer Comes Home tells the story of their complicated friendship and paints an intimate portrait of the last years of the man who many see as the greatest chess player that ever lived.
Bobby Fischer Comes Home
Autobiography of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of the World Chess Federation ("FIDE") from 1995 to the Present. This is an amazing book because it describes the break-up of the Soviet Union and provides an autobiography of how a man realizing the huge changes in the process of taking place in Russian society was able to become a millionaire.
The President's Crown of Thorns
The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend
A unique, revealing and well-told story, essential reading for everybody interested in the history of chess and the Soviet Union.
Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes
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Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess is the only full-length biography of Paul Morphy, the antebellum chess prodigy who launched United States participation in international chess and is still generally acknowledged as the greatest American chess player of all time.
Paul Morphy - The Pride and Sorrow of Chess
The Story of Ray Robson, America's Youngest Grandmaster
The story of Ray Robson, America's Youngest Grandmaster, as told by his father, Dr. Gary Robson. In October 2009, Ray bested the previous records of such American greats as Bobby Fischer and Hikaru Nakamura, becoming the youngest GM-elect in American history at just 14 years old, two weeks before his 15th birthday. Gary discusses Ray's progression, from a tenacious beginner immediately drawn to the game to a rapidly-improving young Scholastic player, up through the path to earning the Master rating and finally to becoming a Grandmaster, the ultimate title of respect for a chess player.
Chess devotees simply can't get enough of Bobby Fischer. Every facet of his personality and his play unfolds in this biographical study. In addition to analyzing his exceptional talent, it captures and puts into perspective his tough youth, anti-social tendencies, fights against the chess authorities, and growing mental illness.
Bobby Fischer - The Wandering King
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