IM Donaldson examines Fischer’s life and career from his days as a child prodigy through the height of
his World Championship triumph and into his tumultuous final years. Donaldson’s meticulous research
has uncovered previously lost games and a wealth of unknown material about Fischer—ranging from his
close friendships with players and supporters to his acrimonious relationships with organizers,
journalists, lawyers, and publishers.
Bobby Fischer and His World is brought to life through a potpourri of first-hand accounts, interviews,
letters, and articles by and about the colorful characters that inhabited Fischer’s world. Unifying this
wide-ranging tale are over 100 photos and illustrations and 99 newly annotated games.
This is the story of Fischer the man and the player, shedding new light on the riddle of the most famous
chessplayer in history.
International Master John Donaldson is a player, a chess journalist and historian, and a thirteen-
time United States World Chess Olympiad coach (his 2016 team won gold).