The Match of All Time - Gudmundur Thorarinsson (K-6136)

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When the Icelandic Chess Federation made a bid to host the 1972 world title match between Soviet icon Boris Spassky and American challenger Bobby Fischer, many Icelanders were rightly shaking their heads in disbelief. How could their small island country in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with a population of less than 300 thousand people stage such a prestigious event in the first place?

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Language versionsEnglish
Available in the setNo
Author / AuthorsGudmundur Thorarinsson
PublisherNew In Chess
Publication date1st edition 2022
Pages240
ISBN9789493257474
HardcoverNo
PaperbackYes
DownloadableNo
Width17.5 cm / 6.89 inch
Height23 cm / 9.05 inch

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Undeterred and naively optimistic the young President of the Icelandic Chess Federation, Gudmundur Thorarinsson, set to work and to everyone’s astonishment theirs was the winning bid. But that was only the beginning of one of the most amazing stories in chess history ...

Bobby Fischer’s demands and whims constantly jeopardised the match. First the American chose not to board his plane in New York, and then he came late for the first game. That game he lost after a silly blunder and the second game he lost because he didn’t turn up in a fight about noisy cameras. But next he won the third game, that was played in a back room, and the rest ... . is history.

Fifty years on, Gudmundur Thorarinsson has written a tell-all book about ‘The Match of the Century’, crammed with behind-the-scenes stories and improbable twists and turns. Reading his gripping account of probably the most iconic sports contest during the Cold War, you will understand why he prefers to call it ‘The Match of All Time’.

And why reliving this most unlikely adventure he comes to the conclusion: ‘It was not possible to organise this match, nor was it possible to rescue it ... but still it was done!’

Gudmundur Thorarinsson is a chess organizer and businessman from Iceland. In 1972, as the chairman of the Icelandic Chess Federation he organized the ‘Match of All Time’, the World Championship Match between the Russian incumbent champion Boris Spassky and the American challenger Bobby Fischer.

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The Match of All Time - Gudmundur Thorarinsson (K-6136)

The Match of All Time - Gudmundur Thorarinsson (K-6136)

When the Icelandic Chess Federation made a bid to host the 1972 world title match between Soviet icon Boris Spassky and American challenger Bobby Fischer, many Icelanders were rightly shaking their heads in disbelief. How could their small island country in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with a population of less than 300 thousand people stage such a prestigious event in the first place?

Content

009 Foreword

012 It is impossible to escape your destiny

013 1) Prologue

021 2) The origins of chess

039 3) World Chess Champions from unofficial to official

065 4) Prelude to the match of 1972

111 5) The Match of All Time

175 6) The aftermath

207 Bobby Fisch0er - In Memory of a Master

215 Acknowledgements

217 Sources

219 Register of names

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