The first book I ever read on Chess was Bobby Fisher teaches chess published in 1966 which inspired me to join the chess club in junior high school and follow Bobby's rise and eventual fall.
This book is an amazing life portrait of a chess genius who lived a life of both poverty and wealth but was always troubled and self-destructive. It is insightful and riveting and gives context to the chaotic series of events that was Bobby Fishers life.
If you have any interest in chess or how excessive genus has its own inherent problems, especially when coupled with poverty, this is a great read. If you have read Malcome Gladwellâs book Outlines and his discussion on genius and success (or lack thereof) especially in the life of Christopher Langan (IQ 195) there are some staggering similarities. Bobby's IQ was 180 and he had a number of the same problems Gladwell describes in the life of Langan, especially when it comes to authority figures and paranoia of the 'system'. As a reference point Einstein's IQ was 150.
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