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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess Book Review (2024)

Robert James Fischer

Robert James Fischer was born on the 9th of March, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois. Bobby was an American chess grandmaster along with being the eleventh World Chess Champion. During his lifetime, Bobby was fancied as the greatest player of chess of all time.

He showed superb skill form a very young age; at the age of thirteen, Bobby won The Game of the Century. Bobby was the World Champion during the period between 1972 and 1975. Bobby married Miyoko Watai in 2004, but soon fell ill and died in 2008. His last days were lived in Landspitali, Reykjavik, Iceland. In the honor of one of the greatest players in history, we will now take a look at his beginner’s chess book Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess.

Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess Book

For Utter Beginners

Bobby Fischer, from the get-go, lets the readers be aware that this particular book isn’t meant for someone that has played chess for any significant amount of time, and especially not someone that’s rather dominant.

Also, the book doesn’t consist of a thorough, long-winded explanation of how and why chess has become as popular as it is today, where it came from, who the first ‘practitioner’ was, etc.

All the Basics

In the stead of that, Bobby focuses his writing prowess and utter mastery of all things chess into making a chess book that teaches the bare beginner what the most basic things of chess actually are. In this vein, the book isn’t anything much more than an introduction to the most fundamental chess principles, tactics, and the like.

Having said that, we still persist in our saying that the book accomplishes, and brilliantly at that, what it aims. All of the things that a genuine beginner or new player should look to and pay attention to are wonderfully explained by Fischer.

Fundamentals First

We believe that the advice of Fischer speaks clearly – the number one thing that a chess enthusiast must so as to develop their game is to take their time learning the basics and fundamentals of tactics before even thinking of other facets of the game. All of the concepts that Fischer mentions are nicely expounded upon, leaving nothing befuddling or contradictory.

The learning course set up by Fischer is brilliantly made up, taking into use lots of exercises and questions. In a perfect world, the reader should be capable of correctly answering each of the exercises and questions as their game progresses.


One of Fischer’s very best, and we are glad to think that our book review of Bobby Fischer Teaches  Chess will set people on the right track towards becoming an apt player. If you like this book, you might want to check out another Fischer’s book called My 60 Memorable Games. Don’t miss it out.

Michael Englert

Michael is a graduate of cultural studies and history. He enjoys a good bottle of wine and (surprise, surprise) reading. As a small-town librarian, he is currently relishing the silence and peaceful atmosphere that is prevailing.