Well, really more Kasparov on Fischer, which is how things work at the glorious New York Review of Books. I.e., don't go expecting a "8/10 stars!" Amazon-style review of Frank Brady's new book Endgame about Bobby Fischer. Anyway, it's well worth a look even if you only want to criticize my prose style. Apart from reading Brady's excellent book several times, researching for the piece was fun, going over everything from the 1972 match books to Darrach's scurrilous Bobby Fischer vs. the Rest of the World to Seirawan-Stefanovic's No Regrets on the 1992 return match. I also enjoyed looking at many contemporary accounts of Fischer's games and the huge amount of original and collected analysis in Garry's own "My Great Predecessors, Vol 4" that centers on Fischer. Tal turned simple positions into chaotic ones. Fischer often made complex positions look simple.
Ironically, after receiving the initial draft of the Garry's review, the NYRB's only substantial request was to add more about Fischer's chess! It's a lost cause trying to encapsulate commentary by one world champion on another's chess that is apt for a non-chess audience without sounding hopelessly simplistic to the chess crowd, but we gave it a brief shot. (Having to explain "simplification," for example.) It was also interesting to see the corrections and changes in the galley of Endgame we were sent and the final text. It would be unfair to go into them in public, but they did fix a few glaring errors that we picked up and, thanks to the Kindle edition coming out a few days before we submitted the article, I was able to notice that and strike reference to the mistakes from the review.
The Review article is accompanied by two photos. The second is one I'd never seen before of Fischer at a hot spring in Iceland. The caption promises a whole book of Fischer photos "many of which have never been seen before" by photographer Harry Benson in July.
On a chessy note, I was intrigued by the evaluation by Garry and another GM he cited of Karpov's candidates semifinal match win against Spassky being perhaps Karpov's greatest-ever performance. More than anything I think this should help remind us how terribly strong Spassky was. He's been overshadowed so badly by Fischer that his performances before and after the 72 match are almost ignored. Young Karpov was already the Soviet heir-apparent to beat Fischer someday, but his beating Spassky so convincingly in 74 was a surprise. Spassky had finished a point ahead of him and several others in the 73 USSR championship.