At 13, Bobby Fischer was the youngest chess master in U.S. history, but the brilliant player with the genius I.Q. would spend his adult life struggling with paranoia and mental illness. When Fischer died in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. What motivated him from such a young age, and what was the source of his remarkable intellect? How could a man so ambivalent about money and fame be so driven to succeed? Frank Brady, founding publisher of Chess Life magazine, here traces his friend's life from his meteoric rise to an utterly dominant prime, to his eventual descent into madness.
"Frank Brady's superlative Endgame is a biography more than worthy of its charismatic subject.... The second half of his life is one of the saddest stories, even as this is one the year's best biographies."—Washington Post