Bobby Fischer

His Approach to Chess

by Elie Agur

Bobby Fischer
Bobby Fischer
Cadogan Chess (1992)
276 pages
Reviewed by Jeremy Silman
Donít let the title fool you; Bobby Fischer: His Approach to Chess is not another book about Fischer. Instead, itís a fascinating look at the middlegame (well... a bit of endgame too) from the point of view of Fischerís style.

When it first came out, one noted IM told me that a player of Agurís strength couldnít possibly do a good job on such a difficult subject. However, this bit of chess elitism has to be relegated to the garbage can; Agur has written a modern classic!

Deep, penetrating and well thought out, I have recommended this book since I first held it in my grubby hands. Mr. Agur looks at subjects like pawn structure, piece placement, material, timing, strategy, clarity, alertness, playing to win, tactics and much more in ways that havenít been addressed in earlier books. Dissecting all of these subjects by using a backdrop of Fischerís games was a stroke of genius. Actually finishing this project and making it such an interesting and instructive read is even more impressive.

Though I canít agree with all his analysis or all of his opinions (and he is free with both), I have to admit that he tried hard to understand each and every game (whether he completely succeeded isnít important) and he tried equally hard to pass his conclusions on to the reader. So much original thought and original analysis are very rare in chess books. Agur deserves a lot of credit and I, for one, take my hat off to him.