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This list of books and documentaries by or about Bobby Fischer is an annotated bibliography using APA stylecitations.


  • Agur, Elie. (1992). Bobby Fischer: His Approach to Chess. Cadogan Chess. ISBN 1857440013.
  • Alburt, Lev. (2003). Three Days With Bobby Fischer and Other Chess Essays: How to Meet Champions & Choose Your Openings. ISBN 1889323098.
  • Alexander, C.H.O'D. (1972). Fischer v. Spassky. Vintage Books. ISBN 0394718305.
  • Benson, Harry. (2011). Bobby Fischer. powerHouse Books. ISBN 1576875814.
  • Bernstein, Jeremy. (2012). Mostly He Won: Kubrick, Bobby Fischer, and the Attractions of Chess.
  • Bohm, Hans and Jongkind, Kees. (2005). Bobby Fischer: The Wandering King. Batsford. ISBN 0713489359.
  • Brady, Frank. (1989) Bobby Fischer: Profile of a Prodigy. Dover Publications. ISBN 9780486259253.
  • Brady, Frank. (2012). Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall. Broadway Books. ISBN 1780336926.
  • Burger, Robert E. and Sloan, Sam. (2011). The Chess of Bobby Fischer. Ishi Press. ISBN 4871874559.
  • Byrne, Robert and Nei, Iivo. (2013). Both Sides of the Chessboard: An Analysis of the Fischer/Spassky Chess Match. Ishi Press. ISBN 9784871875370.
  • Darrach, Brad. (1974). Bobby Fischer Vs the Rest of the World. Stein & Day Pub. ISBN 0812816188.
  • Davies, Nigel. (1992). Bobby Fischer: The Five Million Dollar Comeback. Everyman Chess. ISBN 978-1857440423.
  • Denker, Arnold. (2009). The Bobby Fischer I Knew and Other Stories. Ishi Press. ISBN 0923891439.
  • Donaldson, John. (2005). A Legend on the Road: Bobby Fischer's 1964 Simultaneous Exhibition Tour. Russell Enterprises. ISBN 1888690259.
  • Donaldson, John and Tangborn, Eric. (2017). Bobby Fischer: The Early Years: 1943 - 1962.
  • Donaldson, John and Tangborn, Eric. (2017). Collected Annotations and Articles by Bobby Fischer.
  • Donaldson, John and Tangborn, Eric. (1999). The Unknown Bobby Fischer. International Chess Enterprises. ISBN 9781879479852.
  • Edmonds, David and Eidinow, John . (2004). Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time. HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 0060510242.
  • Euwe, Max. (2011). Bobby Fischer – The Greatest?. Ishi Press. ISBN 4871874702.
  • Euwe, Max. (1977). Bobby Fischer and His Predecessors in the World Chess Championship. HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 9780713519556.
  • Euwe, Max and Timman, Jan. (2009). Fischer World Champion: The Acclaimed Classic About the 1972 Fischer-Spassky Match. ISBN 9056912631.
  • Evans, Larry and Smith, Ken. (1973). Chess World Championship 1972: Fischer vs. Spassky. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780671215477.
  • Fine, Rueben. (2008). Bobby Fischer's Conquest of the World Chess Championship: The Psychology and Tactics of the Title Match. Ishi Press. ISBN 0923891471.
  • Fischer, Bobby. (2008 reprint). Bobby Fischer's Games of Chess. Ishi Press. ISBN 978-0923891466.
  • Fischer, Bobby, et al. (1966). Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. Basic Systems, Inc. New York City.
  • Fischer, Bobby. (1969). My 60 Memorable Games. Simon & Schuster. New York City. ISBN 0671214837.
  • Gligorić, Svetozar. (1973). Fischer vs. Spassky: Chess Match of the Century. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780671213978.
  • Gufeld, Eduard. (2001). Bobby Fischer: From Chess Genius to Legend. Thinkers' Press. ISBN 093865084X.
  • Hays, Lou. (1995). Bobby Fischer: Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion. Hays Pub. ISBN 1880673991.
  • Khmelnitsky, Igor. (2009). Chess Exam: You vs. Bobby Fischer: Matches Against Chess Legends: Play the Match, Rate Yourself, Improve Your Game!. Chess Exams. ISBN 9780975476109.
  • Lakdawala, Cyrus. (2016). Fischer: Move by Move. Everyman Chess. ISBN 9781781942727.
  • Mednis, Edmar. (1974). How to Beat Bobby Fischer. Random House Inc. ISBN 0812904699.
  • Müller, Karsten. (2010). Bobby Fischer: The Career and Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion. Russell Enterprises Inc. ISBN 1888690682.
  • Norman, Brendan. (2014). Bobby Fischer: Beautiful Chess Games, Weird Stuff and Cool Articles. BJN Publishing.
  • Olafsson, Helgi. (2012). Bobby Fischer Comes Home: The Final Years in Iceland, a Saga of Friendship and Lost Illusions. New In Chess. ISBN 9789056913816.
  • Pandolfini, Bruce. (1985). Bobby Fischer's Outrageous Chess Moves. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0671606093.
  • Plisetsky, Dmitry and Voronkov, Sergey. (2005). Russians v Fischer. Everyman Chess. ISBN 978-1857443806
  • Ponterotto, Joseph G. (2012). A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer: Understanding the Genius, Mystery, and Psychological Decline of a World Chess Champion. Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd. ISBN 9780398087401.
  • Powell, Paul. (2013). Bobby Fischer 60 More Memorable Games. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 9781492732716.
  • Roberts, Richard. (1973). Fischer/Spassky: The New York Times Report on the Chess Match of the Century. Times Books. ISBN 9780812903027.
  • Schiller, Robert. (2009). Learn from Bobby Fischer's Greatest Games. Cardoza. ISBN 1580422357.
  • Seirawan, Yasser with Stefanovic, George. (1992). No Regrets: Fischer–Spassky 1992. International Chess Enterprises. ISBN 1879479095.
  • Soltis, Andrew. (2003). Bobby Fischer Rediscovered. Batsford. ISBN 0713488468.
  • Stankovic, Nenad. (2012). The Greatest Secret of Bobby Fischer. Createspace. ISBN 1481252232.
  • Verwer, Renzo. (2010). Bobby Fischer for Beginners: Most Famous Chess Player Explained. ISBN 9056913158.
  • Wade, Robert Graham and O'Connell, Kevin. (2009). The Complete Games of Bobby Fischer. Ishi Press. ISBN 0923891374.



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Below I give details of the main reference works for researching collectable chess books. These are predominantly in English although all but three can be used for researching publications in all languages. 

In each case I give the abbreviated title by which these works will be frequently referred to in these articles and this information is included on a separate page accessible from a tab at the top of this page. 


Reprinted in smaller format by The Chess Player, Nottingham, 1988 and by Moravian Chess, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 2005. Only the Moravian edition is now readily available.

The standard bibliography of English language chess publications from 1850 to 1968 and my favourite book, about which I will write a detailed article later. 


CHESS: An annotated bibliography 1969-1988 by Andy Lusis, published by Mansell Publishing Limited, London, 1991. Difficult to find and expensive.

This book continues the bibliography of English language chess publications from 1969 to 1988 and includes considerably more titles in its 20 year coverage than Betts records for the previous 120 years.

Chess Texts

Chess Texts in the English Language printed before 1850, An annotatedbibliography compiled by Ken Whyld and Chris Ravilious, published by Moravian Chess, Olomouc, Czech Republic, [2003]. Readily obtainable.

Comprehensive coverage of publications from 1475 to 1849 with a wider scope than Betts or Lusis, as various games compilations, e.g. Hoyle's Games, and many articles from non-chess publications have been included.


Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: A Catalogue of the Chess Collection in the Royal Library, published in The Hague, 1955. 


Reprinted by L'Esprit, Rosmalen, 1988. Only this reprint is easily obtainable. 

This book records the holdings in The Royal Libraryup to the early 1950's, however, the collection is continually growing and an up to date catalogue is available online at

Chess book catalogues etc. occasionally state `not in L/N´. This usually means that the item referred to is not in the published Catalogue of the Royal Library, however, the item could very well be included in the up to date online catalogue.


Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana aucta et de novo descripta: A catalogue of the collection in the Royal Library, The Hague, Volume I. Chess: Bibliographyand History, compiled by K.W.Kruijswijk, published by Government Printing Office, The Hague, 1974.

Aucta has become the accepted abbreviation for this work which records, in much greater detail than in L/N, the holdings on chess bibliography and history up to 1972. There are 1,300 entries compared with only 336 on bibliography and history in L/N.  Unfortunately no further volumes have been published. Readily available.

van der Linde 

Geschichte und Litteratur des Schachspiels, by Antonius van der Linde, published by Julius Springer, Berlin, 1874. 2 Volumes.

Reprinted with the slightly amended title Geschichte und Literatur desSchachspiels, by Edition Olms, Zurich, 1981 with the 2 volumes in one. 


Both of these editions are very hard to find, but print-on-demand copies are available.  

The best work on chess history and literature when first published in 1874 and still an essential aid today. Although I understand very little German I find this a valuable  reference source.


A History of Chess by H.J.R.Murray, published by The Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1913. 

Reprinted from corrected sheets by The Oxford University Press in 1962 and 1969, and later reprints by other publishers are readily available. 

The standard work in the English language on the early history of chess, with considerable information about chess writers and their works. Most later writers have borrowed heavily from Murray

Chess Personalia

Chess Personalia: A Biobibliography compiled and edited by Jeremy Gaige, published by McFarland & Company, Jefferson and London, 1987.

Published as a paperback by McFarland in 2005, readily obtainable but usually expensive, try

Includes basic, but reliable, biographical details of around 14,000 chess personalia with references to further information sources about each subject, and an index of obituaries in The British Chess Magazine from 1881 to 1986.

This is an indispensable research aid.

Oxford Companion

The Oxford Companion to Chess by David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1984.

Paperback edition with corrections issued by Oxford University Press in 1987 and reprinted in 1988.


Second enlarged edition published by Oxford University Press in 1992 and an updated paperback edition published in 1996. All editions are easily obtainable.


Chess: The History of a Gameby Richard Eales, published by Batsford Academic and Educational, London, 1985.

Reprinted by Hardinge Simpole in 2002, both editions easily obtainable.

Eales includes a substantial amount of information on chess writers and their works, especially on the early chess authors, and also has an eleven page essay on chess bibliography. 

Chess Periodicals

Chess Periodicals: An Annotated International Bibliography, 1836-2008 by Gino Di Felice, published by McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson and London, 2010.

Available but often expensive, try