Photographer Harry Benson was one of the very few people Bobby Fischer would talk to during the historic World Championship chess match in Iceland in 1972 in which Fischer solidly defeated reining world champion, Russian Boris Spassky. The match, known at the time as the 'Game of the Century,' is now generally considered a battle in the Cold War between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Benson's exclusive photos of the elusive and controversial chess genius give insight into the private world of the man Benson calls 'the most eccentric and most fascinating person I have ever photographed'. This book is also featured in the HBO documentary, Bobby Fischer Against the World.
In the fall of 2018, the World Chess Hall of Fame featured an exhibition titled "Harry Benson: Kings and Queens" which highlighted a multitude of important photographs taken by Harry Benson, including many of the Bobby Fischer photographs found in this book.
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