In 1958, 14-year old Robert James "Bobby" Fischer stunned the chess world by becoming the youngest Grand Master in history, launching a career that would make him a legend. Raised by his mother in Brooklyn, he taught himself to play chess at the age of six and started beating seasoned adult chess players at eight. Throughout the sixties, as his star rose, Bobby would appear regularly on TV and tour the world resoundingly beating all. His career highlight came in 1972 when he played the Russian Grand Master and reigning champion Boris Spassky - a series that was equally tied in with the Cold War as it was with chess. After his victory Bobby became the most famous person on the planet, and his already erratic behaviour began spiralling out of control, turning this genius into an unrecognisable recluse and pariah.
Bobby Fischer, David Edmonds, Anthony Saidy, Susan Polgar, Henry Kissinger, David Shenk, Gudmundur Thorarinsson, Boris Spassky, Mikhail Tal, Garry Kasparov, Mikhail Botvinnik, Tigran Petrosian, Russell Targ, Larry Evans, Shelby Lyman, Sam Sloan, Malcolm Gladwell, Fernand Gobet, Dick Cavett, Harry Sneider