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Fischer – Spassky 1972

Tibor Karolyi is working on his follow-up to The Road to Reykjavik, titled Fischer – Spassky 1972. Publication will be later this year, which of course is 50 years after the famous match.

But the topic today is the cover: above is a version of the cover design so far. What do you think of it?

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  1. Paul H
    February 21st, 2022 at 15:26 | #1

    Graphics looks good to me. But Jacob said on Facebook the book would also cover the 1992 match. Which if correct the title seems a bit off…..

  2. Chess dude
    February 21st, 2022 at 17:41 | #2

    I’d really love to see the Karolyi year-by-year game by game
    Treatment on Botvinnik and Spassky

  3. pierre
    February 21st, 2022 at 18:05 | #3

    I really don’t like the blue/green/red combination. The graphics look good though.

  4. Maggy
    February 21st, 2022 at 19:19 | #4

    Really like this cover.

  5. Jeff H
    February 22nd, 2022 at 04:02 | #5

    Two questions:

    1) Any idea when we will get a new PDF of the 2022 Publishing Schedule?
    2) Any news on the From Scratch series?


  6. Omaray Shah
    February 22nd, 2022 at 04:20 | #6

    I would suggest to fill in the white space between the flags and underneath the title with the Aurora lights that is hinted on the piece. Also the flags could be made a bit darker.

  7. Armin
    February 22nd, 2022 at 07:30 | #7

    Not bad, but I think something like the one of this t-shirt would be better.

  8. Andrew Greet
    February 22nd, 2022 at 10:05 | #8

    Paul – the book does cover the 1992 match so you’re correct to point out that the title doesn’t reveal all of the content. However, rather than being too literal with the title, we prefer a short and punchier title emphasising the primary topic. The 1972 match is the event which we’re commemorating 50 years later, and the match that the chess world really cares about.

  9. A. N. Bürümcekci
    February 22nd, 2022 at 10:48 | #9

    The champion was Spassky so I think it should be Spassky – Fischer instead of Fischer – Spassky.

  10. Mike Twyble
    February 22nd, 2022 at 12:59 | #10

    Looks a bit ugly to me ( personal taste I know).A picture of Spassky and Fischer would be great

  11. Paul H
    February 22nd, 2022 at 15:03 | #11

    @Andrew Greet
    Thanks Andrew. As background, Fischer considered the second match a greater achievement. 30 years is a round number anniversary on that too.

    But happy you are covering it and look forward to buying the book, irrespective of what you put on the front cover. I’m hoping someone does a nice commemorative repro of the 72 set too.

  12. NM Michael Stewart Stewart
    February 23rd, 2022 at 00:00 | #12

    Love the cover and glad the 1992 match is in there as well.
    I grew up with the first match and really hoped the 1992 match would lead to bigger games with the two K’s
    after Fischer won.

  13. Andrew Brett
    February 23rd, 2022 at 17:37 | #13

    Sorry guys a big miss for me – rather odd not to have a picture of the 2 protagonists . The king is a bit overemphasised. I’m sure the content is excellent.

  14. Phil
    February 28th, 2022 at 12:53 | #14

    I’d rather see the players on the cover instead of flags.

  15. Adam Masek
    March 5th, 2022 at 07:26 | #15

    To be honest, I’m not wild about it. Looks a little sparse, washed-out, and the solitary green king doesn’t do anything for me. Maybe work Iceland in somehow? I know a lot of things have been done already.

  16. Jacob Aagaard
    March 5th, 2022 at 15:55 | #16

    @Andrew Brett
    That sounds a bit like when people say that modern art does not look like what it is portraying 🙂

  17. Saul Magnusson
    April 21st, 2022 at 21:15 | #17

    The northern lights are a nice conceptual touch. but I’m concerned about the balance of the “weight” on the page, with the light flags on the sides not balancing the dark king in the centre.

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