A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 31, 1972

CORRESPONDENT Barry Hillenbrand was taught chess at an early age by his brothers, he recalls, so that they would always have someone to beat. During the past year he has had ample chance to brush up on his game while shadowing Bobby Fischer around the Western Hemisphere. His dogged pursuit produced the material for this week's cover story. The temperamental genius is as cool toward the press as he is toward his opponents, and Hillenbrand found that "getting him to talk was a complicated task calling for the patience of a snake...

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