John Donaldson

John Donaldson - Bobby Fischer and his world - frontcover
John Donaldson - Bobby Fischer and his world - frontcover

Bobby Fischer and his world

The man, the player, the riddle, and the colorful characters who surrounded himThe Creative Genius

IM Donaldson examines Fischer’s life and career from his days as a child prodigy through the height of his World Championship triumph and into his tumultuous final years. Donaldson’s meticulous research has uncovered previously lost games and a wealth of unknown material about Fischer—ranging from his close friendships with players and supporters to his acrimonious relationships with organizers, journalists, lawyers, and publishers.

Bobby Fischer and His World is brought to life through a potpourri of first-hand accounts, interviews, letters, and articles by and about the colorful characters that inhabited Fischer’s world. Unifying this wide-ranging tale are over 100 photos and illustrations and 99 newly annotated games.

This is the story of Fischer the man and the player, shedding new light on the riddle of the most famous chessplayer in history.

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The Life & Games of Akiva Rubinstein, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Two International Masters – John Donaldson and Nikolay Minev – have met to produce the ultimate work on Akiba Rubinstein. The two-volume biography and game collection (revised and considerably expanded second edition 2006 [Volume 1] or 2011 [Volume 2] respectively) is the result of a research work of many years and deserves unreserved praise with regard to the completeness of material and the correctness of description. The reader will find 492 + 583 = 1075 games and game fragments in both volumes. Naturally hardback volumes (instead of paperbacks) would have been desirable, but you can't have it all...

(R.B., III 2012)

Review Volume 1 by Taylor Kingston at ChessCafe

Review Volume 2 by Dennis Monokroussos - The Chess Mind Blog

Excerpt from Volume 2

Further publications (selection):

  • Elmars Zemgalis. Grandmaster without the Title
    Pomeranian Publishing, Berkeley 2001. Softcover, 160 pp.
  • Olaf Ulvestad: An American original
    Thinkers‘ Press, Davenport 2002. Softcover, 36 pp.
  • A Legend On the Road: Bobby Fischer's 1964 Simul Tour
    2nd ed., Russell, Milford 2005. Softcover, 198 pp. (1st ed. 1994)
  • Imre König
    The Chess Player, Nottingham 2005. Softcover, 159 pp.
  • A Strategic Opening Repertoire
    2nd ed., Russell, Milford 2008. Softcover, 272 pp. (1st ed. 1998)
  • The Life and Games of Frank Ross Anderson You get the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Moravian Chess, Olomouc 2009. Hardcover, 361 pp.
    Review by Brian Almeida: An Inspirational Tale
    Excerpt from the foreword at
  • Emanuel Lasker, eds. Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele (Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, 2009), chapter 21: Weltmeister ohne Titel, pp. 631-645
  • Co-authored by Nikolay Minev and Yasser Seirawan:
    Alekhine in Europe and Asia 619 Games ... from Europe and Asia 1905-1945
    International Chess Enterprises, Seattle 1993. Paperback, 118 pp.
  • Co-authored by Eric Tangborn:
    The Unknown Bobby Fischer
    International Chess Enterprises, Seattle 1999. Softcover, 191 pp.

PS (24-06-2014):
A valuable information should not get lost – Jacqueline Piatigorsky: Patron, Player, Pioneer – a marvelous exhibition at the World Chess Hall of Fame running from October 25, 2013 to July 13, 2014 – has been curated by John Donaldson, and complete information, a press release and a wonderful downloadable PDF of the exhibition brochure is available at