John Donaldson

John Donaldson

Bobby Fischer and his world

The man, the player, the riddle, and the colorful characters who surrounded him

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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John Donaldson, Nikolai Minew

The Life & Games of Akiva Rubinstein

Volume 1: Uncrowned King; Volume 2: The Later Years

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

  • PublisherRussell Enterprises, Vol. I: 2006; Vol. II: 2011
  • ISBNVol. I: 978-1-941270-88-2; Vol. II: 978-1-936490-39-4
  • Languagesenglish
  • PagesVol. I: 402; Vol. II: 440
  • Formatspaperback
  • See alsoDonaldson, John

John Donaldson

The Life and Games of Frank Ross Anderson

Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele

Emanuel Lasker

Denker, Weltenbürger, Schachweltmeister

  • PublisherExzelsior Verlag, 2009
  • ISBN9783935800051
  • Languagesgerman
  • Pages1079
  • Formatshardback
  • See alsoAnnouncement of the Lasker Monograph
  • Description
    1. Wolfgang Kamm & Tomasz Lissowski: Emanuel Laskers Vorfahren, Familie und Kindheit
    2. Tony Gillam: Lasker in Grossbritannien
    3. John Hilbert: Emanuel Lasker - Amerikanische Sichtweisen
    4. Roberto Mayor Gutiérrez & Jesús Bayolo Gonzalez: Emanuel Lasker auf Kuba
    5. Peter de Jong: Laskers Beziehung zu den Niederlanden
    6. Isaak Linder & Wladimir Linder: Emanuel Lasker in Russland
    7. Toni Preziuso: Aus der Schreibmaschine des Schachweltmeisters
    8. Susanna Poldauf: Lasker und die Berliner Boheme
    9. Joachim Rosenthal: Der Mathematiker Emanuel Lasker
    10. Bernd Gräfrath: Lasker als Philosoph
    11. Egbert Meissenburg: Emanuel Lasker - Bibliographie seiner Schriften
    12. Karl Kadletz: Laskers Biograph Jacques Hannak
    13. Wolfgang Angerstein: Laska - Ein strategisches Verstandesspiel
    14. Robert van de Velde: Nicht nur Schach - Emanuel Lasker als Bridgespieler
    15. Hans-Christian Wohlfarth: Lasker und Go
    16. Ralf J. Binnewirtz: Laskers Schachprobleme
    17. Jürgen Fleck: Laskers Endspielstudien
    18. Robert Hübner: Zu den Anfängen von Laskers Schachlaufbahn
    19. Raj Tischbierek: Hastings 1895
    20. Raj Tischbierek: Das Weltmeisterschaftsmatch Lasker-Tarrasch 1908
    21. John Donaldson: Weltmeister ohne Titel
    22. Raj Tischbierek: Laskers Comeback 1934 in Zürich
    23. Viktor Kortschnoi: Drei Partien eines alten Meisters
    24. Thomas Lemanczyk: Laskers Turnier- und Wettkampfpartien
    25. Michael Negele: Jenseits des Zufalls - Schach war doch das Leben



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)
  • 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