The reason it was so bruising when someone said I was from a rich family is that, like many of us, I'm deeply invested - probably overly so - in the myth of my own self-creation. I like to believe that I got where I am, such as it is, by working hard and charting my own course.
When I finally held the trophy, it was just how I imagined it would be.
Bobby Fischer has an enormous knowledge of chess and his familiarity with the chess literature of the USSR is immense.
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