The Immortal Game: A History of Chess

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 4 sept. 2007 - 352 pages

A fresh, engaging look at how 32 carved pieces on a board forever changed our understanding of war, art, science, and the human brain.

Chess is the most enduring and universal game in history. Here, bestselling author David Shenk chronicles its intriguing saga, from ancient Persia to medieval Europe to the dens of Benjamin Franklin and Norman Schwarzkopf. Along the way, he examines a single legendary game that took place in London in 1851 between two masters of the time, and relays his own attempts to become as skilled as his Polish ancestor Samuel Rosenthal, a nineteenth-century champion. With its blend of cultural history and Shenk’s lively personal narrative, The Immortal Game is a compelling guide for novices and aficionados alike.

 

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Very enjoyable account of the history of Western chess, framed in a blow by blow account of a famous encounter between Adolph Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritsky in London (1861). Consulter l'avis complet

THE IMMORTAL GAME: A History of Chess, or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science, and the Human Brain

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In this compelling, accessible study, Shenk (The Forgetting Alzheimer's, 2001) ponders the question: Does playing chess require great minds, or are great minds formed by playing chess?The history of ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Title Page
UNDERSTANDING IS THE ESSENTIAL WEAPON
HOUSE OF WISDOM
MOVE 2
THE MORALS OF MEN AND THE DUTIES OF NOBLES AND COMMONERS
MOVE 3
MAKING MEN CIRCUMSPECT
APPENDIXI
APPENDIX III
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David Shenk is the nationally bestselling author of six books, including The Genius in All of Us, The Immortal GameThe Forgetting, and Data Smog. He has written for The New York Times, The New YorkerThe AtlanticHarper’s, National Geographic, Slate, NPR, and PBS, among others. He lives in Brooklyn.

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