King's Gambit: A Son, A Father, and the World's Most Dangerous Game

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Hyperion, Sep 11, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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As a young man, Paul Hoffman was a brilliant chess player . . . until the pressures of competition drove him to the brink of madness.

In King's Gambit, he interweaves a gripping overview of the history of the game and an in-depth look at the state of modern chess into the story of his own attempt to get his game back up to master level--without losing his mind. It's also a father and son story, as Hoffman grapples with the bizarre legacy of his own dad, who haunts Hoffman's game and life.

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I borrowed this book from the Winchester library. It is an interesting look at the game of chess and some of the players competing at the highest levels of the game. I recommend it to every chess player and anyone who knows a chess player.

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About the author (2007)

Paul Hoffman was president of Encyclopedia Britannica and editor-in-chief of Discover. and is the author of The Man Who Loved Only Numbers and The Wings of Madness. He is the winner of the first National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, and his work has appeared in the New Yorker, Time, and Atlantic Monthly. He lives in Woodstock, NY.

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