The Immortal Game: A History of Chess

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 4, 2007 - Games & Activities - 352 pages

A fresh, engaging look at how 32 carved pieces on a Chess 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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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

I read this book upon a friend's insistence, and was happy I did. The book details the history of chess quite finely, and does it through the lens of a much-heralded match in the game's storied past ... Read full review

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User Review  - RobertLSlater - LibraryThing

The Immortal Game is an excellent debut novel. Right out of the gate Joannah Miley hooked me. I immediately identified with Ruby, the main character. Her loneliness and drive to make it through ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
Pieces and Moves
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
CHUNKING AND TASKING
A VICTORIOUS SYNTHESIS
MOVES 1719
BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS
WE ARE SHARING OUR WORLD WITH ANOTHER SPECIES ONE THAT GETS SMARTER
THE NEXT
Coda
APPENDIX I

BENJAMIN FRANKLINS OPERA
THE EMPEROR AND THE IMMIGRANT
APPENDIX II
APPENDIX III

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About the author (2007)

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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