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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Place to Start
I found this book quite interesting, never having read a book (or other material) on the history of chess before. It was however, different from what I was expecting and seemed a lot shorter than it appears to be for some reason.

It will give you a good overall sense of the history of the origin of the game, with some very interesting facts and stories...
Published on 4 Sep 2008 by M. Martin

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Place to Start, 4 Sep 2008
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I found this book quite interesting, never having read a book (or other material) on the history of chess before. It was however, different from what I was expecting and seemed a lot shorter than it appears to be for some reason.

It will give you a good overall sense of the history of the origin of the game, with some very interesting facts and stories. Throughout the book it is paralleled with society and how it reflected changes in culture. This was interesting, though sometimes felt a slight bit stretched. What was more interesting, as the book gets into the more recent history, were the discussions of the usefulness of chess (in maths, logic, language, artificial intelligence etc.). But none of these discussions went very deep and I was left wanting to know much much more.

I would recommend this book as a casual introduction to chess history, and an enjoyable book for a rainy afternoon. It will probably spark your interest in further reading (as it did mine).
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that Will Please every Lover of this Wonderful Game, 29 Dec 2006
This is a very special book that will appeal to Chess Players, to History Lovers and Collectors. Any one with a passion for the game of chess will find this book to be a very enjoyable reading, that will open your eyes to a different aspect of the game: its origins, its traditions, the philosophy and everything that makes chess much more than a simple game, a hobby or a past time. Even those not familiar with chess will find here a wonderful introduction and will understand why chess player are so passionate about its practice.

All in all the book offers a very pleasant and interesting reading, not just for chess players but also anyone interesting in learning about the game. Just be aware that this is not an instructional book on chess practice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 11 July 2014
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ditto.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal, 18 Sep 2013
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I'd read the book from the Library when I decided to buy a copy for my son.
The book is one game of chess interleaved with the history of chess.
Well enough written (the history is more insightful than the notes on the game) but together it's a must read for anyone interested in chess and the game is a wonder from an earlier time. Loved it.
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