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A Good Place to Start,
This review is from: The Immortal Game: A History of Chess (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: 24 Jan 2012 15:33:26 GMT
Timothy Bates says:
Dear M: What would you recommend for deeper and more insightful coverage? Any particular books stand out as classics?
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