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Insightful and Entertaining,
This review is from: Football and Chess: Tactics Strategy Beauty (Paperback)This is an expertly-crafted and engaging book which combines some of the best aspects of football writing with an analytical and well-expressed appreciation of chess.
The approach is refreshingly personal, like the best sports writing, but the justirfications and elucidations are expertly-weighted and convincing. Even to a relative outsider to the world of chess, such as this reviewer, the book is an excellent read.
Unlike the reviewer above, I found the diagrams extremely helpful, and indeed thought-provoking. Too often football writing can obscure the detail through tedious repetition of numerical formations.
The two disciplines are undoubtedly different - in chess one doen't have to worry whether one's knight is going to be in the tabloids the following morning, or whether the bishop has an undiagnosed drinking problem - but the way in which Wells combines the two is refreshing and convincing. This has given me a newfound respect for football managers, who can often end up, though their own commentary, seeming a lot less tactically astute than they are. I'm sure if I were involved in coaching this owuld be even more thoroughly recommended.