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The Immortal Game: A History of Chess Hardcover – 10 Oct 2007

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (10 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 028563786X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285637863
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 3.1 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 538,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shenk offers a free-form history of chess that juxtaposes a macro-level narrative of its spread from India and the Middle East to the courts of medieval Europe with a micro-analysis of a famous game played in London in 1851." --'Guardian'

"The game acts as a microcosm for wider social issues… A broad historical narrative, ranging from the earliest records to the latest development in computer chess… That David Shenk is a self-confessed chess amateur does not hold him back as a guide." --'Financial Times'

"David Shenk juxtaposes a move-by-move analysis of the game… with a general history of chess, from its origins in 6th-century Persia to its importance for the development of artificial intelligence in the 21st century." --'London Review of Books' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

David Shenk is a bestselling US author, and contributor to magazines such as 'New Yorker' and 'National Geographic'. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Format: 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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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A superb read. If you loved "A complete Chess Addict" you'll love this.
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