The Immortal Game: A History of Chess Hardcover – 10 Oct 2007
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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).
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book, including playing through the Immortal Game on a chessboard when reading it!Published 10 months ago by Alan Barrett