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the queen's gambit

the fatal flaw of the queen's gambit

walter tevis. the queen's gambit

queen's gambit featured books

all matches from the series replayed

commentary harmon vs borgov

harmon vs bogov lichess

commentary beltik vs harmon

harry beltik vs harmon


exotic chess variants

human like A.I. player

random setup to prevent memorizing openings

the problem with chess960


Some people formerly played chess using a die to decide which piece to move. There was an unproven theory that chess started as this dice-chess and that the gambling and dice aspects of the game were removed because of Hindu religious objections.[21]


Chess Story by Stefan Zweig

Set during World War II, an Austrian man known as Dr. B, who is obsessed with the game of chess and recovering from a nervous breakdown, is on an ocean liner travelling from New York to Buenos Aires. Also on board is a group of chess enthusiasts and the world chess champion Mirko Czentovic. The chess fans keep losing to the champion until Dr. B helps them and then he in turn takes his chance against the chess champion. Translated from the original,The Royal Game, Austrian author Zweig escaped the Nazis and wrote the book while in exile in Brazil. He sent off the manuscript to his American publishers only days before he and his wife committed suicide. Zweig writes about chess with an uncompromising energy that places readers psychologically in the player’s heads.

Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

In 1967 London, the folk-rock-psychedelic quartet Utopia Avenue is formed. Coming from different backgrounds and countries they struggle to stay true to themselves as they begin their rise to fame through the dark end of the 1960s. Through all the sex, drugs, fame and personal and professional trials and triumphs what is it that will define their lives and their music? A nuanced, enthralling and innovative take on the times, Mitchell is a master of his craft.

Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport by Jennifer Shahade

In the game of chess, the strongest piece—the Queen—is often referred to as "bitch." In 2004, Jennifer Shahade became U.S. Women’s Chess Champion but being female in competitive chess has been long considered a major disadvantage. The author chronicles her own rise, great female players in history and interviews the young globetrotting women chess players who are challenging male domination and knocking down the doors to this traditionally male game, infiltrating the male-owned sporting subculture of international chess, and giving the phrase "play like a girl" a whole new meaning. An entertaining, feminist take on the game and the women that play it.

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

A collection of two of Salinger’s most brilliant stories concerning the two youngest siblings of the Glass family. Franny, the daughter is attending an unnamed liberal arts college and on a date with her boyfriend and becomes increasingly frustrated with his obsession with the small minutiae of their lives and social norms than with deeper philosophical questions. Zooey, the youngest brother, is in the family home in New York and reading an old letter from his brother Buddy, argues with his mother and then connects with his sister Franny, who seems to be i### Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard by Robert Desjarlais

“Chess gets a hold of some people, like a virus or a drug,” writes Desjarlais. Dive into the world of 21st century chess as the author, with his lifelong fascination with the game, takes readers through its highs, lows and challenges, its elite players and the small dramas that keep fans coming back for more. A compelling and immersive academic take on chess culture and game play. Only available, full text, through web databases.n a deep depression on the living room couch. Considered by many to be Salinger’s masterpiece, it is complicated, angsty, stylish, and uncompromising.

All the Wrong Moves: A Memoir About Chess, Love, and Ruining Everything by Sasha Chapin

A fan of the game, Chapin became obsessed after an accidental encounter with chess hustlers on the streets of Kathmandu. With an all consuming passion he began to play for hours and weeks at a time. Not able to fight it he decided to surrender to it. What follows is a rollicking, globe trotting memoir, as he submits to humiliating defeats, is taught by grumpy mentors and finds joy in the purity and beauty of the game. An entertaining read that is engaging and laugh out loud funny.

Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster by Tim Crothers

One day in 2005 while searching for food, nine-year-old Phiona followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende. Katende had also grown up in the Kampala slums and wanted to empower kids like Phiona through chess—a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chessboard in the dirt of the Katwe slum, Robert painstakingly taught the game each day and at night Phiona and the other kids played on with bottle caps on scraps of cardboard.  By the time she turned eleven, Phiona was her country's junior champion and by fifteen, the national champion. In 2010, she traveled to Siberia, a rare journey out of Katwe, to compete in the Chess Olympiad, the world's most prestigious team-chess event.  A heartwarming story of dreaming big, perseverance and life on the edge. Also a good Disney film starring David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o.