The Immortal Game: A History of Chess or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science, and the Human Brain

By David Shenk

Chess is the main enduring and common online game in historical past. right here, bestselling writer David Shenk chronicles its interesting saga, from historical Persia to medieval Europe to the dens of Benjamin Franklin and Norman Schwarzkopf. alongside the way in which, he examines a unmarried mythical video game that happened in London in 1851 among masters of the time, and relays his personal makes an attempt to turn into as expert as his Polish ancestor Samuel Rosenthal, a nineteenth-century champion. With its mixture of cultural historical past and Shenk’s own curiosity, The Immortal online game is a compelling consultant for newcomers and aficionados alike.

Reviews:

From Publishers Weekly
Those concerned about chess and wishing to profit extra concerning the video game (but now not an excessive amount of extra) will welcome this obtainable, nontechnical creation. Shenk (The Forgetting) succinctly surveys the game's background from its origins in 5th- or sixth-century Persia as much as the current, touching alongside the way in which on such topics as his personal amateurish pursuit of the sport, erratic geniuses like Paul Morphy and Bobby Fischer, chess in colleges at the present time, computing device chess and his great-great-grandfather Samuel Rosenthal, who used to be an eminent participant in overdue 19th-century Europe. to intensify the drama, Shenk intersperses the textual content with the strikes of the so-called "immortal game," a super instance of "romantic" chess performed among Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky in London in 1851. Appendixes contain transcripts of 5 different nice video games, besides Benjamin Franklin's short essay "The Morals of Chess." Readers will come clear of this interesting booklet with a robust feel of why chess has remained so well known over the a while and why its learn nonetheless has a lot to inform us in regards to the workings of the human brain. 50 b&w illus. (Sept.)

From Bookmarks Magazine
David Shenk is the writer of 4 past books, together with The Forgetting, an acclaimed learn of Alzheimer's, and knowledge Smog, approximately details overload within the web age. the best asset of The Immortal online game is its accessibility. via an informed layperson's wisdom of chess, Shenk specializes in his subject's extra interesting issues and leaves arcane rehashes of recognized video games for extra technical texts. (An appendix obliges those that enjoy such details.) At its most tasty, the e-book meditates at the ways in which chess can increase lives. Given its brevity, Shenk's evaluation occasionally sacrifices intensity to assurance, even though such an strategy slightly decreases the excitement even an "wood-pusher"—chess slang for a susceptible player—might remove from this passionate and well-researched history.

From Booklist
Versatile writer Shenk has conceived a shiny notion for marching in the course of the background of chess. His name a double entendre, Shenk alternates narrative passages at the historical lineage of chess with move-by-move research of a astounding 1851 contest that lore has dubbed "the immortal game." Shenk can also be an Everyman-guide, and his perspective is one who many readers will share--he is drawn to the game's countless percentages but additionally intimidated through its tricky physique of analytic wisdom. attempting to grasp chess has deranged various, akin to artist Marcel Duchamp and previous champion Bobby Fischer, however it has additionally given nice excitement to others, similar to Benjamin Franklin. looking a reason behind the recognition of chess from its Persian and Indian origins 1,500 years in the past to the current, Shenk comes to a decision it lies in chess' fluidity as metaphor. It was once it seems that conceived as a struggle online game, yet feudal ecu society came upon deeper meanings inside it, as cognitive psychologists and logicians do this present day. Rangy, anecdotal, and nontechnical, Shenk's is renowned chess heritage at its such a lot readable. Gilbert Taylor

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"Elegant . . . a real page-turner, and a good creation to the sport of chess."—Wall highway Journal“Clear, based, refined and simple to appreciate. . . . simply the item to get you within the thrall of this historic game.” —Los Angeles Times“Shenk, a spry writer....[offers] a powerful case for the game’s bewitching power.” —The big apple instances booklet Review“Fresh and fascinating...a world-spanning tale [Shenk] relates with ability and verve.” —Chicago Sun-Times

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