The Rookie: An Odyssey Through Chess (and Life)


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Chess has been played for more than 1,500 years and is played in every country in the world. Stephen Moss sets out to master its mysteries, and unlock the secret of its enduring appeal. What, he asks, is the essence of chess? And what will it reveal about his own character along the way? In a witty, accessible style that will delight newcomers and irritate purists, Moss imagines the world as a board and marches across it, offering a mordant report on the world of chess in 64 chapters – 64 of course being the number of squares on the chessboard. He alternates between ‘black’ chapters – where he plays, largely uncomprehendingly, in tournaments – and ‘white’ chapters, where he seeks advice from the current crop of grandmasters and delves into the lives of great players of the past.

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Chess has been played for more than 1,500 years and is played in every country in the world. Stephen Moss sets out to master its mysteries, and unlock the secret of its enduring appeal. What, he asks, is the essence of chess? And what will it reveal about his own character along the way? In a witty, accessible style that will delight newcomers and irritate purists, Moss imagines the world as a board and marches across it, offering a mordant report on the world of chess in 64 chapters – 64 of course being the number of squares on the chessboard. He alternates between ‘black’ chapters – where he plays, largely uncomprehendingly, in tournaments – and ‘white’ chapters, where he seeks advice from the current crop of grandmasters and delves into the lives of great players of the past.

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Author Stephen Moss Published by Wisden ISBN 9781408189702 EAN 9781408189702 Bic Code Cover Hardback

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