The Immortal Game

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

Book - 2006
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A fresh, engaging look at how 32 carved pieces on a board forever changed our understanding of war, art, science, and the human brain.

Chess is the most enduring and universal game in history. Here, bestselling author David Shenk chronicles its intriguing saga, from ancient Persia to medieval Europe to the dens of Benjamin Franklin and Norman Schwarzkopf. Along the way, he examines a single legendary game that took place in London in 1851 between two masters of the time, and relays his own attempts to become as skilled as his Polish ancestor Samuel Rosenthal, a nineteenth-century champion. With its blend of cultural history and Shenk's lively personal narrative, The Immortal Game is a compelling guide for novices and aficionados alike.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400034086
Branch Call Number: 794.109
Characteristics: xvii, 327 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Jul 12, 2015

This book is a huge help to anyone looking for information on the origin and history of chess as well as one of the most popular chess games in history. It is great for anyone who's looking for a little inspiration to win their next bloodless "war".

Nov 06, 2014


Mar 14, 2013

Not only is this a tremendous book with wonderful historical insights into the game of chess, but a rich odyssey of elegant thought. The ideal way to read this book, is to read it at the same time you read Iain Banks' great sci fi classic, "The Player of Games" - - together they allow the reader a cornucopia of insight and enlightenment on civilization then, now and in the future.

Justin, L. Hanekom
Aug 08, 2011

I have read this book before and keep coming back to it. The Immortal Game is the most exciting game of chess I've ever seen. Reading this book makes me excited to play my next game!

SB2000 Jun 02, 2011

I found this a generally fascinating (and surprising) read. Using the anatomy of a very famous Victorian era game (the "Imortal Game" of the title) as a structure, the author examines the history, development, mathematics, pschology of the game of chess and how it has impacted on the world.


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