The Kings of Chess: A History of Chess Traced Through the Lives of Its Greatest Players

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William Hartson traces the development of the game from its Oriental origins to the present day through the lives of its greatest exponents - men like Howard Staunton, who transformed what had been a genteel pastime into a competitive science; the brilliant American Paul Morphy, who once played a dozen simultaneous games blindfold; the arrogant and certified insane Wilhelm Steinitz; the philosopher and mathematician Emanual Lasker; Bobby Fischer, perhaps the most brilliant and eccentric of them all; and many other highly gifted individuals. Hartson depicts all their colorful variety with a wealth of rare illustrations,

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The history of chess comes alive in this fascinating compilation of minibiographies. Fifteen well-written chapters chronicle the evolution of the game through the lives and lifestyles of its greatest players, including Staunton, Morphy, Capablanca, Fisher, and Karpov (the current world champion). Most are shown to be arrogant, obstinate, and eccentric monomaniacs, but all are extremely provocative in their quests to be best. Selected games are included to illustrate many of the players' grandest achievements, but they are secondary to the captivating text and photographs. Hartston's book is an excellent complement to traditional chess histories. Recommended for public libraries. William Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
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