Tuesday, November 20, 2007

 

Paul and Polly

I read a lot of chess related books and blogs and I spend a lot of time in chess related software with the goal of improving my game. I have lately discovered two delightful authors that offer entertaining insight into the chess player's mind and I read their stuff because it is fun and enjoyable.

If you enjoy playing chess, this will be the most fascinating, best-written book that you have ever read. If you have no interest in chess, then get ready to enjoy a fascinating, fast-moving story with unforgettable characters, many of whom just happen to be chess players. -- Jared Diamond

The book is King's Gambit: A Son, a Father, and the World's most Dangerous Game by Paul Hoffman. For more info see this review at Paul's blog. It makes a great gift for chess players and non-chess players alike. My advice: don't wait for the paperback.

The other author is Polly Wright of Castling Queen Side where she blogs her adventures playing chess in New York City. She offers insights that all chess players can relate to and covers the fear, the doubt and the triumph of competitive club level chess.
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