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Players And Pawns

Author : Gary Alan Fine
ISBN : 9780226264981
Genre : Games & Activities
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Whether your chess career culminated in grandmaster status, or ended (repeatedly) in your or your brother's hurling the board and pieces across the living room, nearly all of us learned to play the game at one point or another. And chess tournaments, like spelling bees, are strangely captivating phenomena, bringing hundreds--sometimes thousands--of people together to watch two men sit silently at opposite sides of a table, occasionally moving a game piece. Gary Fine examines the social forces that bring these people together, not just in tournaments but in chess clubs, elementary and high school programs, college teams, and more. He finds that the chess players create a soft community,” an open and welcoming space where those with a commitment to the game find a place, despite eccentricities that might make them outsiders elsewhere. Admission to the community isn't free, though; the flip side to soft community is sticky culture,” the stipulation that identification with this world is explicitly linked with the acquisition of shared knowledge. This knowledge starts with game tactics and strategy, but Fine doesn't elaborate on them: he brings us on a tour of all the other things a player learns: the psychology of chess, the history of the game, local and national heroes, how you conduct yourself when you're on the ticking clock of a timed match, what it means to know exactly where you're ranked among the millions of chess players in the world, the seminal matches of the Cold War. Though you may come out of reading this book just as much of a patzer--a bumbling amateur--on the board, you'll have a thorough understanding of what happens over the board.
Category: Games & Activities

Chess Strategy For Club Players

Author : Herman Grooten
ISBN : 9789056914462
Genre : Games & Activities
File Size : 47.38 MB
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A top chess coach explains the fundamentals of chess strategy to amateur players. Herman Grooten, an International Master with over 25 years of experience, has written a systematic primer about the basics of positional understanding, with a massive amount of examples and exercises.
Category: Games & Activities

The Chess Player

Author : George Walker
ISBN : NYPL:33433082494745
Genre : Chess
File Size : 69.43 MB
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Category: Chess

Better Chess For Average Players

Author : Tim Harding
ISBN : 9780486133690
Genre : Games & Activities
File Size : 41.27 MB
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Clear, straightforward guide covers fundamentals of attacking and positional play, the endgame, assessing positions and choosing moves, difficult positions, time-trouble, much more. 384 diagrams.
Category: Games & Activities

The Encyclopaedia Britannica

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ISBN : KBNL:KBNL03000100979
Genre : Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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Eerie Archives

Author : Various
ISBN : 9781621156956
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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Collecting issues #52-#55 of Warren Publishing’s legendary Eeriehorror anthology, this deluxe hardcover features the character Hunter—the deadly demon killer of the future—making an explosive debut. Esteban Maroto continues his enchanting tales of Dax the Warrior, and Shreck struggles for survival on a dangerous, irradiated alternate world! A run of breathtaking covers by Sanjulian and Ken Kelly and a do-it-yourself Werewolf! board game top off this fine collection of 1970s horror tales! *The greatest horror comics of all time!
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels