Kings, Commoners and Knaves

Kings, Commoners and Knaves




A cornucopia of games and positions (over 300 of them), notes on openings, biographies, mysteries, howlers, book reviews, quotations, etc., featuring a cast of hundreds from the chess world of today and yesteryear - the champions and the under-achievers; the scholars and the bunglers; the saints and the sinners. Every page provides fascinating, little-known material from an author who is prepared to name names.

Sample range of features: announced mates, smothered mates and missed mates; miniatures; a 21-page dissection of Capablanca v Bogoljubow, Moscow, 1925; nineteenth-century prodigies; royal walkabouts; Kasparov, Karpov and the Scotch Game; Fischer and Damiano's Defence; the Swiss Gambit; hypnosis; the termination of the 1984-85 world championship match; copyright on chess games; Reshevsky's psychology test; what is a combination?; the origins of FIDE titles; duplication of games; Fischer revelations; rare queen sacrifices; cheating; how far ahead have masters calculated?; chess impostors; Morphy and beer; the FIDE President who married a film star; six players named Lasker; chessy words; Zugzwang; the master accused of war crimes; the Torremolinos brilliancy that never was; howlers and chicanery; did Alekhine miss a mate in one?; chess on the Internet; the Rubinstein trap; players who captured their own pieces; historical havoc; was Marshall showered with gold?; revelations about Najdorf's Polish Immortal game; was Alekhine a Nazi?; did Steinitz play Jack the Ripper?; early use of 'grandmaster' and 'world champion'; bribery and roguery; a pawn ending mystery; ghosting; Capa's mysterious challenger; a catastrophic encyclopedia; Fischer's return in 1992; masters' choices of their best games.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888690040
Publisher: Russell Enterprises, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/1999
Pages: 452
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)


I promise you that you will never look at chess history in the same way after you read this book. .Combining scholarly and lively writing, it is uncommonly well-researched and well-written, and has that delightful undercurrent of humour and wit that has always graced Winter's writings. Kings, Commoners and Knaves is a rare chess book, to be treasured for years to come.

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