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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606208977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606208977
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas Zemel on April 21, 2013
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I liked the book overall, but when i went into my chess encyclopedia, the information proved to contradict what was said. I asked my friend, a professor at georgia state, and he asked his friend and apparently the book was missing a lot of facts and was based on untrue facts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kschwaba on September 10, 2013
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This book offers no value on how this game was invented or has evolved over time. It's merely a rambling about successful practitioners with whom the author is familiar, and does not contain any interesting or practical insights.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Murrel on September 25, 2014
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This is a great book for the chess history enthusiast. Bird, one of the great players of the 19th century, gives us a Bird's eye view of chess from his 19th Century point of view. It reviews the history of the game from the 500s to the present (about 1880) including mentions in the poetry of the middle ages (he quotes Chaucer among others). His comments about Phiidor, LaBourdonnais and many of the dominant personalities of the middle to late1800s chess scene are insightful. He does include some actual chess games which are of historical interest, but not practical in view of the advances in chess knowledge and theory of the past 150 years.
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If I had read this book in 1893 when it was published, I might have rated it higher. As it turned out now, I found it tedious and extremely repetitive. Reading the same historical reference for the third or fourth time gets old. Of course that’s the way it is with a lot of books written around this time. I am one who loves both history and chess and I am willing to make allowances for the changing tastes and styles that we see across the centuries. That said, however, this was a difficult slog.

He called this "History and Reminiscences" and the history part (the vast majority it seemed to me) was deadly. I despaired of finishing it, but kept on because I knew that Bird was a character for decades in the chess world of his day (noted for Bird’s Opening, 1. f3), and I hoped that some true “reminiscences” would emerge.

They eventually did -- for about 15-20 pages toward the end. He had a few interesting tales of his experiences – tournaments, travels. That was what I had been hoping for, but it was over all too quickly. I wish an editor or ghost-writer had had a shot at this. He was a very engaging person, but this book does not do justice to him.
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By Vladimir Kucera on June 29, 2014
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Sweet deal.
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By Manofclass on February 8, 2014
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I love everything about chess. This filled a niche and to have it as a Kindle download was a good idea.
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