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The King: Chess Pieces Paperback – June 1, 2006
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Max Pam teaches photography and media at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He is the author of numerous books, including "Atlas Monographs".
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Donner's "hatereds" are not to be taken too seriously: he is not a megalomaniacal bigot, he merely plays one in his columns (e.g., when he pretends to be deeply insulted that Fischer's famous "10 best players of all time" list somehow didn't mention him.) But *pretending* to be a bigoted know-it-all is wonderful literary excuse for Donner to write about all the "really important" things about tournament X or grandmaster Y--that is, whatever *he* felt like writing about them--and to hell with convention, or with what his employers wanted. After all, if all those inferior people (such as his bosses at the paper, who might even be Dutch and/or women) complain that his reporting is obscure or odd, what's that to Donner?
The result is that Donner's chess essays were like nobody else's--a flight of fancy that takes one to totally unexpected placed. For example, when reporting about a Cuban tournament he participated in, it's much better, in Donner's view, to report, how a bridge hand he played with a few other chess players turned out (while insulting the other players as hopeless bridge bumblers) than to bother with boring stuff, like the tournament's results or other unimportant trivia.Read more ›
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Thank you for being so prompt. They said the book was used, however it looks brand new to me.Thanks againPublished on December 3, 2013 by Frederick H. Jarmuz
This is definitely the best book ever about chess. It won't tell you a lot about opening theory or the secrets of rook endings. However, the stories are brilliantly written. Read morePublished on February 12, 2009 by Kees