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Author Desjarlais, Robert R.

Title Counterplay : an Anthropologist at the Chessboard / Robert Desjarlais
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (251 pages) : illustrations
Contents Cover; Contents; 1. Blitzkrieg Bop; 2. Notes on a Swindle; 3. Psych-Out; 4. Sveshnikov Intrigues; 5. Son of Sorrow; 6. Ambivalence; 7. Cyberchess; 8. 24/7 on the ICC; Endgame; Appendix 1. Note on Chess Annotation; Appendix 2. "Life is touch-move"; Notes; Glossary; Acknowledgments; Index
Summary "Chess gets a hold of some people, like a virus or a drug," writes Robert Desjarlais in this absorbing book. Drawing on his lifelong fascination with the game, Desjarlais guides readers into the world of twenty-first-century chess to help us understand its unique pleasures and challenges, and to advance a new "anthropology of passion." Immersing us directly in chess's intricate culture, he interweaves small dramas, closely observed details, illuminating insights, colorful anecdotes, and unforgettable biographical sketches to elucidate the game and to reveal what goes on in the minds of experie
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Anthropology -- Philosophy.
Chess players -- Psychology.
Chess -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010026534
ISBN 0520948203 (electronic bk.)
9780520948204 (electronic bk.)