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Players and Pawns : How Chess Builds Community and Culture, Paperback / softback Book

Players and Pawns : How Chess Builds Community and Culture Paperback / softback

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A chess match seems as solitary an endeavor as there is in sports: two minds, on their own, in fierce opposition.

In contrast, Gary Alan Fine argues that chess is a social duet: two players in silent dialogue who always take each other into account in their play.

Surrounding that one-on-one contest is a community life that can be nearly as dramatic and intense as the across-the-board confrontation.

Fine has spent years immersed in the communities of amateur and professional chess players, and with Players and Pawns he takes readers deep inside them, revealing a complex, brilliant, feisty world of commitment and conflict.

Within their community, chess players find both support and challenges, all amid a shared interest in and love of the long-standing traditions of the game, traditions that help chess players build a communal identity. Full of idiosyncratic characters and dramatic gameplay, Players and Pawns is a celebration of the fascinating world of serious chess.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 4 Illustrations
  • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Sociology
  • ISBN: 9780226639864

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