Players and Pawns : How Chess Builds Community and Culture Paperback / softback
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 288 pages, 4 Illustrations
- Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
- Publication Date: 26/04/2019
- Category: Sociology
- ISBN: 9780226639864
- Hardback from £18.85