Chess or Life is different from most books on chess. It describes the fascinating world of chess from the inside. This is not an instruction manual, but a journey through the culture and history of chess, following players' fortunes from Oslo to Manhattan via Russia.
In a warm and friendly style, the book invites you to meet people who are facing an existential question: Chess or life? It ranges from the minor comedies to the personal tragedies and triumphs which can arise in the absurd world of chess.
The author has played against Magnus Carlsen several times. He gives insights into our reigning world champion, what fascinates him about chess, what makes him the world's best player and the story of his opponents and predecessors among the kings of the game, the sixteen great personalities who have been classic world champions since 1886.
‘This book takes us across the board on an entertaining and informative journey through the history and culture of chess, with continuous anecdotes, curiosities and facts. … impossible to put down once you have started reading.’ VG
‘Atle Grønn has written an altogether first class book which is both a biography of a chess player and a cultural history of chess.’
‘… a feast for those of us who think chess is an infinite universe.’
‘A fascinating insight into the world of chess – but more especially into the world of the chess players.’
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