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Players and Pawns: How Chess Builds Community and Culture
by Gary Alan Fine
University of Chicago Press, 2015
Paper: 978-0-226-63986-4 | eISBN: 978-0-226-26503-2 | Cloth: 978-0-226-26498-1
Library of Congress Classification GV1448.F55 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 794.1019

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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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