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J H Donner - The King

J H Donner - The King

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Product type: Printed book

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Tim Krabbe & Max Pam (Editors)

J.H.Donner (1927 - 1988) was a Dutch Grandmaster and one of the greatest writers about chess of all time. He was a chess reporter and a chess columnist, as well as an annotator of the game. Above all he was a witty and unpredictable commentator of everything and everybody, both inside and outside the chess world. The King spans a writing career of more than thirty years during which Donner slowly developed from chess player-writer into writer-chess player.

Donner's favourite themes are: Bobby Fischer, the blunder, chess as a game of luck, why women can't play chess, madness, and poor Lodewijk Prins, his rival for the Dutch National Championship for many years, who, according to Donner, "couldn't tell a bishop from a knight." The King is a book full of insults and ironies, but Donner wouldn't be Donner without a considerable amount of self-mockery.

About this edition:
In 1997 a part of this book (about two-thirds) was published in English, in a limited de luxe hardcover edition of only 750 copies (also titled 'The King'). It was a great hit with the few people who managed to obtain a copy. With this new edition, the unabridged English edition of this classic is published for the first time.

2nd edition, Published 2008, softback, 391 pages.

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