This is the ultimate book for lovers of chess. The Joys of Chess is an unforgettable intellectual expedition to the remotest corners of the Royal Game. En route, intriguing thought experiments, strange insights and hilarious jokes will offer vistas you have never seen before. The beauty, the battle, the culture, the fun, the art and the heroism of chess are the main themes of this fascinating and often surprising journey. From the foreword by World Champion Vishy Anand:
This book bridges the gap between the world of chess and the rest of the world and makes numerous connections such as to literature, arts, philosophy, mathematics, physics and other areas. It is a rich compendium of spectacular highlights and defining moments from chess history: fantastic moves, beautiful combinations, historical blunders, captivating stories, and all this embedded into a plentitude of quick-witted ideas and contemplations as food for thought.
Your private guide is Christian Hesse, a Harvard-trained professor of Mathematics and an avid chess player. Chess and literature are his main hobbies, and he also likes fitness and boxing. His heroes are the ones who fall to the bottom and rise again, fall and rise again. Hesse has written a sparkling book that will give you many hours of intense joy.
Der Standard, Vienna:
"One of the most ingenious and enjoyable books ever written on chess."
Vladimir Kramnik, 14th World Chess Champion:
"A wealth of magnificent examples"
Europa Rochade Magazine:
"A fascinating collection of ideas, positions and curiosities."
Published 2011, softback, 432 pages.Sample pages (pdf)