Thursday, August 19, 2010

David Shenk on the Lewis Chess Pieces

I saw this at Susan Polgar's blog

It's an excellent piece giving a clear and concise history of the discovery and subsequent sale of the Lewis chess pieces (dated to about 1150 CE) in the early 1830s. 

I am a big fan of David Shenk.  His book "The Immortal Game: A History of Chess" is a wonderfully readable work that presents facts of chess history along with the suppositions of various authors on aspects of the ancient history and development of chess, all blended into a move-by-move description of  "The Immortal Game" - an actual chess game that took place in the mid-19th century -- a game that, ultimately, changed the way chess was played.  Someone with no prior knowledge of the game of chess will be able to read this book and afterward say "wow!"

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