The chess companion: a merry collection of tales of chess and its players, together with a cornucopia of Irving Chernev QR code for The chess companion. The Chess Companion has 25 ratings and 6 reviews. Starring as always for Chernev is Capablanca, joined now by Lasker and Petrosian, both geniuses in. Several used books were for sale at a local tournament, and a friend of mine suggested I spend a buck on Chernev’s The Chess Companion.

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Aashish Kaul rated it it was amazing Jul 21, Not a book on how to win, rather one that gives a great cross section of the wide world of chess. I credit this book for making me follow chess on a daily basis. Apr 26, Philip rated it really liked cmopanion.

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July 21, MNb. In the second part cchernev the book pure chess content comes to the fore. Next year, in ninth grade, he hung his rook, and asked if he could take it back. Horowitzand Irving Chernev in brick-and-mortar bookstores here in the U. I received this as a present from my Parents in the early 70s and it remains a treasured item, easily the most entertaining chess book I have ever read.

When I grew up it was common to see books by Fred ReinfeldI. Razvan marked it as to-read Dec 17, A poignant and yet positive story.

July 21, Brian Gaines. Martin Frisher rated it it was amazing May 01, A wonderful array of stories and articles form the first half of the book, May favourite is Slippery Elm by Percival Wilde where a Chess club enlists a Grandmaster to help cheat a game so a weak player can defeat a better but arrogant and unpleasant newcomer!


Starring as always for Chernev is Capablanca, joined now by Lasker and Petrosian, both geniuses in their own way. My favorite of the short stories is entitled “Last Round,” and features a match being played by an aging master.

Oscar Andres marked it as to-read Dec 09, That’s an interesting point, but while it’s true that there are more near-beginners than advanced players, very few books by Mssrs.

This form does not yet contain compainon fields. View Printer Friendly Version. I think it’s the chwrnev way around — the near-beginners are the broader audience, and anyone more advanced is a niche group! Mar 28, Vincent O’Neil rated it it was amazing. This is a nice collection of chess “stuff. Unfortunately I was found out! Chuck Wallace marked it as to-read May 05, Donald marked it as to-read Oct 23, Among the tales which feature chess–works by E.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. A Fireside-format hithers and thithers about The Game– stories, anecdotes, games, problems and pleasantries–by a master of the garrulous gambit. Richard added it Apr 08, It was good advice! Mar 21, Steven Peterson rated it really liked it.


Want to Read saving…. Return to Book Page. A chapter made up of games with picturesque finishes is next, followed by a chapter on “blindfold beauties”. Any budding chess player. There are glimpses of classic and amusing games, a quiz or two and quotable murmurs for before and after mates.

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THE CHESS COMPANION by Irving–Ed. Chernev | Kirkus Reviews

The usual chess heroes of the author’s days come together to provide all sorts of entertainment. White a tipsy chess-playing computer ; Loacock a minor effort with traces of his best ; Milne, Hte Dunsany, Percival Wilde, etc.

I have owned the book for about 30 years now. The tactics are so well explained, and in an exciting manner too. Howlabit added it Apr 13, If you enjoy chess and I used to a great dealthis is one cool book!

Please provide an email address. July 27, MK. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It is the first chess book I ever owned and still have it or at least some pieces of it. There are pages’ worth of short stories authors include E.

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I cannot recommend the book unless you’re a serious chess-player, very patient, or indeed both. The selection of games at the end of this book truly demonstrate the beauty of chrrnev.

Lists with This Book. As a related story, in eighth grade, playing the finals of the school tournament against the kid who had compxnion me this book, I hung my queen letting his pawn take it.

Obviously dated but contains many classic games.