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In Smart Chip from St.Petersburg, Genna Sosonko continues his famous chess chronicles. It contains a new series of fascinating and touching portraits of chess players, both famous and forgotten, as well as essays in which Sosonko gives a personal and erudite view on the psychology of the game.Why do old grandmasters -in spite of their experience- play weaker than young ones, what do chess players dream about,what does fame do with a master's ego, and how do chess and religion interact? Smart Chip from St.Petersburg radiates the author's love for and devotion to chess, yet is tempered by objectivity and detachment. It will surprise and enchant not only chess players, but all those who recognize the cultural value of chess. Genna Sosonko lived for the first 29 years of his life in Leningrad.He emigrated to Holland in 1972 and became one of the strongest grandmasters in the world. His bestselling first book, Russian Silhouettes, was shortlisted for the world's premier chess book award, the BCF Book of the Year 2000. In 2003 Genna Sosonko published The Reliable Past to worldwide acclaim.
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Studio: New In Chess
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 25, 2006
Publisher New in Chess
ISBN 9056911694 ISBN13 9789056911690
Reviews - What do customers think about Smart Chip From St Petersburg: and other tales from a bygone chess area?
Chess As It Was Jan 15, 2008
This is the third installment of Genna Sosonko's recollections of chess and chess personalities in the last half of the twentieth century.
While non-Soviet players are covered, the theme I took away from the series was that as repressive as the USSR was, chess in the age of Soviet dominance was still a very "human" endeavor and its practitioners, for good or ill, were characters worthy of remembrance.
It took the coming of the computer to make chess at the highest levels a cold pursuit.