Chess for Fun, Chess for Blood ... or Phlegm ... Whatever You Got.

Chess for Fun, Chess for Blood ... or Phlegm ... Whatever You Got.

TadrodderTots
TadrodderTots
Sep 2, 2017, 7:33 PM |
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Chess for Fun, the first half of Edward Lasker's book, is a good read for The Great Unwashed Masses of Chess.

Edward's tremendously relatable to the casual chess/beginner player.  He understands that "chess as a hobby" has merit on its own terms.   There are some really funny anecdotes involving his playing chess with various Top People, a virtuoso violinist, scientists, et cetera.  The fun for the violinist lay in 'figuring stuff out' rather than reading and studying.  As such, the violinist played some god-awful chess, but rather enjoyed the mental exercise.

For his part, Lasker enjoyed playing 'social chess' with a person who was having a lot of fun.

In the second half, Chess for Blood, Lasker has an eerily prescient conversation with Capablanca regarding "The Moderns" ... his comment was that, as a result of The Great War, the Young Players (14-17 at the start) basically had nothing to do but study chess.   As a result, their theory would be more current and beyond the capacity of the Established Masters to cope with at the tournament level.

Brought to mind a lot of comments here about Kasparov's return to competitive play.

Capablanca went on to win that tournament, by the way.

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