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Any books that don't focus on games?

Jean1807

I'm looking for books that don't solely focus on games and annotations but rather on stories and anecdotes. I've been searching and find it hard to find this type of books. An example of what I'm looking for would be Anand's "Mind Master"

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Alramech
Jean1807 wrote:

I'm looking for books that don't solely focus on games and annotations but rather on stories and anecdotes. I've been searching and find it hard to find this type of books. An example of what I'm looking for would be Anand's "Mind Master"

Thanks in advance

Genna Sosonko has many books out there, and none of them contain a single chess game/diagram!  You might want to give one of his books a shot.  I made a blog post reviewing his most popular book Russian Silhouettes.  In short, I highly recommend the book that book in particular; it told great stories and was very well written.  I am looking forward to reading his other works.

TundraMike

Check out all the chess biographies from McFarland Publishing.  A great blend of games as well as stories. 

danielaKay

I'm currently reading "The KGB Plays Chess - The Soviet Secret Police and the Fight for the World Chess Crown" which is of course no collection of light-hearted anecdotes, but it is a fascinating look behind the scenes...

Atomic_Checkmate
There are bunches of books meeting your criteria. I highly recommend Soltis’s “Soviet Chess: 1917-1991.” Sosonko’s books are fantastic. Kasparov’s My Great Predecessor series has lots of anecdotes and history (just skip the games).
danielaKay
Alramech wrote:
Jean1807 wrote:

I'm looking for books that don't solely focus on games and annotations but rather on stories and anecdotes. I've been searching and find it hard to find this type of books. An example of what I'm looking for would be Anand's "Mind Master"

Thanks in advance

Genna Sosonko has many books out there, and none of them contain a single chess game/diagram!  You might want to give one of his books a shot.  I made a blog post reviewing his most popular book Russian Silhouettes.  In short, I highly recommend the book that book in particular; it told great stories and was very well written.  I am looking forward to reading his other works.

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KineticPawn

Bobby Fischer:  Profile of a Chess Prodigy by Frank Brady. 

Sultan Khan: The Indian Servant Who Became Chess Champion of British Empire by Daniel King

Mind Master by Vishy Anand

ChessAuthor

Bobby Fischer Goes to War is a good read.

Fiction wise, my novels have chess in them, but aren't focused on the games:

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B00J496B38?_encoding=UTF8&node=2656022011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-sidecar-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

 

NigelNice

You might also like The Big Book of World Chess Championships.

It covers all champions from Steinitz to Carlsen with a chapter on each including a brief biography and analysis of one of their key games.

Nwap111

Secret Notes, by David Bronstein. Though this book contains games, its focus is on human interest stories. I read the stories first. Now I am looking at the games.

Auggieski

I just ordered Masterpieces and Dramas of the Soviet Championships: Volume I  

 

theendgame3
NigelNice wrote:

You might also like The Big Book of World Chess Championships.

It covers all champions from Steinitz to Carlsen with a chapter on each including a brief biography and analysis of one of their key games.

+1 well said. A brilliant book and a must have. Free on a PDF too.

https://www.pdfdrive.com/the-big-book-of-world-chess-championships-e43239986.html

 

BattleDuck

I got one!

"My Opponent Is Eating a Doughnut: Tall Tales, Legends, Gossip, and Rumors from the World of Tournament Chess"

its a collection of stories from a chess judge about silly things he has witnessed in his career.

https://www.amazon.com/My-Opponent-Eating-Doughnut-Tournament-ebook/dp/B01660R424

 

Quasimorphy

The King by J.H. Donner

lighthouse

 

This is a nice pdf on the history of the Satunton chess set wink.png

https://worldchesshof.org/sites/default/files/Staunton%20Brochure-FinalWeb.pdf

So many nice set's !

Chess Story' by Stefan Zweig (also known as 'The Royal Game')