Monday, April 5, 2010

Kings Gambit

I finished this book about three months ago. I just never got up the gumption to post about it. The book is called Kings Gambit by Paul Hoffman published by Hyperion Books in 2007 at 433 pages. The book is about the author and his travels through the chess world as a boy with his father and later as an author/interviewer of top notch chess players and other such characters involved with chess. From his encounter with Rossolimo, a grandmaster renowned for his variation in the Sicilian Defense, to his interview with Nigel Short and others, he scrutinizes championship chess and his own chess experiences with a fine toothed comb.Here is a web page about Paul Hoffman and this book.
Paul talks about Pandolfini whom he has known since childhood. Pandolfini has been involved in chess for a long time as a coach and famous personality.Pascal Charbonneau, Anatoly Karpov, Gary Kasparov, Deep Blue,Maurice Ashley, Jennifer Shahade, Kramnik, Joel Lautier, Henri Grob, Claude Bloodgood, Victor Korchnoi, Susan Polgar, Paul Truong, Aleksander Wojtkiewicz, Irina Krush, Muammar Gadhafi, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, and Nigel Short are just some of his many subjects of writing in this book. I liked it, a good read. Too bad I took too long before posting about it. I seem to have forgotten much about it.

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