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Birth of the Chess Queen: A History

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    Interesting New View on Chess

    Scattered throughout with intriguing tales of chess¿ early days, this book, as implied by its title, follows the enigmatic chess queen from her humble beginnings as the weakest piece on the board to her present-day domination. As the queen was initially absent from the game, the author describes some of the powerful queens that may have inspired her entrance to the game. Powerful and majestic, these queens make for good reading. The author also takes great pains to describe the ancient chess pieces that were the inspiration for the book, and includes many wonderful pictures. This book was an eye-opener chess has not always been the tame pastime that it is now, but a hazardous diversion in years past. Matches were often heated, and occasionally resulted in murder. Condemned by various churches several times, it nevertheless flourished. It was seen as a courting ritual, a metaphor for love. ¿Imagine putting [a chess scene] on a Valentine today instead of hearts or cupids!¿ Chess queens were also compared to the Virgin Mary. Meant to honor the Holy Mother, this comparison opened wider the door for our chess queen and her real-life counterparts. ¿If the Holy Virgin could rein over the heavens, why shouldn¿t queens rein on earth? It was an analogy female sovereigns used to shore up their authority.¿ I found this book fascinating. It was a good book to branch out with. It was a little slow at some parts, but for the most part the author did a wonderful job combining interesting tales with historical facts. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys history even a little, and definitely anyone interested in chess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Interesting History book - not of much interest to a chess player

    This book is rather interesting from the prospective of a woman who feels that Woman's liberation and chess have something in common! From a historical perspective every woman should own a copy of this book. From a chess prospective (I am a woman who likes chess) the author is not much a player but a historian with an attitude! A bit fun! Woman rule is the tone!

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