King: Chess Pieces

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J. H. Donner (1927-1988) was a Dutch Grandmaster and one of the greatest writers about chess of all time. He was a chess reporter and a chess columnist, as well as an annotator of the game. Above all he was a witty and unpredictable commentator of everything and everybody, both inside and outside the chess world. The King spans a writing career of more than thirty years during which Donner slowly developed from chess player-writer into writer-chess player.
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J. H. Donner (1927-1988) was a Dutch Grandmaster and one of the greatest writers about chess of all time. He was a chess reporter and a chess columnist, as well as an annotator of the game. Above all he was a witty and unpredictable commentator of everything and everybody, both inside and outside the chess world. The King spans a writing career of more than thirty years during which Donner slowly developed from chess player-writer into writer-chess player.
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Editorial Reviews

Sarah Horst
The most outrageous chess book money can buy.
Chess Moves
Taylor Kingston
His reportorial style reminds one of the 'gonzo journalism'of Hunter S.Thompson fame, and his polemics are reminiscent of such great scourges of hypocrisy as H.L.Mencken.
The Chess Cafe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789056910273
  • Publisher: Chess Combination, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 414

Table of Contents

On the justice of chess 17
The limitations of great ideas 20
Petrosian's blunder 21
Talent 23
Mythology 24
Fun and seriousness 26
The prophet from Muggensturm 28
Pacing up and down 31
Mein system 33
Tears 34
Chess is only chess 36
A talent's childhood diseases 37
Prelogical chess 38
Brazen newcomer 40
Drawing master 41
'Rather not' 43
Blitz 44
Typically nunrowitsch 46
The passed pawn has a soul, desires and fears 48
Blindfold chess 50
Bobby and I 51
In storm and rain 52
This will not happen to me again 54
A crime against chess 56
Chess cannot be compared with anything else 58
Incorrect 59
What makes you not make a move? 60
Teleprinter chess 62
Are bystanders allowed to think? 66
Ivkov's tragedy 69
Prins's chess 72
Prins ahead 76
A long left to the face 77
UGH 78
Champion Prins 79
It is still a disgrace, he doesn't have a clue 80
Peereboom cannot play chess either 81
Prins refuses challenge 83
Chess animal 84
Chess is and will always be a game of chance 85
Palma de Mallorca 87
Amateurism 90
Women and chess 92
Old chess player 94
Chess and bridge 97
Draw conspiracy 99
Drawing of lots 100
Chess in Cuba 102
Gobstopper 105
On fame 107
Shame 109
Multatuli and Lodewijk Prins 111
Sweet little thing 112
Shadow champion 117
I'll win, of course 123
The Prins variation 125
So I lost 127
Ignore him, gentlemen! 127
Does Canada exist? 128
Johannes Donner 129
Small world 135
Poker ideology 136
Merkx 140
Cameras 141
A chess player's hell 144
Seautoscopic vision 147
Women cannot play chess 151
Manic chess against depressive chess 152
Perpetual check in deep anxiety 155
The abyss between the sexes 162
The bishop jumps, the knight goes 164
Journalism 166
Fist 169
The fable of the sperm 171
Donner reads from the classics 177
Symposion 181
I urge Jan Hendrik Timman to observe strict discipline 184
Bad habits 188
Let Fischer have his way 190
Northeast Polder 192
Plenary session 194
Fischer's limit 197
Bobby Fischer is insane 199
Sniffing-tactile perception 201
Pachman 203
Such feeble, such cowardly chess 213
Young patricides 215
Idle passion 218
Letter 220
Amateur and master 222
Pitch 224
Intuition 225
For the last time : Fischer 227
Exceptio Chapaisiana 229
Giants 244
Simul 250
Salvation Army dislodges chess players 252
Game 253
A serious setback 256
The warm nest of a tribalist past 258
Wollt ihr das totale schach!? 259
Fifty 261
Birthday present 263
Age 264
Tragedy 267
Distracting an opponent 268
Arbiters 271
To Argentina with a guilty conscience 273
Foul play 276
Panic 278
Kortchnoi adjourns in winning position 281
Kortchnoi misses win in time-trouble 283
Kortchnoi goes on until stalemate 285
Limit 287
Never have I been so mistaken 289
Auxiliary arbiter 291
Gurus 292
Journalism 292
Karpov deserves world title 296
The power of sports 297
Responsible 299
A politically sinister affair 300
Dear Viktor 302
Two books 304
Boycott I 308
Boycott II 310
Addiction 312
Secret match 314
Swan song 317
Timman-Velimirovic I 319
Timman-Velimirovic II 320
Timman-Velimirovic III 321
Timman-Velimirovic IV 322
Timman-Velimirovic V 326
What a fiasco! What a success! 327
Aggression 332
Chess film 333
Execration 335
Hubner's aversion to stupidity 337
Publicity 338
A hole in the board 340
Computer 344
Olafsson's neck 347
Computer II 348
Are chess players insane? 350
Seconds 352
Per line 354
Euwe : a rich, full life 356
Television 357
Travelling with Euwe 359
Touch of flu 361
Belle 363
Recurrence 366
Moonlighters 367
In support of himself 370
Her hair 372
Ich muss nach Holland bellen 373
A president for zone 12 375
State of health 376
Chess work 377
Johannesburg 379
Brain haemorrhage 381
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