«Gli scacchi illuminano la vita nel suo insieme, riportandoci a domande eterne: qual è il mio posto nel mondo? Cosa sto cercando di ottenere dalla vita? Quale sarà la mia prossima mossa?»
Perfezionati lungo millecinquecento anni di storia, gli scacchi sono stati a lungo la palestra ideale di tattica e strategia militare. Ma questo gioco è molto più di una guerra in miniatura: da una partita all’altra può trasformarsi in un imprevedibile enigma da risolvere, una storia da inventare, o una sfida che richiede attenzione e creatività. In pagine caleidoscopiche e appassionanti, il filosofo e Grande maestro Jonathan Rowson va oltre l’idea che a vincere serva solo la logica, e rivela la saggezza profonda e senza tempo degli scacchi, dimostrando come in quelle sessantaquattro caselle bianche e nere sia in realtà racchiusa tutta la nostra esistenza: dall’importanza di imparare ad amare – e sfruttare al meglio – i nostri errori ai misteri dell’essere genitori, dal fascino nascosto nei piccoli dettagli fino allo scacco matto della morte. Gli scacchi emergono così come una metafora potente e immediata delle mosse giuste e delle battute d'arresto, delle rese e delle vittorie che riempiono la nostra vita quotidiana di senso e di bellezza.
- ISBN: 8811000068
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 432
I will write more about this amazing book. Rowson is the most intelligent and thoughtful chess author, and in this book he puts our game in the context of life. If chess is a game and games don't really matter, and we only have 30,000 days on the planet why spend time on chess? To me the key is the
This author is a friend I don’t know Jonathan Rowson personally, yet this book, more than his famous chess books, made him one of my author-friends. We share many common views on life and approach chess the same way, too (although I’m an amateur, and he's a grandmaster). His nuggets of wisdom are wel Leggi tutto
The move that matters. When life, chess and philosophy are interwoven This singular book can be classified in several subjects: autobiography, chess, philosophy… but the important question is how the reader resonates through these issues. Just in my case, it was very high in despite that I have not p Leggi tutto
“Decisions are often framed in the context of strategy and leadership as singular moments of destiny, but they are more like repeated challenges and matters of character.” I could count all the complete games of chess I've played in my life with my fingers. I guess I preferred the games, puzzles and Leggi tutto
Jonathan Rowson provides a rambling narrative that ultimately strikes one as slightly contrived. The structure of the writing exhibits the author’s intelligence and logical thought, but also belies the inexperience of the author expressing those thoughts in an entertaining and creative manner. While Leggi tutto
The main part of the book is structured in 8 chapters which each contain an introduction and 8 subchapters, so in total 64 “vignettes” as Rowson calls it. The titles of the chapters are for example “Thinking and Feeling”, “Winning and Losing” or the last chapter “Life and Death”. In each vignette Ro Leggi tutto
I picked out this book as a comparative study against a book on life in the context of poker, and wound up spending almost a quarter of a year with it, maxing out my renewals with the library because it compelled me to take time to mull over each chapter. Beautifully written and intellectually deman Leggi tutto
distilling the timeless and the universal from a game is a preoccupation that comes from wanting justify your life to people or a superego who might not be so charitable. still, we all have to do it at one point or another, it’s probably not an altogether bad thing, and anyway rowson’s is the best a Leggi tutto
This is one that I'll need to re-read sometime later in life. I'm not sure how compelling this book would be for someone who's not interested in chess but is interested in philosophy, but for me, someone who's the opposite, I found it hard to get through some of the more densely philosophical sectio Leggi tutto
Fantastic book and, though you don’t have to a serious chessplayer - or perhaps even a chessplayer at all - to enjoy it, if you are one, I think it will be enlightening regarding your relationship with chess and how it fits in - or doesn’t fit in! - with your life in “the real world.”
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