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Irving Chernev
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The Chess Companion: A Merry Collection of Tales of Chess and Its Players, Together with a Cornucopia of Games, Problems, Epigrams & Advice, Topped Off with the Greatest Game of Chess Ever Played

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Paperback, 286 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by Simon & Schuster (first published November 15th 1968)
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Steven Peterson
This is a nice collection of chess "stuff." The first part contains a bit of poetry, some short stories and other bon-bons. My favorite of the short stories is entitled "Last Round," and features a match being played by an aging master. A poignant and yet positive story. The second part of the book is composed of chess problems and some classic chess matches. Masters whose games are included here include Morphy, Alekhine, Petrosian, as well as others. The final essay? "The greatest game of chess ...more
Kevin de Ataíde
Nice, long collection of short-stories and games of various kinds. The usual chess heroes of the author's days come together to provide all sorts of entertainment. Starring as always for Chernev is Capablanca, joined now by Lasker and Petrosian, both geniuses in their own way. Amusing, yes. I cannot recommend the book unless you're a serious chess-player, very patient, or indeed both.
Vincent O'Neil
I first read this book when I was in junior high school, and it's just as wonderful today as it was then. The stories range from the dark to the humorous, and every one of them is a great read. Strongly recommend.
Pete
The selection of games at the end of this book truly demonstrate the beauty of chess. Not a book on how to win, rather one that gives a great cross section of the wide world of chess.
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