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Football and Chess: Tactics Strategy Beauty [Paperback]

Adam Wells

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Book Description

Dec 18 2007
Why are football and chess 'beautiful games'? Do top football coaches read the pitch as a chess player reads the board? What is the connection between Jose Mourinho's defensive cunning and Grandmaster Wilhelm Steinitz's 'principles of defence'? The global popularity of football and chess remains unmatched by any other game. In this book, Adam Wells argues that stereotypical views of the games have concealed a deep connection between them. The first study of its kind, this book explores a rich world of tactics, psychology and aesthetics. Structural principles are analysed using real life examples to show how these connections play out on the board and in the field. This book is accessible to fans of either game, including football fans with no previous knowledge of chess. Readers will see how chess can be a pulsating, dynamic game, whilst appreciating that football shares much of the mystery and structural beauty of the world's greatest board game.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hardinge Simpole Limited (Dec 18 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843821869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843821861
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 15.2 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #415,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars A million examples of a banale thesis March 16 2011
By B. Lindqvist - Published on Amazon.com
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The author keeps hammering in exactly the same thesis without ever going deeper into any interesting line of thoughts. "If you think about it, the rooks are kind of like the wingers in soccer because they both attack down the flanks!" - this startling revelation is repeaated several times. Anyone with even the most basic understanding of soccer tactics understand it already and will be dissapointed in the simplistic approach the author has.

If you already have accepted the obvious correlations between chess and soccer, there is nothing in this book for you.
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick read surprisingly enjoyable June 16 2013
By Kenneth E. Kim - Published on Amazon.com
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Not for everyone but author cleverly overlays famous chess matches on famous football matches to illustrate strategies and tactics. It's a relatively simple book and thought provoking - for me as a coach for young soccer players. My 11 year old son who loves to play both games has taken to it as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars A tactician's handbook April 8 2013
By yemahiatsi - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy and fun to read, this book will draw out that Mourinho or Kasparov in you and give you another view of this two world games.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soccer & Chess Theory May 2 2008
By Another Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Fans of England's Premier League and the royal game will enjoy Wells' free ranging ideas and observations. Who could have guessed soccer and chess share so much ground? OK, few readers will play better soccer or chess after reading 'Football & Chess'. But I suspect most (like me) will put the book down with a greater appreciation for two of their favorite sports.

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