The Rookie

The Rookie

Chess has been played for more than 1,500 years and is played in every country in the world. Stephen Moss sets out to master its mysteries, and unlock the secret of its enduring appeal. What, he asks, is the essence of chess? And what will it reveal about his own character along the way?

In a witty, accessible style that will delight newcomers and irritate purists, Moss imagines the world as a board and marches across it, offering a mordant report on the world of… (more)

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The Rookie is written for a general audience, but I imagine relative experts would get pleasure out of it – not least that of schadenfreude.


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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (September 22, 2016)

Collection: Wisden

Page count: 416 pages

Language: English


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