5 thoughts on “The Chess Artist

  1. The chess information was interesting but I struggled with Hallman’s elaborate metaphors and descriptions at times, (e.g. ‘Crows barked’; and of his friend’s whistling, ‘Then he sucked in his ammunition and shaped his lips to a pucker as if for a kiss, just a tiny hole in the center of his embouchure like the pupil of a fat, fleshy eye, and when the first note sounded from between his lips, it was effortless and took just right to the architecture of the buildings around the square so that it se

  2. It was an entrancing book. I play a little chess, like, know how the pieces move, but this book was so engrossing that I signed up on the IRC chess club, and promptly got my patoot kicked by people from all over the world. It’s a history of an obsession, a contagious obsession.

    TK Kenyon
    Author of RABID: A Novel
    (Which has nothing to do with chess.)

  3. The Chess Artist is a surprising book as you move through it’s fractured narrative. It’s part history, part memoir of Hallman’s desire to reveal in chess culture, part character study of his casino co-worker and Chess Master friend Glenn, and part travel narrative of their journey to and through the small chess-obsessed Russian republic of Kalmykia. It’s a beautifully written and fascinating book, even when the balancing act between topics doesn’t lend itself to the level of depth you might expe

  4. Like a recurring virus – along comes a winter and I return to a shelved mission to improve my chess. This time I recently got beaten by a young un and I decided to re-read Bobby Fishcer’s book on how to get better and then I spotted this book in the Library beside all the other chess books.

    Hallman gives us a book which is a bit about the history of the game, the atmosphere of tournaments and opens with his friend and a chess master who happens to work the tables in Atlantic city casinos with him

  5. This book has all a chess player would want: chess lore, quotes, personalities, history and travel to places of interest to chess players. There are even three annotated games, two of them are part of the main story and played by Glenn, one of the two principal protagonists.

    It was at a casino in Atlantic City where the author J.C. Hallman, who worked there as a casino dealer, met Glenn Umstead, a USCF-rated 2173 chess player whose rating at the Internet Chess Club once reached as high as 2561. G

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