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May 11 2011

Chess, Game Of Kings

by Joseph M

For centuries, the game of chess has provided entertainment for people all over the world. The game is widely thought to have originated in India and from there traveled first to Persia and then through the Arab world to Europe, evolving into its present form during the 15th century.

On this date in 1997, chess history was made when a chess-playing computer designed by IBM called Deep Blue won a six-game match by two wins to one (with three draws) against world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Kasparov had defeated a previous version of Deep Blue in 1996.

If you’re into chess, or just curious to learn more, the Library has a variety of books on the subject, both fiction and nonfiction.

A few of our fiction titles involving chess include: The Lüneburg variation, Chess Rumble, Zugzwang

As for nonfiction, we have books relating to how the game is played (rules etc), as well as nonfiction devoted to other aspects of the game.

Nonfiction—how to play: Learn Chess in 40 Hours!, Chess for Juniors A Complete Guide to the Beginner, U.S. Chess Federation’s Official Rules of Chess

Nonfiction—miscellaneous: Birth of the Chess Queen, Bobby Fischer Goes To War,
How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves From the Board to the Boardroom, Behind Deep Blue: Building the Computer that Defeated the World Chess Champion

Want to get in on the fun? A number of DCPL branches have chess clubs that will be meeting over the summer, including Decatur, Tucker-Reid H. Cofer, and Lithonia-Davidson. Contact participating branches for more information. Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg also has a chess club, but it is on hiatus until September. Other branches will be hosting “Game Days” over the summer, so check our events calendar for more opportunities to get your game on!

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