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Master Pieces par Gareth Williams
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Master Pieces (édition 2000)

par Gareth Williams

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Through the ages, chess has served as more than a simple recreational diversion, but as a game of strategy, rich in metaphor and symbolism. But its meaning resides as much in the structure of the game -- the roles and abilities of the pieces and their relationship to one another and the board -- as in its playing. Moreover, it is not simply the strategy in chess that thrills players. Lovers of chess and its challenges are equally enthralled by the individual chess pieces that comprise the set. Now, for the first time in a popular, illustrated format is an exhaustive examination of the pieces that make up the chess set. Master Pieces: "The Architecture of Chess" studies the historical development, miniature artistry, and design of chess pieces. The book considers the function and role of each piece, the symbolism hidden in its design, and the influence of war, as well as architecture, on its iconography. The evolution of chess design is featured prominently, including the development of the familiar Staunton set. Written by collector and chess expert Gareth Williams, and fully illustrated with examples of some of the most beautiful and… (plus d'informations)
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My biggest complaint about this book is that the text and illustrations didn't match up well. (I.e., a paragraph might describe a chess set of particular interest, and the photo of that set could be two pages earlier or later than the accompanying paragraph.)

Otherwise, this is a very interesting perspective on the history of chess. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on traditional sets from Asia, India, and the Middle East. ( )
  Katya0133 | Jun 23, 2010 |
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Through the ages, chess has served as more than a simple recreational diversion, but as a game of strategy, rich in metaphor and symbolism. But its meaning resides as much in the structure of the game -- the roles and abilities of the pieces and their relationship to one another and the board -- as in its playing. Moreover, it is not simply the strategy in chess that thrills players. Lovers of chess and its challenges are equally enthralled by the individual chess pieces that comprise the set. Now, for the first time in a popular, illustrated format is an exhaustive examination of the pieces that make up the chess set. Master Pieces: "The Architecture of Chess" studies the historical development, miniature artistry, and design of chess pieces. The book considers the function and role of each piece, the symbolism hidden in its design, and the influence of war, as well as architecture, on its iconography. The evolution of chess design is featured prominently, including the development of the familiar Staunton set. Written by collector and chess expert Gareth Williams, and fully illustrated with examples of some of the most beautiful and

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