The Moves that Matter : A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life Hardback
'A powerfully unconventional and mind-expanding book ...
A generous, nuanced and witty meditation on confronting the challenges life throws at us all' Oliver Burkeman, author of The AntidoteRefined and perfected throughout human history, chess has long been a touchstone for shrewd tacticians and master strategists.
But enfolded within this ancient game can be found a singularly resonant metaphor for the challenges, thrills and setbacks that fill our lives with meaning and complexity. Jonathan Rowson's competitive success as a Grandmaster and his work as a philosopher of public policy have given him a unique perspective on why the great game is more important than ever for understanding the conflicts and uncertainties of the modern world.
In sixty-four witty and addictive vignettes, Rowson takes us on a tour of life where everything is at play - an exhilarating journey from the aesthetics of cyborgs to the psychology of gang violence, the joys of parenting to the ultimate endgame of death.
Chess emerges as a rich and endlessly evocative way of thinking about the desires that shape the world around us. The Moves That Matter celebrates the redeeming power of intense concentration, while offering a humane and compassionate account of our interdependence and need for community.
Jonathan Rowson reveals, one move at a time, what it means to love, think or care deeply in the intricate game of life.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 14/11/2019
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9781526603845