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ERIC Number: EJ1032080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 24
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-0399
Strategy and Sociability: The Mind, the Body, and the Soul of Chess
Fine, Gary Alan
American Journal of Play, v6 n3 p321-344 Spr 2014
Chess is a game of minds, bodies, and emotions. Most players recognize each of these as essential to playful competition, and all three are embedded in social relations. Thus chess, despite its reputation as a game of the mind, is not only a deeply thoughtful exercise, but also a test of physical endurance and strong emotions in its joys and failures. This exercise of thought, stamina, and feeling gets shaped, in turn, by chess's dependence on social arrangements among a player, a competitive other, and an audience. Like all forms of social play, games like chess rely on the community in which they occur. Having spent five years observing scholastic, collegiate, community, and professional chess and having interviewed players of various skill levels, the author argues that chess must be understood in light of the social relations and the communities that shape the competition.
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Language: English
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