By Robert Rausch

direction sixty four is a private memoir in accordance with the author's thirty-year involvement with aggressive chess as a participant, trainer and guardian. either funny and tragic, course sixty four explores the depth, ardour and motivations that lead either youngsters and adults to pursue the sport with a nearly spiritual fervor. because the son of a unmarried mother in San Antonio, the writer gravitates to chess as a way of defending himself from ache and isolation after his mom and dad' divorce. via his devotion to the sport, he learns that chess deals even more: an opportunity for popularity and good fortune. The Fischer-generation of chess avid gamers defied conference. This eclectic mixture of geniuses, miscreants and boys-next-door come to lifestyles within the individual of the author's associates and adversaries. course sixty four isn't really quite a bit a chess publication because it is the tale of kids: young children united of their ardour and dedication, despite their alterations. they arrive jointly within the crucible of aggressive chess to confront each other in addition to their own demons. but the author's courting with chess itself is complicated. the sport has been his salvation - supplying him from a bothered formative years, yet a paralyzing worry of wasting leads him to distance himself from aggressive chess. As an grownup, he's blessed with a skilled chess-playing daughter and varieties his personal group chess application for teens, giving him the chance to proportion the sport and to accomplish the adventure that he started a long time past. all through his lifestyles, chess has been the typical thread that associated the writer to his friends and family. the sport has every now and then been his ally and his worst enemy. it's been a spouse via classes of tragedy and unsurpassed pleasure. principally even though, chess has been a instructor - one able to motivating him to good fortune and altering the lives of others. Chess has endowed the writer with personality, besides the data that personality is so much wanted in occasions of significant victory and ignominious defeat.

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