How Life Imitates Chess has ratings and reviews. Manny said: Garry Kasparov, you will have noticed by now, is one of my heroes but, all the. How Life Imitates Chess is a book by former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov. Kasparov uses his experience in playing Chess successfully as an. How Life Imitates Chess, by Garry Kasparov, It’s a book on decision making (it’s not really a book about chess) from a man who’s.

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Part I is more generalized as Kasparov masparov broader concepts of the game including strategy and calculation. But for people familiar with his other writing, it’s slim pickings.

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How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom

Please don’t do this to yourself again. This book has a lot of chess history and for those who are interested in the game there may be some exciting mo Imitwtes usually cringe at reading self help books. Sun Tzu “A chess game is divided into three stages: It was Fischer who would resurface in Milosevic’s Yugoslavia in the early Nineties to play a sanctions-breaking match, which means he is barred from entering America. Nov 18, Pelle rated it liked it.

Kasparov offers some gobbets of useful advice — but most of them will be found in other self-improvement books, unmixed with chess palaver. Chwss Life Imitates Chess: No, nel libro non ci sono assolutamente regole, tecniche di gioco o resoconti di partite di scacchi.

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Willing is not enough; we must do. It would be a stretch to go into the details, suffices to say I find his book both enlightening and reassuring.


Another idea Kasparov mentions is about dealing with success.

Mar 30, Vineeth Kartha rated it liked it. Also, he downplays nothing on the importance of style in a game of chess positionnal vs combinatory play and makes both worlds meet gently. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is Fischer who most Americans think of on the rare occasions they think of chess.

This book is no different, but the twist here is that Kasparov on many occasions has used his failures to explain that life is not as straightforward as the rules of chess. May 15, Patrick rated it it was amazing Shelves: It wasn’t until he found himself down that he realised his straightforward attacking strategy wasn’t appropriate. It was Fischer who said of women chess players: If you want to read some great chess stories disguised as a how-to guide for career management, this is the book for you.

Gary Kasparov is a great chess player who may well despite the constraints of having devoted most of his life to chess might have meaningful things to say and entertaining ways to say them. Nor would anyone who is not a chess buff buy it. So I was shocked to find myself thoroughly engrossed by Kasparov’s book, which is essentially an anatomy and vivisection of his personal genius, and rules he has generalized from that. Hence, the book was interesting to read for me as a chess player, but the lessons learnt for life are limited in my opinion.

It is a muscle that can be developed only with constant proactive. There’s a good anecdote here and there, and if you haven’t read Kasparov’s wonderful My Great Predecessors you may enjoy some of the material he’s summarised from it.


Intentionally inhibiting the ability to focus too narrowly is not only a crime, but one with few rewards. I find Kasparov overtly sympathetic, as he is quite conscious of his quirks and idiosyncrasies, stating open-handed his shortcomings, his failures both in chess and in life, against Anatoly Karpov, against Tigran Petrossian, against Veselin Topalov, even against a small child in a game of real-time strategy. If you do read it though do not be surprised if you mildly enjoy the time.

An interesting component in the book are the myriad fascinating stories of individuals, chess matches, companies et al.

How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom by Garry Kasparov

Dec 03, Carlos Murguia rated it liked it. He is erudite, relatively modest for a world championand has more commonsense and less explosive aggression than one might have expected.

An inspiring book that combines unique strategic insight with personal memoir, How Life Imitates Chess is a glimpse inside the mind of one of today’s greatest and most innovative thinkers. Unfortunately this book is not that book. But Garry Kasparov does an excellent job of extrapolating from chess into life, and vice-versa.

Garry is a global brand. When I was about thirteen I thought I might end up a queen, but I never enjoyed the positional play.

I would call it the modern version of The Art of War. Thus, I would recommend this book to both chess players and non-chess players, alike.