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Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard

Robert Desjarlais

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267398
eISBN:
9780520948204
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267398.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

“Chess gets a hold of some people, like a virus or a drug,” states this book. Drawing on a lifelong fascination with the game, the book guides readers into the world of twenty-first-century chess to ... More


Moral Vision

Sean McKeever and Michael Ridge

in Principled Ethics: Generalism as a Regulative Ideal

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780199290659
eISBN:
9780191603617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199290652.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Particularism is commonly associated with a moral epistemology that takes perception as a model. This chapter argues that in so far as moral judgments are made by ‘just looking’, this does nothing to ... More


Should you Be Happy?

Peter Winkler

in The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164038
eISBN:
9781400881338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164038.003.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter discusses a method of computing probabilities called “coupling.” The idea of coupling is that, when comparing probabilities of two events A and B, one tries to put them into the same ... More


Vulgar Pasquin and Lordly Players: A Game at Chess

SWAPAN CHAKRAVORTY

in Society and Politics in the Plays of Thomas Middleton

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182665
eISBN:
9780191673856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182665.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Thomas Middleton’s last work for the stage is about playing in the related senses of the histrionic and the ludic. Chess pieces had long been metaphors ... More


24/7 on the ICC

Robert Desjarlais

in Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267398
eISBN:
9780520948204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267398.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

The Internet Chess Club, or ICC, is one of several popular Internet chess servers where players can log in and play games, catch a recorded lecture, or watch in real time the real-world tournament ... More


Decoding the Moves of Colonial Chess: Premchand/Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khiladi

Shreya Bhattacharji

in Filming Fiction: Tagore, Premchand, and Ray

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198075936
eISBN:
9780199081851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075936.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

In his short story ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’ (1924), Premchand uses the game of chess as a subtle politico-colonial metaphor. Known in its heyday as ‘Paris of the East’ and ‘Babylon of India’, Wajid Ali ... More


Shatranj Ke Khiladi: The Games and Their Repercussions

Tarini Pandey

in Filming Fiction: Tagore, Premchand, and Ray

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198075936
eISBN:
9780199081851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075936.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Games represent the binary opposition to work and are commonly held to be pleasurable because they interrupt the monotony of quotidian activities. Games play a key role in both Premchand's fiction ... More


Accession

Richard Stoneman

in Xerxes: A Persian Life

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300180077
eISBN:
9780300216042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300180077.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter focuses on Xerxes's accession to the throne as king of the Persian Empire, replacing his father Darius I (the Great). It begins with a background on Darius's rise to power; he had become ... More


Blitzkrieg Bop

Robert Desjarlais

in Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267398
eISBN:
9780520948204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267398.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

This chapter suggests that considering chess through an anthropological lens makes good sense. Anthropology has been a holistic discipline from its inception in the nineteenth-century, with ... More


Notes on a Swindle

Robert Desjarlais

in Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267398
eISBN:
9780520948204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267398.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

This chapter shows that the endgame is the third and last stage of a game in its prototypical form. Chess players think of the game as being composed of three phases: opening, middlegame, and ... More


Psych-Out

Robert Desjarlais

in Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267398
eISBN:
9780520948204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267398.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

The passions that course through a game help to render the memories lasting. At the same time, the temporal, ritualistic structure of chess lends itself to the narrative recall of what happened ... More


Sveshnikov Intrigues

Robert Desjarlais

in Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267398
eISBN:
9780520948204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267398.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

This chapter explores the Sveshnikov, a variation of the Sicilian Defense that was popularized by Latvian grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov. A combative, double-edged way to proceed, it offers Black ... More


Son of Sorrow

Robert Desjarlais

in Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267398
eISBN:
9780520948204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267398.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

The Modern Benoni, which today is the most common version of all the Benoni setups, yields sharp, dynamic games. This cognitive process, which chess players regularly engage in, is as intriguing as ... More


Ambivalence

Robert Desjarlais

in Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267398
eISBN:
9780520948204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267398.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

A determined, intrepid approach to the game helps a player to grab precious points. Seasoned players speak of such determination as an integral piece of a chess player's success. One motivation that ... More


Cyberchess

Robert Desjarlais

in Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267398
eISBN:
9780520948204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267398.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

Computers are changing how chess is played. They are altering how players prepare for and analyze games, how they think during a contest, and what they make of chess. The impact of computers on the ... More


Endgame

Robert Desjarlais

in Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267398
eISBN:
9780520948204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267398.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

This chapter suggests that something intensely human shapes people's involvements with the game of chess. Chess reflects how people long for meaning and purpose in their lives. Chess speaks to the ... More


Days of Chess and Backgammon: Life’s Game Board

Steve Zeitlin

in The Poetry of Everyday Life: Storytelling and the Art of Awareness

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501702358
eISBN:
9781501706370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702358.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

The author here considers the games of chess and backgammon. The author shares how he became fascinated by chess, intrigued by its philosophical side. He was twelve years old in 1959, when Bobby ... More


Cards and Chess: King, Queen, Knave and The Luzhin Defense

Thomas Karshan

in Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Play

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199603985
eISBN:
9780191725333
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603985.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The third chapter discusses Nabokov's second and third novels, King, Queen, Knave and The Luzhin Defense, which, like the Alice books, are structured, respectively, on the model of cards and of ... More


Profundity in Instrumental Music

Stephen Davies

in Musical Understandings and Other Essays on the Philosophy of Music

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199608775
eISBN:
9780191729669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608775.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

According to Peter Kivy, to be profound, music would have to be about a profound subject that is treated in an exemplary way. Instrumental music does not satisfy this definition; usually it is not ... More


Sending Images:: (May 11–September 15, 1864)

David R. Bush

in I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780813037448
eISBN:
9780813042305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037448.003.0005
Subject:
History, Military History

Prisoners found various means to provide for their loved ones, and thus regain some of their lost freedoms. Providing an image of a healthy, vibrant, handsome soldier demonstrated to their family ... More


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