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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


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


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


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