Chess Behind Bars
312 Seiten, gebunden, Quality, 1. Auflage 2017
At a time when prisons are in the news due to increasing violence, drug taking and low morale, it has never been more important to focus on education and rehabilitation.
Chess makes a difference because it is a fantastic metaphor for life. We must think before making our move, and accept that our decisions have consequences. It also teaches us to learn from our mistakes and to develop a more disciplined approach to problem solving. Perhaps most importantly of all, it is a constructive use of time and helps to forge friendships.
Chess Behind Bars offers a guide to chess in prisons that will instruct and entertain regardless of your situation. It covers almost every aspect of chess imaginable – from the rules to chess history, from puzzles to famous games, and even some tips for improvement. It is a smorgasbord of chess, seen from an unusual angle.
Chess can and does change lives, and Carl Portman believes that everyone should have the opportunity to learn the game. After all, the prison community knows that there is a dream behind every door.
Carl Portman is the English Chess Federation’s Manager of Chess in Prisons. In 2015 he was awarded the ECF President’s award for services to chess.
004 Dedications & Acknowledgements
005 Key to symbols used
007 Foreword by GM Nigel Short
009 Author Preface
013 1. What Chess Means to Me
019 2. Why Chess in Prisons?
037 3. A Prison Visit
053 4. Women and Chess
069 5. Testimony from Inmates
081 6. A Short History of Chess and the Rules of the Game
121 7. Hints and Tips to Improve Your Chess
143 8. Motivation and Studying Chess
161 9. The Future of Chess in Prisons
173 10. Beginner’s Exercises
199 11. Intermediate Exercises
227 12. Advanced Exercises
255 13. The Baker’s Dozen – A Game Collection
299 Appendix – Is Chess Art?
300 Resources and Recommendations
303 Glossary of Chess Terms
307 Name Index
311 About the Author
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