Chessays: Travels Through The World Of Chess


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Open Agenda Publishing Inc.
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.48 inches | 0.59 pounds
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About the Author

Howard is an independent filmmaker and author. He is the creator of the upcoming four-part documentary series, Through the Mirror of Chess: A Cultural Exploration, and Pandemic Perspectives (2022). In 2012 he founded Ideas Roadshow, creating over 1,000 videos and 120 books based upon detailed, long-format conversations with internationally renowned experts across the arts and sciences.Howard holds a PhD in physics and an MA in philosophy, and was the Founding Executive Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics from 1999-2007. He lives in France.


"In an age where cookie-cutter chess books are a dime a dozen, Burton's Chessays is a refreshingly different read. The collection is well researched and entertaining, and Burton comes across as intelligent, honest and transparently opinionated, somehow simultaneously (and expertly) giving the perspective of an insider and a newcomer to the chess world. I enjoyed it."

- Grandmaster David Smerdon, Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Queensland

"...Howard Burton is new to this world, one which naturally mistrusts outsiders. This allows him to approach the arena of chess with a fresh perspective and enables him to debunk in his typically humorous and sardonic style many of the long-held assumptions about the game. He questions the rarely debated opinion that chess is proof of superior intelligence, and wonders whether the skill shown in moving pieces around a board is as easily transferable to other activities as many seem to claim."

- Grandmaster Daniel Gormally

"A candid, engaging and provocative glimpse into the world of chess by a former physicist-turned-filmmaker...Get taken on a whirlwind journey through chess history, chess politics, gender issues in competitive chess, and thoughts regarding the benefits of playing chess...each essay offers authentic thoughtful viewpoints, including fascinating reflections on the global chess community and the future of chess."

- Wang-Sheng Lee, Associate Professor Economics & Sustainability, Monash University

"...the essays are well written and well structured...The substance of the essays is intriguing...most readers, both chess players and others, will find many points of interest..."

- John Knott, co-author of Blindfold Chess