Ree, Hans/ The Human Comedy of Chess
A Grandmaster´s Chronicle
(Russell Enterprises, Milford 1999)
Paperback, 2 Blätter, VI+334 Seiten
in englischer Sprache
THE HUMAN COMEDY OF CHESS: A Grandmaster's Chronicles
Durch Grandmaster Hans Ree is one of the most respected writers in the Chess world today. A graduate of the University of Amsterdam where he specialized in the study of mathematics, Ree soon decided that he preferred the life of a Professional chessplayer. Champion of The Netherlands four times, now he is much more active as a writer than as a player. He is a columnist an both chess and general affairs for the leading Durch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. He is also a regular contributor to the international magazine New In Chess and an the world wide web at The Chess Cafe. The Human Comedy of Chess is Ree's tenth book, the fifth about chess and his first to appear in English.
"(This) is more than a book about chess politics or leaders in the Chess world. It is above all a declaration of love for the game, with an elegant collection of odes to the greater and lesser personalities that evolve around the 64 squares. Ree personally knows many of the people he writes about. That leads to beautiful and striking portraits." -Algemeen Dagblad, reviewing the original Durch edition
"This is a collection of Ree's longer articles, where he takes the time to elaborate and reflect. These articles give the reader an excellent overview of the diverse events of the last decade. Though Ree can be a hard-hitting polemicist, his tone is well considered and his views are nuanced. Ree also takes a few trips into the past, where he compares anecdotes and Stories from different sources. All this makes for excellent reading. I hope the book will give you as much pleasure as it has given me."