on the chessboard. The art and science of chess

The book was presented by Franco Maria Ricci Editor on the chessboard. The art and science of chess, with texts by Zachary F. Minin, Razvan Sandro, Stefano Salles and Adolivio Capis, with photos by Massimo Listri, whose selection you can view in the gallery at the end of the article.


Chess – a complex game as it is commonly known – and chessboards – deceptively simple things that hide a wide range of possibilities – are the protagonists of Franco Maria Ricci’s new genre book.

On the chessboard – Massimo Listri. cover

The magic of this game, which requires logical thinking, concentration, abstraction, self-confidence and discipline, within the limits imposed by the exact rules, has remained the same over time and has grown in popularity and size. Discover the different aspects of art, literature and science.

Brain mechanisms that are activated during gameplay are the subject of the first paper, written by Portuguese neuroscientists Champalimaud Zachary Mainen and Razvan Sandru, which analyzes the mental processes underlying different game strategies.

This is followed by a long journey by Stefano Salles, a journalist and writer with a passion for chess, who accompanies the reader on a journey that tells the birth and development of this unique and ancient game, showing its reflections in film and graphic art . in the literature. Nabokov seventh sealFrom Borges to Duchamp, the lyrics intertwine with her small autobiographical details, in a shift in perspective from the public to the private that so well represents the double dimension of chess, the intimate and the universal, perhaps the origin of her fortune.

Photo via Massimo Listric
Photo via Massimo Listric

The part ends with the appendix, edited by Adolívio Capece, chess player and journalist, which, in addition to a summary of the basic rules, presents a collection of famous games, both real and fictional, revealing their movements and curiosity.

The importance of chess over time is also illustrated by the things it was played with: Chess games were one of the most precious gifts given to kings and dignitaries of state and church. Precious metals, the rarest woods, ivory, were worked down to the smallest detail by the best craftsmen and goldsmiths. To illustrate the scale, the best pieces have been selected for one of the world’s most valuable and complete private collections. Brilliantly portrayed by Massimo Listri, chessboards and pieces of this definition tell the game in its aesthetic and figurative aspect, also suggesting that there may be a relationship between the artistic expression represented by chessboards and game pieces and the object of study and knowledge of it . forms.

Texts by Zachary Menin, Razvan Sandro, Stefano Salles and Adolivio Capisi. Photos by Massimo Listri – on the chessboard. The art and science of chessPublisher, Franco Maria Ricci, p. 168, 60 euros

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