|About the Book|
The World Chess Championship is the ultimate test of mental endurance, the intellectual marathon of sport. At two months in duration, the match is not just an awesome test of chess skill, but also a shattering trial of will-power, physical staminaMoreThe World Chess Championship is the ultimate test of mental endurance, the intellectual marathon of sport. At two months in duration, the match is not just an awesome test of chess skill, but also a shattering trial of will-power, physical stamina and, above all, psychological strength. In September and October 1993, Nigel Short, having defeated all rival challengers in a three-year-long qualifying cycle, became the first Briton ever to play a match for the World Chess Championship. His opponent was the man acknowledged to be the most fearsome player in the long history of chess, Garri Kasparov. A close friend of Nigel Short, Dominic Lawson was the only writer given complete access to the scenes behind this battle of wits between East and West. He reveals not only the true nature of the players rivalry at the chess board, but also the psychological plots and snares with which the worlds greatest chess grandmasters attempt to destroy each other. The Inner Game is more, though, than a book about a chess match. Indeed, it is not even necessary to be able to play chess to enjoy this book. It is a book about the pressures on top British sportsmen, who carry the burden of this nations lingering belief in its own greatness. it is about the characters of men who thrive on this appalling pressure. But most of all it is about the inner game, that private world of obsessive self-belief where the ordinary man develops extraordinary powers, and becomes frightened of nothing, except himself. Written in Dominic Lawsons magnificently incisive and entertaining style, The Inner Game is a book about the traumas and triumphs at the heart of the sporting conflict.