Moscow, March 1960. In the Soviet Union, where chess is a national sport, the undefeated world champion Maxim Korogin is a hero. For quarter of a century Korogin has beaten every contender by raising the game to a science of Socialist logic and calculation.
Enter the young prodigy Mikhail – ‘Misha’ or ‘Mishenka’ – Gelb, for whom chess is a language, a search for meaning; above all, a kind of poetry. His intuitive feel for the game is unparalleled: ‘it was said of him: he thinks with his hands’. In a thrilling match for the world title that will span two months and be followed by millions, the champion and his unconventional challenger wage battle over the board.
Mishenka is a fascinating account of the age-old confrontation between thought and feeling, art and science – at a watershed moment in the history of a nation, and the Royal Game.
Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist and educator. A 2007 poll of 4,000 Britons named him as one of the world's "100 living geniuses". He is the creator of 'Optimnem', a website company that has provided language learning instruction to thousands around the globe. His 2006 memoir 'Born On A Blue Day' describing his life with high-functioning autistic savant syndrome was a Sunday Times (UK) and New York Times bestseller. It has sold over half a million copies worldwide, and been translated into 18 languages.Tammet is the subject of the 2005 award-winning documentary film 'Brainman' which has ...
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