Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Who killed Emanuel Lasker?

or 2 gift suggestions for Christmas.

If you are looking for a last minute gift for a chessplayer, and which to avoid the obvious novelty drinking chess set etc, then I have 2 possible suggestions.
"The Yiddish Policeman's Union" by Michael Chabon might be described as intellectual 'police procedural' but as the plot revolves around the murder of a man who carried the alias 'Emanuel Lasker' it has enough chess content to qualify as a 'chess' gift. And in the main the chess content is done well enough, with a few real life and historical players getting a mention.
The other gift is the box set of one of the best television series ever produced, 'The Prisoner'. I gave it a wrap last year, and if you didn't get it then, you can always get it now. Not only is there an episode called 'Checkmate', but chess as a motif runs through the series. Worth getting, both for the chess, and everything in it as well.


Jim said...

Alternatively you can give the DVD "Chess in Concert"

TrueFiendish said...

Well, if we're straying from chess into TV, for my money while The Prisoner is good, The Sandbaggers is better.