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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • All the Wrong Moves
  • Sasha Chapin
  • 25 July 2016
  • 9780385545174

10 thoughts on “All the Wrong Moves

  1. Sasha Chapin Sasha Chapin says:

    I think it's uite good for a first book and it's short and breezy I'm not ashamed of it which is than I can say for most of my writing


  2. Bam cooks the books ;-) Bam cooks the books ;-) says:

    Sasha Chapin is obsessed with the game of chess The ability to play chess is the sign of a gentleman The ability to play chess well is the sign of a wasted life Paul Morphy uoteIn this well written insightful and often hilarious memoir Chapin describes how the game of chess took over his life He never really excelled at it at any point but kept believing that he could He traveled the world looking for teachers and tournaments; he played online incessantly he kept losing Like any other addiction he gave it up numerous times but would slip back Unfortunately I've known too many people with similar addictions to enjoy reading about his I received a copy of this memoir from Doubleday in their Facebook book club giveaway Many thanks for the opportunity


  3. Fred Forbes Fred Forbes says:

    A Milwaukee Brewer's pitcher living in my apartment complex decided to forgo his annual winter retreat to AZ and one cold snowy night asked if I knew how to play chess Well I know the moves He proceeded to kick my butt over and over again Don't think I ever did beat him but as he moved on to San Francisco the fire he ignited stayed lit Milwaukee had an active chess scene so I got to attend some grandmaster lectures participate in club play and official tournaments Naturally the Fischer Spassky match intensified my interest during this period I gave it up for a few years after moving to CA but the flame returned when I relocated to Florida and a retired military man and I began to play on weekends I found an active chess group near the office This group contained some Russian expats as well as rank beginners so it was fun to set some evenings aside to play I had a chance to take a lesson at Sammy Reshevsky's home he a famous grandmaster 7 time US champion who beat Bobby Fisher a few times I once drove several hundred miles round trip to see the US Open in Jacksonville where I had a chance to meet Yasser Seirawan 4 time US champion and noted chess author Met a fellow in NC who beat me with surprising ease so I was not surprised to find out he was the WV state champion and we played for years by mail I play at about the level of the author of this book at about the 1500 1600 level which is the rating for the average club player My main problem is my inconsistency beat an expert once then turned around and lost to a 12 year old rated hundreds of points below me Biggest achievement? Being the only one to beat a master in a 12 person simultaneous game My interest has waned the last few years competition is hard to find but for online which is not uite the same as live tournament competition I donated 222 chess books to a chess club when I downsized But I digress severely I wanted to make the point that yes the chess bug is infectious the addiction is filled with the highs and lows of tournament competition and no book I have ever read has been able to capture the nature of the game as this one does Most books on the topic are written by grandmasters and the rarefied air they breath is difficult to translate to the average chess mope like me Granted I did not travel internationally for the games I did not destroy relationships and jobs over it so maybe I was lucky I just figured out earlier than the author that there is to life than 32 figures on a 64 suare board as enjoyable as that pastime can be I had to ponder the uestion as to whether the non chess enthusiast would find this an enjoyable book and have to answer yes It does not get bogged down in theory except in a very general way names of openings opening moves some tactics and objectives but nothing a person of average intelligence would fail to understand The addiction the relationships the emotions are all too human not to relate to in this interesting narrative At times funny at times most serious but overall very entertaining


  4. Heather Heather says:

    All the Wrong Moves is a touching and brilliant portrait of masculinity Chapin writes with arresting honesty He humiliates himself in all the right ways His descriptions of chess and players are luminous and profound and hysterical He captures the manner in which none of us are truly in control of our personalities And we explain our idiocies and achievements in hindsight with a philosophy we hope gives them meaning We watch Chapin’s obsession with amateur chess talk him into derailing his life in order to play in tournaments against a ten year old he despises for no reason And then find himself in conversation with a chess master who brings him as close as anyone can get to the secret of chess and life


  5. Bonnie G. Bonnie G. says:

    DNF at page 55 I was an Asia bum for 2 years and have great stories Often people tell me I should write a book I always say that the stories are better for cocktail accompanied chatter and that as a book it would get tortured and tedious This book confirmed that for me The chess angle doesn't really help


  6. David David says:

    I have been connected to the chess world sporadically for many years first in the sixties then in the nineties and again in the present I have known the pull of the game I have felt the “obsession” I know people who have been consumed by it The game has been the ruin of some It has also been the salvation of others And for many it’s just a wonderful pastime So it was with great interest that I heard a current memoir had been written about the subject and I picked up a copy of Sasha’s book as soon as it was releasedSasha Chapin is a good writer He clearly has studied the history of chess knows basic openings and does a good job of portraying behaviour at the board His book also has some good tips for chess players albeit in philosophical terms rather than chess specifics In particular the book is a tribute to Ben Finegold and a significant part of the book is the expression of Finegold’s teachingIt is an unusual story Sasha with no history of over the board competitive chess signs up for a tournament as an unrated player Not unusual But instead of playing against other unrated or low ranked opponents he chooses to play against someone rated over 2000 near master level Very unusual He loses badly then drops out of the remaining gamesThen rather than playing a series of tournament games to improve and climb the ratings ladder as most do Sasha travels to St Louis and pays for personal lessons from a grandmaster Interesting and again unusualThen rather than entering local easily accessible tournaments to test his newly learned skills he flies half way around the world for a single tournament in India He plays badly and doesn’t complete the tournament due to stomach ailmentsThe book ends with Sasha entering the Los Angeles Open as a low rated player with limited games under his belt but registering in a top section against high rated opponents Going into this tournament Sasha has already decided that these would be his last games ever maybe He does very well winning a game and drawing a couple of others Chess is a hard game His achievement at the Los Angeles Open is truly a remarkable storyThat Sasha played so few tournament games as a self proclaimed chess addict is at odds with what I see from most newly obsessed chess players who sign up to every tournament possible The author is honest about this stating his “dalliance with the tournament chess scene was brief” It was incredibly briefHe also says in the book as a memoirist “I’m constantly wondering whether any definable portion of my experience is marketable” This makes me wonder Was the author genuinely addicted to the game? Or did he temporarily “jump in the deep end” as fodder for publishing a memoir? Was this adventure into chess driven by chess? Or was it driven by a desire to write an author needing to find an experience to write about? Some of his actions such as flying to India unusual for a rating fixated newcomer to chess make complete sense as a journalist investigating a story So what was the motivation?Maybe it was a combination of both; someone in search of a story to write becomes addicted to the subject at least temporarilyIn any event Sasha has achieved some success in this difficult game which will forever be part of his story I will be interested in what Sasha writes next


  7. Luke Luke says:

    Sasha Chapin tames the unruliness of the memoir with an 8x8 grid while chess kicks his assThe conventions of the game are used to bring meaning to the obsessions impulses and indignitiesthat are experienced universally but are most acute when struggling against ones own mediocracyChapin's prose are humorous and self deprecating As they have to be to describe the humility that comes with learning and struggling to reach ones potential Chapin is beaten by young children one minute and old street hustlers the next but the hardest beat is that after a certain skill level chess mastery is about about the luck of genetics This gives us one reason to be embarrassed about having a body but another to laugh at it


  8. Aryeh Aryeh says:

    This is just great writing man Chapin's writing hooked me much like the amphetamines he described in the first piece of his writing that I had the pleasure of reading read this if you'd like to experience the best description of amphetamine mania you will ever see I want to break open his skull and suck out his powers of metaphor Look at these things these are from memory and are paraphrasedHe gave me a look that nearly made my testicles fall offIt was like being stabbed with my favorite knifeMy heart pounded against my ribs like a suicidal toadI don't give a fuck about chess at least I didn't before I read this book I read this memoir for good writing and that is what I got You know good writing You know it when you read a sentence and think holy shit I thought I was the only person who felt that way or fuck I wish I came up with that or just hahahahahahaha It's good writing It is full of great stuff mushrooms mental illness chess India love it's got it all It increased my love for writing and memoir and inspired me to get better at words I read this book in three sittings and I would have gladly read for another few The secret of chess according to the author has a lot to do with never wanting it to end That is how I felt about this bookWell Played Sasha Chapin Well played


  9. Benjamin Deeb Benjamin Deeb says:

    All the Wrong Moves is a sharp clever and meaningful story from an author who has exactly the right tools to tell it Chapin’s account of his journey compelling on its own is broken up by asides that effortlessly blend knowledge with narrative These give the reader an inside look at the professional chess world and offer a robust history of the gameLuckily Chapin’s passion for chess is infectious and you’ll find yourself enthralled with the subject even if you’d never played before When I finished reading I ended up spending hours on chesscom getting my ass handed to me by players who were almost definitely twelve years old It wasn’t until I was personally trounced by children that I realized how accurately Chapin describes the experienceFrom the outset Chapin makes it clear that he’s self aware enough to know that his deep dive into competitive international chess is a fool’s errand but bold enough to do it anyway While this might come off as pretentious or obnoxious from a lesser writer Chapin’s unending wit honest reflection and remarkable voice make All the Wrong Moves an incredibly riveting read that will stick with you for weeks


  10. Dana Dana says:

    i love chess books not instruction but fiction or memoirs so i'm giving this five altho there were parts i could have done wo and i really did not love it but there were paragraphs that i loved enough to photograph and send to my son soa five


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All the Wrong Moves Sasha Chapin is a victim of chess Like countless amateurs before him Albert Einstein Humphrey Bogart Marcel Duchamp the game has consumed his life and his mind First captivated by it as a member of his high school chess club his passion was rekindled during an accidental encounter with chess hustlers on the streets of Kathmandu In its aftermath he forgot how to care about anything else He played at all hours for weeks at a time Like a spurned lover he tried to move on but he found the game seductive the he resisted itAnd so he thought if he can't defeat his obsession he had to succumb to it All the Wrong Moves traces Chapin's rollicking two year journey around the globe in search of glory He travels to tournaments in Bangkok and Hyderabad He seeks out a mentor in St Louis a grandmaster whose personality is half rabbi and half monk and who offers cryptic wisdom and caustic insults you're the best player in your chair His story builds toward the Los Angeles Open where Chapin is clearly outmatched and yet no less determined not to loseAlong the way he chronicles the highs and lows of his fixation driven on this uest by lust terror and the elusive possibility of victory Stylish inventive and laugh out loud funny All the Wrong Moves is than a work of history or autobiography It's a celebration of the purity violence and beauty of the game