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Exploding heads and the death of the chess-player
in A cultural history of chess-players
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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book demonstrates that the chess-player has inconsistently aligned with the transhumanist ambition for 'the continued evolution of human life beyond its current human form as a result of science and technology guided by life-promoting principles and values'. It explores how the appearance of the virtuoso François-André Philidor marked a significant event in the relationship between the chess-player, the mind, and the body. The book examines the virtuoso and blindfold chess-players who displayed themselves, ignoring the demands of social etiquette, in Victorian Paris, ultimately failing to escape the constraints of humanness. It describes the construction of Garry Kasparov's adventure with Deep Blue. The book considers images of Bobby Fischer who sought to domesticate his performance, confining his talent and affirming his humanness, in spite of his anti-Soviet superhero status.

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A cultural history of chess-players

Minds, machines, and monsters


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