Lisa The ISBN For This Book Was Reused On A Completely Different Book ISBN ISBN The Chess Pieces Knew How They Moved They Knew What They Wanted Too It Wasn T Like School, Where Kids Pretended They Were Masters Of The Teachers Game The Adults Didn T Know Anything Anyway The Real World Was A Big Push To Nothing But Lisa Escaped From All That She Found Igor Ivanov He Taught Her How To Play

Jesse Kraai is an American chess grandmaster and a post academic.

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  • Paperback
  • 234 pages
  • Lisa
  • Jesse Kraai
  • English
  • 01 May 2019

10 thoughts on “Lisa

  1. says:

    I Grandmaster Igor Ivanov, I character in this book I write review for Manny Manny too scared for write review, too weak chessplayer, only FIDE master, know nothing, not even Russian He say, Igor, you write for me I write.Manny say, write review for Goodreads I look at Goodreads, is stupid site Is just womens talk about books, talk about lityeratura Is stupid womens, not think deep, think own thoughts, just repeat words of other womens I know how they say, they say Lisa not good book, not good writing, not Joyce, not Proust, not lityeratura Understand nothing Fuck Goodreads womens I read Lisa, is deep book, author Jesse Kraai real man, Grandmaster, study filosofia Has own ideas he think himself, compare chess and life Is metafora, you understand metafora Good On Goodreads site you like comparison, now I make comparison with other books I choose three books Will be good comparison.First book is , how you say, Luzhin s Defence Great novel of Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov Impossible write chess novel without think of Luzhin Name Lisa little bit like Luzhin, kharakter of Lisa little bit like kharakter of Luzhin Story different, Jesse Kraai write own story.Second book is Black Cloud of great English scientist Fred Hoyle I see you surprise, you ask why Black Cloud I tell you Fred Hoyle young man, he read science fiction books, he say very bad Authors of books know no science, how you write science fiction book without know science Hoyle say, I write better book Hoyle write Black Cloud, people of lityeratura say bad book, no Proust, no Joyce, no lityeratura Like stupid womens of Goodreads Hoyle book published 1957, many peoples still read 2014 Hoyle right, stupid peoples of lityeratura wrong Lisa book like Black Cloud Is important know chess than know lityeratura People still read Lisa in 2070 This I am sure.Third book is Voyage to Arcturus of David Lindsay Is published 1920, not famous book Is strange story, not science fiction, not filosofia, not lityeratura Lindsay say deep truth for life, he say life is fight, he say life is pain People still read Lisa make me think for Lindsay, Jesse Kraai say life is chess is fight is pain Is good book for real man that fight, not for stupid womens of Goodreads Maybe few womens like Lisa, not stupid Learn chess, learn fight, learn pain They read Lisa, they understand Other womens understands nothing.Now I written enough.

  2. says:

    Full disclosure the author, Jesse, is my cousin But he lives in Balti now, and I m in Oakland, so I could totally one star this without any awkward family moments Hi Jesse Lisa is a young teenage girl, unhappy and alienated, possibly with a mild touch of Asperger s, who latches onto chess as not only a genuine talent but a way of gaining insight to the world She finds a Russian grandmaster, Igor, in Berkeley and brazenly knocks on his door, thus gaining a teacher Igor is a bit like Yoda, if Yoda were a giant Russian with a fondness for vodka which actually would have made Yoda interesting, but I digress He talks epigrammatically, inverting the usual order of words, and sometimes even Lisa shouts in exasperation, What are you saying But he remains mostly endearing, and has endless patience for Lisa s idiosyncrasies Lisa herself is agreeably disagreeable, judgmental of everyone and everything, but also self lacerating so that you remain on her side Mostly she just wants to make sense of things, well, we were all teenagers once.She takes to referring to others as the chessless , not said as a compliment I guess that would include me, as I haven t played for decades But I loved Jesse s fanciful descriptions of the strategic battles in a match, which are endlessly creative A favorite her pieces knew the anger of liberated repression All of the squares that Vlad didn t need to control when his opponent was subjugated were now open wounds into which Lisa s pieces drove salted blades of sarcasm.Also, the Bay Area is everywhere in the book Even Orinda really I loved the mention of Colonial Donuts in Oakland were there really ongoing chess games there played by Somalis A longggg time ago I had a job on Lakeshore and walked by Colonial Donuts every day Also there is a welcome sense as you re reading of not knowing what comes next Think this will end with a climactic triumph or near triumph, or even defeat at some important tournament Wrong It winds up, however improbably, with some homeless guys and a stray dog at the Albany Bulb, one of the unique places in the Bay Area that s not widely known I enjoyed this, thanks Jesse Also see Manny Raynor s review, he s definitely not chessless Downtown Fresno looked like a bomb had gone off in 1959 and they were only now allowed back in. Sorry Fresno but you know it s true at least Jesse didn t go after Los Gatos Is time for earn nihilism Igor s final words in the book No clue what it means Jesse

  3. says:

    As a chess player, I often feel frustrated and disrespected by all the lazy, superficial, unrealistic, cursory depictions of chess in works of fiction But in Lisa, Jesse Kraai thoroughly and attentively elevates the game to its rightful stature as a philosophical territory, within which one can explore the textures of identity and culture, and maybe even find the beginnings of a lifelong search for some kind of Truth In the interest of full disclosure, I should probably mention that I m lucky enough to know Jesse, and to have studied chess with him And I m very happy to be able to report that he brings the same forceful, but tender, investigative rigor to his writing that he brings to his chess sessions Not only does he lead Lisa on an authentic and skillfully crafted journey to the heart of the game he also grapples throughout the story with the threads of her personal struggle, endeavoring on her behalf to weave them back into the larger fabric, the greater historical context in which Lisa, like the rest of us, plays a part.Jesse s academic background is in philosophy, and he seizes the opportunity here to flex that background to great effect One scene is constructed as a lovely homage to Plato s Meno, while another makes a nod to the Athenian invasion of Sicily, and there are even some well timed playful jabs at Thoreau, lest we forget to point a finger at the young history of American thought Lisa s chess coach never lets her forget that the board she s playing on is marked with the moves of all the players who came before And Jesse never lets his readers forget that the fundamental mysteries she s trying to tap into are the same ones we ve wrestled with for millennia I have to say that I m refreshed and inspired by the scope of this debut novel Jesse waves a freedom flag for one girl s journey of self discovery, but also manages to unfurl that flag into a sprawling meditation on gender, race, class, family, mental health, and the influence of our ancestors and predecessors on our status in the world It s a big landscape to paint, but Jesse slings his brush around with an ample amount of swagger He unapologetically opens some wounds, but also fastens some insightful stitches around them.This is a sweet story, but it s not a light one Lisa doesn t walk a well lit path, and she doesn t find any easy answers And Jesse doesn t close all the doors he opens, or draw the readers conclusions for them It s an ambitious first book that goes after everything, tearing down the curtains we hold sacred and exposing what s behind them Sometimes finding purity, sometimes disillusion, and sometimes only another curtain But there s no denying that this is fiction that dukes it out with the big questions, and that the author s feet are planted firmly in the middle of the richest terrain being navigated by literature.

  4. says:

    One of the few books that manages to combine the anxiety of a chess prodigy with the maturation of a teenage girl You don t have to know chess to like this though it helps but a surprising well written, satisfying short novel.

  5. says:

    There are many reasons to read Lisa, or give it to the chess lover in your life It is an insider s view of the world of tournament chess, written by a grandmaster who s played at the highest levels It s a chess book that avoids all the Hollywood clich s of the game, instead offering a real meditation about its allure what it is that makes beginners and experts alike willing to play, study, and suffer in chess s name It s a picaresque adventure through some of the world s chess hot spots, and an engaging, often tender portrayal of the relationship between two misfits a precocious, troubled girl and a reclusive, wounded older player Finally, a reason you probably won t read in any other review nobody NOBODY writes about bacteria like Jesse Kraai.

  6. says:

    In 2010, Jesse Kraai, an American chess grandmaster, went on a semi sabbatical from chess in order to write the Great American Chess Novel As a friend of his, I ve been waiting with curiosity and a little bit of trepidation He is a virtuoso, second to none, as a chess teacher how could he possibly measure up to those standards as a novelist But I can t argue with someone following their dreams, and I think that Lisa was a dream worth following Even than the Great American Chess Novel, it s the Greater San Francisco Bay Chess Novel Astute readers will notice several local personalities in the novel Jesse does nothing to conceal them.Perhaps the biggest surprise, and the biggest gamble, in Jesse s novel becomes apparent from the early pages I won t even bother to conceal the surprise, because you can see it right there on the book s page One of the two protagonists of the novel is named Igor Ivanov and this is no generic Igor Ivanov It is Jesse s attempt to bring the Russian Canadian grandmaster back to life His biography is faithfully incorporated into the novel, incuding his dramatic defection from Russia to Canada in Gander, Newfoundland, in 1980.The real Igor Ivanov died in 2005 The fictional Igor Ivanov has merely gone underground for a while, but Lisa the other protagonist seeks him out and finds him living in a bad neighborhood in downtown Berkeley, where she convinces him to become her chess coach The fictional Ivanov has been living a healthier lifestyle and has somewhat tamed his personal demon, vodka.This fictional Ivanov is a fascinating figure, and readers will doubtless want to know how accurate the depiction of him is I cannot tell you I never got to know the real Ivanov, and played against him only one time I don t know to what extent Jesse s portrayal is based on personal knowledge, and to what extent Jesse has incorporated generic elements of other Russian chess emigres into Ivanov s character It is surprising, and discouraging, to see the fictional Ivanov s extreme disdain for American players I can only assume that this reflects Jesse s experiences, because he has played at the top level with Russian emigres many, many times and has probably had many candid conversations with them I have played lots of Russian emigres, but not at the top level, and have never sensed this kind of contempt from them Perhaps I am merely naive.As I said, Jesse includes several other very thinly veiled real people in his novel, mostly from Bay Area chess, and I won t spoil the fun by telling you who they are.The main protagonist, and title character, Lisa, is completely fictional However, the tournaments she goes to are very real the Central California Championship in Fresno the 2010 Polgar Girls Championship in Lubbock, Texas the 2010 World School Championships in Halkidiki, Greece The chess in the book is real, too Ivanov s second assignment for Lisa is to read Tal s book on the 1960 World Championship match between Tal and Botvinnik Several games from that match are given in the footnotes subscribers will know that Jesse recorded a whole series of lectures on the Tal Botvinnik match also in 2010 , so it s clear that his own fascination with that match has found its way into the fictional Ivanov s teaching ChessLecture subscribers will recognize other Jesse isms sprinkled throughout the book Again, I won t spoil the fun by telling you what they are here Given the hyper realism of some aspects of the book, their juxtaposition with the fictional elements was sometimes a bit jarring for me I do not expect that this would be a problem for what Lisa calls chessless readers I do think that chessless readers will have other problems with the book First and foremost is the contempt Lisa has for them How long will readers want to stick with a book that basically calls them worthless philistines It would be easy to excuse Lisa on the grounds of youth, but her adult mentor doesn t do much to challenge her Okay, he does challenge her a little bit, by exposing her to music and mathematics, the two other mountaintops next door to chess, but in essence her worldview is his.I feel as if I m emphasizing the negative here, so let me end with some very favorable comments I think that Jesse s attempt to portray a person on the Asperger s spectrum is very daring and to some extent successful I like the fact that he doesn t tell you what is going on with her right away In fact, I think he does a great and very convincing job of portraying adolescent psychology I also like the way he shows the reader all the different cultures involved in chess these days He even people talking in untranslated Hindi and untranslated Arabic Also Jesse does a really good job in the last 40 pages or so of tying Lisa s personal growth to her experiences over the chess board If the novel is going to have any success beyond chess readers, it has to use the game as a route into something deeper For the longest time I was very skeptical whether Jesse was going to pull this off, as he seemed content to focus entirely on the chess world But the last few chapters veer off into a completely different and surprising direction, one which suggests a real possibility for Lisa s re integration into the larger world and not in a sappy, Disney esque way either If any of the chessless readers actually get to this part of the book, I think that they will be rewarded for their patience.For the bottom line, I think I have to give this book three separate evaluations.For Bay Area chess players A must buy, it will be great fun to look for your favorite personalities here Also for ChessLecture subscribers past and present, ditto You ll enjoy seeing your favorite American sensei channeled into the occasionally foul mouth of a Russian.For other chess players Two thumbs up This is the most realistic chess novel ever And it provides an interesting perspective on one of the biggest demographic movements in chess history, the emigration of Russian grandmasters to the West.For chessless people If you can get past being insulted on about every other page, and you re prepared to skip over a few random chess diagrams and game scores in the footnotes, you might find a story here that is compelling, raw, and thought provoking than, say, Karate Kid Small correction Jesse tells me that Lisa was not intended to have Asperger s syndrome, but that she is receiving a drug that is given to Asperger s patients Actually, I think it is just as well to leave the question unresolved She clearly has a difficult personality, and I think that the story still works because it makes you think about the way we try to deal with difficult people by giving a label to them.

  7. says:

    review to come

  8. says:

    Lisa, A Chess Novel is one of the best books I ve read in a long time, and a future classic, I believe, especially if you are a chess player, but even if you are not Lisa struggles with insecurity, weight problems, adolescence, and an empty and neglectful home life.Her mother has her write in her journal as part of a very sacred tradition passed down from her grandmother Lisa writes her most secret longings and thoughts in there and nobody, not even her mother is allowed to read them.That is until she reads them one day, in a last ditch effort to get crazy, old, Russian Grandmaster Igor Ivanov to become her chess teacher After he has rejected every other plea, he finally hears the heartfelt longings of this lonely, misfit girl, and decides to teach her to play chess.With her new magic world of files, diagonals and outposts, she transcends her mundane world of mediocrity and cultural desolation.Highly recommended.

  9. says:

    Good book about the chess world, recent and up to date with today s ideas and concerns I liked the interaction as it played out between the teacher and student and Lisa s transformation of character by the end of the book In the end, the teacher has to leave, but he leaves behind a person, capable of standing on their own.

  10. says:

    When I got my book from Jesse, he inscribed, may this help your chess I didn t realize that there were such great lessons here get fit, study Tal Botvinnik 1960 deeply, and do studies Fantastic advice For non chess players, I hope this helps you understand why we play.

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