A cornucopia of games, positions, biographies, mysteries, howlers, reviews, quotations, etc., featuring a cast of hundreds from the chess world of today and yesteryear-the champions and the under-achievers; the scholars and the bunglers; the saints and the sinners. Every page provides fascinating, little-known material form an author who is prepared to name names.
'Probably the most meticulous and diligent researcher and chess writer around. ... Winter's brilliantly scathing style, always adopted in the noble cause of accuracy, gives his writings a marvellously entertaining as well as instructive quality."
-William Hartston, The Independent 'This is a chess book to enjoy and to cherish. Combining scholarly and lively writing, it is uncommonly well-researched and well-written, and has that delightful undercurrent of humour and wit that has always graced Winter's writings. Kings, Commoners and Knaves is a rare chess book, to be treasured for years to come.'