We would like to introduce a remarkable book about a new and unusual area where chess can be also used as a development tool. The author is Carl Portman, the English Chess Federation’s Manager of Chess in Prisons. In 2015 he was awarded the ECF President’s award for services to chess.
Yes, this area is the chess in prisons. Is it surprising? Not after reading the book!
Chess Behind Bars offers a guide to chess in prisons that will instruct and entertain regardless of your situation. It covers almost every aspect of chess imaginable – from the rules to chess history, from puzzles to famous games, and even some tips for improvement and how to motivate yourself. Especially powerful is the testimony from prisoners. It is a smorgasbord of chess, seen from an unusual angle.