But now New in Chess announce the arrival of Football & Chess: Space, Timing and the Similarities Between Cruyff and Capablanca, by Adam Wells. Here's the top and tail of the editorial description:
Why are football and chess 'beautiful games'?
Why do football commentators use so often chess terms to describe a football match?
Do top football coaches read the pitch as a chess player reads the board?
What is the connection between Jose Mourinho's defensive cunning and Grandmaster Wilhelm Steinitz's 'principles of defence'?
... Readers will see how chess can be a pulsating, dynamic game, whilst appreciating that football shares much of the mystery and structural beauty of the world's greatest board game.
Well, I told you right at the kick-off of this post that I just don't buy it, and my initial position remains - I'm just not going to buy it; to me, the very idea is as much an own goal as Fool's Mate is. Or, I wonder, do readers think that am I blowing the whistle too early on this idea, prematurely resigning myself to dismissing it? After all, the two played together on this very blog ever so recently...
Maybe, maybe not. Anyone tempted to take a long-shot and gambit their cash on the book?
PS. Connoisseurs of publishing industry intrigues will note that the book is published by Hardinge Simpole, yet their website currently seems to deny all knowledge.