Author Nguyễn Huy Du introduces the audiobook on uBase. — VNS Photo Đỗ Hiền
HÀ NỘI — A novel titled Nước Cờ Hòa (A Draw in Chess) has been released by Kim Đồng Publishing House to teach children about having a strong will, patience and intelligence.
The book comprises 13 stories written by Nguyễn Huy Du and Nguyễn Hữu Huấn. The attractive stories tell readers about the curious world of chess.
The book launch took place in Hà Nội on Sunday, attracting many people who are interested in chess. As many as 5,000 copies were sold. The authors signed a new contract with the publishing house to reprint the book.
Author Huấn said he was naughty as a child and was unable to concentrate, until his father bought him a chess set. He was totally engrossed in the game and changed in a very positive way. He focused on playing chess and stopped making mischief.
“The game helps enrich intelligence, bravery, willpower, love, patience and tolerance among players,” said Huấn.
“The stories also mention the strong connection between family members and solidarity between friends.”
Vietnamese Grandmaster Lê Quang Liêm said the book inspires children to play chess and learn moral lessons in life.
“As far as I know, this is the first time chess has been reflected in a novel through meaningful stories,” said Liêm.
“The book also gives adults lessons about educating and understanding children.”
Lê Doãn Hợp, former minister of Information and Communications, praised the book.
“Through the short stories, children will understand more about chess, a sport of intelligence,” said Hợp.
“I received it when I was ill, but I read the whole book. It’s a precious book because there are very few books on the theme of chess in Việt Nam.”
At the book launch, the authors also introduced uBase, a platform for publishing and reading allowing readers to enjoy books and buy books more conveniently.
The book Nước Cờ Hòa is available on the platform as an audiobook. In the near future, it will be developed with new versions such as cartoon, animation and graphic book.
Author Du also revealed that a chess application will be launched soon with participation of Vietnamese top chess players. VNS
The cover of the book Nước Cờ Hòa (A Draw in Chess) published by Kim Đồng Publishing House. — Photo courtesy of the authors