Chess: A Novel (Penguin Red Classics)

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On a cruiseship bound for Buenos Aires, a wealthy passenger challenges the world chess champion to a match. He accepts with a sneer. He will beat anyone, he says. But only if the stakes are high. Soon, the chess board is surrounded. At first, the challenger crumbles before the mind of the master. But then, a soft-spoken voice from the crowd begins to whisper nervous suggestions. Perfect moves, brilliant predictions. The speaker has not played a game for more than twenty years, he says. He is wholly unknown. But somehow, he is also entirely formidable...

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Chess On a cruiseship bound for Buenos Aires, a passenger challenges the world chess champion to a match. He accepts with a sneer. The chess board is surrounded. At first, the challenger crumbles before the mind of the master. But then, a voice begins to whisper suggestions. The speaker is wholly unknown. But somehow, he is also entirely formidable. Full description

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A brilliant writer ( New York Times)

One of the joys of recent years is the translation into English of Stefan Zweig's stories (Edmund de Waal)

Stefan Zweig was a late and magnificent bloom from the hothouse of fin de siecle Vienna ( The Wall Street Journal)

Zweig is one of the masters of the short story and novella, and by 'one of the masters' I mean that he's up there with Maupassant, Chekhov, James, Poe, or indeed anyone you care to name (Nick Lezard Guardian)

A new favourite writer of mine (Wes Anderson)

Perhaps the best chess story ever written, perhaps the best about any game (Economist)

His great achievement in short form ( The Times)

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