I have a chess addiction.
And it goes back a long, long time. Ever since I started playing my grandfather when I was a wee young lad (I never won, and the wise old sage kept his family title until he went to the grave). One of my favorite Nintendo games was ChessMaster2000 (what a dork, huh?) Then there was the days during my graduate studies when I'd alternate between reading literary theory and playing chess — I'd get in five or six hours of both in the library. And yeah, I played for money in Washington Square Park (first they scalped me, and the next year I scalped them).
And nowadays I'm trying to get things under control. Only 3 puzzles a day and a few computer games.
But I bring all that up only so you can know how excited I am for a new anthology: Masters of Technique, edited by Howard Goldowsky. See, it's quite difficult to get your chess fix in fiction. After Nabakov, and a few other writers, the high literary offerings quickly dwindle.
Masters of Technique (also know as "The Mongoose Anthology of Chess Fiction") is the antidote.
Not only does it showcase topnotch talent such as Wells Tower "Executors of Important Energies" it has historical fiction (Katherine Neville's "En Passant") which features the real-life Lewis Carroll and Alice — yes, that Alice, of the Wonderland type.
In Michael Griffith's "Zugzwang" (Love that title!), a dweeby child attempts to earn the favor of his macho amateur-wrestling father in a creative way.
All in all, a great anthology of chess-related fiction