I have a chess addiction.
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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.
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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.
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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.
All in all, a great anthology of chess-related fiction