Chess Story

Chess Story

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Chess Story, also known as The Royal Game, is the Austrian master Stefan Zweig's final achievement, completed in Brazilian exile and sent off to his American publisher only days before his suicide in 1942. It is the only story in which Zweig looks at Nazism, and he does so with characteristic emphasis on the psychological.

Travelers by ship from New York to Buenos Aires find that on board with them is the world champion of chess, an arrogant and unfriendly man. They come together to try their skills against him and are soundly defeated. Then a mysterious passenger steps forward to advise them and their fortunes change. How he came to possess his extraordinary grasp of the game of chess and at what cost lie at the heart of Zweig's story.

This new translation of Chess Story brings out the work's unusual mixture of high suspense and poignant reflection.

Title:Chess Story
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781590171691
Format Type:

    Chess Story Reviews

  • Glenn Russell

    I detect strong parallels between reading a novel and the game of chess: there is the author sitting on one side, playing white, the reader on the other side, playing black; instead of the chess board...

  • Muhtasin Fuad

    Chess Story by Stefan ZweigIt's a brilliant novella written just a year before the author's death by suicide. The story is mainly about a man tortured to near insanity during WWII and mastered the gam...

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”My pleasure in playing became a desire to play, a mania, a frenzy, which permeated not only my waking hours but gradually my sleep too. Chess was all I could think about, chess moves, chess problem...

  • Adina

    This is how you write a novella. Well written, gripping, intense, insightful, educational and emotional. All of that in 60 pages, what an achievement.The novel is set on a vessel travelling from New Y...

  • Alejandro

    e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 An interesting short story that it's one of the most famous works by the writer Stefan Zweig that even sadly was published after his suicide. d4 Bg4 When a story is presented in a...

  • s.penkevich

    ‘The more one limits oneself, the closer one is to the infinite; these people, as unworldly as they seem, burrow like termites into their own particular material to construct, in miniature, a strang...

  • BlackOxford

    We Are Never AloneWith astounding concision in a short story about chess, Zweig outlines a profound psychological theory: that a human being’s greatest resource - the ability to reflect upon himself...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Schachnovelle = Le jaueur d'echecs = Chess Story = The Royal Game, Stefan Zweig The Royal Game is a novella by Austrian author Stefan Zweig first published in 1941, just before the author's death by s...

  • Jim Fonseca

    Chess Story by Stefan ZweigLike most of Zweig’s work, this is a novella. For those uninterested in chess, very little of the story has to do with the details of the actual games played. The story is...

  • Gaurav

    ChessStefan ZweigBefore the start of review, let me put across a warning to all probable readers of this novella that this book has two active beings- one is the reader of course but other one is the ...