By Dominic Lawson

'A awesome publication - maybe the main intimate portrait of a chess genius ever written . . . the internal video game has the entire compulsion of an exceptional mystery' Robert Harris (author of Fatherland), Spectator 'Lawson does a good task of evoking rigidity and narrative in a manner that each one the assurance on the rime did not do ... the true flavour of the trouble of research is captured and the soiled methods and mental battle make reliable, sensational interpreting' Bryan Appleyard, Literary overview 'Lawson creates nice drama out of his material... the strain is brilliantly sustained. And no, you do not have to be a chess specialist or perhaps to have performed the sport in any respect to get pleasure from this publication' Simon O'Hagan, autonomous on Sunday 'An engrossing learn of a rarified global of eccentricity and success ... [a] story of guile and skulduggery: bugged rooms, bribed coaches, tapped phones, bluff and counterbluff. a lot of it reads like a le Carre'' novel. . . A heavily saw and highly interesting portrait of a prodigious British expertise' Henry Marten, Sunday Telegraph If Nigel brief is the toilet significant of chess, Dominic Lawson is the Jeffrey Archer . . . even if you're keen on Archer or now not, you are going to love Lawson' Daniel Johnson, the days 'A riveting narrative' Observer Immensely readable . . . The characters come via very accurately' Stephen Tumim, day-by-day Telegraph 'Gripping narrative . . . soaking up between-the-synapses account of an epic drama to which [Lawson] had targeted entry' Anthony Holden, Sunday instances 'Brilliantly written' parent Dominic Lawson is the editor of the Spectator. He has been writing in regards to the international of grandmaster chess for over ten years, not only for the Spectator, but in addition for the day-by-day and Sunday Telegraph, the days, the day-by-day Mail and the monetary instances, the place he has a weekly column. He lined the 1993 international Chess Championship for BBC tv.

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