Paul Hoffman is the author of Kings Gambit (Hyperion), in which he profiles the prolific, proud, often paranoid players in the highest ranks of the chess world, including prodigy Bobby Fischer, whose life after the royal game was dominated by dark, dangerous delusions.
Hoffman, who was a talented tournament player but gave up competitive chess after high school, says, It was too absorbing. I dreamt about it constantly Id dream about men moving like bishops. Its the nature of the game to get sucked in.
He adds, Chess is very seductive you see yourself getting better but never mastering it. Its a bloodsport.
And while his board book details the games deceptive, devious side, it was Hoffmans love of the ladies that kept him in check.
Hoffman says, One of the reason I gave up chess is that I discovered girls.
Kings Gambit makes its move into stores September 11.
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