Hand and King
In 1956, a 13 year-old boy named Bobby Fischer played a tournament chess game against Donald Byrne, a 26 year-old chess master. Fischer played with such brilliance that this game became known as the Game of the Century. What if the Game of the Century was more than a game? What if it was an epic battle between White and Black Kingdoms? Hand and King tells the story of this clash of Kingdoms. More
The boy was 13 years old. The year was 1956. His name was Bobby Fischer.
In October 1956, Bobby Fischer played a tournament chess game against Donald Byrne, a 26-year-old nationally recognized chess master. The unknown Fischer played the game with incredible brilliance and audacity, sacrificing his queen before unleashing an unrelenting attack that won the game in 41 moves. This stunning match became known as "The Game of the Century", and brought Bobby Fischer to the attention of the chess world and eventually, the world at large.
What if the Game of the Century was more than a game? What if it was an epic battle between White and Black Kingdoms?
In Hand and King, the White and Black Kingdoms face off on the field of squares in a war that will determine which Kingdom survives and which vanishes into the dustbin of history. Knights, Rooks and Pawns jump into battle, lifted by the force of the Hand; while Warrior Queens move freely across the battlefield, using their power and training in the royal fighting methods to advance the cause of their kingdoms. Kings command their soldiers, advised by Bishops who interpret Hand’s will.
As the battle between the White and Black Kingdoms progresses, it becomes clear that the White Queen, Milana, is not fighting for her Kingdom, but rather is scheming to become an Empress, ruling White and Black Kingdoms combined. That she will need to betray her own husband, the White King, to achieve her grand vision, bothers her not at all. The Black King, Robert, and his beloved wife, Queen Isabella, must choose between their love for each other and their sacred duty to the Kingdom. The fate of the Black Kingdom rests in their hearts and their swords.
Chapter titles in Hand and King are in chess notation and follow the Fischer-Byrne game move for move. Readers who wish to follow the game as the story progresses can easily do so with a chessboard or various interactive web sites devoted to famous chess games. However, Hand and King can also be read and enjoyed on its own.