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The Greenbecker Gambit by Ben Graff

Genre: Fiction
Publisher: The Conrad Press
Source: Rachel Random Resources
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About The Book

‘I only feel truly alive when the chess clock is ticking and the patterns on the squares in front of me are dancing in my head. Very little else gives me the same feeling. Nothing else, that does not involve a flame.’
Tennessee Greenbecker is bravely optimistic as he sets out to claim what he sees as rightfully his – the title of world chess champion. But who is he really? Is he destined to be remembered as chess champion or fire-starter? Either way, might this finally be his moment?


My Thoughts

If you love a good story and discover a little bit of chess, don’t doubt it, this has to be your next read!
I am not sure if I have a preconception of what does it mean being a chess prodigy, but Tennessee Greenbecker fits perfect on my imaginary profile; lonely, introvert and a little egocentric (but I think most genius are egocentric, so it goes with the word). So, I wasn’t surprised when I started reading this story which was told in first person, and had a not so easy character to like. As the story progresses you’ll start to understand him and his love (obsession?) for chess, because I don’t think love is the exact word, Tennessee doesn’t want to be a good chess player, he wants to be the best. As the story progresses, we will discover the true Tennessee, his real life and struggles with his brother, because the perception of life will change depending on who you listen to. This much I can say, if you want to know more, read the book, of course!
This had been a different read, interesting and real, makes you wonder how many times you have judged someone by their actions without knowing what made them to do it, because sometimes the answer is not what you see but what hides behind it.
This is a book for chess lovers, yes, but don’t worry, if you don’t love chess, after reading this book you’ll want to learn how to play and discover a few basic techniques! It’s always interesting when a book makes you learn something new, don’t you think?


About The Author

Ben Graff is a writer, journalist and Corporate Affairs professional. He is a regular contributor to Chess and Authors Publish. He is not a grandmaster but did draw with one once.