Does chess make for perfect novels?

Does chess make for perfect novels?

Aug 30, 2009, 9:28 AM |

Have you read any good novels that involved chess in the story?  I've read quite a few non-instructional chess books...

  • King's Gambit by Paul Hoffman
  • The immortal Game by David Shenk
  • White King and Red Queen by Daniel Johnson
  • Chess B1tch by Jennifer Shahade
  • Bobby Fischer Goes to War by Edmonds and Eidinow

...but I've only read one chess novel, a detective story whose title I can't even remember (a translation from a Spanish writer, I think).

An article in the Guardian recently claims that 'chess is a perfect game for fiction'.  Do any members have any recommendations for good novels that prominently feature chess?