As crowds of people swarmed outside Manhattan's Trump Tower to rail against the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, hundreds more descended on the city's South Street Seaport. But these people weren't there to protest. They were there to watch the World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Sergey Karjakin--which, by the time it was over, would be front-page news and thought by many to be the greatest finish in chess history.
Author Brin-Jonathan Butler was granted unique access to the tournament. He watched nearly every move in an effort to decipher the secret to Carlsen's greatness and to discover what fuels chess zealots. With The Grandmaster, he has written an instant classic about the game--a book as brilliant and formidable as Magnus Carlsen himself.