Chess has flourished in its modern form for hundreds of years. During this time, tens of thousands of books have been written about the game, but very few have been works of fiction. Now, for the first time, an anthology of contemporary chess fiction will appear. Masters of Technique has collected twelve outstanding short stories about the royal game, each story selected for its literary merit and the way it captures the psychological impact of chess as a metaphor. As the Introduction claims, these stories will be respected for their style by literary connoisseurs, as well as respected for their content by experienced chess players. Contributors include Katherine Neville, Stephen Carter, Michael Griffith, Paul Eggers, Wells Tower, Patrick Somerville, Edward Falco, Steven Levery, Michael Weinreb, John Wheatcroft, Katie Kitamura, and Mark Coggins.