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The Mating Game

A couple of friends of ours, IM Jovanka Houska and James Essinger, have written a novel together. It is called “The Mating Game” and you can see it at the publisher’s page here.

There is a chess theme, but I am reliably informed it is quite a “racy” book, so not one for children to read. Jovanka was interviewed recently about her book by Sabrina Chevannes for ChessBase – as you can read here.

Andrew has just started reading it, and is highly positive. Any other opinions?

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  1. dave-o
    January 10th, 2017 at 01:20 | #1

    Does she continue to recommend 3…c5 against the Advance Variation in it?

  2. January 10th, 2017 at 11:41 | #2

    LOL! Yes, for sure Ivana Jones would play 3…c5. It’s all about having that spirit for adventure 😉

    Glad to hear you are all enjoying the book 🙂 I would say, yes, it’s definitely not a chess manual for kids but it’s a very easy to read chess novel with a lot of fun twists!


  3. Johnnyboy
    January 10th, 2017 at 16:09 | #3

    Or maybe offering fegatello to the Italian. Though he may decline it….

  4. Johnnyboy
    January 10th, 2017 at 16:16 | #4

    On this slightly racy theme I always felt a bit sorry for the chess player called Bator who was around in the eighties. Achieving an IM title must have been bittersweet considering how he would be announced as in public. Never heard of him again… Think that was the final straw…

  5. Tim S
    January 11th, 2017 at 12:42 | #5

    Not as bad as A. Kunte, an Indian GM, must have felt when he was an IM…

  6. Johnnyboy
    January 11th, 2017 at 15:51 | #6

    @Tim S
    you win Tim with that one…

  7. The Doctor
    January 11th, 2017 at 16:45 | #7

    @Tim S

    Thats great motivation to become a GM!!

  8. The Doctor
    January 11th, 2017 at 16:49 | #8


    Maybe he ended up going blind!!

  9. Jesse Gersenson
    January 14th, 2017 at 16:57 | #9

    The main character is “only attracted to people who can beat her at chess”. That idea isn’t believable; chess smut is entertaining. I look forward to reading the book.

  10. Pinpon
    January 16th, 2017 at 22:21 | #10

    Are there many novelists among chess players ?

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