Silvertail Books has acquired The Inner Game by journalist Dominic Lawson, an "intimate and gripping insider’s account" of the 1993 World Chess Championship that was originally published by Pan Macmillan in 1993.
World all language rights were acquired directly from the author, with publication scheduled for 18th November 2021, to coincide with the 2021 Chess World Championship.
The book reveals the secrets of chess at the highest level, from dirty tricks behind the scenes to bugged conversations, stolen tapes and sexual intrigue, and will open up the "strange" inner world of the Chess Grandmasters.
Silvertail explained: "The 1993 World Chess Championship was one of the most eagerly anticipated clashes in the game’s rich history. On one side was Garri Kasparov, the greatest in a long line of Russian world champions and a player whose remorseless aggression both in play and in person seemed to terrify his opponents. Across the board was Nigel Short, a bespectacled, guitar-playing 28-year-old Lancastrian who had earned his place in the contest over a gruelling three-year qualification campaign. Their epic duel of the intellect was fought out in the full glare of the world’s media and the intricacies of the battle captivated observers around the world – chess experts and novices alike."
Silvertail publisher Humfrey Hunter said: "I am delighted to be bringing Dominic Lawson’s wonderful The Inner Game out again. It is a propulsive, thriller-like work of non-fiction which fully deserves the praise it has had from the likes of Stephen Fry and Robert Harris, and the extraordinary success of The Queen’s Gambit as both a book and TV show mean this is the perfect moment to introduce it to a brand new audience."
Lawson is a former newspaper editor and now weekly leader page columnist for the Sunday Times and Daily Mail. He presented the BBC Radio Four show "Across the Board" and since 2014 he has been the elected president of the English Chess Federation.