Pedino is a young Bellogardian who becomes the queen's squire and, as part of his training, is sent into a seedier part of the city to uncover a Chornian spy. During his adventures he meets and falls in love with a whore, Sara, who turns out to be a Chornian bishop's squire. Pedino succeeds in killing the other Chornian bishop - a remarkable achievement for a mere squire; but in the manoeuvres which follow Chorny proves to have outwitted its rival, and Pedino's whole world is threatened with extinction.
There have been many stories modelled on chess games, but none so ingenious and enjoyable as Ian Watson's latest novel. And, as one would expect from Watson, the story of Bellogard and Chorny is only the beginning. When Pedino and Sara manage to escape the destruction of their universe, they find themselves in a series of even more bizarre worlds operating under still stranger rules, as they seek to discover the purpose of their existence, and the meaning of their universe. Queenmagic, Kingmagic is Ian Watson in sparkling, exuberant form.
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GameOfChess is a gripping story of a chess match between two famous professors who contemplates the intricacies of the game and boast of their ultimate strategies of winning as they play the game. Things get more interesting when the game of chess itself starts interacting with the professors and comes out alive. As the professors try to understand the reasons for the events surrounding them, they happen to unravel some very deep mysteries about the fundamental laws of life, society and nature through their vivid dialogues and arguments. The truth that so comes out isn’t comforting to either of them.
So should they focus on winning the game to satisfy their ego to each other, should they focus on placating the alive game which is going haywire, should they just run away or should they confront the stark truth facing them?
And the alcohol and the drugs they are consuming continuously isn’t helping them either in making the choice.
So, what choice will they ultimately make and who will win the game of chess?