Monday, July 14, 2014

Grandmaster by David Klass

Daniel knows that he is the weak link on his school's chess team and the older, better players never let him forget it.  So he's surprised when he is asked to be part of an eight person team competing in a father son tournament with a huge grand prize.  With some research his teammates have discovered that Daniel's father has the rank of Grandmaster in the chess world although he has not played in a tournament for 30 years.  Daniel didn't even know that his father played chess, let alone that he was one of the best players in the world.  His father lets him know that the stress of playing chess made him realize that he wanted a life and caused him to walk away from the game to save his life and sanity.  Although he is worried, he agrees to participate in the weekend tournament to help Daniel.  During the three days Daniel learns many of his father's secrets and some things about himself as well. 

Things I liked - The surprise of Daniel's father's super chess powers and the revelations of how he handled the pressure when he was younger. 
The manipulations of his dad's former competitors and how Daniel's dad handled that. 
The resolution of all the chess pressure when Daniel and his dad were back home
Things I didn't like - I wanted his dad to be able to kick some chess ass without losing his mind!