Friday, November 22, 2013

GM Jesse Kraai at Marshall CC on Sunday

Please join us this Sunday, November 24th, at 7:30pm for an evening with grandmaster Dr. Jesse Kraai.  GM Kraai who earned a doctorate in philosophy from Heidelberg University took a three year hiatus from tournament chess to write the chess novel Lisa, a book that has been received with stellar reviews. 

After the reading, Jesse will analyze key positions of the world championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen which is currently being held in Chennai, India.  Last month GM Kraai demonstrated that his understanding of chess was not diminished by the long break when he won the Western States Open.

The event takes place following the Marshall Sunday Game/45 tournament, a four round event in two sections (Open & U1500) starting at noon. Refreshments will be served. 

Marshall Chess Club 
23 West 10th Street 
New York, NY 10011 
Phone 212-477-3716 
Fax 212-995-9281 

Please refer to this press release for more information about Lisa.

Lisa, a Chess Novel 

“Two thumbs up. This is the most realistic chess novel ever.” Full review here. - chess writer Dana Mackenzie

The debut novel by chess grandmaster Jesse Kraai tells the story of a 13-year-old California girl who defies her mother and her school to study chess with Russian master Igor Ivanov. Lisa is an exploration of what it means to get an education in chess, and a meditation on what makes the game so compelling to those who play. It is a fantastic story with a cast of characters that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever set foot in a tournament hall.

Lisa is available in ebook and paperback. 

ISBN 978-0976848905

For more about her story please visit:

Excerpts can be read here:

Lisa will give non-chessplayers a glimpse into what living in this bubble is really like.” - grandmaster and chess writer Josh Friedel

About the author: 
Jesse Kraai is an American chess grandmaster with a PhD in philosophy from the University of Heidelberg.
Phone 510-717-6434