SASHA CHAPIN is an award-winning journalist and recovering chess enthusiast. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, and Hazlitt. He lives in LA.
"The quest memoir is a balky beast. To tame it as well as Canadian
journalist Sasha Chapin does in All the Wrong Moves, you'll
need an obscure but preferably universal target of obsession-chess
mastery, in his case-a vague discontent with your present
existence, a lover or two, a guru and the globe-trotting freedom to
pursue your quixotic quarry.... 'It's tricky to explain the appeal
of chess to someone who doesn't play,' Chapin concedes, yet he
makes all the right moves in doing just that."
"A briskly told coming-of-age memoir...Chapin has a fine eye for the game's beauty...In the course of his entertaining odyssey, Mr. Chapin offers a Zen-like secret to chess, and to living."
-Wall Street Journal
"A witty, entertaining memoir about competitive chess and the author's obsession with same, which takes him around the world, and brings him glory-along with no small number of humiliating defeats."
"Sasha Chapin writes like someone who knows. He knows euphoria. He knows despair. It's clear that he's traveled to hell and back, that he is fluent in languages of the heart that have yet to be spoken, and All the Wrong Moves is the brightest light."
-Bryan Washington, author of Lot: Stories
"A smart, funny, and slyly profound book about the dark ecstasies of obsessive love. Sasha Chapin is a gentlemanly Gonzo, a dirty Bond, and he writes like a dream."
-Claudia Dey, author of Heartbreaker
"All the Wrong Moves is a touching and brilliant portrait of masculinity. Chapin writes with arresting honesty, capturing the manner in which none of us are truly in control of our personalities. He humiliates himself in all the right ways, and the results are luminous and profound and hysterical."
-Heather O'Neill, author of The Lonely Hearts Hotel
"Thoughtful and clever...Chapin's sincere memoir of self-discovery will charm chess enthusiasts, as well as those searching for their next move in life."
"[Chapin] infuses the narrative with exuberant, often funny, anecdotes; glimpses of strategy; and lyrical reflections.... An entertaining portrayal of the esoteric world of chess."
"Wryly funny, introspective, and grimly evocative, Chapin's memoir is perfect for a brief wade into the world of chess, or as a jumping off point for a much deeper dive."
"Whether or not you know anything about chess, you'll be able to relate to Chapin's quest to find love, excitement, and, above all, his place in the world."