One Move at a Time January Edition: Dr. Mark Taylor

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Welcome to the January 2021 edition of “One Move at a Time,” the US Chess podcast in which Dan Lucas, the Senior Director of Strategic Communication, talks to people who are advancing the US Chess mission statement to “Empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities through chess.”

This month’s guest is Dr. Mark Taylor talking about chess fiction and narrativewe thought this would be a fun time to have this discussion as  "The Queen's Gambit" continues to be popular on Netflix, and of course it was based on Walter Tevis' 1984 novel. 

Mark Taylor

Taylor is an Associate Professor of English at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He is currently at work on Chess and Chessic Motifs in English Prose Narrative Since 1700: An Annotated Bibliography, a comprehensive work featuring approximately 2,000 entries. Taylor earned his PhD in English Literature in 1995 at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches freshman writing and medieval and renaissance literature. He published over 200 articles in various chess periodicals between 2002 and 2015, including the December 2012 Chess Life cover story “The White Collection: Exploring the largest chess library in the world.” awarded the “Best Feature Article” by Chess Journalists of America. He has been editor of Georgia Chess and The Chess Journalist. His son Paul Taylor was an accomplished scholastic player who reached an expert rating, and his wife Melinda Matthews is our Publications Editor at US Chess.

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