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Austrian biographer and novelist. He committed suicide in Brazil in 1942 out of a sense of loneliness. His last novel, ‘The Royal Game’ was published posthumously in March, 1944. The novel is about a Yugoslav idiot-savant who become chess champion of the world. He plays a Dr. B who recently escaped from a prison hospital after being tortured by the Nazis. Dr. B studied chess in prison to prevent going insane.

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