The Real Grandmaster

Photo prompt courtesy Jeff Arnold

Grandmaster Nikolai.

The name was legend, and rightfully so.

A thousand matches, undefeated.

But today, he sat with his head bowed, on the brink of losing for the first time in his life.

He looked up and saw Svetlana staring at him unblinkingly.

“No means no,” he said resolutely.

Svetlana stared on.

He couldn’t concentrate on the chessboard, her eyes seemed to be boring into him.

Finally, unable to take it any longer, he surrendered, “All right, I’ll get you a new horse today.”

“Thank you Daddy,” squealed Svetlana, as Nikolai grudgingly accepted the first defeat of his life.


99 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The objective is to write a story in 100 words or less, inspired by the weekly photo prompt. To read many more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.



About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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25 Responses to The Real Grandmaster

  1. Abhijit Ray says:

    The great grand Master succumbs to his daughter. Nice story.

  2. draliman says:

    I foresee many more defeats at the hand of his daughter in his future 🙂

  3. neilmacdon says:

    Perhaps not so bad if it’s your own DNA beating you

  4. Ha ha – loved this story – I wasn’t expecting that ending!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Kids will beat you everytime!

  6. Sandra says:

    Ah, the turning of the tide. He’d better get used to that.

  7. ceayr says:

    Not many of us can deny our daughters!

  8. plaridel says:

    i didn’t expect that twist in the end. it was well-camouflaged like a knight’s gambit. 🙂

  9. jillyfunnell says:

    Great story – the power of the child over the parent!

  10. As a father to two daughters, I can totally relate to this!

    Click to read my FriFic tale!

  11. Dale says:

    Hah! Wrapped him around her little finger, has she?

  12. Ha. He will grow to love it, I am sure. Nicely done.

  13. Dear Anurag,

    He might be the master at chess but he’s obviously putty in his daughter’s hand. This made me grin. Nicely done.



  14. What an adorable tale and well written with a pleasant surprise at the end. Svetlana has the grandmaster wrapped around her finger. I loved it! 🙂

  15. Oh I think the world has a new master… it will be one defeat after another.

  16. Oh the pressures of fatherhood. Lovely tale

  17. Aww! Such a sweet story. Loved it!

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