The Royal Game is a novella by the Austrian author Stefan Zweig written between 1938 and 1941. This is Zweig's last work. The protagonist is the narrator. He opens the story on a passenger liner traveling from New York to Buenos Aires. The world chess champion, Mirko Czentovic, is on board with him. The narrator wants to have a game with Czentovic. During the game, a really intense psychological drama unfolds.