Shatranj Ke Khiladi is a novel from the pen of Munshi Premchand. The story is set in the pre- independence era when Britishers used to rule India. Well, story is woven around the kingdom of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah and concludes with the takeover of his kingdom by Britishers. The book consists of story of two people Mirza Sajid Ali and Mir Raushan Ali. They are fond of playing chess.
Their addiction for playing chess changed not only their life but also the life of the people around them. They get immersed in the game so much that they become irresponsible towards their duties to their family and society. Their concentration is more on developing chess strategies rather than focusing on how to stop British army from invading their homeland.