• Swiss Immortal

    Zimmermann – Walther Zurich 1955/56 Black to play after 22 Kxf4 Richard Forster, The Zurich Chess Club, 1809-2009 (McFarland 2011), pp.201-2.

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  • Women prefer bridge

    ‘Games are the opposite of human contact . . . During their game, chess players are “incommunicado”; they are imprisoned. What is going on in their heads is narcissistic self-gratification with a minimum of objective reality, a wordless sniffing and grabbing in a bottomless pit….

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  • Vintage stunner

     Jones-Dueball Nice 1974 Black to play ‘This games deserves a special prize for the most stunning move of the Olympiad’ Keene and Levy, Chess Olympiad Nice 1974: World Team Championship (Batsford, 1975), p.137

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  • Andrew Whiteley 1947-2014

    Andrew Whiteley, who has died aged 67, belonged to the generation of players who ushered in the ‘English Chess Explosion’ of the late 1970s. Most of them cut their teeth as students at either Oxford (Botterill, Lee, Markland, Whiteley) or Cambridge (Hartston, Keene, Stean, Williams)….

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Featured articles

  • Swiss Immortal

    Zimmermann – Walther Zurich 1955/56 Black to play after 22 Kxf4 Richard Forster, The Zurich Chess Club, 1809-2009 (McFarland...
  • Women prefer bridge

    ‘Games are the opposite of human contact . . . During their game, chess players are “incommunicado”; they are...
  • Vintage stunner

     Jones-Dueball Nice 1974 Black to play ‘This games deserves a special prize for the most stunning move of the...
  • Gens una sumus

  • Andrew Whiteley 1947-2014

    Andrew Whiteley, who has died aged 67, belonged to the generation of players who ushered in the ‘English Chess...
  • Bent Larsen: 20 Questions

      What is your earliest memory of playing chess? I was six, and a boy two years older than...
  • We’re going on a king hunt

    When he took up playing poker seriously Alexander Grischuk was already an elite grandmaster.  He’s convinced that chess skills such...
  • Divinities and the herd

    “There could hardly be a greater contrast in temperament, style of play, even appearance, than exist between the Cuban...
  • Cracking move

       L. Szabo – C. Kottnauer Szczawno-Zdroj 1950 White to play 21 Bc8!! Nxc8 22 Qh7 Threatening mate. 22…f6 Moving...

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