• A game of chance

    ‘The ultimate truth about chess is that it is a game of chance. All a chess player can do is react to opportunities and possibilities which are provided from outside and for which he can only hope and wait.’ J.H. Donner The King: Chess Pieces…

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  • Englishman’s Olympiad brilliancy

    Forty years ago Michael Stean won $1,000 for the tournament’s most spectacular game: Stean – Browne England v USA, Nice 1974 White to play after 12…Be7 13 Nxe6! Probably the best of the many sacrificial possibilities. 13…fxe6 14 Bxe6 The forcing 14 e5 Nd5 15 Qg6+…

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  • Ventriloquism for beginners (continued)

    One hand grasps the controls in the back of the dummy – here a traditional design of badly fitting suit and inane grin.

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  • Out in the cold

    Olaf Steffens Long ago in Ancient Greece the Olympic Games were invented to celebrate all sports. In the searing heat men would wrestle, run and throw the discus, sometimes even stark naked. Then they would take a break and meet again four years later to compete…

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