• Kamikaze King and Queen

     Segel – Fox Antwerp, 1900 Black to play        23…Qxg3+! 24 Kxg3 Rg8+ 25 Kh4 Ng6+ 26 Kh5 Nf4+      27 Kxh6 Ne6+ 28 Kh5     28…Rh8 mate The winner of this game, Albert Whiting Fox (1881-1964), is one of the forgotten masters…

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  • Logic and Romance in Conflict

      ‘. . .  although chess may be a thoroughly logical game when boiled down, you can’t boil it down when actually playing, so it is of more practical use to see it as logic and romance in conflict. Be ready to adjust your mind…

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  • Kirsan Charms the Press

    Of related interest Saddam’s Friend The Man Who Bought Chess Yabloko Press Release Chess, Murder, Fraud We Are Family  

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  • Volatile Egos

      ‘For decades the world championships had been run by FIDE, the International Chess Federation; but increasingly there were collisions between this entrenched bureaucracy and volatile egos with high financial expectations. Relations between FIDE and the top players deteriorated sharply under the Presidency of Florencio…

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  • Arimaa: Game Over?

      What’s New with Arimaa? In an earlier articlea I introduced readers to Arimaa, a recently invented and hitherto almost unknown chess variant. I argued that Arimaa has a comparable beauty and complexity to chess, but a much higher potential (given the lengthy history and extensive…

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Featured articles

  • Kamikaze King and Queen

     Segel – Fox Antwerp, 1900 Black to play        23…Qxg3+! 24 Kxg3 Rg8+ 25 Kh4 Ng6+ 26 Kh5...
  • Logic and Romance in Conflict

      ‘. . .  although chess may be a thoroughly logical game when boiled down, you can’t boil it...
  • Kirsan Charms the Press

    Of related interest Saddam’s Friend The Man Who Bought Chess Yabloko Press Release Chess, Murder, Fraud We Are Family...
  • Volatile Egos

      ‘For decades the world championships had been run by FIDE, the International Chess Federation; but increasingly there were...
  • Arimaa: Game Over?

      What’s New with Arimaa? In an earlier articlea I introduced readers to Arimaa, a recently invented and hitherto almost...
  • Gazza Factor

      ‘If all players were as intelligent, voluble and linguistically assured as Gary Kasparov, the game could print its...
  • Humdinger of a Move

      Jean-René Koch – Neil Carr French U21 Ch, Montpellier, 1987  (Notes by Neil Carr)      1 e4 g6...
  • Frog in the Throat

    The late Neil Carr recounted this anecdote in Kingpin 12 (Autumn 1987).    The French International U-21 Championship held...
  • Great Swindles Of Our Time

      Neil Carr wrote some funny articles for Kingpin. His dynamic style of play, breezy sense of humour and fondness...

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