• The British General Election: Guide to Constituency Candidates – Part 1

      BARKING Dadd, R. Fischer, R.J. Mecking, H. Vaughan, S. Weinstein, R.A.           BARNET Abrahamyan, T. Reinderman, D.           BERKS Giri, A. Nakamura, H. Short, ‘Dr’ N.D.   BICKERING Forum, E.C.F.   BLANDFORD Geuzendam, D.J.t. Marsh, S….

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  • Confessions of a Crooked Chess Master – Part 2

    Michael Basman   International Intrigue   It was Hastings 1967-8 at the annual congress run by Frank Rhoden. I had not been doing particularly well after having bullied Frank into giving me a place in the tournament. ‘I’ve got to invite Keene, Hartston and Penrose,…

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  • Confessions of a Crooked Chess Master – Part 1

    Michael Basman   The Slippery Slope   My first step along the road to perdition came in the London Under-14 Boys Championship in 1959 (in those days girls didn’t or couldn’t play chess). It was round 5 and I was playing J.N. Eyres of Colfe’s…

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  • Luck

      ‘Surely in chess there is just you, your opponent, the pieces, and – in Kasparovian terms – an examination of the truth of the position. I put the matter to Colin Crouch, a bearded and amiable International Master who holds one of the strangest…

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  • Two Brains

      ‘Men and women’s brains are hard-wired very differently, so why should they function in the same way? I don’t have the slightest problem in acknowledging that my wife possesses a much higher degree of emotional intelligence than I do. Likewise, she doesn’t feel embarrassed…

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