• Charles I’s Chess Board

    Illustrated London News 1 July 1865 The board, ‘a tour-de-force of amber working’, according to Sotheby’s, fetched £600,000 at auction in 2012.

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  • A Difficult Game

      ‘. . . chess is a difficult game. If it were less difficult it would not be so much fun . . . . . . what most captures my imagination and arouses my admiration is neither the perfect technique nor the stunning combinative…

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  • Alekhine Checkmated

      ‘I am proud and happy’ Rare film footage of Alekhine proposing a toast to the victor after losing his world title to Euwe in 1935 ‘The greatest game that I have ever lost. This game is a perfect example of Alekhine’s courage, his self-confidence,…

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  • Winter Was Coming

    ‘Tournament conditions at London were difficult. We played in a large room in Memorial Hall. The ventilation was magnificent, but there was no fuel for heating! To keep warm, each player bundled up in his coat, hat, scarf and gloves!’ Herman Steiner Chess Review (March 1946)

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  • Struggle

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Featured articles

  • Charles I’s Chess Board

    Illustrated London News 1 July 1865 The board, ‘a tour-de-force of amber working’, according to Sotheby’s, fetched £600,000 at...
  • A Difficult Game

      ‘. . . chess is a difficult game. If it were less difficult it would not be so...
  • Alekhine Checkmated

      ‘I am proud and happy’ Rare film footage of Alekhine proposing a toast to the victor after losing...
  • Winter Was Coming

    ‘Tournament conditions at London were difficult. We played in a large room in Memorial Hall. The ventilation was magnificent,...
  • Struggle

  • Shilling Sharks

    CHESS. ___ TO CORRESPONDENTS. ANOTHER SUFFERER−We have so repeatedly warned Chess amateurs against the gentry known as the “shilling sharks”...
  • ‘With Chances for Both Sides . . .’

    James Plaskett Complex games may demand intense scrutiny. Thirty years after this one was played in the penultimate round...
  • A Fine Writer

    It is hard to estimate how many newcomers to chess this book turned into lifelong devotees of the game; hundreds...
  • Self-Sacrifice

    A landmark in chess magazine publishing passed unnoticed this week – and it wasn’t the relaunch of the BCM...

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