• Memoirs of a Mediocre Chess Player

    Antony Mann   Peter Leko. Ian Rogers. Luke McShane. Raymond Keene. Darryl Johansen. John Nunn. I don’t like to name-drop, but these are just some of the stars of world chess that I’ve seen reasonably close-up during my years as a chess player. Heady times,…

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  • On the Ropes

      Bruno Carlier – Neil Carr Guernsey, 1986 (Notes by Neil Carr)      1 e4 g6 2 d4 Bg7 3 Nc3 d6 4 Nf3 Nf6 5 h3 O-O 6 Be3 Nc6!? A common move for Black in this position is 6…b6, and after 7…

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  • Missed Brilliancy

     Sznapik – Bhend Bath 1973 White to play The game continued 19 Bh4 g5 20 Bxg5 fxg5 21 Rh3 and White won in a few moves. Can you do better?

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  • 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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Featured articles

  • Memoirs of a Mediocre Chess Player

    Antony Mann   Peter Leko. Ian Rogers. Luke McShane. Raymond Keene. Darryl Johansen. John Nunn. I don’t like to...
  • On the Ropes

      Bruno Carlier – Neil Carr Guernsey, 1986 (Notes by Neil Carr)      1 e4 g6 2 d4...
  • Missed Brilliancy

     Sznapik – Bhend Bath 1973 White to play The game continued 19 Bh4 g5 20 Bxg5 fxg5 21 Rh3 and White won...
  • 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

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  • 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...

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