• Kirsan in London

       With thanks to Sarah Hurst and Justin Horton. See FIDE’s website for more details.

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  • Zukertort Zigzagged

     Zukertort – Potter London, 1876 Black to play   Black has been gradually outplayed and is hanging on by his fingertips. He’s a pawn down, his queen is attacked, and the threat of a4-a5 seems terminal. After 36…Qe4 37 Qxe4 fxe4 38 a4 the pawn will…

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  • Kirsan Caption Competition

    To mark the historic visit of FIDE President His Excellency Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to London last week, we invite readers to offer captions to these excellent photos we’ve appropriated without permission from FIDE’s website. Winners will receive the following prizes: A trip to Mars to meet the President’s…

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  • Fiendish Moves #2

     Kupper – Leepin Basel, 1954 White to play   Black has nothing to fear from 27 Qd8+ Kh7 28 Nf8+ Kh6 29 Qd4 Re2 when the position is equal.      27 Nf8! A brilliant move, and the only decisive one.      27…Bh7 27…Qxe5 fails…

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  • The Dilettante

    ‘There is no need to play chess well at all. The dilettante who treats it almost completely as a game of chance doesn’t necessarily derive less pleasure from it than the grandmaster who strives for perfection.’  J.H. Donner NRC Handelsblad, 13 April 1981, reproduced in The King: Chess…

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Featured articles

  • Kirsan in London

       With thanks to Sarah Hurst and Justin Horton. See FIDE’s website for more details.
  • Zukertort Zigzagged

     Zukertort – Potter London, 1876 Black to play   Black has been gradually outplayed and is hanging on by his...
  • Kirsan Caption Competition

    To mark the historic visit of FIDE President His Excellency Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to London last week, we invite readers to offer...
  • Fiendish Moves #2

     Kupper – Leepin Basel, 1954 White to play   Black has nothing to fear from 27 Qd8+ Kh7 28 Nf8+...
  • The Dilettante

    ‘There is no need to play chess well at all. The dilettante who treats it almost completely as a...
  • Chess, Murder, Fraud

    ‘Everything about our situation was a riddle. Why would Karpov and three of his colleagues jump on a plane...
  • Life

      ‘Chess is, famously, an activity entirely unrelated to the rest of life: from this springs its fragile profundity.’...
  • King of the Coffee House

    This line as yet has no official name (except ‘Zaitsev line with 8 Bc4′); it is generally referred to...
  • Arimaa, Computers and the Future of Chess

    Andy Lewis   A common Arimaa starting position Anyone for a variation on chess? Is chess played out? This...

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