• Life

      ‘Chess is, famously, an activity entirely unrelated to the rest of life: from this springs its fragile profundity.’ Julian Barnes, ‘TDF: The World Chess Championship’ The New Yorker (December 1993) reproduced in Letters from London 1990-1995 (Picador, 1995), p.249   ‘We could even make…

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  • King of the Coffee House

    This line as yet has no official name (except ‘Zaitsev line with 8 Bc4′); it is generally referred to as simply ‘The Hack Line’, or for reasons which are rather obscure, the The Nescafé® Frappé Attack or NFA for short. Graham Burgess, Attacking the Benko: The Nescafé® Frappé…

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  • 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 concern has been voiced periodically over the history of the game, and the challenges has never been more profound: over-refinement of opening-theory; perfection of endgame technique;…

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  • Sports Writers

    ‘In other sports, the persecution of some players, coaches or officials by the press not rarely offers a sad spectacle. With chess, the main problem is that the game is too esoteric by nature to satisfy the interest of the public at large . ….

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  • How to Write a Chess Book and Make Loads of Dosh

    Phil Crocker   I feel impeccably qualified to write this article because: a) I have never written a chess book, and b) I am not a particularly strong chess player.   The would-be author should bear in mind the following points: (1) The most important parts…

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  • 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...
  • Sports Writers

    ‘In other sports, the persecution of some players, coaches or officials by the press not rarely offers a sad...
  • How to Write a Chess Book and Make Loads of Dosh

    Phil Crocker   I feel impeccably qualified to write this article because: a) I have never written a chess...
  • More #crapchessbooks

    Here’s another list of essential reading offered by chess players inspired by Tony Miles’ famous two-word book review. (Mark...
  • Startling Castling

    ‘Security passes were something I never felt the need to wear, particularly when coupled with Rambo . The...
  • Sarah Hurst: 20 Questions

    Sarah Hurst was a regular contributor to CHESS magazine in the 1990s and also edited the British Chess Federation’s newsletter,...
  • Fiendish Moves #1

     Eliskases – Henneberger Bad Liebwerda, 1934 Black to play   Walter Henneberger (1883–1969) was a Swiss master whose career...

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