• Walking the Walk

    It’s a measure of how drab the World Championship has been that Magnus Carlsen allegedly falling asleep at the board and the double blunder in Game 6 have provided its most dramatic moments. The blunder is beautifully captured in this short clip featuring IM Lawrence…

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  • A vivid man

    ‘As a man Hugh was a wholly delightful companion. He was extremely lively and talkative, full of ideas and genuinely interested in everything that his friends were doing. He liked arguing for its own sake, but was never quarrelsome. He was the kind of person…

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  • Ron Harman (1938–2014) – A Champion of the Chess Club

    Part 2 : Bayswater – Tales from the Crypt   Jimmy Adams   At the beginning of the 70s I joined the Bayswater club, holed up in a long narrow side section of a Serbian Orthodox church quite near to Notting Hill in West London….

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  • Gary Lane’s Agony Column

    DEAR GARY I would like to bring to the attention of readers the old but entertaining tome Castling through the Ages: From 0-0-0 to 0-0. I would certainly recommend any aspiring player to seriously study this aspect of  their game and try spectacular castling. I…

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  • Ron Harman (1938–2014) – A Champion of the Chess Club

    Part 1: A memorable introduction Jimmy Adams   I was an eleven-year-old chess novice and had recently joined the Islington club, which met on Friday nights in the lecture room of a library further down the road from where I lived in north London. The…

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