• The Greatest British Chess Player

      Joseph Henry Blackburne: A Chess Biography 1 Tim Harding 592 pages | hardback | 95 illustrations | 1,186 games | $75.00 Jefferson: McFarland, 2015     Adrian Harvey When Nigel Short defeated Anatoly Karpov in their match in 1992 he surely secured the greatest triumph ever by…

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  • Ventriloquism for Beginners

    First Lesson: One hand grasps the controls in the back of the dummy   World Championship challenger Sergei Karjakin with the man who butters his bread For more information Valery Badmayev, Killing a Journalist, Kingpin, 22 November 2015 Bill Browder, Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No….

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  • The Seeing Eye

      ‘The game of chess draws its life and impulse from the contrast between seeing and not seeing and the innumerable gradations between the two. The optical is more powerful than the technical and theory has little significance if it is not associated with the…

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  • 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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  • The Greatest British Chess Player

      Joseph Henry Blackburne: A Chess Biography 1 Tim Harding 592 pages | hardback | 95 illustrations | 1,186 games | $75.00...
  • Ventriloquism for Beginners

    First Lesson: One hand grasps the controls in the back of the dummy   World Championship challenger Sergei Karjakin...
  • The Seeing Eye

      ‘The game of chess draws its life and impulse from the contrast between seeing and not seeing and...
  • 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”...

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