• Old Lothario

    Hugh Alexander: my favourite game ‘good judgement rates at least as high in chess as accurate analysis’ Asking someone who has been playing tournament chess for well over thirty years for his favourite game, is rather like asking an ageing Lothario about his favourite girlfriend. He…

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  • Caissa, Bacchus and Chess Publishing

     Jeremy Silman  As a child (in conservative San Diego), I recall thinking about Omar Khayyam’s ‘A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou.’ Having never imbibed anything other than milk, I couldn’t quite understand what Omar was trying to say. Now we jump…

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  • A game of chance

    ‘The ultimate truth about chess is that it is a game of chance. All a chess player can do is react to opportunities and possibilities which are provided from outside and for which he can only hope and wait.’ J.H. Donner The King: Chess Pieces…

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  • Englishman’s Olympiad brilliancy

    Forty years ago Michael Stean won $1,000 for the tournament’s most spectacular game: Stean – Browne England v USA, Nice 1974 White to play after 12…Be7 13 Nxe6! Probably the best of the many sacrificial possibilities. 13…fxe6 14 Bxe6 The forcing 14 e5 Nd5 15 Qg6+…

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  • Ventriloquism for beginners (continued)

    One hand grasps the controls in the back of the dummy – here a traditional design of badly fitting suit and inane grin.

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