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John Littlewood 1931–2009

John Littlewood, who died last September, was a brilliant chess player, a fine coach, an ebullient writer and a gentleman. A supporter of Kingpin since its early days, John contributed several articles and book reviews. His last piece for Kingpin, an appreciation of the gifted…

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Has Karpov Lost His Marbles?

Tony Miles   As it happens I am in a position to reveal exclusively to Kingpin readers (unless, of course, someone else actually offers to pay me) the true and tragic story of why the invincible Anatoly failed to dispose of that young upstart Kasparov….

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Profile: Dilip Patel

India’s latest star reveals the secrets of his preparation Ever heard of Dilip Patel? Maybe not, but it’s guaranteed you will soon. 38-year-old Patel burst onto the scene with a bang recently, coming from nowhere to threaten the ranks of the Super GMs with a…

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Saddam’s Friend

  Sarah Hurst   Up here in Alaska, we’re used to earthquakes. FIDE is not, apparently. The prospect of a democratic challenge to His Excellency Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s reign at the Bled Olympiad proved too much for the organisation to withstand, and the election was cancelled….

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Unorthodox Chess Openings

Unorthodox Chess Openings Eric Schiller Cardoza Publishing, 1998, 520 pp., £18.95 Utter crap. Tony Miles Published in Kingpin 29 (Autumn 1998) Buy it here Also see #crapchessbooks More #crapchessbooks

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Misha’s Vodka

Stuart Conquest The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal M. Tal Cadogan, 1997, 496 pp., £17.99 I recently had the good fortune to pass the night chez one of the strongest Swiss players of all time. Drooling over his amply stocked bookshelves I came across…

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Under the Black Sun

Under the Black Sun Eric Woro Axiom Books, 384 pp., $8.95   I had no hesitation in choosing to review Under the Black Sun. All I knew was that it was ‘a chess novel’. I believe that most chess players spend so much time with…

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Samurai Chess

Samurai Chess: Mastering the Martial Art of the Mind Michael Gelb and Raymond Keene Aurum Press, 1997, 224pp., £15.95   Frankly I wish I’d never agreed to review this book. Criticism of it will inevitably seem like gratuitous Mondo knocking, and praise will be seriously…

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Carl Haffner’s Love of the Draw

  Carl Haffner’s Love of the Draw by Thomas Glavinic Harvill, 1999 First published in German as Carl Haffners Liebe zum Unentschieden, this English translation was even mini-launched at the Austrian Institute in London in the presence of (wait for it) GM Raymond Keene, a…

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