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A Bad End to the Year

Olimpiu G. Urcan offers the following tragic-comic true story from the Cleveland Plain Dealer of December 30, 1910 (page 11). It’s not clear who won the game but we hope it was Carman.   G.B. Carman and his brother-in-law, Arthur Gradolph, living at 1343 E. 112th-st.,…

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10 Seconds with Garry Kasparov

Kingpin reader Eileen Bristow quizzes the former World Champion.             Eileen Bristow: Do you accept that you often contradict yourself? Garry Kasparov: No I do.   If you would like to interview a chess personality, send your question to kingpinchess@yahoo.com

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‘The high-voltage board’: Arthur Koestler on chess

‘Chess is a game too noble to be left to the chess-players.’ So wrote Arthur Koestler, covering the Fischer–Spassky match for the Sunday Times in 1972. So bitter had he found the pre-match shenanigans that he likened his job to that of war correspondent. Of his two…

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Generous to a Fault

From Grandmaster Tony Miles Sir, I was stunned to read your recent issues casting doubt on the legendary and overwhelming generosity of International Grandmaster Raymond Keene, OBE. I cannot allow such malicious rubbish to go unanswered. No doubt some readers will be quite surprised to…

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New York 1927: Pen-portraits by George Currie

Olimpiu G. Urcan Literary descriptions of scenes from chess tournaments of the past were habitually the work of insiders (e.g. experienced chess columnists). How would a talented sportswriter with little or no chess expertise describe such an event? The February 24, 1927 edition of the…

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10 Seconds with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

FIDE’s star-gazing President speaks to journalist and translator Sarah Hurst, author of Curse of Kirsan: Adventures in the Chess Underworld. Sarah Hurst: What do you consider to have been your greatest contribution to chess? Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Alienating everyone. If you would like to quiz a…

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10 Seconds with Brian Eley

Former British Champion Brian Eley gained notoriety by absconding while on police bail relating to an investigation into paedophilic activities. Brian enjoys the distinction of being the only British Chess Champion to appear on the British television programme Crimewatch. Here he breaks 20 years’ silence…

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Bad Chess Writing

Edward Winter has written a funny and perceptive piece about the faults of chess writers. The following review echoes many of his criticisms. The Brain Games World Chess Championship by Raymond Keene and Don Morris Everyman, 2000 Review by Steve Giddins   It is often…

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10 Seconds with Raymond Keene

This is the first in a series of interviews where Kingpin readers are invited to pose one question to a prominent figure in the chess world. Subscriber Gordon Clackett’s guest is the writer and impresario Raymond Keene. Gordon: Why do so many people consider you…

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Bobby Fischer Writes to Kingpin

  Dear Kingpin,   Your magazine sure is great (not as great as me – I’m the greatest), way better than all those other lying chess rags whose editors have banded together to make me out to be some kinda villain! Those guys are out…

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