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Nick de Firmian: 20 Questions

Nick de Firmian was born on 26 July 1957. He became a Grandmaster in 1985 and won the US Championship three times, in 1987, 1995 and 1998. Noted for his deep knowledge of the openings, he wrote the latest edition of Modern Chess Openings. As…

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Raymundo contra Mundum

On the eve of the press conference to announce the Kasparov-Kramnik match, David Levy addressed a remarkable billet-doux to Raymond Keene, his life-long business partner and former brother-in-law.     An open letter to Raymond Keene: Raymond, We have known each other for 37 years. We have…

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Pub Chat with Jimmy Adams part 1

‘I love Bobby Fischer!’ Recorded interview with Sarah Hurst. Jimmy Adams began his chess career at the age of 11, when he joined a local chess club in Islington, North London. He soon became a London Junior Champion but then played relatively little chess throughout…

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The Fine Art of Swindling – Defined

 Jonathan Rogers There are many ways in which chess literature suffers from the fact that the game is not a recognised academic study. Take, for example, the imprecision of our terminology; we all use various chess words but seem to mean different things when doing…

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Natalia Pogonina: 20 Questions

Natalia Pogonina (born 9 March 1985) is a Russian chess player who has been representing her country since 2004. She holds the titles of Woman Grandmaster and Grandmaster of Russia. Her highest FIDE rating was 2501. Natalia is the reigning Olympic Women’s Chess Champion (team…

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It’s Only Chess

Chess is barely visible in mainstream media. Chessplayers have only themselves to blame, argues Justin Horton   I have a foreign name. Not foreign to me, of course, nor to most people reading. But it is foreign in the country where I live. Foreign in origin…

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The Contra Iran Variation

Chris Depasquale reveals the most significant opening novelty of the past 30 years.   Author’s note: Under no circumstances is this article to be read by any Americans. If you are an American (or think you might be) please skip to the next article IMMEDIATELY….

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Victor Bologan: 20 Questions

  Moldovan grandmaster Victor (Viorel) Bologan was born on 14 December 1971. His dynamic style has brought him numerous tournament victories including Dortmund 2003 (ahead of Kramnik, Anand and Leko), the Aeroflot Open (also 2003) and the Canadian Open (2005) and (with Zahar Efimenko) the…

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