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We Are Family

A big family too – one that’s grown from 60 member countries in 1970 to 185 in 2015. Its vast bawling brood of small and poor satellites has made FIDE the world’s second largest sports body after FIFA. Membership and birth rate aren’t the only…

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Ilyumzhinov Hires Campaign Manager

Kirsan’s Election Slogans “Chess FIDE Fidelity” (2006) “One World, One Vision” (2010) “FIDE First”, “Onward and Upward” (2014) “I Have My Friends, I Have My Lawyers” (2018)   See also Ilyumzhinov to Run for FIDE President in 2018 Ilyumzhinov Loses Even More Power as FIDE…

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Fool’s Mate

See also The Man Who Bought Chess  Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Aliens  We Are Family  Murdering a Journalist Chess, Murder, Fraud Saddam’s Friend

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The Sultan of Swash: Part 2

Victor Soultanbéieff (1895–1972) was one of those strong amateur chess players whom fate dealt a tough hand. A late starter, he was well into his teens before he became acquainted with the game. Almost immediately he had to abandon toy warfare for the real thing:…

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The Forgotten American

  Samuel Lipschütz: A Life in Chess Stephen Davies 408 pages | hardback | 42 illustrations | 249 games | $65.00 Jefferson: McFarland, 2015         Hans Renette    Samuel Lipschütz   It does not take much to fire a passion. In his introduction…

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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 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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Self-Sacrifice

A landmark in chess magazine publishing passed unnoticed this week – and it wasn’t the relaunch of the BCM (that’s next week). After 56 years in print, Dragon, the bulletin of the Cambridge University Chess Club, finally entered the digital age with its 100th issue….

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White Snow of Russia

A Soviet film about Alexander Alekhine Sarah Hurst Talking about Alekhine with chess friends recently, someone mentioned White Snow of Russia (1980), and it occurred to me that the film might be available on YouTube, like so many Soviet films – and it is. The…

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We Need to Talk about Garry, Part 2

Why Life Does Not Imitate Chess Garry Kasparov is an archetypal winner: one that every ambitious person should learn from. So says Alastair Campbell. And he should know: he’s written a book on this subject!i ‘Running through everything Kasparov says is the idea that winners…

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