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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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The Sultan of Swash: Part 3

In a recent Perpetual Chess Podcast the chess writer and translator Douglas Griffin pointed out how much fine chess literature is waiting to be translated into English; most of it is in Russian, as you might expect. Griffin has been mining Soviet chess archives for…

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Brief Encounters

  The Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen and the Match that Made Chess Great Again Brin-Jonathan Butler 224 pages | softback | £12.95 London: Simon & Schuster, 2018 Sarah Hurst The directionless nature of Brin-Jonathan Butler’s book is evident from its title, ‘The Grandmaster: Magnus Carlsen and…

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Three Prussian Lives

    Neumann, Hirschfeld and Suhle 19th Century Berlin Chess Biographies with 711 Games Hans Renette and Fabrizio Zavatarelli 384 pages | hardback | 66 illustrations | 711 games | $75.00 Jefferson: McFarland, 2018   Jonathan Hinton Collectors of modern books on chess history, particularly those…

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The Perfect Combination

  You said at a press conference last week that FIFA President Gianni Infantino has expressed his interest in cooperation with FIDE if you win the elections. How do you see a cooperation between FIDE and FIFA? ‘I believe this partnership can bring a lot…

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Dvorkovich Announces Presidential Bid

Succession planning Dvorkovich is wanted by the @chesspolice for aiding and abetting the sender of this offensive tweet. See also Ilyumzhinov to Run for FIDE President in 2018 Ilyumzhinov Hires Campaign Manager Ilyumzhinov Loses Even More Power as FIDE President The Man Who Bought Chess  Kirsan Ilyumzhinov…

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H.J.R. Murray: Historian, Chess Player, Poet

Today marks the 150th birthday of Harold James Ruthven Murray (1868–1955), best known for his A History of Chess, published in 1913. The fruits of fourteen years of research, this monumental work of scholarship has been described as ‘perhaps the most important chess book in English’…

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GYULA BREYER, Part 4

 Jimmy Adams   My book is a chess book so I did not want to wander too far beyond its natural boundaries, but I think Credo, quia absurdum, with which Tartakower concluded his article on Hypermodern Chess in The Tree of Chess Knowledge, could now…

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Kirsan’s Last Supper?

  Head chef and proprietor Georgios Makropoulos Dishonoured guest Kirsan Ilyumzhinov See also Ilyumzhinov Hires Campaign Manager Ilyumzhinov to Run for FIDE President in 2018 Ilyumzhinov Loses Even More Power as FIDE President The Man Who Bought Chess  Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Aliens  We Are Family …

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