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A Difficult Game

  ‘. . . chess is a difficult game. If it were less difficult it would not be so much fun . . . . . . what most captures my imagination and arouses my admiration is neither the perfect technique nor the stunning combinative…

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Confessions of a Crooked Chess Master – Part 2

Michael Basman   International Intrigue   It was Hastings 1967-8 at the annual congress run by Frank Rhoden. I had not been doing particularly well after having bullied Frank into giving me a place in the tournament. ‘I’ve got to invite Keene, Hartston and Penrose,…

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Luck

  ‘Surely in chess there is just you, your opponent, the pieces, and – in Kasparovian terms – an examination of the truth of the position. I put the matter to Colin Crouch, a bearded and amiable International Master who holds one of the strangest…

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Two Brains

  ‘Men and women’s brains are hard-wired very differently, so why should they function in the same way? I don’t have the slightest problem in acknowledging that my wife possesses a much higher degree of emotional intelligence than I do. Likewise, she doesn’t feel embarrassed…

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Arrogance

  ‘Self-admiration is as a tape-worm of the brain. It particularly infests Chess-players and is rarely eradicated.’  William Norwood Potter British Chess Magazine (July 1883), p.244   ‘I was at a very high peak and felt invincible. Not only did this make me complacent, but it…

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Yasser Seirawan: 20 Questions

Yasser Seirawan became World Junior Champion in 1979 and was twice a candidate for the World Championship title. He is currently commentating on the US Chess Championship, an event he has won four times. Kingpin interviewed him in 1998. What is your earliest memory of…

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How to Run a School Chess Club

Antony Mann As every great chess player who runs a Chess School will tell you, enrolling your child in (preferably their) Academy will do wonders for their self-esteem, powers of concentration, focus and personal hygiene, as well as giving them a head start in that…

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Poor Development

Victor Kahn Many games are lost, by amateurs and masters alike, on account of poor development. The main cause is loss of time from either launching a premature attack or capturing pawns in the opening. When the hasty attack has petered out or when a…

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Inside story

The  Independent (10 April 2014) reported that ‘Forty of the nation’s leading writers have sent the Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, protest postcards with the name of the book they would most like to send to a prisoner – if they still could –…

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