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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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GYULA BREYER, Part 3

 Jimmy Adams   A continuation of my ‘Right to Reply’ to Edward Winter’s comments on my new book Gyula Breyer: The Chess Revolutionary. ‘White’s game is in the last throes’ Pages 694-696 deal with this matter, superficially, making no mention of Breyer and the Last Throes….

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GYULA BREYER, Part 2

 Jimmy Adams Here are more comments to add to those I gave last time on Edward Winter’s critique of my new book Gyula Breyer: The Chess Revolutionary. Golombek on Breyer Pages 384-385 quote extracts from three Times columns by Harry Golombek (1975, 1977 and 1978),…

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The Front Page

Poignant news from thirty years ago. Poignant because this month marks the sixteenth anniversary of Tony Miles’ premature death. The reasons for his defection became clearer four years after this story appeared when the Sunday Times published Nick Pitt’s investigation. Sharing the front page of a…

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GYULA BREYER, Part 1

 Jimmy Adams   I had just enjoyed a delicious plate of spaghetti in my favourite Italian restaurant and felt I simply had to extend my compliments to the chef: ‘Luigi, this is the finest spaghetti I have ever had in my life. What did you…

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Chess Players under the Microscope

    A Cultural History of Chess-Players: Minds, machines and monsters John Sharples ix + 225 pages | hardback | £75.00 Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017       Sarah Hurst John Sharples goes far beyond the conventional and off into another dimension in his…

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Literary Lion

We are looking forward to this star-studded event where Ray Keene will be discussing his latest book with the writer and critic Jonathan Meades. See also Ray Keene Plagiarism Index Copying The Sincerest Form of Flattery? Another One in the Eye

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The Underdog

  The Grandmaster scowled at the autograph hunter and dutifully scribbled on the ticket. He had just blundered a game away, losing horribly in under 25 moves. That he, a World Championship candidate no less, had crushed his young English opponent in a simultaneous display the…

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How Deep Blue Knew

Daniel Johnson reviews Garry Kasparov’s Deep Thinking Times, 3 June 2017, p.16.   We know exactly why Deep Blue knew that its eighth (not seventh) move, Nxe6, was winning by force: it was programmed to play this well-known winning line.

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The Perfect Suicide

Jeroen van de Weijer   Should we still be playing suicide chess (also known as ‘antichess’, ‘losing chess’, etc.)? After all, computer analysis by Mark Watkins (University of Sydney) has recently shown that White wins (1 e3!) against all defences. In my view, this should…

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