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A Famous Critic Writes

‘No game has bred more metaphors than chess, the royal game. Indeed, no game has a literature a thousandth the size of it. That is not really surprising; from the moment the board is set up, chess mimics humankind in countless ways. War, cunning, power,…

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A Favourite Relaxation

‘PUBLIC TESTIMONIAL to H. STAUNTON, Esq.—The services which have for a long series of years been rendered by Mr Staunton to the cause of Chess are generally known. His skill as a player has only raised for himself a reputation that is as yet unrivalled,…

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Getting the Right Result

‘Chess in this form is definitely a sport more than anything else. The work done at home has something to do with science. I’m afraid to find art you have to go elsewhere. It becomes mostly about getting the right result in the end.’ Magnus…

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The Dullest World Champion

  ‘Tigran Petrosian, world champion from 1963 to 1969, was known throughout his tournament career as the most urbane contender ever to reach the game’s summit. Petrosianism came to stand for carefully guarded control of positions, extraordinary flexibility and slipperiness in defense and prudence in…

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Pen-portraits by Julian Barnes

Edward Winter bemoans the lack of pen-portraits in chess writing:  ‘a highly demanding form of writing which requires no particular chess expertise yet is almost universally avoided nowadays’. Chess writers are, with a few exceptions,  chess experts rather than writers and rarely venture outside their…

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Americans Prefer Poker

‘The game of chess has never been held in great esteem by the North Americans. Their culture is steeped in deeply anti-intellectual tendencies. They pride themselves in having created the game of poker. It is their national game, springing from a tradition of westward expansion,…

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Buy all the back issues

“a must-read for everyone who doesn’t take chess too seriously; it’s especially a must-read for everyone who does take chess seriously!” ChessVibes “. . . very, very entertaining . . . some of the back issues were classics and I have some of them at home ….

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Kingpin Chess Magazine, Issue 41

‘excellent production quality and content . . .  the only chess magazine worth buying besides NIC‘ M.K. Lee, Kuala Lumpur UK: £6.00  Europe: £7.00  USA & RoW: £8.00      Kibitzing with the Poisoned Pawn Carlsen, Kirsan, Gaddafi and a new anagram for Nosher Hack…

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Kingpin Chess Magazine, Issue 40

UK: £6.00  Europe: £7.00  RoW: £8.00  ‘Publication of the British magazine Kingpin is always an eagerly-awaited event. Issue 40 has just appeared and  contains not only levity but also some deadly serious investigative journalism. Not to be missed.’ – Chess Notes Read a review of…

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