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Kingpin Chess Magazine, Issue 15

UK: £4.00  Europe: £5.00  RoW: £6.00    The Player’s Player GM Ray Keene, IM Keith Arkell, IM Malcolm Pein Attacking with the Closed Sicilian IM Andrew Martin Letters GM Tony Miles, Ida Eddis Foster Positional Chess IM Michael Basman Bela Perenyi 1953 – 1988 IM…

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Kingpin Chess Magazine, Issue 14

UK: £4.00  Europe: £5.00  RoW: £6.00    The Players’ Player GM Jim Plaskett, IM Paul Littlewood Letters Ray Keene replies Kingpin’s Page 7 Fellas Hungarian Rhapsody IM Tibor Karolyi ‘New Lady Here Tonight’ Faye Ainscow The Itinerant Master IM Malcolm Pein Bogo-A-Go-Go GM Adrian Mikhalchishin…

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“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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Beards

How well I remember Steinitz!–short, squat, and stout, with thick red hair and beard, rejoicing in a nose unusually small for one of the Semitic race. He smoked and sipped claret and water, or gin and water–scrupulously iced notwithstanding the coldness of the weather–all the…

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Peter Svidler’s Questionnaire

What is your earliest memory of playing chess? I have quite a few, including the ones my parents have described to me when I grew up, but the very earliest is the recollection of beating some dude a year older than me when at the…

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Bobby Fischer Writes to Kingpin

  Dear Kingpin,   Your magazine sure is great (not as great as me – I’m the greatest), way better than all those other lying chess rags whose editors have banded together to make me out to be some kinda villain! Those guys are out…

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‘The queen ain’t no bitch. She got all the moves.’

Chess scene from ‘The Wire’ ‘The Buys’ (2002) D’Angelo Barksdale: Yo, what was that? Wallace: Hm? D’Angelo Barksdale: Castle can’t move like that. Yo, castle move up and down and sideways like. Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus: Nah, we ain’t playing that. Wallace: Yeah, look at the…

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David Levy on the Brain Games Scandal, 2000-2003

How Could You Do This Raymond? An open letter to Raymond Keene 4 April 2000 Raymond Keene and a Matter of £50,000 – The Full Truth Emerges 8 August 2001 Is Fraud a Brain Game? 6 January 2002 A ‘Pump-and-Dump’ Fraud from Brain Games 21…

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Misha’s Vodka

Stuart Conquest The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal M. Tal Cadogan, 1997, 496 pp., £17.99 I recently had the good fortune to pass the night chez one of the strongest Swiss players of all time. Drooling over his amply stocked bookshelves I came across…

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