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Walking the Walk

It’s a measure of how drab the World Championship has been that Magnus Carlsen allegedly falling asleep at the board and the double blunder in Game 6 have provided its most dramatic moments. The blunder is beautifully captured in this short clip featuring IM Lawrence…

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Out in the Cold

Olaf Steffens Long ago in Ancient Greece the Olympic Games were invented to celebrate all sports. In the searing heat men would wrestle, run and throw the discus, sometimes even stark naked. Then they would take a break and meet again four years later to compete…

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Swiss Immortal

Zimmermann – Walther Zurich 1955/56 Black to play after 22 Kxf4 Richard Forster, The Zurich Chess Club, 1809-2009 (McFarland 2011), pp.201-2.

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Vintage Stunner

 Jones-Dueball Nice 1974 Black to play ‘This games deserves a special prize for the most stunning move of the Olympiad’ Keene and Levy, Chess Olympiad Nice 1974: World Team Championship (Batsford, 1975), p.137

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Bent Larsen: 20 Questions

  What is your earlier memory of playing chess? I was six, and a boy two years older than me taught me the rules. In one of our first games he got king and two rooks against my bare king and forced me to the…

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We’re Going on a King Hunt

When he took up playing poker seriously Alexander Grischuk was already an elite grandmaster.  He’s convinced that chess skills such as concentration, psychology, logical thinking and endurance helped his poker no end, but he’s less persuaded that poker has helped his chess.  But for his habitual…

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Cracking Move

   L. Szabo – C. Kottnauer Szczawno-Zdroj 1950 White to play 21 Bc8!! Nxc8 22 Qh7 Threatening mate. 22…f6 Moving the Be7 fails to Re1. 23 Bxh6! gxh6 24 Nh4 24…Rd8 25 Re1 Two pieces down, White has an irresistible attack. He threatens 25 Ng6+ Ke8 26 Rxe7+…

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Chess in the US, with Pizzazz

Maurice (‘More-Reese’) Ashley’s commentary style is not everyone’s cup of tea. If his pants-on-fire delivery seems better suited to boxing than chess, then that’s the whole point.  But hose him down and he’s a decent interviewer, if more Piers Morgan than John Freeman. He’s the Morgan…

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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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