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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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John Littlewood 1931–2009

John Littlewood, who died last September, was a brilliant chess player, a fine coach, an ebullient writer and a gentleman. A supporter of Kingpin since its early days, John contributed several articles and book reviews. His last piece for Kingpin, an appreciation of the gifted…

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Has Karpov Lost His Marbles?

Tony Miles   As it happens I am in a position to reveal exclusively to Kingpin readers (unless, of course, someone else actually offers to pay me) the true and tragic story of why the invincible Anatoly failed to dispose of that young upstart Kasparov….

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Saddam’s Friend

  Sarah Hurst   Up here in Alaska, we’re used to earthquakes. FIDE is not, apparently. The prospect of a democratic challenge to His Excellency Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s reign at the Bled Olympiad proved too much for the organisation to withstand, and the election was cancelled….

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Penthouse Pet

The Pawn was not impressed at all by Alexandra Kosteniuk’s decision to prostitute the royal game by her appearance in Penthouse. ChessBase helpfully provided a link to the Penthouse website, and as far as the Pawn could see there were plenty of perfectly nice-looking girls…

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What’s in a Name (a made up game)?

Geoff Chandler Jose Raul Capablanca. Look at the that? What a magnificent way to start an article about chess. Sometimes when the morning post has depressed me with various companies demanding money, I write ‘Jose Raul Capablanca’ on their bills and somehow they feel less…

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