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Kirsan’s Last Supper?

  Head chef and proprietor Georgios Makropoulos Honoured guest Kirsan Ilyumzhinov See also Ilyumzhinov Hires Campaign Manager Ilyumzhinov to Run for FIDE President in 2018 Ilyumzhinov Loses Even More Power as FIDE President The Man Who Bought Chess  Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Aliens  We Are Family …

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An End to the Silly Season

August is the traditional time of year for such headlines, but it’s a convention rarely observed by the British tabloid press. For Rupert Murdoch and his phone-hacking chums every month is game. The ‘news story’ about Princess Anne appeared in fools’ April. April 1992, that…

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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 Marzipan Queen

‘Petroshan had outplayed Bronstein in a manner that must be a novum to the former challenger: with the exception of one knight, which showed some signs of activity around his Q5, Bronstein never got a single piece into useful play. With four moves to go—Petroshan…

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Eternal, Beautiful and True

‘The thing for which Fischer’s friends most value him is an elusive purity of spirit, an integrity of purpose which springs from his respect for chess not just as a game or an intellectual discipline, but something eternal, beautiful and true. This unbending dedication does…

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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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‘All the Potentialities of Vice’

CHESS AND CHARACTER. To the Editor of The Daily Mail. Sir,—There appears to be a recrudescence of interest in the perennial game of chess. Most of us can play, indifferently or well; most of us play for amusement. But I wonder whether it is generally…

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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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