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Reasons to Cancel Club Night, Part 3

  For more on the colourful life (and bizarre death) of Oxford University Chess Club President Harold Davidson see The Dabbler and Chess Notes. Source: ‘Miscellaneous papers relating to the Oxford University Chess Club, c.1870-’, Bodleian Library, Oxford. With thanks to Richard James.

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Their Finest Hour

‘Hugh had been in London and at John Lewis’s for only about a year when we were overtaken by the war which changed all our lives. In September 1939 the British team for the International Team Tournament, consisting of Sir George Thomas, Alexander, Harry Golombek,…

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GYULA BREYER, Part 4

 Jimmy Adams   My book is a chess book so I did not want to wander too far beyond its natural boundaries, but I think Credo, quia absurdum, with which Tartakower concluded his article on Hypermodern Chess in The Tree of Chess Knowledge, could now…

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GYULA BREYER, Part 3

 Jimmy Adams   A continuation of my ‘Right to Reply’ to Edward Winter’s comments on my new book Gyula Breyer: The Chess Revolutionary. ‘White’s game is in the last throes’ Pages 694-696 deal with this matter, superficially, making no mention of Breyer and the Last Throes….

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GYULA BREYER, Part 2

 Jimmy Adams Here are more comments to add to those I gave last time on Edward Winter’s critique of my new book Gyula Breyer: The Chess Revolutionary. Golombek on Breyer Pages 384-385 quote extracts from three Times columns by Harry Golombek (1975, 1977 and 1978),…

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The Front Page

Poignant news from thirty years ago. Poignant because this month marks the sixteenth anniversary of Tony Miles’ premature death. The reasons for his defection became clearer four years after this story appeared when the Sunday Times published Nick Pitt’s investigation. Sharing the front page of a…

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GYULA BREYER, Part 1

 Jimmy Adams   I had just enjoyed a delicious plate of spaghetti in my favourite Italian restaurant and felt I simply had to extend my compliments to the chef: ‘Luigi, this is the finest spaghetti I have ever had in my life. What did you…

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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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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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