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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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Getting the Right Result

‘Chess in this form is definitely a sport more than anything else. The work done at home has something to do with science. I’m afraid to find art you have to go elsewhere. It becomes mostly about getting the right result in the end.’ Magnus…

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Toughing Up at the Top

In a wide-ranging interview in 2003 Loek Van Wely talked to Dutch journalist Renzo Verwer about his life. This excerpt reveals much about the pressures of playing chess at the highest level and the gamesmanship of leading players. ‘. . . Man, in those top…

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John Nunn: 20 Questions

What is your earliest memory of playing chess? Being told by my father not to allow e4, Bc4, Qh5 and Qxf7 mate. What is your most memorable game? Beliavsky–Nunn, Wijk aan Zee 1985. What was your worst defeat? Nunn–Lemachko, Lugano 1984. Which living player do…

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Mickey Adams: 20 Questions

What is your earliest memory of playing chess? Discovering the brutal difference between stalemate and checkmate. What is your most memorable game? v. Ivanchuk, Terrassa 1991. Zugzwang occurred on an almost full board. What was your worst defeat? v. Tiviakov, PCA Interzonal, Groningen 1993. My…

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The Grandmaster Activist

  ‘Another twenty years of Ilyumzhinov’ – Mikhail Golubev talks to Sarah Hurst   Mikhail Golubev became a grandmaster in 1996, the year he won the Ukrainian Championship.  He has won or shared first prize in 17 international tournaments and has assisted former world champions Anatoly…

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Colin Crouch, 1956-2015

  Colin Crouch, who has died at the tragically young age of 58, had a magnificently mischievous sense of humour. He contributed several pieces to Kingpin, serious and funny, and wrote one of the wittiest parodies of a chess writer you are likely to read. An affable,…

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Yasser Seirawan: 20 Questions

Yasser Seirawan became World Junior Champion in 1979 and was twice a candidate for the World Championship title. He is currently commentating on the US Chess Championship, an event he has won four times. Kingpin interviewed him in 1998. What is your earliest memory of…

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Sarah Hurst: 20 Questions

Sarah Hurst was a regular contributor to CHESS magazine in the 1990s and also edited the British Chess Federation’s newsletter, ChessMoves. Her fine book Curse of Kirsan: Adventures in the Chess Underworld is now available on Kindle at a bargain price. Since 2002 she has been translating…

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