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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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Chess Players under the Microscope

    A Cultural History of Chess-Players: Minds, machines and monsters John Sharples ix + 225 pages | hardback | £75.00 Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017       Sarah Hurst John Sharples goes far beyond the conventional and off into another dimension in his…

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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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‘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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Ilyumzhinov Hires Campaign Manager

Kirsan’s Election Slogans “Chess FIDE Fidelity” (2006) “One World, One Vision” (2010) “FIDE First”, “Onward and Upward” (2014) “I Have My Friends, I Have My Lawyers” (2018)   See also Ilyumzhinov to Run for FIDE President in 2018 Ilyumzhinov Loses Even More Power as FIDE…

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Fool’s Mate

See also The Man Who Bought Chess  Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Aliens  We Are Family  Murdering a Journalist Chess, Murder, Fraud Saddam’s Friend

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A Favourite Relaxation

‘PUBLIC TESTIMONIAL to H. STAUNTON, Esq.—The services which have for a long series of years been rendered by Mr Staunton to the cause of Chess are generally known. His skill as a player has only raised for himself a reputation that is as yet unrivalled,…

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