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Jimmy Adams, Baden Baden 1925 International Chess Tournament: The Arrival of Hypermodern Chess (Yorklyn: Caissa Editions, 1991)   Alexander Alekhine, My Best Games 1924–37 (London: G. Bell and Sons, 1939)   Frank Brady, Endgame: Thee Spectacular Rise and Fall of Bobby Fischer (London: Constable. 2011) David…

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How to Avoid Traps

  ‘A player of average strength asked us how to avoid traps in the opening. We gave him four rules: Move nothing beyond the fourth/fifth rank till all your pieces are developed (except a pawn, if it hits a piece or takes something). When Black,…

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Recipe for a Plan

  ‘What does the average player do when he can neither threaten anything useful nor has to parry some specific threat? He just has no guide, and probably ends up making a pawn move which he thinks will do least harm, but may actually ruin…

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Logic and Romance in Conflict

  ‘. . .  although chess may be a thoroughly logical game when boiled down, you can’t boil it down when actually playing, so it is of more practical use to see it as logic and romance in conflict. Be ready to adjust your mind…

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Chess and War

  ‘. . .  almost the whole basis of chess is the rule that each player must move in turn and only one thing at a time. This makes it entirely different from war, and explains why such enormous advantage results if one side can…

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Kingpin Chess Magazine, Issue 26

  UK: £4.00  Europe: £5.00  RoW: £6.00      The Kingpin Questionnaire Colin Crouch Gary Lane’s Agony Column Gary Lane dispenses invaluable advice What’s the Difference between a ‘Good’ and a ‘Bad’ Performance? Glenn Flear on the vicissitudes of the tournament circuit The Voice of Reason…

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