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50 Must Reads

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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Chess and Politics

John L. Watson [This withering indictment of the stupidity and arrogance of chess players was written over 16 years ago. It is still relevant today and lends weight to Sarah Hurst’s recent observation that ‘chess brilliance has nothing to do with high intelligence in other areas,…

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How to Write a Chess Book and Make Loads of Dosh

Phil Crocker   I feel impeccably qualified to write this article because: a) I have never written a chess book, and b) I am not a particularly strong chess player.   The would-be author should bear in mind the following points: (1) The most important parts…

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More #crapchessbooks

Further non-essential reading offered by chess players inspired by Tony Miles’ infamous two-word book review. (Mark Thornton) Winning Database Dumps by Many English Grandmasters (Mig Greengard)   How I Plan to Overthrow Kirsan in the Next FIDE Election by Nigel Short (Sarah Hurst)   Tarts,…

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Caissa, Bacchus and Chess Publishing

 Jeremy Silman  As a child (in conservative San Diego), I recall thinking about Omar Khayyam’s ‘A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou.’ Having never imbibed anything other than milk, I couldn’t quite understand what Omar was trying to say. Now we jump…

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Kingpin Chess Magazine, Issue 30

UK: £5.00  Europe: £6.00  RoW: £7.00    The Kingpin Questionnaire Bent Larsen Reflections from the Chelsea and Westminster Nigel Davies Chess and Sex: The Survey Stuart Conquest Winning with the Irish Pawn Centre?! Alex Baburin Gary Lane’s Agony Column Winning with Feng Shui Gary Lane…

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