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10 Seconds with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

FIDE’s star-gazing President speaks to journalist and translator Sarah Hurst, author of Curse of Kirsan: Adventures in the Chess Underworld. Sarah Hurst: What do you consider to have been your greatest contribution to chess? Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Alienating everyone. If you would like to quiz a…

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Bobby Fischer Writes to Kingpin

  Dear Kingpin,   Your magazine sure is great (not as great as me – I’m the greatest), way better than all those other lying chess rags whose editors have banded together to make me out to be some kinda villain! Those guys are out…

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Ilyumzhinov Plays Chess with Gaddafi

“The meeting [with Moamer Gaddafi] lasted around two hours, we played some chess with Gaddafi,” Ilyumzhinov, who is on a visit to Tripoli in his capacity as FIDE president, told Interfax. “Gaddafi stated that he is not going to leave Libya, stressing that it is…

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Saddam’s Friend

  Sarah Hurst   Up here in Alaska, we’re used to earthquakes. FIDE is not, apparently. The prospect of a democratic challenge to His Excellency Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s reign at the Bled Olympiad proved too much for the organisation to withstand, and the election was cancelled….

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Burmese GM Oo Kyaw Tun Nay

What is your earliest memory of playing chess? It was a few weeks ago. I was watching some other Burmese Grandmasters playing, and I said, what’s that horsey bit, and how does it move? They kindly showed me how all the bits moved, and next…

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