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Self-Sacrifice

A landmark in chess magazine publishing passed unnoticed this week – and it wasn’t the relaunch of the BCM (that’s next week). After 56 years in print, Dragon, the bulletin of the Cambridge University Chess Club, finally entered the digital age with its 100th issue….

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The British School

‘The British School is characterized by a great show of brilliancy. No idea is too bizarre for them, no concept too fantastic. They are hard workers, to be sure, but rather bent on finding new sensational effects than on constructing something useful. For the main…

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Englishman’s Olympiad brilliancy

Forty years ago Michael Stean won $1,000 for the tournament’s most spectacular game: Stean – Browne England v USA, Nice 1974 White to play after 12…Be7 13 Nxe6! Probably the best of the many sacrificial possibilities. 13…fxe6 14 Bxe6 The forcing 14 e5 Nd5 15 Qg6+…

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Backstabbing in Baguio

Kingpin reader Florence Manny (Manila, The Philippines) writes: ‘Grandmaster Keene’s twin acts of treachery against Korchnoi in the 1978 World Championship are in my humble opinion the apogee of his two-timing career. He stitched up Korchnoi before the match by signing a contract he had…

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