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Irish Pawn Centre

Short–Trent Gibraltar Masters 2014 (5) position after 14 cxb4 Commentator Simon Williams described White’s tripled isolated b-pawns as the ‘Irish pawn centre’ but was at a loss to explain where the term originated. As Alex Baburin points out in his article ‘Winning with the Irish…

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That’s the Spirit!

Jonathan Rowson A polished pine bedroom in a convent school, Tallinn, Estonia, September 1997. A bottle of whisky, unpacked suitcases, and three drunken chess players playing blitz. Andrew Martin, Simon Williams, Jonathan Rowson. And, our invisible friend, ‘The Spirit’. It is intriguing. It is intriguing…

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Kingpin Chess Magazine, Issue 37

  UK: £5.00  Europe: £6.00  RoW: £7.00    Kibitzing The Poisoned Pawn skewers Nosher, noise and the rampant xenophobia of British chess Gary Lane’s Agony Column More sound advice from the savvy IM Vladimir Kramnik Stefan Goader asks the world champion why he is so…

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