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The Front Page

Poignant news from thirty years ago. Poignant because this month marks the sixteenth anniversary of Tony Miles’ premature death. The reasons for his defection became clearer four years after this story appeared when the Sunday Times published Nick Pitt’s investigation. Sharing the front page of a…

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‘With Chances for Both Sides . . .’

James Plaskett Complex games may demand intense scrutiny. Thirty years after this one was played in the penultimate round of the world’s most prestigious Open, I offer my final verdict. And that of Fritz9.     Plaskett – Miles     Lugano 1986     1…

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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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When Vishy Lost in 6

Zapata–Anand Biel, 1988   1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 d6 4 Nf3 Nxe4 5 Nc3 5…Bf5?? 6 Qe2 1-0   Nick Pelling explains Anand’s mishap in his entertaining Chess Superminiatures: ‘While looking through the Informator chess journal, he found a Petroff’s Defence game…

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Combo Absurdo

With his sharp eye for the unusual and the bizarre, Tony Miles offered this ‘candidate for the most absurd combination of the year award’.  Bellon–Sosonko Amsterdam 1978 Having been positionally outplayed Bellon now produced the incredible 21 Bxa6!!??? The ‘justification’ lying in the variation 21…Bxa6 22…

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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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Pub Chat with Chess Photographer Mark Huba

Video interview with Sarah Hurst.   My introduction to chess photography was at the 1986 World Chess Championship, Kasparov v Karpov, where I took some photos for a small booklet on the sideshows at the event. At that time there was a lot of interest…

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Nick de Firmian: 20 Questions

Nick de Firmian was born on 26 July 1957. He became a Grandmaster in 1985 and won the US Championship three times, in 1987, 1995 and 1998. Noted for his deep knowledge of the openings, he wrote the latest edition of Modern Chess Openings. As…

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Raymundo contra Mundum

On the eve of the press conference to announce the Kasparov-Kramnik match, David Levy addressed a remarkable billet-doux to Raymond Keene, his life-long business partner and former brother-in-law.     An open letter to Raymond Keene: Raymond, We have known each other for 37 years. We have…

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The Birmingham Blues

Stuart Conquest   By my watch it is now some seven months since Tony Miles died. I was playing with the England team in Leon when the news came through. I remember coming down to breakfast that morning, picking out the usual assorted items from…

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