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The Marzipan Queen

‘Petroshan had outplayed Bronstein in a manner that must be a novum to the former challenger: with the exception of one knight, which showed some signs of activity around his Q5, Bronstein never got a single piece into useful play. With four moves to go—Petroshan…

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Getting the Right Result

‘Chess in this form is definitely a sport more than anything else. The work done at home has something to do with science. I’m afraid to find art you have to go elsewhere. It becomes mostly about getting the right result in the end.’ Magnus…

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The Dullest World Champion

  ‘Tigran Petrosian, world champion from 1963 to 1969, was known throughout his tournament career as the most urbane contender ever to reach the game’s summit. Petrosianism came to stand for carefully guarded control of positions, extraordinary flexibility and slipperiness in defense and prudence in…

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World Chess Federation Draws a Veil Over Criticism

FIDE’s controversial decision to allow Iran to host the 2017 Women’s World Chess Championship has sparked a furore in the hushed, cerebral ranks of the game’s fans. In a bold move to silence critics who accuse it of endorsing a regime that enforces gender apartheid, FIDE…

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Ventriloquism for Beginners

First Lesson: One hand grasps the controls in the back of the dummy   World Championship challenger Sergei Karjakin with the man who butters his bread For more information Valery Badmayev, Killing a Journalist, Kingpin, 22 November 2015 Bill Browder, Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No….

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Alekhine Checkmated

  ‘I am proud and happy’ Rare film footage of Alekhine proposing a toast to the victor after losing his world title to Euwe in 1935 ‘The greatest game that I have ever lost. This game is a perfect example of Alekhine’s courage, his self-confidence,…

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We Need to Talk about Garry, Part 2

Why Life Does Not Imitate Chess Garry Kasparov is an archetypal winner: one that every ambitious person should learn from. So says Alastair Campbell. And he should know: he’s written a book on this subject!i ‘Running through everything Kasparov says is the idea that winners…

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