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For the Ladies

Euwe: Plays to win in every game. His colleagues unreservedly acknowledged him an authority on the game. Stahlberg: Obviously quite out of form. Does too much journalism. Always plays the same rather dim openings. Keres: Admired of all the ladies, quite outshining Anthony Eden and…

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A Famous Critic Writes

‘No game has bred more metaphors than chess, the royal game. Indeed, no game has a literature a thousandth the size of it. That is not really surprising; from the moment the board is set up, chess mimics humankind in countless ways. War, cunning, power,…

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An End to the Silly Season

August is the traditional time of year for such headlines, but it’s a convention rarely observed by the British tabloid press. For Rupert Murdoch and his phone-hacking chums every month is game. The ‘news story’ about Princess Anne appeared in fools’ April. April 1992, that…

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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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