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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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Gazza Factor

  ‘If all players were as intelligent, voluble and linguistically assured as Gary Kasparov, the game could print its own cheque-books.’ Julian Barnes, ‘TDF: The World Chess Championship’ The New Yorker (December 1993) reproduced in Letters from London 1990-1995 (Picador, 1995), p.273   See also…

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Life

  ‘Chess is, famously, an activity entirely unrelated to the rest of life: from this springs its fragile profundity.’ Julian Barnes, ‘TDF: The World Chess Championship’ The New Yorker (December 1993) reproduced in Letters from London 1990-1995 (Picador, 1995), p.249   ‘We could even make…

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Sarah Hurst: 20 Questions

Sarah Hurst was a regular contributor to CHESS magazine in the 1990s and also edited the British Chess Federation’s newsletter, ChessMoves. Her fine book Curse of Kirsan: Adventures in the Chess Underworld is now available on Kindle at a bargain price. Since 2002 she has been translating…

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