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‘The queen ain’t no bitch. She got all the moves.’

Chess scene from ‘The Wire’ ‘The Buys’ (2002) D’Angelo Barksdale: Yo, what was that? Wallace: Hm? D’Angelo Barksdale: Castle can’t move like that. Yo, castle move up and down and sideways like. Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus: Nah, we ain’t playing that. Wallace: Yeah, look at the…

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Where Did Nigel Get his Nickname?

‘If Gary is Gazza, Nigel is Nosher. Etymology? “Nigel Short” anagrams schoolboyishly into Nosher L. Git.’ Julian Barnes, ‘TDF: The World Chess Championship’ The New Yorker (December 1993) reproduced in Letters from London 1990-1995 (Picador, 1995), p.269 Background Short had said there were too many grandmasters around…

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Troubled Relationships

KING’S GAMBIT A son, a father, and the world’s most dangerous game Paul Hoffman Hyperion, 2007, 424 pages   Review by Sarah Hurst Paul Hoffman hit on a great idea for a book, but I’m not sure that he was aware of it. By the…

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Kingpin in Private Eye!

How delightful . . . to see a new website chronicling the Penguin’s career and reproducing many of the articles in which Lord Gnome revealed Keene’s unsavoury history as a chess impresario and businessman. The site – kingpinchess.net – is run by the magazine Kingpin,…

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An Appeal to Readers

From Ida Eddis Foster (Newtown, Rochester):   Dear Mr Manley, In issue 15 of Kingpin I defended Ray Keene against umpteen accusations, including the 1978 book “scandal”. I was livid at how Jean Stean used CHESS to accuse Ray of hatching “a premeditated and deliberate…

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Keene on . . .

Journalism ‘I tend to make the articles in The Spectator more wordy and The Times I make a little bit more lapidary in the style.’ Tunisgate ‘When I did my accounts after that event, I think I’d made eleven pounds profit.’ Being expelled from the…

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