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The Seeing Eye

  ‘The game of chess draws its life and impulse from the contrast between seeing and not seeing and the innumerable gradations between the two. The optical is more powerful than the technical and theory has little significance if it is not associated with the…

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The $400 Club

Yasser Seirawan   Yasser Seirawan v Anatoly Karpov Phillips & Drew, London 1982 Queen’s Gambit White’s first move is very important! 1 d4 allows Karpov the more active Queen’s Indian (in comparison with the Queen’s Gambit). 1 c4 allows 1…e5, as Karpov played against Ribli…

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A Difficult Game

  ‘. . . chess is a difficult game. If it were less difficult it would not be so much fun . . . . . . what most captures my imagination and arouses my admiration is neither the perfect technique nor the stunning combinative…

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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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Winter Was Coming

‘Tournament conditions at London were difficult. We played in a large room in Memorial Hall. The ventilation was magnificent, but there was no fuel for heating! To keep warm, each player bundled up in his coat, hat, scarf and gloves!’ Herman Steiner Chess Review (March 1946)

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Shilling Sharks

CHESS. ___ TO CORRESPONDENTS. ANOTHER SUFFERER−We have so repeatedly warned Chess amateurs against the gentry known as the “shilling sharks” of vulgar divans, that those who now play with them have only their own folly to blame for the consequences. Take it as a rule, whenever…

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Misha’s Vodka

Stuart Conquest The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal M. Tal Cadogan, 1997, 496 pp., £17.99 I recently had the good fortune to pass the night chez one of the strongest Swiss players of all time. Drooling over his amply stocked bookshelves I came across…

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