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Englishman’s Olympiad brilliancy

Forty years ago Michael Stean won $1,000 for the tournament’s most spectacular game: Stean – Browne England v USA, Nice 1974 White to play after 12…Be7 13 Nxe6! Probably the best of the many sacrificial possibilities. 13…fxe6 14 Bxe6 The forcing 14 e5 Nd5 15 Qg6+…

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Swiss Immortal

Zimmermann – Walther Zurich 1955/56 Black to play after 22 Kxf4 Richard Forster, The Zurich Chess Club, 1809-2009 (McFarland 2011), pp.201-2.

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Vintage Stunner

 Jones-Dueball Nice 1974 Black to play ‘This games deserves a special prize for the most stunning move of the Olympiad’ Keene and Levy, Chess Olympiad Nice 1974: World Team Championship (Batsford, 1975), p.137

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We’re Going on a King Hunt

When he took up playing poker seriously Alexander Grischuk was already an elite grandmaster.  He’s convinced that chess skills such as concentration, psychology, logical thinking and endurance helped his poker no end, but he’s less persuaded that poker has helped his chess.  But for his habitual…

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Cracking Move

   L. Szabo – C. Kottnauer Szczawno-Zdroj 1950 White to play 21 Bc8!! Nxc8 22 Qh7 Threatening mate. 22…f6 Moving the Be7 fails to Re1. 23 Bxh6! gxh6 24 Nh4 24…Rd8 25 Re1 Two pieces down, White has an irresistible attack. He threatens 25 Ng6+ Ke8 26 Rxe7+…

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The Final Round

If you’ve missed the US Chess Championships until now there’s still time to catch the final round. Well worth watching not only for the chess but for the engaging commentary team of Jennifer Shahade, Maurice Ashley and Yasser Seirawan. If their observations seem more entertaining…

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Poor Development

Victor Kahn Many games are lost, by amateurs and masters alike, on account of poor development. The main cause is loss of time from either launching a premature attack or capturing pawns in the opening. When the hasty attack has petered out or when a…

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When Vishy Lost in 6

Zapata–Anand Biel, 1988   1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 d6 4 Nf3 Nxe4 5 Nc3 5…Bf5?? 6 Qe2 1-0   Nick Pelling explains Anand’s mishap in his entertaining Chess Superminiatures: ‘While looking through the Informator chess journal, he found a Petroff’s Defence game…

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