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A great game

When I joined the Rust, I explained to the editor that chess is a hard game to describe and animate, he said write in terms of your personal experiences. Chess is not a sport and a chess article is hidden away in the recesses of a newspaper – normally with a bridge and countryside column. [...]

February 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Football and chess

In an article yesterday in the Game section of The Times, Matthew Syed defended footballers from the accusation of being thick and draws a comparison with chess. He says that the same intelligence of pattern recognition – choosing the right option – is common to both. Developing the [...]

September 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Enjoying chess

Yesterday I had lunch with a good friend of mine who is, amongst other talents, an enthusiastic amateur chess player of senior club level. We discussed our different styles. Chess, like boxing, is the game of the supreme individulist. There are no team members, no clubs, balls, horses, or cars. [...]

January 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Across the board

There are two problems which Dominic Lawson does not overcome in a Radio 4 series in which he interviews five chess lovers whilst playing them. The first is, try as I might, I could not follow the games on the radio 4 website as I listened to the programme. This was because I listened later on [...]

January 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Board game shock

Spotted today on the website of The Independent, a piece on the allegation that one of the rising stars of chess may have been cheating. I suppose that after the advent of chess-playing computers – and now expert chess-playing apps for smart-phones – suspicions relating to top players [...]

December 23, 2013 // 0 Comments


Many reading Neil Rosen’s reference to Humphrey Bogart may not know that the Hollywood legend was a most capable chess player who even invented his own opening.  i do not know of any contemporary film stars who play the game but sportsmen Ossie Ardiles and Steve Davis are enthusatic and more [...]

November 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

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