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In the text, a number in brackets refers to the corresponding diagram number. It happened in 1967 in Tiflis during the 34th USSR Championships. That evening I had lost to Gipslis. Thorough analysis showed that I could have won on the 37th move. Scenes from my childhood arise one after another. Football battles in the yard, walking tours to the river and here is one of my first chess coaches, A. A. Olshansky. He smiles and offers me mate in a half-move (1) Is it possible Oh, yes But this is a...

Korchnoi at Work

The Russian grandmaster Victor Korchnoi has for many years been one of the best players in the world. A fighter in the Lasker mould, a collection of his best games is long overdue. We give four examples of his remarkable imaginative gifts. Black's passed pawn on QB6 seems to give him good chances, but he is destroyed by a stream of combinations. White apparently has a strong position, but one move Wrecks the coordination of his pieces. In this simple position Korchnoi forces his opponent's...

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Nightrider on K7, B. Nightrider on QN4 serieshelpmate in 13 W. Nightrider on K7, B. Nightrider on QN4 the black NR, having captured the annoying WP, must retreat to a safe distance so as not to get in everyone's way In diagram 24 we meet the equihopper E , which moves on any straight line from square-centre to square-centre, but must hop over another man situated at the midpoint of its move. Thus the BE in diagram 24 may play to KR5 or KR1, over either of the white KN...

An Appreciation of Gyula Breyer

Gyula Breyer, born Budapest 3 April 1894, is today regarded as one of the most important members of the so-called 'Hypermoderns' Reti, Nimzowitsch, etc. . This somewhat belated recognition is due more to his contributions to opening theory than as a result of his very short playing career Breyer played in his first big international tournament in 1912 two years later the First World War put an end to European international tournaments, and in 1918 our hero had only three years to live. The...

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Emancipation at last If White had not seriously weakened his position by the rash advance 40 P-B4 then this thrust would have been impossible, but now White's KP is unprotected. David Hooper records in his massive volume on Steinitz that during their 1892 World Championship Match also held in Havana 'Chigorin was supplied with free brandy, and Steinitz with free champagne their glasses stood beside the board. Steinitz explained that he drank champagne under medical advice in order to brace up...

Acknowledgments

The editors wish to acknowledge the help of Mr Peter Kemmis-Betty and Mr Kevin O'Connell of Batsford for their help in the preparation of this volume. Also, general thanks to all the contributors of course plus John Toothill for translation of Russian contributions, Annette Keene for typing, Bernard Cafferty for drawing our attention to Nimzowitsch's article and Paul Byway for reading the proofs. In addition to the above we gratefully acknowledge the British Chess Federation's Newsflash for...

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'Puts an end to the spook White has no fear of ghosts. 16 PxP 17 PxNQxN 18 N-B3, and White's KP is taboo If 18 R-B2 which some thought sufficient, 19 RxP would have followed and Black must hold back his trump-card . R-R2 for 19 R-R2 would have brought on the catastrophe 20 R-N4 K-Rl 21 Q,x R . There is nothing better, therefore, than development by 19 B-K3 The win could be then forced by a study-like manoeuvre as follows 19 B-K3 20 PxBP BxP 21 R-Rl threatening RxB 21 . B-K5 Black must now seek...

Contents

A Russian Trilogy Eduard Gufeld 1 World Champions I Have Met Harry Golombek 8 The Morals of Chess Benjamin Franklin 19 No Queens How Boring Wolfgang Heidenfeld 21 Fairy Chess Christopher Feather 32 A Lost Talent An Appreciation of Gyula Breyer Kevin 0'Cornell 42 Unsung Heroes of US Chess Andrew Soltis 49 The Technique of Tournament Play Aron Nimzowitsch 60 Computer Chess Past, Present and Future David Levy 70 The Great Age of British Chess Nevil Coles 81 Variations on a Familiar Theme Harry...