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Mario Party: Island Tour for 3DS review: Mario's party spirit isn't flagging yet

The latest iteration in the mini-game 'Party' series has players compete against three friends in a series of bite-sized challenges

(From left) Remington Chase, Gerard Butler and Stepan Martirosyan worked together on ‘Motor City’

LA confidential: The criminal backstory of Hollywood’s ‘biggest’ independent movie financiers

Remington Chase and Stepan Martirosyan have twin convictions for cocaine trafficking and went by aliases

Jon Speelman plays against auction winner Stephen Woodhouse

The Grandmaster vs the reader:
a chess challenge for charity

What happened when our chess writer, Jon Speelman, auctioned himself for elephants?

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To me, Christmas is little more than a Trivial Pursuit (literally)

Trivial Pursuit is our Christmas miracle, something that takes us back to a time when I was a toddler, the USSR was going strong, and Maggie Thatcher was at No. 10

Norway's Magnus Carlsen, right, plays against India's Viswanathan Anand during the FIDE World Chess Championship

Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen: Chess stages biggest game since Fischer vs Spassky

One has spent months working out in order to get in shape but is now feeding his brain with chocolate and cashew nuts. The other has brought his own chef, bodyguard and doctor, and has been preparing in the Gulf to get ready for the warmth of southern India.

Carissa Yip is the youngest chess expert since records began

A chess expert at nine, Carissa Yip is set to be master next

Percy Yip began teaching his daughter Carissa to play chess in 2010. After just one year, she could beat him. Two years later, the Massachusetts schoolgirl has just become the youngest female on record to reach the US Chess Federation’s (USCF) “expert” level. Carissa is nine years old.

The new Monopoly cat on the Millennium Bridge in London

'Monopoly cat' collects £200 and hits London streets as latest addition to classic board game

To celebrate the launch of the Monopoly Cat token, a larger than life Monopoly Cat has arrived in London

Kenichi Shinoda has urged Yamaguchi-gumi members to stay true to their values

What every stressed yakuza mobster needs: A morale-boosting magazine

In-house tabloid offers tips on board games, haikus and a letter from the Yamaguchi-gumi outfit’s godfather

Updating Monopoly to today's London house prices

There's been plenty of movement in the last 80 years between Old Kent Road and Mayfair

Lothar Schmid

Lothar Schmid: Chess grandmaster who became a respected referee

He forced both Fischer and Spassky down by the shoulders and told them, 'Play chess now!'

Contestants who did caused a scandal in the 1950s and cheating has just been uncovered at Harvard

Q. what should you never do at a quiz? A: Cheat - like Harvard student Andy Watkins did

Contestants who did caused a scandal in the 1950s and cheating has just been uncovered at Harvard. But perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to judge

Review: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

A clever, if necessarily limited, mix of gameplay styles

Adrian Hollis

Adrian Hollis: Classics don and chess grandmaster

Once famously described in the press as one of this country's hidden chess assets, Adrian Hollis spent a long and distinguished academic career as a Classics Tutor and Fellow of Keble College, Oxford. There, amid research focussed largely on Hellenistic and Roman poetry, he bestrode the often narrow confines of his art with consummate ease.

Magnus Carlsen at The World Chess Championship in London yesterday

Meet Magnus Carlsen - the 'Justin Bieber' of the chess world...

... but do the young Norwegian's performances match the pyrotechnics of the pop star's sell-out gigs? Tom Peck tiptoed into the arena to watch

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine