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Josh Widdicombe: The Further Adventures of...,Soho Theatre, London

Rosy-cheeked Devonian Josh Widdicombe is a young man in the pink. The 29-year-old is currently enjoying exposure on Channel 4 in The Last Leg with Adam Hills and his stand up continues to go from strength to strength.

Loris Cereda has become the first person ever to be kicked out of the Italian Chess Federation

Cheque mate? Italian mayor accused of taking bribe now faces chess disgrace

Politician kicked out of game after odd winning streak is linked to scam involving dark glasses

Scrabble: do you think the letter values should change, or should we keep it classic?

A researcher has introduced new guidelines for point scoring

Neil Armstrong on the Moon with Buzz Aldrin

How spontaneous was Neil Armstrong's famous moon landing line?

"That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."

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The 10 Best Christmas crackers

Make sure your crackers don’t put a dampener on your festive feast by picking up one of these sparkling sets

30 years after it all but disappeared from state education, chess is undergoing a revival thanks to its problem-solving skills 

The great chess revival: how the ancient game sharpens young minds

After all but vanishing from schools, the game is undergoing a revival thanks to its problem-solving skills 

November 7, 2012: U.S. President Barack Obama celebrates with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (R) and Sasha at their election night victory rally in Chicago.

Here's the most bonkers thing Fox has to say about Obama's victory

There's an awful lot of sour grapes on Fox today. First Karl Rove berated his colleagues for calling Ohio for Obama too soon (they hadn't), then TV personality Bill O'Reilly blamed Romney's defeat on ethnic minorities expecting benefits from the government. Sourest of all though is this piece which, in a snotty final salvo, accuses the "mainstream" media of "almost certainly [making] the difference between victory and defeat" for Obama.

Svetozar Gligoric: Grandmaster who challenged Soviet dominance

Svetozar Gligoric was among the world's top 10 chess players during the 1950s and 1960s, and was considered one of the world's best players never to win the world championship, although he did go close.

Scrabble: In Malaysia players compete for a top prize worth $10,000

Scrabble player thrown out of US national championship tournament for cheating

A Scrabble player has been thrown out of the US national championship tournament after being caught hiding blank letter tiles.

Album: Human Don't Be Angry, Human Don't Be Angry (Chemikal Underground)

Malcolm Middleton, the boy from Arab Strap with the name like a Fox Network sitcom, has pursued a solo path which he admits is characterised by "heart-on-sleeve complaining".

Preview: Fable Heroes

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, By Etgar Keret, trans. Miriam Shlesinger, Sondra Silverston & Nathan Englander

In the title story of Etgar Keret's fifth collection, a writer is confronted by a series of guests: all armed, each wanting to hear a story. As he tries to satisfy their demands, a gun against his head, the narrator ruefully reflects, "I bet things like this never happen to Amos Oz or David Grossman". It's a slyly comic aside that also serves as a point of differentiation. Keret may have glowing testimonies from the likes of Salman Rushdie, Yann Martel and Oz himself, but is yet to achieve the huge international status afforded his fellow Israelis. While Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is unlikely to raise Keret to such a rarefied field, it remains a maddening, abruptly moving and effortlessly funny collection.

Album: Dubbledge, Dubbledge Vs. The Boondocks (Dubbledge)

On his latest album, rapper Dubbledge uses fragments of the cartoon series The Boondocks - which satirises African-American cultural and lifestyle pretentions - as skits linking his own, more serious tracks: the Flavor Flav to his Chuck D, as it were.

Sport on TV: Fischer mind games show price to be paid for talent

During a week in which sport has searched its soul to understand the secret pressures placed on its heroes, Bobby Fischer: Genius and Madman (BBC4, Wednesday) showed how fame can destroy the most brilliant of talents. It's not just that a chess player has more possible moves to make in a single game than there are atoms in the solar system (that's 10 to the power of 45, in case you were wondering), which takes a certain type of mind in the first place. In fact it's the insatiable power of such talent which perhaps makes it more vulnerable. But Fischer was under far greater strain than a mere maths test.

Album: Howlin' Wolf, Smokestack Lightning: The Chess Masters 1951-1960 (Universal)

Greatness is notoriously difficult to define, but it's easy to demonstrate.

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