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Peter Bills: Modern rugby is like a chess game

You cannot argue with a try count of 5 to 2, and a score line of 34-10. But nor can you argue with a total nonentity of the modern game that was constantly in evidence at Twickenham on Sunday in the England v France match.

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Don't be bored - chase away those rainy days with a funky board game.

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War on Terror boardgame branded criminal by police

It may not be fun for all the family – well, not in the same way as Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit or Mousetrap, say. The themes of empire building and terrorist-style attacks on opponents would probably provoke an outbreak of spluttering over the Christmas sherry.

Blue heaven: music mogul Marshall Chess

Chess Records brought the blues to the world. Now Hollywood is in on the act. Simon Hardeman talks to Marshall Chess

White King and Red Queen: How the cold war was fought on the chessboard, By Daniel Johnson

If the Cold War, even more than most, was a continuation of politics by other means, then one of those means was chess – and probably the most apposite one at that. It is itself, after all, a sublimated and codified game of war. Daniel Johnson goes so far as to say that, "by providing the safety valve that kept the lid on the Cold War, chess helped to save civilisation from itself."

Dom Joly: School quiz night? I'd rather climb a volcano

I have rashly agreed to go to yet another of my kids' school functions. This time it's a quiz night, and Stacey asked me so long ago that I said yes, and then forgot to make an excuse for not being able to go.

Chess: Natural-born killer of the board torn apart by his demons

Dominic Lawson on how Bobby Fischer, one of the world's greatest players, fell to pieces and quit while at the height of his amazing powers

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Serves 6-8

Joanna Briscoe: At the Sharp End

Parents of 'gifted children', get real. Give them a break. A freak is a freak is a freak

Miles Kington: A chance meeting that led to a thousand rows

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