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Games: Chess

ALEXEI BARSOV from Uzbekistan completed the requirements to obtain the Grandmaster title at the York Vikings tournament in that city on Wednesday with a draw against Scotland's Jonathan Rowson. The only non-Grandmaster in the field, Barsov's draw brought him up to 6/9, guaranteeing him his third and final GM norm, even should he have lost in the last round as Black against Emil Sutovsky yesterday.

Games: Poker

I REMEMBER a witty Scots rogue at the old En Passant coffee bar, which combined chess downstairs and poker upstairs, inquiring: "And where are ye goin' to spend Christmas? Upstairrrs or downstairrrs?" The En Passant, situated in an alleyway off the Strand in London, was one of the most dingy, run-down places any gambler or chess player could dream of.

Chess

ON THE mantelpiece in my study (whatever idyllic scene this conjures up in your mind's eye don't even think of it - it's utter chaos) there's a small metal lion, symbol of Belfort where the second of the six tournament "World Cup" cycle took place in June 1988.

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Chess Jon Speelman

IT WAS High Noon - or rather, High 9am - in Cologne on Sunday as the two top teams, Porz from Cologne and my own team Solingen, both still with a perfect 14 match wins, fought it out in the final round of the Bundesliga.

Pursuits: Chess

IN 1963, Mikhail Moiseevich Botvinnik defended his world championship title for what turned out to be the last time. His stage-struck opponent, Tigran Petrosian, lost execrably in the first game but stabilised, won excellently in the fifth and ultimately ran out the convincing winner with five wins, two losses and 15 draws. Shorn of the right to a return match which he had exercised and won against both Smyslov and Tal, Botvinnik bowed out and Petrosian remained champion until Boris Spassky defeated him at the second attempt in 1969.

Independent Pursuits: Chess

TODAY I am reviewing John Nunn's Chess Puzzle Book (Gambit, pounds 13.99). Nunn is one of the best tacticians on the planet and this, his "first venture into the field of chess puzzle books", is one that he himself and I would enjoy.
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