Author: Kevin Gallagher

You Are Superhuman

(I would strongly encourage you to try to find a win for white before reading) Modern day computers may be able to perform quadrillions of operations a second with unerring accuracy and total precision, but you can lean back with your hands on your hips and laugh in their expressionless faces. They are little more […]

Killer Grand Prix DVD

Killer Grand Prix DVD presented by Gawain Jones comes from the Ginger GM stable so I had strong expectations. I have replayed much of this DVD several times, not because the material is so engaging, rather because I realise that I had nodded off so had to wind it back. Don’t get me wrong, the video […]

Mickey Adams Simultaneous

On Saturday 17th, 25 chess enthusiasts had the pleasure of playing GM Mickey Adams in a simultaneous exhibition. The five times and reigning British Champion has, during his paying career, beaten the likes of Anatoly Karpov, Vishy Anand, Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen and has been ranked as high as World #4. I was very pleased […]


In chess, the ‘touch-move rule’ states: If a player (whose turn it is to move) touches one of his pieces, it must be moved if it has a legal move. In addition, if a piece is picked up and released on another square, the move must stand if it is a legal move. If an […]

Five Stages of Grief

There are said to be five stages of Loss and Grief: Shock and Denial; Anger; Dialogue and Bargaining; Depression and Detachment; Acceptance. Loss of a loved one aside, nowhere do these apply more than to a game of chess. Shock and Denial A few moves ago, you had a great position and everything was going […]

Win From Nowhere

A film sequence that has always stuck in my mind, as an admirer of both chess Grandmasters  and secret agents, is from the Bond movie ’From Russia with love’. The Arch Villain is playing in a Grandmaster tournament in Venice when he receives a glass of water on a paper coaster. When he takes a […]

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