Monthly Archives: May 2013

Denis Irwin

Around ten years ago, Denis Irwin gave an extensive interview to RTÉ as he was about to leave Manchester United after a glittering career there (1 European Cup, 7 Premier League titles and 3 FA Cups, among others), while also … Continue reading

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Black to play and win

As the title says: Black to play and win. (N.B. If you’d like to try it as an exercise, don’t read any further for now: the answer is given below.) This is from a game of Joe Ryan’s (White), played … Continue reading

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Zukertort-Soffe, blindfold simul 1879

Last week saw a welcome return of John Watson’s series of book reviews at The Week in Chess, after an extended break. And the very first book up for review is none other than Tim Harding’s Eminent Victorian Chess Players, … Continue reading

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The New Winawer Report, issue 5

The fifth issue of The New Winawer Report has been posted: see the tnwr page. This issue continues with the much-maligned, but much-better-than-its-reputation, 13. Be3. Black has a few viable options, but one of the main lines reaches the diagram … Continue reading

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“Here’s one that wasn’t so good”: Alekhine-Barry, Dublin 1938

The Simuls page has a list of the illustrious visitors to Ireland down the years: these include Steinitz, Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, Smyslov, and Topalov, all world champions at one time or other. But only one of these was the reigning … Continue reading

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From Cork 2013

TWIC 963 had 23 games from the Cork Masters 2013, now all posted in the games archive. In the second round, local player and newly minted Irish U-19 champion Hugh Doyle was up against Alexander Baburin, and reached the following … Continue reading

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Alex Montwill

J.J. Walsh has sent the news that Alex Montwill, who has been mentioned here several times, died two weeks ago, on April 18th. He was 78. As previously discussed here, he finished equal first in an Irish championship but was … Continue reading

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