Category Archives: Simuls

Korchnoi photograph

Ulster player Cathal Murphy stumbled upon this super old photograph in the 1970s Armagh Memories Facebook page and sent it to me. It was dated November 1976 but was actually taken in February 1981 at the event I had previously … 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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“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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GM Michael Stean on the BBC

On Monday 23rd April BBC Northern Ireland started a series of half-hour programmes entitled “Glory Days”. These are compilations of sporting events taken from the BBC NI archives and the first episode focused on the 1970s. Towards the end (about … Continue reading

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Korchnoi and the car

On a cold dark early-February night in 1981 sometime around midnight I was leaving the Drumsill House Hotel in Armagh after playing a game of chess. As I was walking through the hotel car park I saw in the distance … Continue reading

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Ray Keene simul, Trinity 1977

From a 1977 clipping supplied by Seán Terry: “Chess grand master Ray Keene (29) gave a demonstration last night at Trinity College, Dublin, where it had been arranged that he would play simultaneously against 50 competitors. The exhibition was organised … Continue reading

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Lilienthal in Dublin

Andor Lilienthal died last year at the age of 99. At the time Chessbase published this fine tribute to him. Featured in that article is Lilienthal’s famous queen sacrifice victory over Capablanca, played at Hastings on the 1st January 1935. Coincidentally earlier … Continue reading

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The occasion of today’s clock simul by Veselin Topalov against an Irish team is a good opportunity to recall some of the many simuls given in Ireland down the years by the world’s most distinguished players. A new “Simuls” page … Continue reading

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