Chess News from The New York Times

News about chess. Commentary and archival information about chess from The New York Times.

Anatoly Lein, an Émigré Chess Grandmaster, Dies at 86

Mr. Lein was a star in the Soviet Union before leaving for the United States, where he remained a top competitor.
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Why I Left Iran to Play Chess in America

My old team cared more about the scarf covering my hair than the brain under it.
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Saudi Arabia Blocks Israel’s Chess Team From World Championships

The team’s seven players are demanding financial compensation after being unable to obtain the visas they needed to attend the competitions.
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William Lombardy, Chess Grandmaster Turned Priest, Dies at 79

The Bronx-born Mr. Lombardy was among the top players of his generation, but he gave up chess almost entirely to join the priesthood, which he later renounced.
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What Happens When a Will is Unsigned? (It’s Not Fun)

And: the friend who won’t wash his hands after using the bathroom; sharing one’s rape story with a boyfriend; the old “throw out some dates” gambit.
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Iranian Chess Player, Shunned for Refusing to Wear Hijab, Will Play in U.S.

Dorsa Derakhshani is now playing for the St. Louis University chess team and officially registered to compete with the United States Chess Federation.
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Andrew Paulson, Chess Impresario and Serial Entrepreneur, Dies at 58

Besides his numerous ventures in the arts and media, Mr. Paulson also strove to make chess a popular spectator sport on television.
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The Enduring Appeal of Seeing Trump as Chess Master in Chief

Both his supporters and his opposition talk about the president as if he’s a strategic genius, despite considerable evidence to the contrary.
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Arthur Bisguier, Brash, Self-Taught Bronx Chess Champion, Dies at 87

Mr. Bisguier learned to play chess when he was 5 by watching games between his older sister and a cousin. He was frustrated by failures against Bobby Fischer.
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Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87

The ex-computer science professor, a correspondence chess champion, won what has been called one of the greatest games ever. It lasted three years.
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