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The Chess Academy That Was

On the last night of my father’s recent visit to Vienna, we set off to do what we’ve always done: play chess. Even as a child I remember setting up the pawns, knights and bishops, revelling at the friendly competition, whose thrill had coloured my childhood. Although I see my father much less than I […]

Book Review: Carl Haffner’s Love of the Draw by Austrian author Thomas Glavinic

Constructing the Game I played chess again one hot afternoon this summer. It had been a number of years. Surprising myself, my approach had changed radically: I had become aggressive. Lost was the long-ago defensive game I played with my brother. And lost was the careful game I had needed with my son, who already at […]

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