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Malcolm Pein

Full name Malcolm Bernard Pein
Country England
Born 14 August 1960
Liverpool, England
Title International Master (1986)

Malcolm B. Pein (born 14 August 1960 in Liverpool) is a British chess International Master, chess organizer, author, and journalist.

Chess biography

Pein earned the title of International Master (IM) in 1986. According to IM Lawrence Trent's introduction at the start of the round one commentary at the 2013 Chess Candidates Tournament in London, Pein has not only been an influence in British chess for over thirty years, he has engaged in several chess organizing activities. He is CO of Chess in Schools and Communities which is a UK chess charity focusing on chess for youth, Director of the London Chess Classic tournament, and runs the London Chess Center. Pein also writes a daily chess column in The Daily Telegraph newspaper and is the executive editor of CHESS magazine, a monthly publication with an international readership.


In addition to his newspaper column and magazine editorial, Pein has written a number of chess books and booklets, including:

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Position after 17...Rg8

Malcolm Pein vs. GM Vladimir Bagirov, Zehlendorf-HSK II 1995:
1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.d4 e6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.Bg5 f6 6.Bf4 b5 7.e4 Bb7 8.Be2 Ne7 9.h4 Ng6 10.Bg3 Be7 11.h5 Nf8 12.Qc2 Na6 13.Rd1 Qa5 14.h6 g6 15.0-0 Rd8 16.Rfe1 Kf7 17.a3 Rg8 (see diagram) 18.d5 cxd5 19.exd5 Bxd5 20.Nd4 Qb6 21.Ndxb5 Rd7 22.Nxd5 Rxd5 23.Rxd5 exd5 24.Bxc4 Qc5 25.Rxe7 Kxe7 26.Bd6 Qxd6 27.Nxd6 Nc7 28.Nb5 Nfe6 29.Nxc7 1-0