Cathy Warwick

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Cathy Warwick (née Forbes) (born 6 February 1968) is an English chess player and writer.

She won the British Women's Chess Championship three times, in 1987, 1988 and 1994 and played for the England women's chess team. She was awarded the title of Woman International Master, but resigned it 15 years later in protest at the whole principle of having separate "inferior" women's titles (although she is not in principle opposed to women-only tournaments).

She is also known for her writings on chess. They include the first full-length work on the Polgár sisters, published in 1992 shortly after Judit Polgár broke Bobby Fischer's record as the youngest grandmaster, and a 1993 biography of Nigel Short, a leading British player who was for a time ranked world No. 3. Susan Polgar has said that she was not happy with the former book as Warwick did not interview any of them and included rumour and speculation; however, Polgar added that Warwick has since acknowledged her mistake and she has no hard feelings.[1]

In her role as a chess journalist, Warwick covered the 1992 match between Fischer and Boris Spassky in Yugoslavia. After the part of the match that was played in Sveti Stefan was over, she played a casual game against Fischer on his pocket set.[2][3][4] She was also part of Channel 4's coverage of the 1993 World Championship match between Short and Garry Kasparov held in London, and has appeared on the TV quiz show Eggheads.


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  2. ^ Seirawan, Yasser; Stefanovic, George (1992). No Regrets • Fischer–Spassky 1992. International Chess Enterprises. pp. 306–07. ISBN 1-879479-09-5. Cathy–Bobby, Sveti Stefan 1992 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bf4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d6 5. e4 0-0 6. h3 c5 7. dxc5 Qa5 8. Bd2 Qxc5 9. Bd3 a6 10. a4 b6 11. 0-0 Bb7 12. Re1 Nbd7 13. Be3 Qc7 14. Qe2 e6 15. Bf4 e5 16. Bg3 Nc5 17. Nd2 Nh5 18. Bh2 Nf4 19. Bxf4 exf4 20. Nb3 Nd7 Bobby is looking very cool on vibes for this number. He invests e5, while White's knight looks silly on b3. 21. Qd2 f3 22. g3 Ne5 23. Bf1 h5 24. Rad1 Rad8 25. Nd5 Bxd5 26. exd5 Nc4 27. Qd3? As Bobby pointed out, 27.Qf4 was a better chance to resist, as both sides have vulnerable pawns. 27... Nxb2 And Cathy chose the right moment to resign against Bobby Fischer.
  3. ^ Cathy Forbes vs. Robert James Fischer, Beograd blitz (1992)
  4. ^ Bobby Fischer, the Holy Grail - A Balkan Odyssey Archived 2 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine Cathy Forbes,

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