Jump to content

Malcolm Pein

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Malcolm Pein
Pein in 2017
Full nameMalcolm Bernard Pein
Born (1960-08-14) 14 August 1960 (age 63)
Liverpool, England
TitleInternational Master (1986)
Peak rating2450 (January 1992)

Malcolm Bernard Pein (born 14 August 1960) is a British chess player, chess organizer, author, and journalist. He holds the title of International Master.

Chess biography[edit]

Pein earned the title of International Master (IM) in 1986.[1] Pein has been an influential figure in British chess for over thirty years, in the roles of player, coach, journalist, publisher, organizer, fundraiser, and entrepreneur.

Pein won his first tournament in 1965 and was British Junior Champion in 1977.[2] His most notable victories in tournament play include Jon Speelman, Vishy Anand and Lev Psakhis.

In June 1992 he purchased Chess & Bridge Limited and set up a chess shop on the Euston Road in London which was relocated to Baker Street in 2010.[3]

In 1997 Pein was appointed as a consultant to IBM for the iconic Kasparov vs Deep Blue match.[4] He was appointed Match Director for the Brains in Bahrain match between Vladimir Kramnik and the computer program Fritz in 2002.[5] Pein was used as the ‘voice’ of the program in Version 5.32.

In 2009, Pein devised, fundraised, and organized the London Chess Classic, the UK's first world-class elite all-play-all tournament since the Phillips & Drew GLC Chess Challenge of 1986, and was the strongest UK chess tournament by rating to date. The tournament was run annually up to 2019, with the 2020 tournament cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and managerial problems.

In 2010, Malcolm Pein founded Chess in Schools and Communities,[6] a UK-registered charity whose aim is to improve children’s educational outcomes and social development by introducing them to the game of chess. Malcolm has been the charity's CEO since inception, and by the end of 2020 the charity has taught the game to over 250,000 children.[7]

Malcolm Pein's journalistic career started with spells as the chess correspondent for the short-lived Today and The European newspapers. Pein started writing reports for The Daily Telegraph in 1987 before becoming their full-time correspondent in 1988. Pein has written a daily chess column every day for the 33 years, over 11,0000 columns in total. He is also the owner and executive editor of CHESS magazine, a monthly publication with an international readership.

Malcolm also consulted and devised chess sequences for numerous television and film productions with a chess theme. Including X-Men and Holby City, the Apple TV Series Slow Horses and a docudrama produced by ARTE on the 1997 Kasparov vs Deep Blue match entitled Rematch which as of March 2024 had been sold to by Disney+ and HBO Europe.

Pein is also the representative to FIDE for the English Chess Federation (ECF) and in October 2015 was elected as ECF's International Director.[8] In 2018, Malcolm Pein stood for election as FIDE Deputy President on Georgios Makropoulos' ticket but was unsuccessful. Malcolm Pein told Chess.com he "would be interested" in running for president in the 2022 FIDE Elections.[9]

Malcolm has been the captain of the England Open team since October 2015, with the team enjoying notable successes at the 2016 Olympiad in Baku against China and Azerbaijan.[10] Pein captained England to a bronze medal finish at the 2019 European Team Chess Championships in Batumi, Georgia.


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

  • Grunfeld Defence (Batsford, 1981) – ISBN 978-0713435948
  • Trends in Spanish Marshall (Trends Publications, 1990) – ISBN 978-1871541694
  • Blumenfeld Gambit [with Jan Przewoznik] (Everyman, 1991) – ISBN 978-0080371337
  • Bobby Fischer: The $5,000,000 Comeback [with Nigel Davies and Jonathan Levitt] (Cadogan, 1992) – ISBN 978-1857440423
  • Daily Telegraph Guide to Chess (Batsford, 1995) – ISBN 978-0713478143
  • The Exchange Grunfeld [with Adrian Mikhalchishin] (Everyman, 1996) – ISBN 978-1857440560

Example game[edit]

d8 black rook
f8 black knight
g8 black rook
a7 black pawn
b7 black bishop
e7 black bishop
f7 black king
h7 black pawn
a6 black knight
c6 black pawn
e6 black pawn
f6 black pawn
g6 black pawn
h6 white pawn
a5 black queen
b5 black pawn
c4 black pawn
d4 white pawn
e4 white pawn
a3 white pawn
c3 white knight
f3 white knight
g3 white bishop
b2 white pawn
c2 white queen
e2 white bishop
f2 white pawn
g2 white pawn
d1 white rook
e1 white rook
g1 white king
Position after 17...Rg8

Malcolm Pein vs. GM Vladimir Bagirov, Zehlendorf-HSK II 1995:[11]
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


  1. ^ Gaige, Jeremy (1987), Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, McFarland, p. 322, ISBN 0-7864-2353-6
  2. ^ "John Saunders's Chess Pages: British Chess Champions, 1904 to present". www.saund.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  3. ^ "CHESS & BRIDGE LIMITED - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  4. ^ "This Time It's Personal". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  5. ^ Hoffman, Paul (12 October 2002). "Report From the 'Brains in Bahrain'". Time. ISSN 0040-781X.
  6. ^ "Staff". Chess in Schools and Communities. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  7. ^ "In the Media". Chess in Schools and Communities. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  8. ^ "The English Chess Federation". www.englishchess.org.uk. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  9. ^ Doggers (PeterDoggers), Peter. "Malcolm Pein: FIDE Deputy President 2018, President 2022?". Chess.com. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  10. ^ "OlimpBase :: 42nd Chess Olympiad, Baku 2016, England". www.olimpbase.org. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  11. ^ M. Pein–V. Bagirov, 2.BLN 9495 Zehlendorf-HSK II 1995

External links[edit]