Malcolm Pein

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

Malcolm Pein
Malcolm Pein, 2017
Full nameMalcolm Bernard Pein
Born(1960-08-14)14 August 1960
Liverpool, England
TitleInternational Master (1986)

Chess biographyEdit

Pein earned the title of International Master (IM) in 1986.[1] 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 Centre. 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. He is also the representative to FIDE for the English Chess Federation and in October 2015 was elected as ECF's International Director.[2]


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

  • Grunfeld Defence (Batsford, 1981) – ISBN 978-0713435948
  • Blumenfeld Defence [with Jan Przewoznik] (Everyman, 1991) – ISBN 978-0080371337
  • Daily Telegraph Guide to Chess (Batsford, 1995) – ISBN 978-0713478143
  • The Exchange Grunfeld [with Adrian Mikhalchishin] (Everyman, 1996) – ISBN 978-1857440560

Example gameEdit

Position after 17...Rg8

Malcolm Pein vs. GM Vladimir Bagirov, Zehlendorf-HSK II 1995:[3]
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. ^ "The English Chess Federation". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  3. ^ M. Pein–V. Bagirov, 2.BLN 9495 Zehlendorf-HSK II 1995

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