NZ Chess History - Listener Columns

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Listener Columns

After moving to England to seek a career as a chess professional in the 1970s, future grandmaster Murray Chandler produced a weekly column for the New Zealand Listener. In those days, the Listener had a monopoly on television and radio listings guaranteeing a huge circulation. The magazine was a national institution and the column gave chess mainstream media exposure we can only dream of today.

The columns will be presented here as the scans become available. The cuttings (from Murray's personal memorabilia collection) do not necessarily preserve the precise date of publication, but this will be listed whenever it is available. Murray reports that Listener sub-editors John Lilley and Bernard Carpinter, (the latter still an active player in New Zealand), were responsible for the pithy titles.

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980