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Raymond Keene is The Spectator’s chess columnist.

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Piratical

29 August 2015

I have never met David Smerdon, the Australian grandmaster and author of Smerdon’s Scandinavian (Everyman Chess). Last week I gave a ringing endorsement of his new book and I must… Read more

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No. 376

29 August 2015

Black to play. This position is a variation from variation from Maslak-Smerdon, Pardubice 2007. Black has powered through on the kingside. How can he finish off? Answers to me at The Spectator… Read more

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Viking trail

22 August 2015

The Australian grandmaster David Smerdon has written a truly exciting book about some of the byways in the Centre Counter or Scandinavian Defence. The old main lines started 1 e4… Read more

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No. 375

22 August 2015

Black to play. This position is from Kosmo-Smerdon, Goa 2002. Can you spot Black’s beautiful winning move? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 25 August or via email… Read more

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Buried treasure

15 August 2015

Jonathan Hawkins has emerged as the winner of this year’s British Championship, which finished last week at the University of Warwick in Coventry. Several players were in contention for the… Read more

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No. 374

15 August 2015

Black to play. This is a variation from Osborne-Hawkins, British Championship, Coventry 2015. Black is a piece down. What is his idea? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday… Read more

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1 Samuel 18:7

8 August 2015

David Howell is on a roll. At the halfway stage of the British Championship he looks set to retain his title, and he has shot to no. 2 in the British… Read more

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No. 373

8 August 2015

White to play. This is a variation from Williams-Howell, British Championship, Warwick 2015. Howell won this game but the puzzle shows what might have happened if he had gone wrong.… Read more

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Stormy Petroff

1 August 2015

Alexander Petroff (1794-1867) is often remembered as the first great Russian chess master. He became the strongest player in Russia at the age of 15 and produced the first chess… Read more

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No. 372

1 August 2015

White to play. This position is from Howell-Sokolov, Staunton Memorial 2009. How can White finish off his attack with a fine flourish? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday… Read more

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Arachnid

25 July 2015

Sadly, Michael Adams, for many years Britain’s leading grandmaster, will not be playing in the British Championship, which starts next week. Michael is often referred to as ‘Spidey’ because of… Read more

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No. 371

25 July 2015

Black to play. This is from Williams-Hawkins, -British Championship 2014. How can Black finish off his attack with a fine flourish? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 28… Read more

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Fabulous Fabiano

18 July 2015

Fabiano Caruana notched the result of his life at the Sinquefield Trophy in St Louis last year. Since then he has done nothing in particular and not done it very… Read more

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No. 370

18 July 2015

Black to play. This position is a variation from Kramnik-Naiditsch, Dortmund 2015. How can Black make a decisive material gain? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 21 July… Read more

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Chinese cracker

11 July 2015

I have a particular affection for Chinese involvement in mind sports. In 1981 I was invited as the first western grandmaster to compete in an international chess tournament in China,… Read more

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No. 370

11 July 2015

Black to play. This position is a variation from Hou Yifan-Kramnik, Dortmund 2015. Black is a rook down. What does he have in mind? Answers to me at The Spectator… Read more

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Magnus toppled

4 July 2015

Last week, world champion Magnus Carlsen suffered a devastating defeat in the first round of the Stavanger super tournament when he lost on time to Topalov, in what had been… Read more

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No. 369

4 July 2015

White to play. This is from Anand–Hammer, Stavanger 2015. White is a pawn up with a good position and his next move put the game beyond all doubt. How did… Read more

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Tempus fugit

27 June 2015

In serious competitive chess the play is regulated by time limits for completion of the moves. In the mid-19th century, players could take as long as they wished over their… Read more

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No. 368

27 June 2015

White to play. This position is from Vachier-Lagrave-Caruana, Norway Blitz 2015. How did White finish off at once? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 30 June or via… Read more

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Dark lord

20 June 2015

A new book, Opening Repertoire: The Nimzo-Indian and Bogo-Indian by Christof Seilecki (Everyman Chess), focuses on the ever popular Nimzo-Indian and Bogo-Indian Defences. The former arises after 1 d4 Nf6… Read more

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No. 367

20 June 2015

Black to play. This is from Spassky-Fischer, World Championship, Reykjavik (Game 5) 1972. This is probably the most famous ‘dark-square’ Nimzo-Indian game of all-time. How did Fischer finish off? Answers… Read more

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Triple tie

13 June 2015

This week I conclude my coverage of the Fidé (World Chess Federation) Grand Prix which finished last month in Khanty-Mansiysk. Three shared first place: Dmitri Jakovenko, Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru… Read more

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No. 366

13 June 2015

Black to play. This is from Rodriguez-Xiong, California 2012. How does Black finish off? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 16 June or via email to victoria@spectator.co.uk or… Read more

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Boris Good Enough

6 June 2015

Boris Gulko, celebrated both as a grandmaster and a former Soviet dissident, has recently completed his great trilogy of instructional volumes. They make exclusive use of the instructional value of… Read more