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Raymond Keene is The Spectator’s chess columnist.

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Extinct tigers

29 November 2014

The Tiger of Madras has gone the way of the sabre-toothed tiger. Viswanathan Anand, world champion from 2007 to 2013, has now suffered his second consecutive match defeat at the… Read more

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No. 342

29 November 2014

White to play. This position is a variation from move 37 of today’s game. How does White win? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 2 December or via… Read more

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Comedy of errors

22 November 2014

For reasons unknown, the world championship in Sochi between Carlsen and Anand is turning into a catalogue of disastrous blunders by both sides. Last week we witnessed Anand’s instantaneous implosion… Read more

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No: 341

22 November 2014

Black to play. This is from Korchnoi-Karpov, World Championship (Game 17), Baguio 1978. Can you spot Black’s winning coup? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 25 November or via… Read more

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Force Majeure

15 November 2014

The common feature of the first two games of the World Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen in Sochi has been that play was decided in a major… Read more

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No. 340

15 November 2014

Black to play. This position is a variation from Anand-Carlsen; World Championship, Sochi (Game 1) 2014. Can you spot Black’s winning coup? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday… Read more

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Sochi Challenge

8 November 2014

On Saturday 8 November the first game will be played in the three-week long rematch between defending world champion Magnus Carlsen and the man from whom he took the title… Read more

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No. 339

8 November 2014

White to play. This position is from Carlsen-Anand, Amber Rapidplay 2008. White is a pawn ahead but Black has counterplay. How did White now increase his material advantage with a… Read more

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Winning hand

1 November 2014

Tension has always existed between games of skill, such as chess or draughts, and games seemingly based on chance, like backgammon and poker. The Russian grandmaster and chess historian Yuri Averbakh… Read more

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No. 338

1 November 2014

White to play. This is from Hebden-Mannion, Isle of Man 2014. White’s next move completely destroyed the black position. What was it? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday… Read more

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Baku beyond

25 October 2014

The irrepressible Fabiano Caruana has added to his laurels by sharing first prize in the Baku Grand Prix, which finished earlier this month. The surprise was that in the process… Read more

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No. 337

25 October 2014

White to play. This position is from Gelfand-Andreikin, Baku 2014. What is White’s best move? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 28 October or via email to victoria@spectator.co.uk… Read more

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Tigran Tigran

18 October 2014

Tigran Petrosian seized the world championship from Mikhail Botvinnik in 1963, defended the title against Boris Spassky in 1966 and only relinquished it against the same dangerous opponent three years… Read more

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No. 336

18 October 2014

White to play. This is from Petrosian-Rosetto, Portoroz 1958. White’s knight is threatened and appears to lack a safe escape square. What did Petrosian have in mind? Answers to me… Read more

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Fabian strategy

11 October 2014

Good news. Fabiano Caruana will be coming to London this December to participate in the sixth London Classic. This will be a great privilege for the London audience since Caruana… Read more

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No. 335

11 October 2014

White to play. This position is a variation from Aronian-Anand, Bilbao 2014. White needs a subtle move to complete the rout. Can you see it? Answers to me at The… Read more

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Highland fling

4 October 2014

Recently Professor Jackie Eales gave a lecture in Canterbury on ‘Queenship in the Age of the Enraged Chess Queen’. (The title of course refers to the new powers conferred on… Read more

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No. 334

4 October 2014

White to play. This position is from Keene-Nunn, Surrey Junior Championship 1963. This game started with the Scotch Game opening. White is winning easily but what is the quickest kill?… Read more

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Scotch miss

27 September 2014

This week, a tribute to the one major Scottish contribution to chess, the invention of the Scotch game, later to become a favourite of Garry Kasparov. The following game, one… Read more

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No. 333

27 September 2014

White to play. This position is from Yu–Ganguly, Indonesia 2012. This encounter also started with the Scotch Game opening. Both sides have a bishop en prise. How can White turn… Read more

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Double trouble

20 September 2014

The importance of pawn structure cannot be overestimated when planning chess strategy. Although Philidor (18th century) understood the importance of pawns in chess, in the 19th century the health and… Read more

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No. 332

20 September 2014

White to play. This position is from Nimzowitsch-Rubinstein, Berlin 1928. White’s passed pawn and active pieces guarantee a winning advantage. Can you spot Nimzowitsch’s fine coup to conclude? Answers to… Read more

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Sinking the field

13 September 2014

Fabiano Caruana has dominated the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis in a way that almost defies belief. The Italo-American grandmaster, just 22 years old, reeled off seven straight wins against… Read more

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No. 331

13 September 2014

White to play. This is from Caruana–Nakamura, Sinquefield Cup, St Louis 2014. Caruana could have registered an even greater performance in St Louis had he taken his chance here. He… Read more

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Gifted and talented

6 September 2014

Despite occasional evidence to the contrary, I have persisted in the belief that the ability to play chess well indicates a powerful intelligence. Goethe wrote that chess was a touchstone… Read more