Raymond Keene

Raymond Keene is The Spectator's chess columnist.

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Garry’s comeback

28 May 2016 9:00 am

To great surprise, the former world champion Garry Kasparov staged a brief comeback when he participated in a blitz tournament…

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No. 410

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from So-Nakamura, Ultimate Blitz Challenge, Saint Louis 2016. How did Black make a key…

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Cyrus the Great

21 May 2016 9:00 am

I think I hold the world record for the greatest number of chess books written (or co-written) and published. At…

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No. 409

21 May 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Dubov-Yandemirov, Russian Team Championship, Sochi 2016. How can White exploit the unfortunate placing…

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Magna cum laude

14 May 2016 9:00 am

World champion Magnus Carlsen has taken first prize in the Norway tournament at Stavanger which finished last month. Carlsen had…

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No. 408

14 May 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from So-Kasparov, St Louis 2016. What is White’s quickest kill? Answers to…

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Out of the book

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Last week we saw the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen taking a leaf from Alekhine’s book to destroy eccentric opening…

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No. 407

7 May 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Pacher-Radnai, Budapest 2016. How did White exploit a tactical opportunity to make a decisive…

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Evolution

30 April 2016 9:00 am

World champion Magnus Carlsen takes much inspiration from the games of the former champion Emanuel Lasker. Lasker and Carlsen share…

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No. 406

30 April 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is a position from Bjornsson-Sigurdsson, Iceland Team Championship 2016. How did White make the most of…

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The Godfather

23 April 2016 9:00 am

It is often asked how chess became so popular in the USSR. My answer is that most areas of creative…

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No. 405

23 April 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Vallejo-Wynn, Bangkok 2016. White has sacrificed a rook and a bishop. He now…

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666

16 April 2016 9:00 am

The year 2016 is the anniversary of a number of significant events in the chess world. In 1946 Alexander Alekhine…

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Puzzle no. 404

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a position from Carbone–Slipak, Mar del Plata 2016. How can Black conclude? Answers to me…

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Sergey’s sensation

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Sergey Karjakin, who in 2002 became the world’s youngest-ever grandmaster at the age of 12 years and seven months, has…

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No. 403

9 April 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is a variation from Aronian-Svidler, Moscow 2016. In this game Aronian misplayed his attack and Svidler…

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Bellum sociorum

2 April 2016 9:00 am

The internecine but friendly annual rivalry between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, generously hosted last month by the Chess Circle…

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No. 402

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Pichot-Khismatullin, Moscow 2016. What was Black’s killing blow? Answers to me at The Spectator…

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Tal story

26 March 2016 9:00 am

With the proliferation of modern opening theory and advances in knowledge of the game, I wonder sometimes if the kind…

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No. 401

26 March 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Karjakin-Nakamura, Fidé Candidates, Moscow 2016. Hikaru -Nakamura has just implemented an ingenious combination to…

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Candidates

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The Candidates tournament to determine the challenger later this year to world champion Magnus Carlsen is now well underway in…

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Puzzle no. 400

19 March 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Anand-Topalov, Fidé Candidates, Moscow 2016. White can capture the black bishop,…

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Bunratty

12 March 2016 9:00 am

The tournament at Bunratty is Ireland’s premier chess competition and has been for several years. This year’s event, to which…

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No. 399

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Skulte-Pein, Bunratty 2016. Black’s queen is attacked. His next move didn’t force immediate…

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Varsity match

5 March 2016 9:00 am

On Saturday 5 March the 134th Varsity Match between the teams from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge takes place…