Raymond Keene

Raymond Keene is The Spectator's chess columnist.

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Irresistible force

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Alexander Alekhine was one of the immortals of the chessboard — world champion from 1927, when in an epic war…

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No. 394

6 February 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Alekhine-Flohr, Bled 1931. White has a positional advantage but can you spot the…

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Keres scene

30 January 2016 9:00 am

This week I conclude my homage to the great Estonian grandmaster Paul Keres, who was born a century ago this…

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No. 393

30 January 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Keres-Mardle, Hastings 1964. How did Keres ignite his attack? Answers to me at The…

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Pauline conversion

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Paul Keres, the Estonian grandmaster and many times world championship contender, was born a hundred years ago this month. His…

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No. 392

23 January 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Keres-Spassky, Gothenburg 1955. Can you spot White’s crushing blow? Answers to me at…

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Paul stories

16 January 2016 9:00 am

An excellent recent article by Dominic Lawson in Standpoint magazine reminded me of the greatness of Paul Keres. The Estonian…

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No. 391

16 January 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Fischer-Benko, US Championship, New York 1963. The obvious 1 e5 is successfully parried by 1…

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Winter’s tail

9 January 2016 9:00 am

The London Classic, the end of the million-dollar Grand Tour, was something of a damp squib. A surfeit of draws…

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Puzzle no. 390

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a variation from Carlsen-Grischuk, London Classic 2015. Carlsen won but this week’s puzzle shows how…

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Banking on chess

2 January 2016 9:00 am

As the new year begins, I pay a final tribute to the city financier Jim Slater, who did so much to…

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Chess puzzle

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Wright-Keene, Slater Tournament, Southend 1968. Black’s next move destroyed the white kingside and…

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London calling

12 December 2015 9:00 am

By the time this article appears, the London Classic at Olympia and the newly created brainchild of the indefatigable Malcolm…

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Chess Puzzle

12 December 2015 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Fernandez-Jackson, Aberystwyth 2014. White brilliantly exploited the draughty position of the black king…

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London Classic

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The annual London Classic, inspired and organised by the indefatigable Malcolm Pein, is now underway at London’s Olympia. The website…

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Chess Puzzle

5 December 2015 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Edward Lasker-Thomas, London 1912. This is one of the most famous combinations ever…

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Chess Maecenas

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Last week saw the death of the city financier Jim Slater. He was famous in chess circles for joining Henry…

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No. 389

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Basman-Keene, Slater Tournament, Southend 1968. How can Black quickly gain a decisive advantage?…

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Grand Larsen-y

21 November 2015 9:00 am

It is said that more books have been written about chess than about any other game, sport or pastime. I…

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No. 388

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Sursock–Larsen, Siegen 1970. How can Black win material? Answers to me at The Spectator…

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Sporting chance

14 November 2015 9:00 am

I was not quite sure whether to be annoyed or relieved about the recent High Court decision not to recognise…

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No. 387

14 November 2015 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from A.Muzychuk-Dzagnidze, Monaco 2015. How can White finish off with a classic…

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Winter of discontent

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The two great Soviet world champion Russians, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov, have almost always taken divergent paths. Karpov was…

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No. 386

7 November 2015 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Kasparov-Karpov, London/Leningrad (Game 16). Kasparov saw this conclusion many moves in advance. White would…

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Doctor Hou

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Hou Yifan has won what must be considered one of the strongest, if not the strongest, all-women chess tournaments ever…