Raymond Keene

Raymond Keene is The Spectator's chess columnist.

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Hypermodern

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Richard Réti is one of the most fascinating figures in the history of chess thought. The author of two seminal…

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no. 440

21 January 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Réti-Tartakower, Vienna 1910. Can you spot White’s beautiful tactical coup? Answers to me at…

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Gone Giri

14 January 2017 9:00 am

The London Classic is over with the final scores being as follows: Wesley So 6/9; Fabiano Caruana 5½; Viswanathan Anand,…

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no. 439

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Topalov-Anand, London Classic 2016. How did Black conclude? Answers to me at The…

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Missed chances

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen has retained the World Championship but only after Sergei Karjakin, the challenger, missed some glorious opportunities. In game…

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no. 438

7 January 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Carlsen–Karjakin, New York play-off (Game 4) 2016. What was Carlsen’s stunning move to retain…

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Game of the year

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Probably the most spectacular game played in the past year was the brilliant win by Gawain Jones in the Olympiad.…

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no.437

31 December 2016 9:00 am

White to play and win. This is a position from Caruana-Kramnik, Leuven 2016. Answers to me at The Spectator by…

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London classic

10 December 2016 9:00 am

The annual London Classic is now underway at Olympia. Understandably Magnus Carlsen, after his exertions in New York, is not…

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Chess puzzle

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Topalov-Nakamura, St Louis 2014. Black seems to be in big trouble, but how…

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Overreach

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Game eight of the World Championship in New York broke the deadlock of hard-fought draws in the first seven games.…

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Chess puzzle

3 December 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Rubinstein-Johner, Carlsbad 1911. How did Rubinstein gain a winning position with a standard…

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Willing to wound

26 November 2016 9:00 am

But yet afraid to strike, as Alexander Pope would doubtless have described the first seven games of the World Championship…

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no. 436

26 November 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Karjakin-Carlsen, World Championship, New York (Game 7) 2016. This position will be dead equal…

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Chigorin revived

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The early games of the World Championship in New York between Magnus Carlsen and Sergei Karjakin did little to contribute…

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no. 435

19 November 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is a position from Topalov-Caruana, St Louis 2016. Can you spot White’s crushing blow? Answers to…

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Magnus vs Sergei

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The World Championship in New York begins this week. In the run-up, the defending champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, has…

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no. 434

12 November 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is a position from Carlsen-Shirov, Biel 2011. Can you spot Carlsen’s crushing blow? Answers to me…

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no. 433

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Nakamura-Carlsen, chess.com Blitz Final 2016. The position looks quiet but after Black’s next…

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Lasker’s heir

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Last week I previewed the respective chances of world champion Magnus Carlsen and his challenger Sergey Karjakin for their forthcoming championship…

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no. 432

29 October 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Lasker–Teichmann, St Petersburg 1909. Black had already resigned this game as he could anticipate…

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Psephology

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The polls are in for next month’s big event in the USA and Magnus Carlsen has emerged the clear favourite…

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Puzzle no. 431

22 October 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Carlsen-Karjakin, Monaco 2011. Although White is a rook up he only…

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Gamesters of Triskelion

15 October 2016 9:00 am

I first encountered the Triskelion, the traditional coat of arms of the Isle of Man, when I saw Laurence Oliver’s…

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No. 430

15 October 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Mamedyarov-Kramnik, Moscow 2016. White’s next concluded the game. What was it? Answers to…