Raymond Keene

Raymond Keene is The Spectator's chess columnist.

Cui Bono

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The cause célèbre at the Tradewise tournament in Gibraltar, which finished earlier this month, was the extraordinary protest by Hou…

no. 444

18 February 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Hou Yifan-Ju, Gibraltar 2017. Hou lost this game to her compatriot.…

Tradewise

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The Tradewise tournament at Gibraltar has gained a colossal reputation and is even challenging the traditional tournament at Wijk aan…

no. 443

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Gledura-Topalov, Gibraltar 2017. Bulgarian grandmaster Veselin Topalov is not the force he used…

Serendipity

4 February 2017 9:00 am

My two previous articles dwelt on Richard Réti’s introduction of the so-called hypermodern systems. Characterised by the double fianchetto of White’s…

no.442

4 February 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from So-Wojtaszek, Wijk aan Zee 2017. White has only one move to win. Can…

Capa capitulates

28 January 2017 9:00 am

The new book by Thomas Engqvist, Réti: Move by Move (Everyman Chess), about the hypermodern leader Richard Réti, is so significant…

no. 441

28 January 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Réti-Spielmann, Opatija 1912. How did Réti conclude his kingside attack? Answers to me at…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…