Raymond Keene

Raymond Keene is The Spectator's chess columnist.

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Grand tour

2 July 2016 9:00 am

The first two legs of this year’s Grand Chess Tour have now been staged in Paris and Leuven. There will…

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No. 415

2 July 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Nakamura-Caruana, Leuven Blitz 2016. White can now win material. What is the key…

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Memorable Mamedyarov

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Local hero Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan by virtue of three consecutive victories at the…

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No. 214

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Black to play. This is from Caruana-Mamedyarov, Gashimov Memorial Play-off 2016. Black played 1 … Kg8 here, missing a clever…

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Leningrad Lip

18 June 2016 9:00 am

I had intended this week to write about the surprise surge by Mamedyarov which overturned all expectations in the elite…

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No. 413

18 June 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Korchnoi-Karpov, Candidates Final, Moscow 1974. White’s next move destroyed the black position and led…

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Edgehogs

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Last week, commenting on Nigel Davies’s new book The Pirc Move by Move (Everyman Chess), I wrote about my win…

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No. 412

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Arnason-Keene, London 1981. How did Black bring his bishops to life? Answers to me…

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Life on the edge

4 June 2016 9:00 am

The grandmaster Nigel Davies has just written a new book on the Pirc Defence, a variation in which Black sacrifices…

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No. 411

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Cherin-Pedini, Italy 2016. Black has just sacrificed some material as he could foresee a…

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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…