Raymond Keene

Raymond Keene is The Spectator's chess columnist.

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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…

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No. 398

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Scibior-Chiu, Varsity Match 2013. Black now powered through into the white position. What…

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Gnomic

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Zurich has been the scene for the latest clash between the titans of chess. Over a mere four days in…

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No. 397

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Shirov-Nakamura, Zurich 2016. Black is winning easily but now finished with a fine…

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Rocky 14

20 February 2016 9:00 am

The 14th Tradewise tournament at Gibraltar ended in a triumph for the American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura. Naka, as he is…

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No. 396

20 February 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Anna Muzychuk-Salem, Gibraltar Masters 2016. How did White conjure up a decisive material…

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Mighty Magnus

13 February 2016 9:00 am

The world champion is back on form. After winning the overall laurels in last year’s Grand Tour, and taking first…