Raymond Keene

Raymond Keene is The Spectator's chess columnist.

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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…

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Tal order

8 October 2016 9:00 am

As I write, the Mikhail Tal Memorial tournament in Moscow is still underway. The Dutch grandmaster Anish Giri stormed into…

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no. 429

8 October 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Tal-Botvinnik, World Championship (Game 12), Moscow 1961. Tal’s next move did not force an…

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Rigan wizard

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Mikhail Tal, the Wizard from Riga, was one of the most devastating tacticians in the history of chess. His rise…

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No. 428

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is a variation from Gelfand-Mamedyarov, Tal Memorial Blitz 2016. Black has various strong moves but…

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Olympiad

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan, ended in a narrow victory for the USA. Having tied with Ukraine, the…

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No. 427

24 September 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Heredia-Videnova; Women’s Olympiad, Baku 2016. Can you spot the White continuation that enabled…

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Chinese puzzle

17 September 2016 9:00 am

As I write, the final results of the Baku Olympiad are still not in. England are fighting for a possible…

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no. 426

17 September 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Li Chao-Short, Baku Olympiad 2016. White has various ways to win…

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Back to Baku

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The 42nd Chess Olympiad is now underway in Baku, Azerbaijan, and English grandmasters are making their best efforts to recapture…

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No. 425

10 September 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is a position from Short (England)-Pasaribu (Indonesia), Baku-Olympiad 2016. How did White win material? Answers to…