Raymond Keene

Raymond Keene is The Spectator's chess columnist.

Pauline conversion

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Paul Keres is the only chess player to have appeared on the euro currency, his face adorning the two-euro piece…

no. 449

25 March 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Mareco-Nakamura, Pro-League, chess.com 2017. Can you spot White’s winning coup?Answers to me at…

Oxford v Cambridge

18 March 2017 9:00 am

The 135th Varsity Match hosted by London’s Royal Automobile Club last Saturday resulted in a narrow win for Oxford, who…

no. 448

18 March 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Horton–Murphy, Varsity Match 2017. Can you spot White’s winning coup? Answers to me at…

Mutkin’s masterpiece

11 March 2017 9:00 am

This Saturday, 11 March, the annual Oxford v Cambridge Varsity match is being hosted by The Royal Automobile Club Pall…

no. 447

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Kozera-Wang, Varsity Match 2016. White has powerful threats and Black has only one…

Mr Hundred Per Cent

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Nigel Short has distinguished himself by scoring 100 per cent, winning all six games, in the Bunratty tournament which finished…

no. 446

4 March 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Tabatabaei-Vakhidov, Aeroflot Open, Moscow 2017. White has sacrificed a piece for a powerful…

Blazing Sadler

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Matthew Sadler’s retirement from full-time international chess is one of the great losses to the British game. Occasionally, the one-time…

no. 445

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Morozevich-Sadler, Reykjavik 1999, a game from Sadler’s heydey, when he was regularly beating…

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.…