Chess

More than a game

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Cars, computers and cadavers: taking them apart is normally reserved for experts and the pathologically curious. In his new book,…

12 rules for chess

18 January 2020 9:00 am

As backhanded Christmas gifts go, a copy of 12 Rules for Life, must be up there with wrinkle cream or a…

A question of motivation

11 January 2020 9:00 am

‘Every day is different’, people like to say about their jobs. For the world’s best chess players, that’s only partly…

A multitude of contests

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Besides the Grand Chess Tour final, an abundance of chess was played at this year’s London Chess Classic. More than…

Ding’s wings

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Ding Liren, from China, was a convincing winner of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, which reached its climax in London…

The Saric Supremacy

7 December 2019 9:00 am

There is a gritty fight scene in The Bourne Supremacy, in which Jason Bourne (played by Matt Damon) faces down…

A good year for Carlsen

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen is the star attraction at this year’s London Chess Classic. The festival, now in its 11th edition, runs…

A fresh approach

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Reimagine democracy. Reimagine capitalism. Reimagine education. For all the reimagining thrown at big ideas, they don’t seem much perturbed. You…

Dubov’s dynamite

16 November 2019 9:00 am

When Daniil Dubov advanced his queen’s pawn in Batumi last month, he might as well have chewed the head off…

Bronze in Batumi

9 November 2019 9:00 am

The hammering downpour before the last round in Batumi was, in retrospect, a precious omen. After all, England’s medal drought…

Seizing the moment

2 November 2019 9:00 am

‘If the ball came loose from the back of the scrum, which it won’t of course…,’ said Boris, about his…

Great sacrifices

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Impelled by his engineer’s mindset, the former world champion Mikhail Botvinnik wrote a short essay to answer a simple question:…

Atmospheric pressures

19 October 2019 9:00 am

‘Poor indoor air quality hampers cognitive performance significantly’, concluded a recent study in the IZA (Institute of Labour Economics). Of…

Plates in the sink

12 October 2019 9:00 am

‘Chess is a constant struggle between my desire not to lose and my desire not to think.’ I’m fond of…

Visky business

5 October 2019 9:00 am

‘Visky,’ said the man driving the taxi.   ‘Risky?’   ‘Visky.’   ‘Ah… whisky! Or vodka.’ I grinned as I…

Double fianchetto

28 September 2019 9:00 am

In my pantheon of heroes a particular place of honour is occupied by the hypermodern grandmaster Richard Réti, the first…

Adopt a hero

21 September 2019 9:00 am

I am often asked which players I admire most and which grandmasters, writers and champions exerted the most influence on…

Benko’s endgame

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The Hungarian/American grandmaster Pal Benko has died at the age of 91. Among his numerous distinguished achievements was his double qualification…

Ding an sich

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Ding Liren, the Chinese grandmaster, has scored a career best in the Classical time limit section of the Grand Tour…

Peace conference

31 August 2019 9:00 am

The classical section of the elite Grand Tour event in St Louis, which ended earlier this week, resembled a peace…

No garlands

24 August 2019 9:00 am

At St Louis, world champion Magnus Carlsen met with unexpected setbacks in both the rapid and blitz sections. In both…

Zugger zugged

17 August 2019 9:00 am

The German expression zugzwang means ‘compulsion to move’ and is most often seen in the endgame. Consider the following position…

Adams Avalanche

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Mickey Adams won the British Championship, which finished last week in Torquay, for the seventh time. Leading scores (out of…

Game plan

3 August 2019 9:00 am

What distinguishes the expert from the amateur in chess is partly tactical fluency, but also the ability to map out long-term…

Black Death

27 July 2019 9:00 am

There are comparisons to be made between tennis and chess. Player X (aka White) serves. Player Y (Black) responds. The…