Chess

Family silver

23 March 2019 9:00 am

The World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, finished last week with a victory for Russia but with an outstanding team…

Oxford win

14 March 2019 9:00 am

The annual Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge ended in a surprisingly narrow victory for the dark blues. Their team…

Bunratty

9 March 2019 9:00 am

The Bunratty tournament in Ireland is one of the highlights of the chess year and always attracts an impressive field.…

Playing the blues

2 March 2019 9:00 am

This Saturday (2 March) sees the annual varsity match between the teams of Oxford and Cambridge. Oxford are strengthened this…

Rock solid

23 February 2019 9:00 am

This year’s Gibraltar Masters saw some surprising results at the top, chiefly the victory by the young Russian, Vladimir Artemiev,…

Homage to Kramnik

16 February 2019 9:00 am

The former world champion Vladimir Kramnik recently announced his retirement from competitive chess. He is one of the greats of the…

Kramnik retires

9 February 2019 9:00 am

A notable feature from the recently concluded elite tournament at Wijk aan Zee was the abject failure of former world…

A tale of two tournaments

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The start of the year sees the elite of the chess world divided between Wijk aan Zee in Holland and…

Game changer

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Game Changer, the long-awaited book by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan, has now appeared. This represents the most thorough inside…

Knockout

19 January 2019 9:00 am

The 2018 UK Knockout, won by Gawain Jones, ahead of Luke McShane (silver) and Michael Adams (bronze), was played in…

Three titans

12 January 2019 9:00 am

The Dutch grandmaster Genna Sosonko specialises in biographies of the greats of the Soviet era. His earlier forays covered the…

Game of the year

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The time has come again when I award the accolade of most spectacular game of the year. It adds lustre if…

Leviathan

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Last week I compared the Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen to a lurking crocodile, ready to grab its oblivious…

Beneath the surface

8 December 2018 9:00 am

After 12 games of classical chess, the world championship between the incumbent, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and his American challenger,…

Atticus

1 December 2018 9:00 am

The Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot by Alexander Pope contains a memorable excoriation of his fellow wit and former friend Joseph…

Dante’s millions

24 November 2018 9:00 am

As I write, the London world championship is tied at 3½-3½, after seven games. In striving to move ahead, the…

Paradise mislaid

17 November 2018 9:00 am

World champion Magnus Carlsen missed several chances to win with black in the first game of his title defence, currently…

Nos morituri

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, those two gladiators of the mind, will duel in London during the remainder of this…

Man made

3 November 2018 9:00 am

This year’s Isle of Man Masters, sponsored by Chess.com, could claim to be the strongest ever open chess competition. The…

Condottieri

27 October 2018 9:00 am

The recently concluded European Club Cup, held at Porto Carras in Greece, resembled late medieval Italian warfare — populated by…

Ship ahoy

20 October 2018 9:00 am

The Evans Gambit was invented by a British naval officer of the early part of the 19th century, Captain W.D. Evans,…

Eastern promise

13 October 2018 9:00 am

The Batumi Olympiad ended as a great success for the teams from China, which captured the gold medals in both…

Role model

6 October 2018 9:00 am

World champion Magnus Carlsen is not competing in the Batumi Olympiad (of which more next week). Doubtless he is conserving…

Batumi Olympiad

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The Chess Olympiad for national teams is now underway in Batumi, Georgia. Over 200 teams are competing and the lavish…

Interregnum

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The only official interregnum in the reigns of the world chess champions was that between the death of Alekhine in…