Chess

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…

Tal story

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Sixty years ago, the great Mikhail Tal won the Candidates tournament by a massive margin to qualify for a world…

Howard Staunton

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Staunton was the most successful British player of all time, winning three matches against European masters in the 1840s which…

Tigran, Tigran, burning bright

6 July 2019 9:00 am

This year Tigran Petrosian would have celebrated his 90th birthday. The Armenian grandmaster and world champion was noted for the…

King’s Indian

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The King’s Indian Defence is one of Black’s most dynamic reactions to closed openings such as d4/c4 and Nf3. Black…

Fortune’s wheel

22 June 2019 9:00 am

The elite tournament at Stavanger in Norway has resulted in yet another victory for the world champion Magnus Carlsen. The…

Morse and Lewis

15 June 2019 9:00 am

The Isle of Lewis chess pieces are one of the proudest possessions of the British Museum and also the National Museum…

Spirited

8 June 2019 8:00 am

An unusual tournament has taken place at the Lindores Abbey Whisky Distillery in Scotland, namely a double-round competition between four…

Holy Grail

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Gawain Jones has fought his way to the no. 1 position on the UK ranking list by a series of recent…

Goring the gambit

25 May 2019 9:00 am

One of the most irritating defences to meet when playing 1 d4 as White is the Benko Gambit (1 d4…