Chess

Caruana chronicles

15 September 2018 9:00 am

In the run-up to the Carlsen-Caruana World Championship match set for London in November, I will be previewing their prospects.…

Peaceful solution

8 September 2018 9:00 am

In the recent super-tournament in St Louis, Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and Lev Aronian opted to share the laurels. According to…

Shak attack

1 September 2018 9:00 am

The Azeri grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has been distinguishing himself recently at both classical and speed chess time limits. Last month…

Royal road

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The mathematician Euclid once boldly informed King Ptolemy Soter I of Egypt that there was no royal road to geometry.…

Luke’s gospel

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Perhaps the outstanding clash of the recently concluded British championship in Hull, supported by Capital Developments Waterloo Ltd, was the…

Royal shame

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Nine-year-old Shreyas Royal, widely regarded as the UK’s best hope to become a future world chess champion, is being deported…

Rice gambit

4 August 2018 9:00 am

The recent successful revival of the musical Chess, by Sir Tim Rice and the men of Abba, featured some genuine extracts…

Fiend from Hull

28 July 2018 9:00 am

This year’s British Championship commences today in Hull. Among a powerful field, which includes Michael Adams and defending champion Gawain…

Mental sport

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Sporting commentators frequently resort to chess metaphors to convey the flavour of a particular contest. In the case of football, chess tends…

Leningrad Lip

14 July 2018 9:00 am

This description of Viktor Korchnoi was coined (an oblique reference to Muhammad Ali’s nickname of Louisville Lip) by Ian Ward…

We still have Paris

7 July 2018 9:00 am

The second leg of this year’s Grand Tour was contested in Paris, almost immediately after Leuven. For Paris, Anish Giri…

The Caruana conundrum

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Over the course of this year Fabiano Caruana has scored splendidly in tournaments with classical time limits, notching up first…

Altibox

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Fabiano Caruana has won the elite Altibox tournament ahead of world champion Magnus Carlsen. This result might appear to give…

Viktor the Terrible

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Viktor Korchnoi is the subject of a poignant new book from the distinguished pen of the Dutch grandmaster and former Soviet…

Title background

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana will be contesting their World Championship match in London in November. As I mentioned last…

Sherpa

2 June 2018 9:00 am

My Great Predecessors is an indispensable guide to the achievements, style and best games of the former world chess champions.…

Short shrift

26 May 2018 9:00 am

On 10 May, Britain’s most famous grandmaster, Nigel Short, chose the pages of the Times to announce his surprise candidacy…

Musical chairs

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Chess, the musical by Sir Tim Rice and the male half of ABBA, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, runs at…

Biblical

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Matthew Sadler was the star of the evening on the night of the Royal Automobile Club annual dinner which I…

Grenke

5 May 2018 9:00 am

The Grenke Chess Classic, played in Karlsruhe and Baden Baden, has been won by Fabiano Caruana, who also won the…

Viennese Waltz

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The Vienna variation of the Queen’s Gambit is notable for a line in which the pieces conduct an elaborate dance…

Fischer redivivus

21 April 2018 9:00 am

The Berlin qualifying tournament to determine the challenger to world champion Magnus Carlsen has ended in victory for the American…

Class club

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The annual Hamilton-Russell competition for London Clubs has been won by the Royal Automobile Club, with the Marylebone Cricket Club…

Space travel

7 April 2018 9:00 am

No, not the type of space travel allegedly enjoyed by the World Chess Federation president, Kirsan Ilumzinov, during his self-confessed…

Victor Ludorum

31 March 2018 8:00 am

A match which has attracted less attention than it deserves was Luke McShane’s victory over David Howell in the final…