Chess

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…

Kramnik’s Immortal

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Every so often a game is played which is worthy of joining the immortals in the pantheon of chessboard masterpieces.…

First round nerves

17 March 2018 9:00 am

The three most important events in the World Chess Federation calendar are the World Championship match, the Olympiad and the…

Berlin

10 March 2018 9:00 am

This weekend the Candidates tournament commences in Berlin to decide the challenger who will face Magnus Carlsen for the world…

Bunratty

3 March 2018 9:00 am

This year’s tournament at Bunratty in Ireland was the celebratory 25th in the series and I was invited to deliver the…

Another Troy

24 February 2018 9:00 am

One of the sharpest lines in the Ruy Lopez (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 f5) is widely…

Knight outriders

17 February 2018 9:00 am

A good rule of thumb is to avoid sending off knights to excursions at the edge of the board, where…

Chess on the Rock

10 February 2018 9:00 am

The Armenian Grandmaster Levon Aronian has won first prize of £25,000 in the important Tradewise Masters which has just finished…

Hypnosis?

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Various champions have been accused of hypnotising their opponents, including Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Tal and, not least, the reigning world…

Frankenchess

27 January 2018 9:00 am

A remarkable event took place in London towards the end of last year, when the AlphaZero computer program took on…

Willing to wound

20 January 2018 9:00 am

‘Willing to wound and yet afraid to strike,’ wrote Alexander Pope about Atticus. Those lines more or less describe the…

On speed

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Although it does not have the prestige of the Classical World Championship (to be staged in London in November), the…

Game of the year

6 January 2018 9:00 am

It is traditional that in my first column of the new year I review the previous 12 months and select…

Grand prix

16 December 2017 9:00 am

The London Classic is over and full reports in this column will follow in the new year. Meanwhile, we now know…

Books of the year

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The English Chess Federation has awarded its Book of the Year prize to Timman’s Titans: My World Chess Champions by…

London Classic

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The London Classic gets underway this weekend in Olympia. The line-up is formidable, including the world champion Magnus Carlsen, his…

Alekhine’s heir

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Garry Kasparov was without a doubt Alekhine’s creative heir. The 1985-2000 world champion said himself that he became entranced at…

Alekhine’s anniversaries

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Alexander Alekhine was one of the two world champions (the other being his fellow native Russian Mikhail Botvinnik) who won,…

Master class

11 November 2017 9:00 am

While researching some early games in the Bf4 version of the Queen’s Pawn openings favoured by world champion Magnus Carlsen,…

Chigorin lives

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Nigel Short, who challenged Garry Kasparov for the world title in 1993, has made a reputation for employing slightly offbeat…

Brief encounter

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Books on the world championship matches used to appear regularly, with some having multiple written accounts. In recent years, though,…