Chess

Phoenix arise

22 September 2012 9:00 am

Every year I give many so-called simultaneous displays, usually for charity, where I take on 20 opponents at one and…

Schools challenge

15 September 2012 9:00 am

The indefatigable Michael Basman continues to identify future chess superstars with his annual Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge for schoolchildren.…

Total recall

8 September 2012 8:00 am

Memory is vital in chess, not least because modern opening theory has expanded in such a daunting way. I was,…

Gligoric

1 September 2012 8:00 am

The great Svetozar Gligoric passed away last week at the age of 89. Gligoric represented Yugoslavia at a time when…

Grand prix

25 August 2012 6:00 am

London’s newest and most flamboyant chess entrepreneur, Andy Paulson of Agon, which has acquired all World Championship rights from Fidé,…

Duchamp

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Marcel Duchamp was the strongest chessplaying artist the world has seen. He defeated a number of master players, including Koltanowski,…

Sir Gawain

11 August 2012 6:00 am

Grandmaster Gawain Jones triumphed in the 99th British championship. However, his path to success was not exactly problem free. Far…

Midway

28 July 2012 6:00 am

The 99th British Championship in North Shields is reaching its midway point. The favourites are grandmasters Gawain Jones (my personal…

Sceptred Isle

21 July 2012 6:00 am

This week I continue with extracts of play from the new book on the English Opening by Steve Giddins. The…

Puzzle no. 226

14 July 2012 6:00 am

White to play. This position is from Kasparov-Ivanchuk, Moscow 1988. White’s next caused Black’s instant resignation. What did he play?…

England expects

14 July 2012 6:00 am

The English Opening was essentially invented by Howard Staunton in the mid-19th century. The strategic point is to commence with…

Puzzle no. 225

7 July 2012 6:00 am

White to play. This position is from Jones-Simutowe, Cape Town 2009. White’s next caused Black’s instant resignation. What did he…

Chess: Famous Five

7 July 2012 6:00 am

This year’s British Chess Championship will be held from Sunday 22 July to Saturday 4 August 2012 at the Parks…

Puzzle No. 224

30 June 2012 6:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Morozevich-McShane, Tal Memorial, Moscow 2012. Black’s next move did not elicit an immediate…

Chess: Magnus Dei

30 June 2012 6:00 am

Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian chess superstar, has added to his numerous laurels by winning the Tal Memorial in Moscow, ahead…

Chess: Don’t panic

23 June 2012 6:00 am

The proliferation of short draws in the recently concluded World Championship match has led to some hysterical proposals to adjust…

Puzzle No. 223

23 June 2012 6:00 am

Black to play. This is from Anand-Gelfand, rapid-play play-off, World Championship, Moscow 2012. Gelfand eventually lost, but he had a…

Puzzle no. 222

16 June 2012 6:00 am

White to play. This is a variation from Spassky-Bronstein, Leningrad 1960, which was used as the basis of the chess…

Chess: Elementary

16 June 2012 6:00 am

The latest Sherlock Holmes film, A Game of Shadows, starring Robert Downey jr and Jude Law, pays distinct homage to…

Chess: Ruslan’s return

19 August 2010 11:15 am