Chess

Armenian gold

24 November 2012 9:00 am

Armenia won the gold medals in the Istanbul Chess Olympiad for the third time in four years — an astonishing…

Witschcraft

17 November 2012 9:00 am

Last week, in the context of the discovery of the chessboard of Sir John Tenniel, the Times related a famous,…

Cut of their jib

10 November 2012 9:00 am

Entries are now being invited to what I believe to be the world’s finest open tournament held at the Caleta…

Basman forever

3 November 2012 9:00 am

Michael Basman is in many ways the most important person in British chess. As a player, he is an International…

According to Akiba

27 October 2012 9:00 am

In contemporary high-class tournament play both adjournments and early draws have been banned. This is partly due to the accessibility…

Magnificat

20 October 2012 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen has won the elite tournament split between Sao Paulo, Brazil and Bilbao, Spain ahead of a squad of…

Grand finale

13 October 2012 9:00 am

The London Grand Prix at Simpson’s in the Strand finished in a triple tie between the three grandmasters Topalov, Gelfand…

Grand prix 2

6 October 2012 9:00 am

Boris Gelfand, the challenger for this year’s World Championship in Moscow, continues, as I write, to lead the Agon/Fidé Grand…

Grand prix

29 September 2012 9:00 am

When this article appears, the AGON Grand Prix at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, brought to London by Andrew Paulson, will be reaching its…

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…