Chess

Ivanchuk the Terrible

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Although he has never won the World Championship, Vassily Ivanchuk is the scourge of the world’s elite. In his day…

Gelfand’s hat trick

13 July 2013 9:00 am

As previously reported, 45-year-old Boris Gelfand, the oldest player in the tournament, convincingly won the Tal Memorial in Moscow. This…

Anand’s crisis

6 July 2013 9:00 am

A disturbing pattern has emerged in the games of world champion Viswanathan Anand. As White in the Ruy Lopez he…

Age shall not wither

29 June 2013 9:00 am

The Israeli grandmaster Boris Gelfand celebrated his 45th birthday last Monday (24 June) with outright victory in the Tal Memorial elite…

Maharajah

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Viswanathan Anand, the world champion from Chennai (formerly known as Madras), defends his world title in a $5 million match…

Thessaloniki

15 June 2013 9:00 am

Thessaloniki is said to be named after a half-sister of Alexander the Great. Fidé staged a recent Grand Prix there,…

Vishy business

8 June 2013 9:00 am

World champion Vishy Anand will defend his title against Magnus Carlsen of Norway in November in a $5 million match…

Title prospects

1 June 2013 9:00 am

As a result of the London Candidates tournament, Magnus Carlsen will challenge Viswanathan Anand for the World Championship in Chennai…

Norwegian Blue

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian chess superstar who will be challenging Viswanathan Anand for the world title later this year, disappointed…

Fire and ice

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Sergei Karjakin stormed into an early lead with 4/4 in the elite tournament at Stavanger in Norway, which finishes on…

Alekhine Memorial

11 May 2013 9:00 am

The Alekhine Memorial split between Paris and St Petersburg has been won jointly by Lev Aronian and Boris Gelfand. The…

Great Alexander

4 May 2013 9:00 am

As I write, the prestigious Alekhine Memorial tournament is drawing to a close. Brainchild of sponsor Andrei Filatov, this high-powered…

Poisson d’Avril

27 April 2013 9:00 am

Trust the French to have cuisine in mind when coining their phrase for April Fool. On the front page of…

Adrian Hollis

20 April 2013 9:00 am

Adrian, who died earlier this year, was both an Oxford classicist from Keble College and a Correspondence Chess Grandmaster. One…

Magnus force

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen has qualified from the London Candidates tournament to earn a title match against the incumbent world champion Vishy…

Passed pawns

6 April 2013 8:00 am

This week, further fascinating positions from the world championship qualifier Candidates tournament recently concluded in London. Although there were the…

In mate

30 March 2013 9:00 am

In the history of suppression of press freedom in the UK, now once again a fierce topic of debate, an…

Candidates

23 March 2013 9:00 am

The Candidates tournament to decide the challenger to world champion Anand is the strongest tournament ever to have graced the…

Ponziani scheme

16 March 2013 9:00 am

The world championship qualifier, known as the Candidates’ tournament, should now be underway in London. (For details see the website…

Witschcraft

9 March 2013 9:00 am

There are two new books about Aron Nimzowitsch, chess strategist and author of My System. Aron Nimzowitsch on the Road…

Sacrificial rite

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Rudolph Spielmann, a contemporary of Rubinstein, Reti, Alekhine and Capablanca, can be seen as the Romantic equivalent to a further…

Duchamp/Cage

23 February 2013 9:00 am

The Bride and the Bachelors is an impressive exhibition of the work of Marcel Duchamp, John Cage and related artists…

Francophilia

16 February 2013 9:00 am

Any book by the erudite Steve Giddins is an event and he has now produced a valuable guide to the…

Rock solid

9 February 2013 9:00 am

The Gibraltar Masters, where I was last week, has been won by a quartet consisting of Vitiugov, Short, Sandipan and…

Opposite bishops

2 February 2013 9:00 am

No, not the Church of England and its troubles with the question of whether women should be allowed to be…