Chess

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,…

Father William

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The American grandmaster William Lombardy died last week (4 December 1937–13 October 2017). He was an amazing talent in his…

Prodigy

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Twelve-year-old Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa scored a sensational result in the recent Isle of Man Masters. At the age of ten years…

Historic

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Congratulations to the organisational team of the Isle of Man Masters, which concluded last weekend. They assembled what must have…

Gamesters of Triskelion

30 September 2017 9:00 am

The triskelion, or three-legged emblem, has been on the coat of arms of the Isle of Man since the late…

Bronstein’s legacy

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Last week I focused on the games and somewhat tragic career of the ingenious David Bronstein. Before his time the…

Study in obsession

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Genna Sosonko is a writer and grandmaster who straddles two great chess cultures, Holland and the USSR, his chosen and native…

David and the Giants

9 September 2017 9:00 am

The overall scores of the exceedingly strong combined rapid and blitz tournaments in St Louis were as follows: 1. Aronian 24½;…

Hou dares wins

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Hou Yifan, the leading female grandmaster, is beginning to place strain on Judit Polgar’s record as the best woman chess…

Philidor’s heir

26 August 2017 9:00 am

There was a time when France was the dominant power in world chess. When Howard Staunton commenced his remarkable series…

Magnum opus

19 August 2017 9:00 am

A new book on the ingenious Hungarian master Gyula Breyer ranks, in my opinion, at the very top of chess…

Test of time

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Last week I pointed to the fact that games played at accelerated time limits are acquiring an official imprimatur that…

Classical conundrum

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The great Mikhail Botvinnik excoriated chess played at fast time limits. Botvinnik believed that classical chess at time limits of,…

British championship

29 July 2017 9:00 am

This year’s British Championship starts on Saturday and is endowed with an outstanding prize fund supplied by Capital Developments Waterloo…

New in chess

22 July 2017 9:00 am

New in Chess is one of the world’s leading chess magazines. At one time or another, every contemporary champion and…

Queen’s gambit

15 July 2017 9:00 am

International master Andrew Martin is the head of the English Chess Federation Academy. He is well qualified for this post,…

Judgment of Paris

8 July 2017 9:00 am

This year’s Grand Chess Tour started in Paris, continues in Leuven (Belgium) and will go on to St Louis and…

Sporting life

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Can chess and bridge be considered sports? According to a European Court of Justice judgment earlier this month, bridge is…

Great Tigran’s heir

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Tigran Petrosian is the great chess hero of Armenia. World champion from 1963-1969, his best games exhibit a profundity which…

Stavanger

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The powerful tournament in Stavanger, Norway, draws to a close at the end of this week. World champion Magnus Carlsen…

Parliamentary moves

10 June 2017 9:00 am

With the election dominating the news, this week I focus on the strongest chess player to have entered Parliament. Marmaduke…

Vote Basman

3 June 2017 9:00 am

To the best of my knowledge, Michael Basman is the first officially titled chess master to ever stand in a UK…