Chess

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…

Thoroughly modern

27 May 2017 9:00 am

In 1972, in collaboration with George Botterill, two-times British champion, I published a revolutionary book on 1 … g6 which…

Trumpeting success

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Regular readers will recall my column of 15 April in which I speculated on the future of the eccentric Fidé…

Tetralogy

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Four important events have taken centre stage over the past few weeks. These were tournaments in Shenzen (won by Ding…

Catalan

6 May 2017 9:00 am

The Catalan opening looks as if it should be relatively harmless, combining as it does the Queen’s Gambit with the…

Bugged

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Polish grandmaster Akiba Rubinstein was one of the strongest players never to win the world title. Up to 1914 he…

BCM

22 April 2017 9:00 am

The British Chess Magazine is the oldest continuously published chess magazine in the world. Recently it has been boosted by…

Presidential panic

15 April 2017 8:00 am

This month, watch out for unidentified fleeing presidents. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president of Fidé, the World Chess Federation, and a self-confessed…

Stakhanovite

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Before leaving the topic of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 tournament to mark the half-century of the Russian revolution,…