Chess

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,…

Fifty glorious years

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Whatever else you may say about it, the USSR certainly created the greatest national chess-playing machine the world has ever…

Pauline conversion

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Paul Keres is the only chess player to have appeared on the euro currency, his face adorning the two-euro piece…

Oxford v Cambridge

18 March 2017 9:00 am

The 135th Varsity Match hosted by London’s Royal Automobile Club last Saturday resulted in a narrow win for Oxford, who…

Mutkin’s masterpiece

11 March 2017 9:00 am

This Saturday, 11 March, the annual Oxford v Cambridge Varsity match is being hosted by The Royal Automobile Club Pall…

Mr Hundred Per Cent

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Nigel Short has distinguished himself by scoring 100 per cent, winning all six games, in the Bunratty tournament which finished…

Blazing Sadler

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Matthew Sadler’s retirement from full-time international chess is one of the great losses to the British game. Occasionally, the one-time…

Cui Bono

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The cause célèbre at the Tradewise tournament in Gibraltar, which finished earlier this month, was the extraordinary protest by Hou…

Tradewise

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The Tradewise tournament at Gibraltar has gained a colossal reputation and is even challenging the traditional tournament at Wijk aan…

Serendipity

4 February 2017 9:00 am

My two previous articles dwelt on Richard Réti’s introduction of the so-called hypermodern systems. Characterised by the double fianchetto of White’s…

Capa capitulates

28 January 2017 9:00 am

The new book by Thomas Engqvist, Réti: Move by Move (Everyman Chess), about the hypermodern leader Richard Réti, is so significant…

Hypermodern

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Richard Réti is one of the most fascinating figures in the history of chess thought. The author of two seminal…

Gone Giri

14 January 2017 9:00 am

The London Classic is over with the final scores being as follows: Wesley So 6/9; Fabiano Caruana 5½; Viswanathan Anand,…

Missed chances

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen has retained the World Championship but only after Sergei Karjakin, the challenger, missed some glorious opportunities. In game…

Game of the year

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Probably the most spectacular game played in the past year was the brilliant win by Gawain Jones in the Olympiad.…

London classic

10 December 2016 9:00 am

The annual London Classic is now underway at Olympia. Understandably Magnus Carlsen, after his exertions in New York, is not…

Overreach

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Game eight of the World Championship in New York broke the deadlock of hard-fought draws in the first seven games.…

Willing to wound

26 November 2016 9:00 am

But yet afraid to strike, as Alexander Pope would doubtless have described the first seven games of the World Championship…