Chess

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…

Chigorin revived

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The early games of the World Championship in New York between Magnus Carlsen and Sergei Karjakin did little to contribute…

Magnus vs Sergei

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The World Championship in New York begins this week. In the run-up, the defending champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, has…

Lasker’s heir

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Last week I previewed the respective chances of world champion Magnus Carlsen and his challenger Sergey Karjakin for their forthcoming championship…

Psephology

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The polls are in for next month’s big event in the USA and Magnus Carlsen has emerged the clear favourite…

Gamesters of Triskelion

15 October 2016 9:00 am

I first encountered the Triskelion, the traditional coat of arms of the Isle of Man, when I saw Laurence Oliver’s…

Tal order

8 October 2016 9:00 am

As I write, the Mikhail Tal Memorial tournament in Moscow is still underway. The Dutch grandmaster Anish Giri stormed into…

Rigan wizard

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Mikhail Tal, the Wizard from Riga, was one of the most devastating tacticians in the history of chess. His rise…

Olympiad

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan, ended in a narrow victory for the USA. Having tied with Ukraine, the…