Chess

Chinese puzzle

17 September 2016 9:00 am

As I write, the final results of the Baku Olympiad are still not in. England are fighting for a possible…

Back to Baku

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The 42nd Chess Olympiad is now underway in Baku, Azerbaijan, and English grandmasters are making their best efforts to recapture…

Queen’s Gambit rejected

3 September 2016 9:00 am

One of the most reliable methods of frustrating chess computers is to play 1 d4 but then avoid the well-trodden…

So it St Louis

27 August 2016 9:00 am

From the humble status of wild-card entry at St Louis last year, the US Grandmaster, Wesley So (formerly of the…

Adams apple

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Grandmaster Michael Adams turned in a superlative performance earlier this month to win the British Championship for the fifth time.…

Surreptitious subversion

13 August 2016 9:00 am

After the vote to leave the EU it is time to reclaim the good old English names for traditional openings…

Vikings on board

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Mark Hall, curator of the Perth Museum, has recently drawn attention to the proliferation of board games in Viking burials.…

Bilbao

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, has added yet another tournament to his extensive list of victories. Although he must have…

Karjakin’s complaint

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Sergey Karjakin, the challenger for Magnus Carlsen’s world title later this year, has announced in Bilbao, where he is contesting…

Electric shock

16 July 2016 9:00 am

To mark the UK’s decision to exit from the EU, I can think of no better example than the triple match…

Korchnoi’s French

9 July 2016 9:00 am

As we bid farewell to the great Viktor Korchnoi, it is worth pointing out that he was one of those…

Grand tour

2 July 2016 9:00 am

The first two legs of this year’s Grand Chess Tour have now been staged in Paris and Leuven. There will…

Memorable Mamedyarov

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Local hero Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan by virtue of three consecutive victories at the…

Leningrad Lip

18 June 2016 9:00 am

I had intended this week to write about the surprise surge by Mamedyarov which overturned all expectations in the elite…

Edgehogs

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Last week, commenting on Nigel Davies’s new book The Pirc Move by Move (Everyman Chess), I wrote about my win…

Life on the edge

4 June 2016 9:00 am

The grandmaster Nigel Davies has just written a new book on the Pirc Defence, a variation in which Black sacrifices…

Garry’s comeback

28 May 2016 9:00 am

To great surprise, the former world champion Garry Kasparov staged a brief comeback when he participated in a blitz tournament…

Cyrus the Great

21 May 2016 9:00 am

I think I hold the world record for the greatest number of chess books written (or co-written) and published. At…

Magna cum laude

14 May 2016 9:00 am

World champion Magnus Carlsen has taken first prize in the Norway tournament at Stavanger which finished last month. Carlsen had…

Out of the book

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Last week we saw the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen taking a leaf from Alekhine’s book to destroy eccentric opening…

Evolution

30 April 2016 9:00 am

World champion Magnus Carlsen takes much inspiration from the games of the former champion Emanuel Lasker. Lasker and Carlsen share…

The Godfather

23 April 2016 9:00 am

It is often asked how chess became so popular in the USSR. My answer is that most areas of creative…

666

16 April 2016 9:00 am

The year 2016 is the anniversary of a number of significant events in the chess world. In 1946 Alexander Alekhine…

Sergey’s sensation

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Sergey Karjakin, who in 2002 became the world’s youngest-ever grandmaster at the age of 12 years and seven months, has…

Bellum sociorum

2 April 2016 9:00 am

The internecine but friendly annual rivalry between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, generously hosted last month by the Chess Circle…