Chess

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…

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…