Chess

Candidates

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The Candidates tournament to determine the challenger later this year to world champion Magnus Carlsen is now well underway in…

Bunratty

12 March 2016 9:00 am

The tournament at Bunratty is Ireland’s premier chess competition and has been for several years. This year’s event, to which…

Varsity match

5 March 2016 9:00 am

On Saturday 5 March the 134th Varsity Match between the teams from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge takes place…

Gnomic

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Zurich has been the scene for the latest clash between the titans of chess. Over a mere four days in…

Rocky 14

20 February 2016 9:00 am

The 14th Tradewise tournament at Gibraltar ended in a triumph for the American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura. Naka, as he is…

Mighty Magnus

13 February 2016 9:00 am

The world champion is back on form. After winning the overall laurels in last year’s Grand Tour, and taking first…

Irresistible force

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Alexander Alekhine was one of the immortals of the chessboard — world champion from 1927, when in an epic war…

Keres scene

30 January 2016 9:00 am

This week I conclude my homage to the great Estonian grandmaster Paul Keres, who was born a century ago this…

Pauline conversion

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Paul Keres, the Estonian grandmaster and many times world championship contender, was born a hundred years ago this month. His…

Paul stories

16 January 2016 9:00 am

An excellent recent article by Dominic Lawson in Standpoint magazine reminded me of the greatness of Paul Keres. The Estonian…

Winter’s tail

9 January 2016 9:00 am

The London Classic, the end of the million-dollar Grand Tour, was something of a damp squib. A surfeit of draws…

Banking on chess

2 January 2016 9:00 am

As the new year begins, I pay a final tribute to the city financier Jim Slater, who did so much to…

London calling

12 December 2015 9:00 am

By the time this article appears, the London Classic at Olympia and the newly created brainchild of the indefatigable Malcolm…

London Classic

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The annual London Classic, inspired and organised by the indefatigable Malcolm Pein, is now underway at London’s Olympia. The website…

Chess Maecenas

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Last week saw the death of the city financier Jim Slater. He was famous in chess circles for joining Henry…

Grand Larsen-y

21 November 2015 9:00 am

It is said that more books have been written about chess than about any other game, sport or pastime. I…

Sporting chance

14 November 2015 9:00 am

I was not quite sure whether to be annoyed or relieved about the recent High Court decision not to recognise…

Winter of discontent

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The two great Soviet world champion Russians, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov, have almost always taken divergent paths. Karpov was…

Doctor Hou

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Hou Yifan has won what must be considered one of the strongest, if not the strongest, all-women chess tournaments ever…

Ex libris

24 October 2015 9:00 am

When I first studied chess I thought it was a golden age for chess literature. There were the classics such…

Thud and blunder

17 October 2015 8:00 am

The Fidé World Cup, which finished last week in Baku, boasted over $1 million in overall prize money, with $100,000…

Black death

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Joseph Henry Blackburne was the leading British tournament player towards the end of the 19th century. It could be said…

Homer nods

3 October 2015 8:00 am

Paul Morphy, in a strange prefiguration of the later career of Bobby Fischer, was often described as ‘the pride and…

Coincidence

26 September 2015 8:00 am

My grandmaster colleague James Plaskett has two passions, the pursuit of the mythical giant octopus (ongoing) and a fascination with…

Grand Tour

19 September 2015 8:00 am

This week I conclude my coverage of the St Louis leg of the million dollar Grand Tour.  Carlsen-So: Sinquefield Cup,…