Chess

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…

Tal story

26 March 2016 9:00 am

With the proliferation of modern opening theory and advances in knowledge of the game, I wonder sometimes if the kind…

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…