Chess

Bête noire

5 September 2015 9:00 am

England’s top grandmaster, Michael Adams, exerts a powerful influence over the elite player David Navara. In rating terms Navara and…

Piratical

29 August 2015 9:00 am

I have never met David Smerdon, the Australian grandmaster and author of Smerdon’s Scandinavian (Everyman Chess). Last week I gave…

Viking trail

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The Australian grandmaster David Smerdon has written a truly exciting book about some of the byways in the Centre Counter…

Buried treasure

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Jonathan Hawkins has emerged as the winner of this year’s British Championship, which finished last week at the University of…

1 Samuel 18:7

8 August 2015 9:00 am

David Howell is on a roll. At the halfway stage of the British Championship he looks set to retain his…

Stormy Petroff

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Alexander Petroff (1794-1867) is often remembered as the first great Russian chess master. He became the strongest player in Russia…

Arachnid

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Sadly, Michael Adams, for many years Britain’s leading grandmaster, will not be playing in the British Championship, which starts next…

Fabulous Fabiano

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Fabiano Caruana notched the result of his life at the Sinquefield Trophy in St Louis last year. Since then he…

Chinese cracker

11 July 2015 9:00 am

I have a particular affection for Chinese involvement in mind sports. In 1981 I was invited as the first western…

Magnus toppled

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Last week, world champion Magnus Carlsen suffered a devastating defeat in the first round of the Stavanger super tournament when…

Tempus fugit

27 June 2015 9:00 am

In serious competitive chess the play is regulated by time limits for completion of the moves. In the mid-19th century,…

Dark lord

20 June 2015 9:00 am

A new book, Opening Repertoire: The Nimzo-Indian and Bogo-Indian by Christof Seilecki (Everyman Chess), focuses on the ever popular Nimzo-Indian…

Triple tie

13 June 2015 9:00 am

This week I conclude my coverage of the Fidé (World Chess Federation) Grand Prix which finished last month in Khanty-Mansiysk.…

Boris Good Enough

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Boris Gulko, celebrated both as a grandmaster and a former Soviet dissident, has recently completed his great trilogy of instructional…

Shuffleduck

30 May 2015 9:00 am

There are some odd opening moves in chess, such as 1 a3 and 1 g4. The former was used by…

Reichenbach falls

23 May 2015 9:00 am

The former world champion Vladimir Kramnik recently espoused an opening system which I elaborated in a tournament in Germany in 1975.…

Hypnotism

16 May 2015 9:00 am

During the World Championship qualifier of 1959, grandmaster Pal Benko wore dark glasses to counter the hypnotic gaze of his…

Brain games

9 May 2015 9:00 am

This week I continue with my analysis of Nigel Short’s recent animadversions upon the differences between the male and female…

Nigel’s controversy

2 May 2015 9:00 am

British chess grandmaster Nigel Short has form when it comes to provocative statements. When competing in a tournament in France…

So there

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Hikaru Nakamura has won the US Championship in convincing style with 8/11, ahead of Ray Robson and Wesley So. Things…

Hit for six

18 April 2015 9:00 am

The Hamilton Russell trophy for London clubs has been dominated in the past by the RAC. This year, though, they were…

Polymath

11 April 2015 9:00 am

I learn from The Problemist, the organ of the British Chess Problem Society, that the polymath Dr Jacob Bronowski also…

From Russia with love

4 April 2015 8:00 am

In the James Bond film From Russia with Love there is an evil mastermind named Kronsteen. The character is in…

Caro can

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The Caro-Kann Defence, 1 e4 c6, has always appealed to me. It has the advantage of staking a claim in…

Just So

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Last week in a perceptive piece for the Times, Will Pavia animadverted upon the fact that the USA appears to…