Chess

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,…

Checkmate me in St Louis

12 September 2015 9:00 am

The Sinquefield Cup in St Louis, one of the strongest tournaments of all time, has been convincingly won by the…

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…