Chess

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…

Bright blues

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The boat race for the brain, as it has become known, took place at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall,…

Varsity

7 March 2015 9:00 am

On Saturday 7 March the annual Varsity Match between the teams of Oxford and Cambridge takes place. The contest is…

Gnomic

28 February 2015 9:00 am

The elite tournament at Zurich, which finished last week, has adopted a system for determining the ultimate trophy winner which…

Carlsen’s special brew

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen has added another trophy to his cabinet by taking the honours at the Grenke tournament in Baden Baden,…

Tradewise

14 February 2015 9:00 am

The Tradewise Masters in Gibraltar has been won by the American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, with the British co-champion David Howell…

Sixes and sevens

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The veteran world championship contender, Victor Korchnoi, has accused the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen of hypnotising his opponents. Plainly unimpressed by…

Magnificent Magnus

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen has won first prize in the elite Tata Steel tournament at Wijk aan Zee, Holland. Leading scores out…

London Blitz

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Britain’s leading grandmaster, Michael Adams, started well in the London Classic, with a beautiful win against the rising star Fabiano…

London Rapid

17 January 2015 9:00 am

The exciting American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura compensated for his somewhat lacklustre performance in the London Classic section, held at Olympia…

London Classic

10 January 2015 9:00 am

The key feature of the London Classic, which finished shortly before Christmas, was the resurgence of Viswanathan Anand, the former…

Ave et vale

3 January 2015 9:00 am

2014 was the year in which Magnus Carlsen confirmed his position as world champion, and also the year in which…

London greats

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The London Chess Classic, graced by two former world champions Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, as well as the world…

Classic

6 December 2014 9:00 am

London chess fans are about to enjoy a great treat. The London Chess Classic will run from the 10-14 December…

Extinct tigers

29 November 2014 9:00 am

The Tiger of Madras has gone the way of the sabre-toothed tiger. Viswanathan Anand, world champion from 2007 to 2013,…

Comedy of errors

22 November 2014 9:00 am

For reasons unknown, the world championship in Sochi between Carlsen and Anand is turning into a catalogue of disastrous blunders…

Force Majeure

15 November 2014 9:00 am

The common feature of the first two games of the World Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen in…