Chess

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…

Sochi Challenge

8 November 2014 9:00 am

On Saturday 8 November the first game will be played in the three-week long rematch between defending world champion Magnus…

Winning hand

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Tension has always existed between games of skill, such as chess or draughts, and games seemingly based on chance, like…

Baku beyond

25 October 2014 9:00 am

The irrepressible Fabiano Caruana has added to his laurels by sharing first prize in the Baku Grand Prix, which finished…

Tigran Tigran

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Tigran Petrosian seized the world championship from Mikhail Botvinnik in 1963, defended the title against Boris Spassky in 1966 and…

Fabian strategy

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Good news. Fabiano Caruana will be coming to London this December to participate in the sixth London Classic. This will…

Highland fling

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Recently Professor Jackie Eales gave a lecture in Canterbury on ‘Queenship in the Age of the Enraged Chess Queen’. (The…

Scotch miss

27 September 2014 8:00 am

This week, a tribute to the one major Scottish contribution to chess, the invention of the Scotch game, later to…

Double trouble

20 September 2014 9:00 am

The importance of pawn structure cannot be overestimated when planning chess strategy. Although Philidor (18th century) understood the importance of…

Sinking the field

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Fabiano Caruana has dominated the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis in a way that almost defies belief. The Italo-American grandmaster,…