Luke McShane

Tiger bites man

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Viswanathan Anand left the spectators in awe at the Superbet Rapid earlier this month. The ‘Tiger of Madras’, as he…

No. 704

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Black to play. Bacrot-Anand, Bastia Rapid 2001. A spectacular blow from Anand prompted Bacrot to resign. What did he play?…

No. 703

21 May 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Vachier-Lagrave-Caruana, Bucharest 2022. The Bh4 can retreat to g3, f2 or e1. Which one is best, and…

Rock, paper, scissors

21 May 2022 9:00 am

The Superbet Chess Classic in Bucharest concluded last weekend in a dramatic tiebreak between Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon…

No. 702

14 May 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Averbakh-Zita, Szczawno-Zdroj 1950. Black has just interposed Rb6-g6, so White needs an accurate finish before e3-e2 mate…

Remembering Averbakh

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Yuri Averbakh had a wry explanation for why he was made chairman of the USSR Chess Federation in 1972. There…

No. 701

7 May 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Reshevsky-Savon, Petropolis 1973. Reshevsky played the awful 1 Qxg6+, and resigned after 1…Bxg6. Many moves win, but…

Gorilla tactics

7 May 2022 9:00 am

There is a video in which a small group of students amble about passing a basketball back and forth. The…

No. 700

30 April 2022 9:00 am

White to play and draw. Composed by Jan Timman, 2011. 1 h8=Q Rxd5 wins for Black, so how does White…

Ordination

30 April 2022 9:00 am

In the dying seconds of an online blitz game, I promoted a pawn and instantly regretted it. There was nothing…

What is possible

23 April 2022 9:00 am

There are lessons in chess that cannot be learned from a book. One lands, from time to time, in a…

No. 699

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Black to play. Sukandar-Niemann, Reykjavik Open 2022. In this preposterous position, Black found a quick forced mate. What did he…

No. 698

16 April 2022 9:00 am

White to play. A variation from Esipenko-Nakamura, Fide Grand Prix Berlin 2022. Which move would allow White to force a…

Nakamura’s place

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Wesley So won the final Fide Grand Prix, which was held in Berlin earlier this month. But it was Hikaru…

No. 697

9 April 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Duda-Anton Guijarro, Charity Cup, March 2022. Black’s last move, 21…Qe7-b4 was an unforced error. Which move did…

Career moves

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Sergey Karjakin won’t be playing much chess for a while. Last month, the Russian grandmaster’s Twittering jingoism in support of…

No. 696

2 April 2022 9:00 am

White to play and mate in two. Philip Hamilton Williams, Birmingham News, 1897. Answers should be emailed to chess@spectator.co.ukby Monday…

Varsity battle

2 April 2022 9:00 am

The 140th edition of the Varsity Match took place last month at the Royal Automobile Club in London’s Pall Mall.…

England-Sweden Challenge

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Three summers ago, I was invited to the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, for a brief but exciting match against their…

No. 695

26 March 2022 9:00 am

White to play and mate in 2. Composed by Bo Lindgren, Probleemblad 1969. Answers should be emailed to chess@spectator.co.uk by…

Establishing Rapport

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Richard Rapport took first place at the Fide Grand Prix in Belgrade last weekend. The Hungarian grandmaster is now almost…

No. 694

19 March 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Rapport-Rogic, Austria 2010. Black threatens Qa1+ and then Rxf2+, so Rapport must strike at once. Which move…

No. 693

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Black to play. Shirov-Kramnik, Groningen 1993. Shirov threatens Rg3-h3+ so Kramnik forced a draw: 1…Rxg7+ 2 Rxg7+ Kh6 3 Rg8…

Taking risks | 12 March 2022

12 March 2022 9:00 am

I do not, as a rule, go looking for a fight on a Sunday morning. Chess, if it must be…

Russia in check

5 March 2022 9:00 am

The Champions League final has been moved from St Petersburg to Paris and the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi cancelled.…