Raymond Keene

Raymond Keene is The Spectator’s chess columnist.

Leviathan

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Last week I compared the Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen to a lurking crocodile, ready to grab its oblivious…

Puzzle

15 December 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is a variation from Carlsen-Caruana, World Championship (Game 11), London 2018. Carlsen set a small trap…

Beneath the surface

8 December 2018 9:00 am

After 12 games of classical chess, the world championship between the incumbent, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and his American challenger,…

Chess Puzzle

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a variation from Caruana-Carlsen, World Championship (Game 10), London 2018. Black is a rook down.…

Atticus

1 December 2018 9:00 am

The Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot by Alexander Pope contains a memorable excoriation of his fellow wit and former friend Joseph…

Dante’s millions

24 November 2018 9:00 am

As I write, the London world championship is tied at 3½-3½, after seven games. In striving to move ahead, the…

no. 533

24 November 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is a variation from Caruana-Carlsen, World Championship, London 2018. White has sacrificed a piece in order…

Paradise mislaid

17 November 2018 9:00 am

World champion Magnus Carlsen missed several chances to win with black in the first game of his title defence, currently…

no. 532

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a variation from Carlsen–Caruana (Game 2), London 2018. White has forked the black bishop and…

Nos morituri

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, those two gladiators of the mind, will duel in London during the remainder of this…

no. 531

10 November 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Carlsen-Caruana, Bilbao 2012. Black has blundered right out of the opening. How did Carlsen…

Man made

3 November 2018 9:00 am

This year’s Isle of Man Masters, sponsored by Chess.com, could claim to be the strongest ever open chess competition. The…

no. 530

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Cornette-Jumabayev, Isle of Man 2018. Black’s next move led to an overwhelming material advantage.…

Condottieri

27 October 2018 9:00 am

The recently concluded European Club Cup, held at Porto Carras in Greece, resembled late medieval Italian warfare — populated by…

no. 529

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Carlsen-Ding Liren, Porto Carras 2018. Black tried 1 … Nxg4 here but Carlsen…

Ship ahoy

20 October 2018 9:00 am

The Evans Gambit was invented by a British naval officer of the early part of the 19th century, Captain W.D. Evans,…

no. 528

20 October 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Khmelniker-Harari, Isle of Man 2017. How did White make the most of his…

Eastern promise

13 October 2018 9:00 am

The Batumi Olympiad ended as a great success for the teams from China, which captured the gold medals in both…

no. 527

13 October 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Pace-Aguilar, Batumi Olympiad 2018. How did White finish off crisply? Answers to me at…

Role model

6 October 2018 9:00 am

World champion Magnus Carlsen is not competing in the Batumi Olympiad (of which more next week). Doubtless he is conserving…

no. 526

6 October 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Giron-Altaya, Batumi Olympiad 2018. Can you spot White’s classic winning combination? Answers to…

Batumi Olympiad

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The Chess Olympiad for national teams is now underway in Batumi, Georgia. Over 200 teams are competing and the lavish…

no. 525

29 September 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Rogers-Milos, Manila Olympiad 1992. How can White do better than recapturing on c3?…

Interregnum

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The only official interregnum in the reigns of the world chess champions was that between the death of Alekhine in…

no. 524

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Gurgenidze-Tal, Moscow 1957. What is the most direct way to break into the…