Raymond Keene

Raymond Keene is The Spectator's chess columnist.

No garlands

24 August 2019 9:00 am

At St Louis, world champion Magnus Carlsen met with unexpected setbacks in both the rapid and blitz sections. In both…

no. 568

24 August 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Aronian-Mamedyarov, St Louis 2019. We are only just out of the opening but White…

Zugger zugged

17 August 2019 9:00 am

The German expression zugzwang means ‘compulsion to move’ and is most often seen in the endgame. Consider the following position…

no. 567

17 August 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Alekhine-Nimzowitsch, San Remo 1930. Can you spot the quiet move that puts black…

Adams Avalanche

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Mickey Adams won the British Championship, which finished last week in Torquay, for the seventh time. Leading scores (out of…

no. 566

10 August 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Adams-Pigott, Torquay 2019. How can White crash through to gain a…

Game plan

3 August 2019 9:00 am

What distinguishes the expert from the amateur in chess is partly tactical fluency, but also the ability to map out long-term…

no. 565

3 August 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Capablanca-Lasker, Havana 1921. Capablanca was another great champion famed for his ability to…

Black Death

27 July 2019 9:00 am

There are comparisons to be made between tennis and chess. Player X (aka White) serves. Player Y (Black) responds. The…

no. 564

27 July 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Giri-Mamedyarov, ­Croatia 2019. White is a piece down and needs a dramatic continuation. What…

Tal story

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Sixty years ago, the great Mikhail Tal won the Candidates tournament by a massive margin to qualify for a world…

no. 563

20 July 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Tal-Rantanen, Tallinn 1979. This game features a typically brilliant Tal finish. Can you…

Howard Staunton

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Staunton was the most successful British player of all time, winning three matches against European masters in the 1840s which…

no. 562

13 July 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Wassin-Grigorchuk, Izola 2019. Although the game is only just out of the opening, White…

Tigran, Tigran, burning bright

6 July 2019 9:00 am

This year Tigran Petrosian would have celebrated his 90th birthday. The Armenian grandmaster and world champion was noted for the…

no. 561

6 July 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Reti-Bogolyubov, New York 1924. How did Reti conclude his attack with a fine blow? Answers…

King’s Indian

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The King’s Indian Defence is one of Black’s most dynamic reactions to closed openings such as d4/c4 and Nf3. Black…

no. 560

29 June 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Michalik-Jirasek, Prague 2019. The game is only just out of the opening but…

Fortune’s wheel

22 June 2019 9:00 am

The elite tournament at Stavanger in Norway has resulted in yet another victory for the world champion Magnus Carlsen. The…

no. 559

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Grischuk-Anand, Altibox (Armageddon game), Stavanger 2019. How does Black break White’s resistance? Answers…

Morse and Lewis

15 June 2019 9:00 am

The Isle of Lewis chess pieces are one of the proudest possessions of the British Museum and also the National Museum…

no. 558

15 June 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Ding Liren-So, Stavanger 2019. White could continue the attack with 1…

Spirited

8 June 2019 9:00 am

An unusual tournament has taken place at the Lindores Abbey Whisky Distillery in Scotland, namely a double-round competition between four…

no. 557

8 June 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Ding Liren-Anand, Lindores Abbey Stars 2019. Here White played 1 Rb8 which lost…

Holy Grail

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Gawain Jones has fought his way to the no. 1 position on the UK ranking list by a series of recent…