Raymond Keene

Raymond Keene is The Spectator's chess columnist.

Carlsen the Great

20 April 2019 9:00 am

I cannot conceal the feeling over the years of Magnus Carlsen’s leading position at the head of world chess, that…

no. 550

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is a variation from Navara-Carlsen, Shamkir 2019. What is Black’s only winning move? Answers to…

Be prepared

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Last week I wrote about Cyrus Lakdawala’s new book, which provides an aggressive repertoire based on the solid move 1…

no. 549

13 April 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Gukesh-Paramzina, Sharjah 2019. Twelve-year-old Gukesh is the second youngest grandmaster of all time (behind…

Advance planning

6 April 2019 9:00 am

One way to improve your results is to develop a specific opening repertoire and learn it thoroughly so as to…

no. 548

6 April 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Mamedyarov-Li Reufeng, PRO League 2017. This game also started with White…

Fischer favourite

30 March 2019 9:00 am

A favoured line of the great Bobby Fischer was to meet both the French Defence (1 e4 e6) and the…

no. 547

30 March 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Fischer–Myagmarsuren, Sousse Interzonal 1967. How did Fischer conclude his attack in fine style?…

Family silver

23 March 2019 9:00 am

The World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, finished last week with a victory for Russia but with an outstanding team…

no. 546

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Sasikiran-McShane, Astana 2019. Black’s queen is attacked, his knight is vulnerable and b7…

Oxford win

16 March 2019 9:00 am

The annual Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge ended in a surprisingly narrow victory for the dark blues. Their team…

no. 545

16 March 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Finn-Abbas, Varsity Match 2019. A strategic puzzle rather than a tactical one. White has…

Bunratty

9 March 2019 9:00 am

The Bunratty tournament in Ireland is one of the highlights of the chess year and always attracts an impressive field.…

no. 544

9 March 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Hebden-Williams, Bunratty 2019. How did White finish in fine style? Answers to me…

Playing the blues

2 March 2019 9:00 am

This Saturday (2 March) sees the annual varsity match between the teams of Oxford and Cambridge. Oxford are strengthened this…

no. 543

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Wagner–-Eckersley-Waites, Varsity Match, London 2008. How did Black make effective use of the…

Rock solid

23 February 2019 9:00 am

This year’s Gibraltar Masters saw some surprising results at the top, chiefly the victory by the young Russian, Vladimir Artemiev,…

no. 542

23 February 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is taken from Galinsky–Gunina, Gibraltar 2019. How can White finish off in this complicated position?…

Homage to Kramnik

16 February 2019 9:00 am

The former world champion Vladimir Kramnik recently announced his retirement from competitive chess. He is one of the greats of the…

no. 541

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Gelfand–Kramnik, Berlin 1996. This is one of Kramnik’s finest finishes. Can you spot…

Kramnik retires

9 February 2019 9:00 am

A notable feature from the recently concluded elite tournament at Wijk aan Zee was the abject failure of former world…

no. 540

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Kasparov-Kramnik, Dos Hermanas 1996. Kramnik played 1 … Qh1+ and soon won. But he…

A tale of two tournaments

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The start of the year sees the elite of the chess world divided between Wijk aan Zee in Holland and…

no. 539

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Howell-Bilguun, Gibraltar 2019. How can Black play for the win? Answers to me at…

Game changer

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Game Changer, the long-awaited book by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan, has now appeared. This represents the most thorough inside…