Raymond Keene

Raymond Keene is The Spectator’s chess columnist.

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…

Caruana chronicles

15 September 2018 9:00 am

In the run-up to the Carlsen-Caruana World Championship match set for London in November, I will be previewing their prospects.…

no. 523

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Potkin-Caruana, Dagomys 2010. How did Caruana finish off with a flourish? Answers to…

Peaceful solution

8 September 2018 9:00 am

In the recent super-tournament in St Louis, Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and Lev Aronian opted to share the laurels. According to…

no. 522

8 September 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Caruana-Karjakin, St Louis 2018. Can you spot White’s classic mating finish?…

Shak attack

1 September 2018 9:00 am

The Azeri grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has been distinguishing himself recently at both classical and speed chess time limits. Last month…

no. 521

1 September 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Mamedyarov–Georgiadis, Biel 2018. Many of Mamedyarov’s games feature a kingside attack based upon a…

Royal road

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The mathematician Euclid once boldly informed King Ptolemy Soter I of Egypt that there was no royal road to geometry.…

no. 520

25 August 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Nakamura-Mamedyarov, St Louis 2018. Unfortunately for Mamedyarov, he has just blundered in a…

Luke’s gospel

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Perhaps the outstanding clash of the recently concluded British championship in Hull, supported by Capital Developments Waterloo Ltd, was the…

No. 519

18 August 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Fernandez-Pritchett, Hull 2018. White found an extraordinary, problem-like move to finish the game.…

Royal shame

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Nine-year-old Shreyas Royal, widely regarded as the UK’s best hope to become a future world chess champion, is being deported…

no. 518

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Howell-McShane, British Championship, Hull 2018. This was the conclusion of the game that enabled…

Rice gambit

4 August 2018 9:00 am

The recent successful revival of the musical Chess, by Sir Tim Rice and the men of Abba, featured some genuine extracts…

no. 517

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from the classic game Réti-Alekhine, Baden Baden 1925. What was Black’s next move? It…

Fiend from Hull

28 July 2018 9:00 am

This year’s British Championship commences today in Hull. Among a powerful field, which includes Michael Adams and defending champion Gawain…

no. 516

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Brown-Adams, British Championship, Bournemouth 2016. Black has various ways to force mate but…

Mental sport

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Sporting commentators frequently resort to chess metaphors to convey the flavour of a particular contest. In the case of football, chess tends…