Chess

Knockout

19 January 2019 9:00 am

The 2018 UK Knockout, won by Gawain Jones, ahead of Luke McShane (silver) and Michael Adams (bronze), was played in…

Three titans

12 January 2019 9:00 am

The Dutch grandmaster Genna Sosonko specialises in biographies of the greats of the Soviet era. His earlier forays covered the…

Game of the year

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The time has come again when I award the accolade of most spectacular game of the year. It adds lustre if…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…