Chess

Benko’s endgame

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The Hungarian/American grandmaster Pal Benko has died at the age of 91. Among his numerous distinguished achievements was his double qualification…

Ding an sich

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Ding Liren, the Chinese grandmaster, has scored a career best in the Classical time limit section of the Grand Tour…

Peace conference

31 August 2019 9:00 am

The classical section of the elite Grand Tour event in St Louis, which ended earlier this week, resembled a peace…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Goring the gambit

25 May 2019 9:00 am

One of the most irritating defences to meet when playing 1 d4 as White is the Benko Gambit (1 d4…

Ivory gates

18 May 2019 9:00 am

This year’s Grand Chess Tour kicked off in the Ivory Coast with a significant innovation, the first ever tournament in…

Revolutionary

11 May 2019 9:00 am

The French Defence appears to be somewhat cautious in nature but can in fact lead to disruptive middlegame clashes. It…

Déjà vu

4 May 2019 9:00 am

In my column of 20 April I reported on the overwhelming victory by world champion Magnus Carlsen in the elite Gashimov…

Venit, vidit, vicit

27 April 2019 9:00 am

India is quite possibly the birthplace of chess, with the four branches of the ancient Indian army, infantry, cavalry, chariots…

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…

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…

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…

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…