Luke McShane

No. 687

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Black to play. Grandelius–Rapport, Tata Steel Chess 2022. With a bishop resting on a3, the White king can never sit…

Pixel this

29 January 2022 9:00 am

When Magnus Carlsen won last year’s Meltwater Champions Tour, they made two trophies. One was for Carlsen, and the second…

No. 686

22 January 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Gelfand–Karjakin, Tal Memorial Blitz 2008. Gelfand’s pawn is pinned, and moving the king runs into more checks.…

A multitude of queens

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Here’s a challenge which appeared in a German chess magazine in 1848: place eight white queens on an empty chessboard…

No. 685

15 January 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Maxime Lagarde-Thai Dai Van Nguyen, Reykjavik 2021. Lagarde found a brilliant finish, forcing mate in just a…

When travel unravels

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Recently, with some regret, I declined an invitation to play chess in the Netherlands. I fancied the trip, but alas…