Luke McShane

No. 715

13 August 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Navara – Batsuren, Chennai Olympiad 2022. In this strange position Czech grandmaster David Navara found an elegant…

India’s young stars

13 August 2022 9:00 am

At the Chennai Olympiad, the Indian team began as second seeds, even with former World Champion Vishy Anand absent from…

No. 714

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Black to play. Smirnov – Duda, Chennai Olympiad 2022. With his next move, Duda forced a decisive gain of material.…

A lucky escape

6 August 2022 9:00 am

I chatted to a spectator after one of my games at the Sparkassen Chess Trophy in Dortmund. ‘A close shave…

Heavy is the head

30 July 2022 9:00 am

On International Chess Day, 20 July, Magnus Carlsen announced that he will not defend his world championship title next year.…

No. 713

30 July 2022 9:00 am

White to play and mate in two. Composed by Henri Rinck, La Strategie, 1892. Answers should be emailed to chess@spectator.co.uk…

No. 712

23 July 2022 9:00 am

White to play and mate in two. Composed by Philip Hamilton Williams, British Chess Magazine, 1895. Answers should be emailed…

Wetware

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Modern chess computers, like the program ‘Stockfish’, are treated as oracles. Plug in a position, start the engine, and within…

No. 711

16 July 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Short-Timman, Staunton Memorial 2008. Short played 1 Qb3, missing an unusual opportunity to cause havoc with the…

Silver and gold

16 July 2022 9:00 am

The ‘English chess explosion’ that began in the 1970s produced a bumper crop of grandmasters, which meant that by the…

No. 710

9 July 2022 9:00 am

White to play. J. Polgar-Carlsen, Casual blitz game, Madrid 2022. Carlsen’s last move 15…Ra8-c8 was a losing blunder. How did…

Nepo’s playbook

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Ian Nepomniachtchi is back for more. The former world championship challenger left his rivals in the dust at the Candidates…

No. 709

2 July 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Miles-Pritchett, Lloyds Bank Masters 1982. Tony Miles found a powerful counter to the queenside threats. What did…

Maximum mischief

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Forbidden things have a secret charm – that delicious paradox applies to the chessboard just as it does in life.…

No. 708

25 June 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Rezasade-Movsesian, Bundesliga 2022. White was an underdog in this game, but found a subtle winning idea. What…

Cream of the Candidates

25 June 2022 9:00 am

The Candidates tournament is underway in Madrid, where eight of the world’s best players vie for the right to challenge…

Have they spotted it?

18 June 2022 9:00 am

Returning to the board, Mamedyarov looks at Anand’s outstretched hand with bemusement. It can’t be a draw offer – that…

No. 707

18 June 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Trent-Carlstedt, Hamburg 2022. Lawrence Trent spotted a way to deliver a quick mate. Which move did he…

El Ajedrecista

11 June 2022 9:00 am

Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, ‘El Ajedrecista’, died in prison in the United States on 31 May. The Colombian drug lord, a…

No. 706

11 June 2022 9:00 am

White to play and mate in 3. Composed by Sigmund Franz Josef Lehner, 1864. There are several ways to give…

A rising star

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Ding Liren took first place at last month’s Chessable Masters, the fourth event in the 2022 Meltwater Champions Tour. But…

No. 705

4 June 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Giri-Praggnanandhaa, Chessable Masters 2022. A game from the preliminary stages. What did Giri play to induce resignation?…

Tiger bites man

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Viswanathan Anand left the spectators in awe at the Superbet Rapid earlier this month. The ‘Tiger of Madras’, as he…

No. 704

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Black to play. Bacrot-Anand, Bastia Rapid 2001. A spectacular blow from Anand prompted Bacrot to resign. What did he play?…

No. 703

21 May 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Vachier-Lagrave-Caruana, Bucharest 2022. The Bh4 can retreat to g3, f2 or e1. Which one is best, and…