Luke McShane

No. 613

18 July 2020 9:00 am

White to play and mate in three moves. A problem composed by grandmaster Jonathan Levitt (British Chess Magazine, 1995). One…

The Streisand effect

11 July 2020 9:00 am

There is no sight so compelling as one that would be hidden. I am fascinated by the Streisand effect, named…

No. 612

11 July 2020 9:00 am

White to play. Giri–Nepomniachtchi, Chessable Masters 2020. Giri has sacrificed a knight to lure the black king forward. Which move…

No. 611

4 July 2020 9:00 am

White to play. From the ridiculous to the sublime. According to the ‘Chess Notes’ website, a game won by Edward…

Twitch pageant

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Chess has much in common with video games — not least, the eager disdain of uninformed critics. An 1859 article…

Clutch fun

27 June 2020 9:00 am

‘May the best scoring system win!’ is hardly a sentiment to stoke the passions. In the 2011 referendum, the alternative…

No. 610

27 June 2020 9:00 am

White to play. Grischuk–Aronian, Clutch Chess 2020. Only one rook move draws here. Which one? Answers should be emailed to…

Chequered histories

20 June 2020 9:00 am

As statues are scrutinised, the tensions that existed within historical figures are thrown into relief. You can admire Churchill’s leadership…

No. 609

20 June 2020 9:00 am

White to play. Tolush–Aronson, Moscow 1957. Strangely, this quick win was once wrongly attributed to Alekhine. How did White exploit…

No. 608

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Black to play, Ding Liren–Daniil Dubov, Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge, May 2020. Dubov’s rook is under attack, but his next…

Lindores Abbey online

13 June 2020 9:00 am

The Lindores Abbey Distillery in Fife, Scotland was an idyllic setting for an exciting rapid event last year, won by…

Robot Wars

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Twenty years ago, I was an avid fan of the cult TV programme Robot Wars. Teams of contestants would design…

No. 607

6 June 2020 9:00 am

White to play, Stockfish–AllieStein, TCEC Season 16. Stockfish found a beautiful knockout blow in this game against a different neural…

Swindlers’ art

30 May 2020 9:00 am

A lost cause at the chessboard is hard to define, but, like obscenity, I know it when I see it.…

No. 606

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Tamas Fodor — Michael Adams, Hull 2018. White to play. One from the puzzles section of Smerdon’s book, which I…

No. 605

23 May 2020 9:00 am

White mates in two moves against any defence (composed by Walter Pulitzer). Steinitz admitted he could not crack this within…

Steinitz Memorial

23 May 2020 9:00 am

I like a memorial tournament. It’s true that the champions they celebrate may be less skilled than their modern counterparts.…

No. 604

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Aronian–Vidit, Online Nations Cup, May 2020. Vidit has just captured axb3 en passant. Aronian’s next move revealed a powerful concept.…

Online Nations Cup

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Fifty years ago, the USSR faced a ‘Rest of the World’ team in a match in Belgrade, with the likes…

No. 603

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Black to play. Ding–Nakamura, Magnus -Carlsen Invitational, April 2020. The position appears sterile, but Nakamura spotted a clever winning move.…

Magnus wins Magnus Carlsen Invitational

9 May 2020 9:00 am

‘I haven’t felt this kind of tension in a long while. This was real!’ Those were Magnus Carlsen’s words, after…

No. 602

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Nepomniachtchi (lachesisQ)–Andriasian (Zaven_ChessMood), Abu Dhabi Super Blitz, April 2020. White is in danger here. Which move did he play to…

Hovering amid the din

2 May 2020 9:00 am

‘I am extraordinarily patient — provided I get my own way in the end’. That’s a disposition fit for a…

No. 601

25 April 2020 9:00 am

Black to play. Sjugirov–Carlsen, Chess24 Banter Blitz Semi Final. In this wild position, Carlsen’s next move put the result beyond…

FantasticStar beats MagzyBogues

25 April 2020 9:00 am

‘I’m just completely collapsing in these games… unbelievable.’ World Champion Magnus Carlsen didn’t hide his anguish after losing a game…