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Your Move! Solutions

Last time I left you with four positions from top-level chess and invited you try and find the best moves. Now is the time to see if your answers matched those of the world's top players. Anand - Kramnik Anand played 1 Qd2+, forking Black's king and rook. Anand -...

Tips for the Gigafinal

With the Gigafinals approaching fast this weekend I thought it would be useful to post some pointers for players - especially players for whom this is their first Gigafinal. This post contains some general advice about the day and also some chess advice. Though some...

Your Move!

Most of the world's best chess players are currently competing in the Paris Grand Chess Tour. Imagine you can step up to their tables and play for them at critical moments. Would your tactical ability be up to the mark? Can you find the winning moves in the following...

False Economy

Once children discover how to play for the four-move checkmate they rarely want to do anything else in their games. We all know the moves; they spread like wildfire through our junior tournaments. There are slight variations, but typically the games begin like this. 1...

A Sudden End

Some games of chess end suddenly and with an unexpected result. Vidit - Gelfand Karpov Poikovsky Tournament, 2018 This position looks very good for White and one would expect him to go on to win, thanks to his material advantage very active pieces. Indeed, the black...

Endgame Danger

World Champion Magnus Carlsen has won many games thanks to his legendary endgame technique, enabling him to steer a very slim path to victory even at the very highest level. Indeed, a forthcoming book (due out in July) called Endgame Virtuoso Magnus Carlsen will deal...

Chess!

Back in December I mentioned that Chess - The Musical was heading back to London. I went to see it last weekend at the impressive London Coliseum. It was all I hoped it would be: great cast, extremely effective set, live orchestra and packed to the rafters with an...

Candidates (Part 3)

The exciting Berlin Candidates tournament is now over and the official challenger for World Champion Magnus Carlsen is Fabiano Caruana. Caruana was the only winner in yesterday's games. Showing great determination, he played a long game against Grischuk and managed to...

Candidates (Part 2)

We said there would be more twists and turns at the Berlin Candidates tournament and the games in yesterday's penultimate round didn't disappoint. It is never easy to bounce back after any defeat but Caruana, with the eyes of the chess world upon him, won a tough...

Candidates

There is a fierce battle going on at the Berlin Candidates tournament, with eight of the world's top players desperately trying to become the official challenger to World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Fabiano Caruana looked to be in control of the tournament but a dramatic...