The hostilities begin

In chess, in world championship matches, a player can reveal himself to his opponent by his choice of opening move.

Kasparov seeks FIDE presidency

Winning is not a secret that belongs to a very few; winning is something that we can learn by studying ourselves, studying the environment and making ourselves ready for any challenge that is in front of us – Kasparov Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov has announced his candidacy for the presidency of the International Chess Federation, known by its French acronym, FIDE.

Kasparov has lobbied to add chess to school curricula

In the Crosswords and Games page of The New York Times of April 20, 2013 there was a story about former world chess champion Garry Kasparov captioned ‘In Retirement, a Champion Is a Crusader for the Game.’ Kasparov retired from professional chess in 2005, but in retirement he is busier than ever.

Khan v Capablanca

Sultan Khan – White Capablanca – Black Hastings, 1930-1931 In this famous game White outplays his equally famous opponent.

Bishop sacrifice

The following game was played in 1965 between Dragoljub Velimirovic and Lubomir Kavalek in Belgrade.


Karpov v Kasparov White: Anatoly Karpov Black: Garry Kasparov World Championship Match Moscow, 1985 Game 16 October 15, 1985 1.

Gelfand wins Tal Memorial

Israel’s Boris Gelfand has won the Tal Memorial ahead of Carlsen, who placed second, and world champion Vishy Anand who finished almost at the bottom of the table.

The genius of Bobby Fischer

Fischer v Spassky, Game 6; Queen’s Gambit Declined, Tartakower Variation. 1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 0-0 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 b6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.Rc1 Be6 12.Qa4 c5 13.Qa3 Rc8 14.Bb5 a6 15.dxc5 bxc5 16.0-0 Ra7 17.Be2 Nd7 18.Nd4 Qf8 19.Nxe6 fxe6 20.e4 d4 21.f4 Qe7 22.e5 Rb8 23.Bc4 Kh8 24.Qh3 Nf8 25.b3 a5 26.f5 exf5 27.Rxf5 Nh7 28.Rcf1 Qd8 29.Qg3 Re7 30.h4 Rbb7 31.e6 Rbc7 32.Qe5 Qe8 33.a4 Qd8 34.R1f2 Qe8 35.R2f3 Qd8 36.Bd3 Qe8 37.Qe4 Nf6  38.Rxf6!! 

Twelve of the best meet in Thessaloniki

The eyes of the chess world are planted on Thessaloniki, Greece, where twelve of the planet’s finest chess players are competing in the fourth stage of the FIDE Grand Prix round robin tournament.

World Chess Championship will be played in Chennai

The FIDE Presidential Board has confirmed that Chennai, India, will serve as the venue for the World Chess Champion-ship match between defending champion Viswanathan Anand and the highest ranked player in the world, Magnus Carlsen, from November 6 to November 26, 2013. 

White to play

White to play This position was reached in a game between Adolf Anderssen [White] and Johann Hermann Zukertort in Breslau, 1862.  

Who is the greatest?


Three weeks ago, I came upon a story published on the internet captioned ‘The name of the game is domination’ by Albert Silver.

Nakamura v Vachier-Lagrave

In the Tata Steel 2011 chess tournament which ends today, it is world champion Vishy Anand and US champion Hikaru Nakamura who lead the field with seven points each in Group A after ten rounds.

A significant year for chess

The year 2010 was a significant one for the Guyana Chess Federation. It was the most active year since the engines of chess activity were re-started three years ago.

Adams v Howell

The London Chess Classic was played from December 8-15, 2010 at the Olympic Conference Centre, Kensington, England.

Hou v Humpy

The 2010 Women’s World Chess Championship is being held at Hatay, Turkey and ends today.

Schools’ championship ends today

Today marks the second and final day of the National Schools Chess Championship, where schools from some of the regions are given the opportunity to oppose each other in the wonderful game called chess.

Leitao v El Debs

Our illustrious neighbour Brazil, held its National Chess Championship recently with grandmaster Giovanni Vescovi emerging as the sole winner and tying a national record that has stood for over fifty years.

Taffin Khan: The new champion

Guyana has crowned a new teenage chess champion in Taffin Khan, 19, the youngest ever to my knowledge since the Guyana Chess Association was established in 1972.

‘Moves for Life’

Last Tuesday, the Government of South Africa made a giant stride for the popularization and development of chess in the country when it launched the Moves For Life chess programme at a gala dinner.

It is now anybody’s tournament

At the halfway point in the DDL Topco Juices Chess Tournament, Taffin Khan, Omar Shariff and Shiv Nandalall  are leading with four points each with four games to go.