grandmasters

Jun 052012
 

Sometimes chess can appear to be a sport for those who don’t get out much, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact not only is chess the ultimate cerebral challenge but it’s also an inspiration for a lot of great music (and admittedly some not so great music too). Here’s some great […]

May 182012
 

Far from the rest the pair would creep And (elbows on the table) they A game of chess would often play, Buried in meditation deep, Till absently Vladimir took With his own pawn alas! his rook! Alexander Pushkin- Eugene Onegin Poor Lensky, he couldn’t catch a break! One imagines that he feels like the protagonist […]

May 012012
 

When the Oxford Press put together a series of “Top 10 Chess Players” from a series of different professions, they came to an extraordinary conclusion. Scientists aren’t very good at chess, in fact they couldn’t find 10 great chess playing scientists at all. One particularly notable omission from the (shortened) list was Einstein. Despite his […]

Apr 262012
 
Assembling a Repertoire: Resolving a Problem in the QG Exchange

The Queen’s Gambit Exchange Variation is a highly flexible opening used by GMs of both positional and tactical styles.White is able to control to a large degree the kinds of positions that result. Black often keeps his bishop on e7 and aims for normal development. He is happy that the exchange of pawns has freed […]