The Guardian : chess
15h37 26  février
Grandmaster Levon Aronian says he’s leaving Armenia and will represent US
Guardian sport and agencies
World No 6 says cites Armenian officials’ indifference to chessAronian would become fifth American player in Fide’s top 20Chess grandmaster Levon Aronian said on Friday he was leaving Armenia and would represent the United States, citing what he said was Armenian officials’ indifference to chess as...
Chess: US giants fail as Grenke Bank win first World Corporate Championship
Leonard Barden
Russia’s No1 seeds, SBER, lose to last-minute blunder while Magnus Carlsen takes on amateurs in single combatGermany’s Grenke Bank won last weekend’s inaugural World Corporate Championship when a last-minute back-rank mate from a lost position in the final defeated the top-seeded Russians, SBER,...
08h00 19  février
Chess: Wesley So uses repertoire to extend Magnus Carlsen’s barren streak
Leonard Barden
Carlsen was under pressure in openings and missed tactical chances, while So forgot his own analysis at the Opera Euro RapidWesley So, the US champion, who won the online Skilling Open in November to spoil Magnus Carlsen’s 30th birthday, achieved a double against the out of form world champion in...
08h00 12  février
Magnus Carlsen survives ’disgusting’ blunders against Daniil Dubov
Leonard Barden
The Russian, who knocked world champion out of Airthings Masters in December, says Carlsen plays like an idiot quite often’Magnus Carlsen has been in a form crisis since his 30th birthday in November, online and over the board, but the world champion seemed back to his best at this week’s 100...
Deep Blue computer beats world chess champion - archive 12 February 1996
Mark Tran in New York
12 February 1996: IBM supercomputer makes chess history by beating Garry Kasparov, the world’s best chess playerMachine triumphed over man as Deep Blue, an IBM computer which has no fear , shredded Garry Kasparov, the world chess champion, in Philadelphia at the weekend. It is the first time a...
19h44 04  février
Jorden van Foreest shocks favourites amid controversy at ’chess Wimbledon’
Leonard Barden
21-year-old scores in Wijk blitz tie-break while officials are blamed for disturbing Alireza Firouzja at key momentThe 2021 edition of the chess Wimbledon at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee will go down as perhaps the most remarkable, surprising and controversial of all the annual tournaments which...
14h08 02  février
Queen’s Gambit ignites sales for Spanish chessboard maker
Sam Jones in Madrid
Rechapados Ferrer near Barcelona has benefited after supplying products for the Netflix miniseriesThe Queen’s Gambit, the Netflix miniseries that has fuelled interest in the game of chess and the work of the late novelist Walter Tevis, is also paying off for a small woodworking company founded in...
12h00 29  janvier
The joys of being an absolute beginner ... for life - podcast
Written by Tom Vanderbilt, read by Dermot Daly and produced by Esther Opoku-Gyeni
The phrase adult beginner’ can sound patronising. It implies you are learning something you should have mastered as a child. But learning is not just for the young. By Tom Vanderbilt Continue reading...
Chess: Anish Giri aiming for rare victory at Wijk while Magnus Carlsen trails
Leonard Barden
The Dutchman has a half-point lead over Fabiano Caruana, Jorden van Foreest and Alireza Firouzja, with Carlsen back in sixth placeAnish Giri kept his half point lead at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee as the Netherlands No 1, who has several times narrowly missed first place at the chess Wimbledon ,...
08h00 22  janvier
Chess: Carlsen starts well but slows as Swedish outsider impresses at Wijk
Leonard Barden
World champion admits to errors after five grinding draws as Nils Grandelius surprises world No 5, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, at WijkMagnus Carlsen launched his campaign at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee, the chess Wimbledon , in style as the world champion elegantly defeated the rising star Alireza...
08h00 15  janvier
Chess: Magnus Carlsen to face Alireza Firouzja in opening round at Wijk
Leonard Barden
The world champion failed in his last two online tournaments, but he has dominated Wijk aan Zee with a record seven first prizes and three second places in 13 attemptsMagnus Carlsen faces a major and immediate test of his skills in the opening round of Wijk aan Zee on Saturday. Friday’s draw for...
08h00 08  janvier
Chess: England’s elite quartet in rare clash as Hastings centenary goes online
Leonard Barden
Tearful Teimour Radjabov surprises at Airthings Masters after Azerbaijan v Armenia produces echo of From Russia with LoveA 7,000 online all-play-all on Saturday and Sunday afternoon has 12 invitees, features a rare clash among England’s elite grandmasters, and marks Hastings’s centenary.New...
06h00 07  janvier
The joys of being an absolute beginner - for life
Tom Vanderbilt
The phrase adult beginner’ can sound patronising. It implies you are learning something you should have mastered as a child. But learning is not just for the youngOne day a number of years ago, I was deep into a game of draughts on holiday with my daughter, then almost four, in the small library...
20h43 31  décembre
Chess: Magnus Carlsen ’in a deep funk’ after latest defeat to Daniil Dubov
Leonard Barden
The Russian eclipsed the world champion again as all four seeds were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Airthings MastersMagnus Carlsen’s erratic form since his 30th birthday a month ago suffered another dip on Wednesday when Russia’s Daniil Dubov used his mazy tactical skills to eliminate the...
13h50 24  décembre
Chess: England No 4 Gawain Jones wins online European Blitz Championship
Leonard Barden
The 33-year-old thought he had blown it’ but beat Alexei Shirov in the final to finish top of field of 353 competitorsGawain Jones, the 33-year-old England No 4, scored a career-best success when the Yorkshireman won the online European blitz championship. The 12,000 tournament, organised from...
10h25 18  décembre
Are computers killing the mystery of chess? - video
Richard Sprenger, Alex Healey, Joseph Pierce, Simon Roberts, Ryan Baxter and Paul Boyd
Chess is enjoying something of a renaissance, thanks to the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit - along with it being a game well-suited to Covid lockdowns.Yet many chess-lovers contend its lure is simultaneously being killed off by computers, which take the romance and mystery from the game in ever...
Chess: ’Game of the Year’ decides title as Covid-19 hits Russian championship
Leonard Barden
World No 4, Ian Nepomniachtchi, wins and Daniil Dubov creates as Sergey Karjakin fails againA game cast in the romantic mould of the nineteenth century and of the legendary Latvian Mikhail Tal decided first prize at this week’s Russian championship.Its creator Daniil Dubov, 24, an aide to Magnus...
08h00 11  décembre
Chess: Polina Shuvalova shines as over-the-board play resumes in Moscow
Leonard Barden
19-year-old wins six in a row as Russian women stake claim in Beth Harmon eraOver-the-board chess has returned in impressive style to Moscow’s historic Central Chess Club this week. The building and its elegant playing hall, once the hub of the Soviet chess empire which dominated the game for half...
08h00 10  décembre
The 50 best TV shows of 2020, No 9: The Queen’s Gambit
Rebecca Nicholson
Anya Taylor-Joy was brilliant as a fiercely determined woman battling sexism and personal demons on her way to the top of the chess world in the 60sThe Queen’s Gambit came from nowhere, but suddenly, it seemed as if everyone was talking about it. Its timing was perfect. As the nights drew in and...
16h00 06  décembre
Anya Taylor-Joy: ’I likened Beth’s passion for chess to my passion for acting. It’s a calling’
Michael Hogan
It’s been an amazing year for the 24-year-old star of The Queen’s Gambit. She reflects on Netflix’s unlikely chess drama hit and her next film, an Edgar Wright psychological thrillerJen Reid: I felt a surge of power. Colston is gone. Now there’s a new girl in town’See the Observer’s faces of 2020...