These are troubled times for the unloved leader of FIDE Kirsan Illyumzhinov, having sanctions imposed on him by the U.S. Government and being accused of trading Daesh (or Isis/Isil whatever) oil.
Reports today suggest that Kirsan has finally step... | Read More
An in-depth profile of Magnus Carlsen by the New Yorker in 2011 is now freely available on their website. It's definitely worth a read if you have half an hour to spare.
My favourite excerpt: Carlsen said that, for him, great chess playing is l... | Read More
The latest changes to the official FIDE laws of chess have taken the hard-line of banning mobile phones from playing venues completely.
This will apply to all FIDE rated events, although there is dispensation for individual tournaments to specify... | Read More
Last week at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley, California, the world champion Magnus Carlsen was interviewed before an audience by Paypal Founder and chess enthusiast, Peter Thiel.
If you want to hear the champion speak at length and you have... | Read More
OK, this is officially my new favourite chess video. Magnus Carlsen trash talks with French GM Laurent Fressinet in a friendly blitz game (during preparation for his world championship match with Anand). Carlsen wins by a surprise checkmate, but L... | Read More
The chess Candidates Tournament currently being held in London isn't getting a lot of direct publicity, but it does seem to be sparking off chess-related articles in the media.
The BBC radio show "A Point of View" has weekly reflections on topica... | Read More
The Isle of Man has produced some nice stamps featuring the famous Lewis Chessmen. I've always liked the style of these 12th century pieces - an amazing historical artefact!
See more here.
Our Medieval Treasure Island
We are pleased to presen... | Read More
The Morra Gambit is hugely popular at amateur level despite being regarded by "theory" as insufficient compensation for a pawn.
Grandmasters aren't supposed to lose against the Morra Gambit, but GM Viesturs Meijers (Elo 2479) of Latvia lost to An... | Read More
In a week's time Judit Polgar will be competing in the London Chess Classic against the best chess players in the world.
Judit has been the strongest female chess player for two decades, and has achieved this by competing with the best men rather... | Read More
Pop star Katy Perry is so famous that even I have heard of her. This is no mean achievement since I pretty much stopped listening to chart music circa 1992 .
Since Ms. Perry is extremely famous I have to assume that the first picture at this link... | Read More