- The rise and rise of Mateusz Bartel Mateusz Bartel could have been forgiven for taking life easy after winning the Aeroflot Open and a coveted place in the Dortmund super-tournament. Instead he went on to win the Polish Championship for the third year in a row. Leszek Kropisz interviewed a player whose star is in the ascendancy. For a number of years […]
- The Openings of the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament Get ready to explore the best openings by the top players. In this article, we give a day-by-day breakdown of the openings played in the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament, with a short introduction to the openings. If you haven’t checked out who is playing yet, take a look at our guide to the 2022 Candidates […]
- The Last Round
I spent five years on the London weekend tournament circuit between 1972 and 1977 before deciding that running Richmond Junior Club was more enjoyable. One thing I noticed was that my last round games were often rather strange. Either my opponent or I, or sometimes both of us, had lost interest in the tournament, were … Continue reading "The Last Round"
- The Dark Side Of Chess: Match-Fixing
After writing an article on different types of short Grandmaster draws, it is time to zoom in on the saddest category: pre-arranged draws. Yes, there are even cases of match-fixing wins & losses, but they are much less common than pre-arranged draws. I’m not writing this article to accuse players. That is also why I […]
- The Bowlder Attack: Bold move or beginner’s folly? Quick overview: The Bowlder Attack is a subline of the Sicilian Defense, reached via the move order 1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 The Bowlder Attack is most often seen at the lower levels, and is rarely seen at the top level play. It is not considered a serious reply to the Sicilian Defense, as it gives Black […]