A Couple of Wijk aan Zee Classics

January 12, 2017

Round one of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2017, begins in a couple of days time. To mark the occasion, I thought it would be rather nice to take a look back at last year’s tournament — you know, as if we needed any reminder of the kind of chess that […check it out!]

One From The Archives: M. Muzychuk vs Hou, 2015

March 3, 2016

This week, the FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship gets underway, in Lviv, Ukraine. The defending champion, Mariya Muzychuk of the Ukraine, takes on the challenge of Hou Yifan of China. The word ‘challenge’ is perhaps misleading, as Hou is the former Women’s World Chess Champion, and Muzychuk’s predecessor, who relinquished […check it out!]

One From The Archives: Gunsberg vs Steinitz 1891

February 25, 2016

Isidor Gunsberg (1854-1930) was born in Hungary but later became a British citizen. His chess career began as remote operator to the chess machine ‘Mephisto’. Confirming himself as one of the chess elite at the time, Gunsberg would challenge World Chess Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz for his title. Wilhelm Steinitz (1836-1900), […check it out!]