Dominic Lawson

A Beautiful Waste

The ascendancy of machine over man

From An Art To A Science

Wilhelm Steinitz was the inventor of modern chess, yet died a pauper's death

Tom and Jerry Tactics

The world's youngest ever International Master is an Indian child prodigy with an appetite for cartoons

Vivat Rex!

A modest philanthropist, Rex Sinquefield, is behind the US's triumph at the World Chess Olympiad

Les Pions de Résistance

François-André Danican Philidor, composer turned blindfold king of the chessboard

Korchnoi Plays His Last Move

Viktor Korchnoi, who has died at the age of 85, defeated nine world champions but never managed to claim the title for himself

When Players Become Pawns

Accusations of off-board skulduggery can be a powerful tool of psychological warfare

Prodigious Contest In Prospect

The two greatest chess prodigies of the age will soon face each other

Armenian Underdog

Tigran Petrosian's prophylactic prowess

Mated By The Mufti?

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has declared chess haram — but he needs to remember that the game was born in the Muslim world

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"