Articles By Dominic Lawson
 
November 2014
The forgotten master who manufactured his own myths
 
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October 2014
The rapid rise of a young Italian master
 
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September 2014
Is an aptitude for mathematics really an advantage?
 
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July/August 2014
Albin Planinc, the tragic Slovenian
 
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June 2014
How chess became a tool of totalitarian Communism
 
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May 2014
The Lasker-Capablanca showdown of 1914
 
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April 2014
 
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March 2014
Levon Aronian: Armenia's world-title hope
 
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January/February 2014
The changing of the guard in the world of chess was achieved not by smash-and-grab play, but by herculean displays of patience
 
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December 2013
Chess may not seem suited to radio, but in the Sixties the BBC broadcast special programmes featuring the world’s greatest ever players
 
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November 2013
Borislav Ivanov’s gadget-enhanced attempt to cheat his way to sporting success could have been lifted from a James Bond film
 
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October 2013
Leonid Stein was a virtuoso player whose unexplained death at 38 robbed the world of his otherworldly attacking brilliance
 
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September 2013
The softly spoken Cornishman Michael Adams weaves webs around his opponents and strikes when it is too late for his encircled
 
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July/August 2013
Lothar Schmid was a great referee and a remarkable man: a former lawyer and grandmaster himself, he had the respect of even the respect of even the most temperamental of players
 
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June 2013
Chess championships in England are often played in dreary municipal halls in grey provincial towns. So I jumped at the chance to compete in 5-star comfort in Thailand
 
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May 2013
Vladimir Kramnik best games display a fusion of elegance and force that give the impression that this is as well as chess could be played
 
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April 2013
Gennadi Sosonko's intimate personal knowledge of the Soviet Union's greatest grandmasters is unrivaled — and he was a useful player himself
 
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March 2013
London's forthcoming Candidates tournament features the world's best, including the highest-ranked player in history, Magnus Carlsen
 
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January/February 2013
Canada's Frank Marshall didn't succeed in conquering the world of chess, but his aggressive tactics were universally feared
 
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December 2012
In chess one should never take one's opponent in trust: it leaves one open to the swindle
 
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November 2012
In a male dominated game it was an 15-year-old girl who became the youngest ever grandmaster. She is now chess's finest female player
 
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October 2012
While not all artists are chess players, all chess players are artists. So said Marcel Duchamp, a mean player himself
 
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September 2012
Television networks have long since abandoned chess but a multi-millionaire promoter plans to catapult it back into the limelight
 
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July/August 2012
In 1962 Bobby Fisher claimed "the Russians have fixed world chess". He was certainly paranoid but was proved to be partially right
 
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June 2012
Despite being a keen chess player, Napoleon Bonaparte was more a pawn than a king on the board
 
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May 2012
Some of the game's greatest have had trouble playing against the clock. Not so Bobby Fischer, who was a lord of time.
 
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April 2012
The mystique surrounding those chess players who passed before their primes is best tipified in the mercurial Hungarian, Rudolf Charousek
 
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March 2012
In a sport over-populated with men, 17-year-old Chinese wunderkind Hou Yifan's sheer focus establishes her as a contender to be reckoned with
 
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January/February 2012
The unheralded Kazakh Rashid Nezhmetdinov was universally admired by his peers for his astonishing attacking ferocity
 
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December 2011
The chess player's mind is not necessarily a criminal one - but two consummate players did turn out to be murderers
 
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November 2011
Russian chess champion Peter Svidler's obsession with English cricket is such that he signs off his emails with "Strauss for Prime Minister"
 
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October 2011
Anthony Miles, Britain's first chess grandmaster, died ten years ago this November, but not before his talents sparked a UK chess boom
 
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September 2011
Why do people become obsessed with chess? And why does "competitive spirit" sometimes result in less-than-gentlemanly behaviour?
 
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July/August 2011
One could question José Raúl Capablanca's attitude, but not the Cuban conquistador's craft
 
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June 2011
Bobby Fischer was a chess phenomenon who squandered his talent. But we should remember the talent
 
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May 2011
After three French players were banned for cheating in March, the game must find a way to prevent technology ruining contests
 
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April 2011
Former child prodigies Samuel Reshevsky and Bobby Fischer had one of the fiercest rivalries in chess history — and not only on the board
 
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March 2011
After a seven-year hiatus, young British Chess talent Luke McShane returned to the board in late 2010, only to go unbeaten in two prestigious tournaments
 
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January/February 2011
A fiercely loyal Communist with a ferocious work ethic, Mikhail Botvinnik was an unshakeable Grandmaster
 
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December 2010
A hard-drinking, physically violent workaholic, Joseph Blackburne was the master of the simultaneous display
 
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November 2010
Conventional wisdom says White is better from the first move. A few noted grandmasters have challenged this assumption
 
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October 2010
The political situation in Russia transformed the sulphurous relationship between Karpov and Kasparov
 
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September 2010
The Magnus Carlsen phenomenon has a precedent: that of the marauding Viking, Bent Larsen
 
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July/August 2010
'Perhaps it was Philidor's prodigious musical intuition that somehow gave him a special insight into how the chess pieces should be harmonised'
 
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June 2010
The supremacy of logic over superstition allowed Vishy Anand to become a worthy world champion
 
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May 2010
Mikhail Tal, the Magician from Riga, goes up against the humourless Mikhail Botvinnik
 
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April 2010
A list of recommendations that no chess library should be without
 
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March 2010

Is chess genius a matter of genes, or of graft?

 
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January/February 2010
 
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December 2009
A world championship match, held 100 years ago next month, may have been partly responsible for the loser's death
 
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November 2009
Magnus Carlsen, the 19 year-old Norwegian wunderkind, is the next chess genius
 
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October 2009

Codebreaker Hugh Alexander deserves much more than the obscurity into which his name has fallen 

 
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September 2009

It is Korchnoi's fighting spirit that has enabled him to achieve victory, aged 78, in a young man's game

 
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July/August 2009
People who have no interest in chess commonly ask: who was the greatest player of all time. Genuine students, however, ask: what was the greatest tournament of all time?
 
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June 2009

‘Is it possible that the next generation of computers will solve chess?

 
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May 2009
‘To become world chess champion is to join the immortals. Yet some who have reached the top have been less lionised than others.
 
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About Dominic Lawson
Dominic Lawson is a columnist for the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail. He is also the author of The Inner Game (Hardinge Simpole Publishing). He was Columnist of the Year (popular newspapers) in the recent British Press Awards and is President of the English Chess Federation.
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