Dominic Lawson

Dominic Lawson

Blunders happen even at the world championship level

Remembering Reuben Fine, Magnus Carlsen’s greatest role model

The rapid rise of a young Italian master

Is an aptitude for mathematics really an advantage?

How chess became a tool of totalitarian Communism

The Lasker-Capablanca showdown of 1914

Vladimir Putin is often described as being like a grandmaster in his moves on the diplomatic board. This is based on the clichéd view that Russian skill at chess is a function of national character — which it isn’t: besides which, Putin’s moves are conditioned by rage and resentment, which leads to highly irrational decisions.

Levon Aronian: Armenia’s world-title hope