Dominic Lawson

Viking Versus Sepoy

The changing of the guard in the world of chess was achieved not by smash-and-grab play, but by herculean displays of patience

Radio Play

Chess may not seem suited to radio, but in the Sixties the BBC broadcast special programmes featuring the world’s greatest ever players

Twinkle Toes

Borislav Ivanov’s gadget-enhanced attempt to cheat his way to sporting success could have been lifted from a James Bond film

The Sublime Soviet

Leonid Stein was a virtuoso player whose unexplained death at 38 robbed the world of his otherworldly attacking brilliance

The Cornish Spiderman

The softly spoken Cornishman Michael Adams weaves webs around his opponents and strikes when it is too late for his encircled

The Man in the Middle

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

The King and I

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

Vlad the Virtuoso

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

He Stood with Giants

Gennadi Sosonko's intimate personal knowledge of the Soviet Union's greatest grandmasters is unrivaled — and he was a useful player himself

Magnus Magnetism

London's forthcoming Candidates tournament features the world's best, including the highest-ranked player in history, Magnus Carlsen

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"