Dominic Lawson

Tragedy of a Modest Master

A world championship match, held 100 years ago next month, may have been partly responsible for the loser's death

Magnus the Great

Magnus Carlsen, the 19 year-old Norwegian wunderkind, is the next chess genius

The Enigma of Hugh Alexander

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

Korchnoi: the Veterans’ Veteran

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

Was This the Greatest Tournament?

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?

Deep Thought Over Computers

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

Armenian Artist

‘To become world chess champion is to join the immortals. Yet some who have reached the top have been less lionised than others.

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"