Blunders happen even at the world championship level
Remembering Reuben Fine, Magnus Carlsen’s greatest role model
The forgotten master who manufactured his own myths
The rapid rise of a young Italian master
Is an aptitude for mathematics really an advantage?
Albin Planinc, the tragic Slovenian
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