Malcolm Pein on…Haria Holding On

The FIDE World Cup is under way in Krasnaya Polyana, just inland from Sochi. This gigantic knockout is headlined by Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana and runs until August 8. The opening round featured 144 players bidding to make one of the 72 qualifying spots for the second round when the top seeds will join. […]

Malcolm Pein on…Nepo’s Lead

Malcolm Pein on…Nepo’s Lead World title challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi was the early pacesetter when the third leg of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour began in Zagreb, Croatia. The second Rapid & Blitz event of the series is a 10-player all-play-all that includes former world champions Vishy Anand and Garry Kasparov. Anand plays both disciplines, with […]

Malcolm Pein on…The Old and the New

Malcolm Pein on…The Old and the New Garry Kasparov was back at the board at the weekend, playing the Blitz in the Grand Chess Tour at Zagreb. Magnus Carlsen is in the field for the World Cup knockout in Sochi on the Black Sea coast. Levon Aronian certainly travelled to Sochi with a spring in […]

Malcolm Pein on…ChessFest 2021

Malcolm Pein on…ChessFest 2021 ChessFest came to London town last Sunday with a day of chess based entertainment and fun for all the family. The festival was for every chess player, from expert, to those who may come to learn. The outdoor event took over Trafalgar Square for the day, with free chess lessons, simultaneous […]

Malcolm Pein On…Remembering Dokhoian

Oll-Dokhoian 25.Bxc1 Black to play

Malcolm Pein On… Remembering Dokhoian Awful news from Moscow of the death of GM Yury Dokhoian at the age of 56 due to COVID. Dokhoian was qualified several times for the USSR Championships and won many international tournaments, including shared first at the Wijk aan Zee B Group in 1989. Dokhoian ended his tournament career […]

Malcolm Pein On…Haria Holding the Flag

Difficulties with quarantine and travel restrictions have limited English participation in the forthcoming FIDE World Cup to just one player. It will be left to IM Ravi Haria to carry the flag. The tournament is being held at Sochi on the Black Sea coast and play begins tomorrow. Doubtless wishing to secure some over-the-board match […]

Malcolm Pein on…Forceful Aronian

Levon Aronian rode his luck to take the first set against Vladislav Artemiev in the final of the Goldmoney Asian Rapid on Chess24. Aronian won the third game, below, after surviving a lost position in game two. He closed the set out with aggressive play as black, forcing his opponent to take a perpetual when […]

Malcolm Pein on…Rapid Returns

There were two great fightbacks in the semifinals of the Goldmoney Asian Rapid as Levon Aronian overcame Magnus Carlsen and Vladislav Artemiev also recovered from a set down to eliminate Ding Liren. Aronian was aided by uncharacteristic blunders from Carlsen in games three and four of the second set and in the first game of […]

Malcolm Pein on…So Close to Carlsen

carlsen vs so chess position

MAGNUS Carlsen survived an almighty comeback from Wesley So in their quarter-final match at the Goldmoney Asian Rapid on Chess24. Having taken the first set, Carlsen won the opening game of the second as Black, then went 1.5-0.5 ahead, only for So to take the match to a tie-break after winning games three and four. […]

Malcolm Pein on…Brilliant Young Mind

Abhimanyu Mishra from New Jersey has become the youngest grandmaster of all time, at the age of 12 years, 4 months, and 25 days. Mishra broke the record of Sergey Karjakin set back in 2002, when the future world championship challenger was aged 12 years and seven months. Already the youngest ever International Master, Mishra […]

Malcolm Pein on…The 150 Attack

150 Attack

One of my favourite games of all time is Garry Kasparov’s victory over Anatoly Karpov at Linares 1993 when Kasparov, playing black in the King’s Indian, managed to outplay his perennial rival to such an extent that all the white pieces ended up on the first rank. In this encounter, Black mishandles the Modern Defence […]

Malcolm Pein on… The Brilliant Benko

Brilliant Benko Position 2

The Benko Gambit is one of the most significant inventions in the chess opening theory of the 20th century. Conceived by the Hungarian-born American GM Pal Benko, the pawn sacrifice terrorized players of the white pieces, myself included, for the best part of 40 years, until some of its teeth were drawn by the advent […]