Malcolm Pein on…Shak the Invincible

Malcolm Pein on…Shak the Invincible Shak Mamedyarov won the Grand Chess Tour’s Superbet Chess Classic in after a quiet draw in the ninth and final round with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. This took him to an unassailable score of 6/9. A burst of three wins mid-tournament secured Mamedyarov $90,000 (£65,000) and the lead of the Grand Chess […]

Malcolm Pein on…Sure-Fire Shak

Malcolm Pein on…Sure-Fire Shak It was steady as she goes for Shak Mamedyarov as he headed straight for a known drawing line against Anish Giri’s Grunfeld Defense to maintain his full point lead going into the ninth and final round of the Grand Chess Tour’s Superbet Chess Classic at Bucharest. Mamedyarov’s nearest pursuers were unable […]

Malcolm Pein on…Shak’s Seventh Heaven

Malcolm Pein on…Shak’s Seventh Heaven Shak Mamedyarov scored a huge win in the seventh round of the Grand Chess Tour’s Superbet Chess Classic in Bucharest, as he outplayed world number two Fabiano Caruana with the black pieces. Mamedyarov produced an opening novelty for the second successive game to secure his third straight win and take […]

Malcolm Pein on…Shak’s Killer Combo

Malcolm Pein on…Shak’s Killer Combo Shak Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk took control of the Grand Chess Tour’s Superbet Chess Classic in Bucharest with three to play. Mamedyarov produced an opening novelty and Levon Aronian went wrong immediately in a game I will analyse tomorrow. Grischuk overpowered Constantin Lupulescu in a complex Sicilian Defence Richter Rauzer […]

Malcolm Pein on…A Bloodthirsty Round

Malcolm Pein on…A Bloodthirsty Round A bloodthirsty fourth round at the Superbet Chess Classic in Budapest saw the leader board considerably shaken up. Fabiano Caruana and 19-year-old rising local hope Bogdan-Daniel Deac had been leading, but both suffered defeats to send them back down to 50 per cent. Wesley So outplayed Caruana, as we’ll see below, […]

Malcolm Pein on…A ‘Tragedy’

Malcolm Pein dons the wig, puts on his sunglasses and polishes his teeth in today’s Daily Telegraph column, as he rolls back the years to put a ‘Tragedy’ in your head for the rest of the day. Malcolm Pein on…A ‘Tragedy’ To paraphrase the Bee Gees, “Tragedy, when the clock has gone and you can’t go […]

Malcolm Pein on…The Local Hero

Malcolm Pein continues his coverage of the Grand Chess Tour’s Superbet Classic in today’s Daily Telegraph column, in which the French Defense has a very hard time. Malcolm Pein on…The Local Hero Bogdan-Daniel Deac had a near miss in the first round of the Grand Chess Tour’s Superbet Classic in Bucharest when he missed a win against […]

Malcolm Pein on…The Return of the King

Malcolm Pein is excited by the impending return of the the king in today’s Daily Telegraph column and makes a prediction… Malcolm Pein on…The Return of the King Many of the players were just feeling their way back into Classical chess when the Superbet Classic 2021 got under way in Bucharest with five draws. The most interesting […]

Malcolm Pein on…Rock Star Abdumalik

International over-the-board chess!? I wonder if it will ever catch on. Malcolm Pein’s report in today’s Daily Telegraph column may help us decide… Malcolm Pein on…Rock Star Abdumalik International over-the-board chess returned to British soil, with the final leg of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Gibraltar. Kateryna Lagno and the Muzychuk sisters, Anna and Mariya, headed […]

Malcolm Pein on…Haria’s Endgame Heroics

Malcolm Pein returns to the subject of hybrid chess in today’s Daily Telegraph column and presents an exciting game from a high-profile event. Malcolm Pein on…Haria’s Endgame Heroics In my capacity as Director of International Chess for the English Chess Federation, I organised a hybrid chess qualifier for the FIDE World Cup at the Hilton Hotel in Elstree. The […]

Malcolm Pein on…The 2021 Grand Chess Tour

Malcolm Pein collates the information on the 2021 Grand Chess Tour in today’s Daily Telegraph column and takes a look at Carlsen’s dramatic ‘win on demand’ game at the FTX Crypto Cup. Malcolm Pein on…The 2021 Grand Chess Tour The Grand Chess Tour is on the move again after a one-year hiatus. The first in a circuit of international tournaments is the […]

Malcolm Pein on…Hybrid Chess

Malcolm Pein turns his attention to a hybrid chess tournament in today’s Daily Telegraph column. Is this the future for chess events, or a temporary measure? Malcolm Pein on…Hybrid Chess The difficulties of holding over-the-board events and organising foreign travel in Europe led to the European Chess Union staging a Hybrid Qualification tournament to enable 36 players to […]