Malcolm Pein on…Playing to Win

Malcolm Pein takes another look at the FIDE Candidates tournament in today’s Daily Telegraph column, noting the ethos of playing to win, which gave a surprisingly high percentage of decisive games. Malcolm Pein on…Playing to Win Only two of the last 12 games were drawn at the Candidates. In round 12, all games ended decisively, which last happened at a Candidates tournament in […]

Malcolm Pein on…The Weary Candidates

In today’s Daily Telegraph column, Malcolm Pein reports on the weary Candidates, for whom last-round motivation was an inevitable problem, especially for the tournament winner. Malcolm Pein on…The Weary Candidates The FIDE Candidates tournament was wrapped up recently with some predictable last-round results as the winners and losers had inevitably lost some motivation. Tournament victor […]

Malcolm Pein on…Nepomniachtchi the Challenger

Ian Nepomniachtchi is the new challenger for the World Chess Championship. Malcolm Pein adds the detail in his latest report on the FIDE Candidates Tournament in today’s Daily Telegraph column. Malcolm Pein on…Nepomniachtchi the Challenger Russian number one Ian Nepomniachtchi will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the world title after he won the Candidates tournament with a round to spare on home soil […]

Malcolm Pein on…Nepomniachtchi’s Huge Step

Malcolm Pein continues his coverage of the FIDE Candidates Tournament in today’s Daily Telegraph column, with news of a huge step for Ian Nepomniachtchi on his road to the World Championship. Malcolm Pein on…Nepomniachtchi’s Huge Step Russian number one Ian Nepomniachtchi took a huge step towards claiming a shot at the world title when he won a fifth game to […]

Malcolm Pein on…The Flying Dutchman

Malcolm Pein returns to the FIDE Candidates Tournament in today’s Daily Telegraph column, with an excellent game featuring Anish Giri, The Flying Dutchman. Malcolm Pein on…The Flying Dutchman Anish Giri led the pursuit of Ian Nepomniachtchi after a classy win over an out-of-form Ding Liren in round 11 of the Candidates. The 26-year-old Dutch number one outplayed […]

Great Moments in Chess: Carlsen Crowned

The New in Chess Classic is now in full swing and it has brought even more top-level chess to a table already graced by the FIDE Candidates Tournament. World Champion Magnus Carlsen is in action once more and he is joined by a glittering array of strong, talented Grandmasters including Hikaru Nakamura, Leinier Dominguez Perez and Levon […]