Malcolm Pein on…Galvanising Magnus Carlsen

Malcolm Pein starts his coverage of the Opera Euro Rapid Tournament in today’s Daily Telegraph chess column, explaining how an early defeat only succeeded in galvanising Magnus Carlsen. Malcolm Pein on…Galvanising Carlsen Wesley So did his fellow competitors no favours when he defeated Magnus Carlsen in the opening round of the preliminaries of the Opera Rapid on Chess24. The defeat […]

Malcolm Pein on…The Entertaining Bullet

Before getting back to his coverage of the Tata Steel Masters, Malcolm Pein turns his attention to an entertaining Bullet chess game in today’s Daily Telegraph chess column.  Bullet games – with just one minute on each clock – wouldn’t normally merit a place in either  newspaper column or in a blog post, but this […]

Who is the Real Beth Harmon of Chess?

Beth Harmon in Netflix's The Queen's Gambit

Chess has enjoyed a surge in popularity since The Queen’s Gambit debuted on Netflix in late October, 2020, with reports of chess sets selling out and record numbers googling how to play chess. The combination of rags-to-riches drama, 1960s aesthetic, and fine acting from lead Anya Taylor-Joy, amongst others, helped make The Queen’s Gambit both […]

Magnus Carlsen crushes Fabiano Caruana to win World Chess Championship in tie-breaks

It has been the longest staredown in history – 12 long drawn-out games. But after 50 nerve-shredding hours of play, one black-eye, and an embarrassing data leak, the world chess champion has been crowned in London. Norway’s rock star of chess Magnus Carlsen held onto his title in commanding style on Wednesday as he crushed […]

World Chess Championship 2018: A quick round-by-round summary

The World Chess Championship 2018 has been an enormous amount to take in – however much of a superfan you are. By our (rough) calculations, there have been 637 moves and around 48 hours of chess in total. Not to mention novelties, shocks, surprises and the odd celebrity. So to make it easier to get a handle […]

Squeaky-bum time as World Chess Championship goes to tie-breaks: Our Game 12 report

Another draw. The final scheduled game, Game 12, of the 2018 World Chess Championship ended in a draw. That’s an incredible TWELVE in a row. Perhaps this is what we expected, with Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana separated by just three rating points going into the match. But while for some today’s game had an air of […]

Fabiano Caruana Net Worth: How Rich is the Chess Superstar?

How Much Is Fabiano Caruana Worth? Born on July 30, 1992, Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana has solidified himself as the greatest American chess player since Bobby Fischer and one of the top players in the world. But how much is the chess prodigy worth? American’s new chess superstar was seriously in the money after his world […]

For Magnus, the time for talking is clearly over: Our Game 9 report

A head injury sustained playing football wasn’t enough to put world chess champion Magnus Carlsen off in Game 9 as London’s big title match was left teetering on a knife-edge. Norway’s 27-year-old rock star of chess tersely denied he was bothered by the very obvious black-eye as the latest round of his three-week-long contest with […]