Malcolm Pein on…Chess

We start the week with a new selection of Malcolm Pein’s Daily Telegraph columns, covering a wide range of subjects, complete with numerous opportunities to test your own chess strength. Endgame Prowess MOHAMMAD Tabatabaei of Iran had a fine run at the FIDE World Cup, winning five matches that included two successes against 2700+ players […]

Malcolm Pein on…Chess

It is time for another major instalment of Malcolm Pein’s Daily Telegraph chess columns. This time even the World Champion himself, Magnus Carlsen, makes an appearance and, as usual, there are plenty of opportunities to test your strength. Win on Demand MOHAMMAD Tabatabaei of Iran took his match at the World Cup against Armenian Haik […]

Malcolm Pein on…Chess

Today we present another cornucopia of delights from Malcolm Pein’s Daily Telegraph chess columns. Immerse yourselves in games from around the globe and test your own chess powers along the way. Too Quiet IF YOU need to keep the draw in hand with white, choosing an opening variation that allows you to simplify by opening a […]

Malcolm Pein on…Chess

We have a bumper edition of Malcolm Pein’s Daily Telegraph chess columns for you today, covering a whole range of subjects from the finer points of the King’s Indian Defense, the CSC Summer ChessFest and big game action from the world’s top tournaments. KID Gloves OCCASIONALLY a game has so many illustrative points, it has to […]

Malcolm Pein on…Hotshot Haria

Ravi Haria was a deserving winner of his first-round match with Russian Grandmaster Vadim Zvjaginsev at the FIDE World Cup. Haria takes on French number three Etienne Bacrot for a place in the last 64. We saw Haria’s opening victory over 44-year-old Zvjaginsev yesterday. The 22-year-old IM from Elstree also impressed in the return. Zvjaginsev […]

Malcolm Pein on…MVL Topping the Tour

Malcolm Pein on…MVL Topping the Tour Maxime Vachier-Lagrave overhauled Ian Nepomniachtchi on the fifth and final day to take first at the GCT Rapid & Blitz in Zagreb. MVL is one of the world’s best Blitz players and secured first with a round to spare to take home $37,500 (£27,000). He now leads the tour […]

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 […]