Chess News from NY Times


Evgeni Vasiukov, Russian Chess Grandmaster, Is Dead at 85

- Fri, 11 May 2018 20:57:50 GMT

He was among the world’s best chess players for more than 15 years, but his career was eclipsed by better-known and more talented contemporaries.

Anatoly Lein, an Émigré Chess Grandmaster, Dies at 86

- Tue, 06 Mar 2018 22:56:00 GMT

Mr. Lein was a star in the Soviet Union before leaving for the United States, where he remained a top competitor.

Why I Left Iran to Play Chess in America

- Fri, 29 Dec 2017 11:20:24 GMT

My old team cared more about the scarf covering my hair than the brain under it.

Saudi Arabia Blocks Israel’s Chess Team From World Championships

- Tue, 26 Dec 2017 21:01:23 GMT

The team’s seven players are demanding financial compensation after being unable to obtain the visas they needed to attend the competitions.

William Lombardy, Chess Grandmaster Turned Priest, Dies at 79

- Sun, 15 Oct 2017 02:30:22 GMT

The Bronx-born Mr. Lombardy was among the top players of his generation, but he gave up chess almost entirely to join the priesthood, which he later renounced.

What Happens When a Will is Unsigned? (It’s Not Fun)

- Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:00:01 GMT

And: the friend who won’t wash his hands after using the bathroom; sharing one’s rape story with a boyfriend; the old “throw out some dates” gambit.

Iranian Chess Player, Shunned for Refusing to Wear Hijab, Will Play in U.S.

- Tue, 03 Oct 2017 22:47:25 GMT

Dorsa Derakhshani is now playing for the St. Louis University chess team and officially registered to compete with the United States Chess Federation.

Andrew Paulson, Chess Impresario and Serial Entrepreneur, Dies at 58

- Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:26:26 GMT

Besides his numerous ventures in the arts and media, Mr. Paulson also strove to make chess a popular spectator sport on television.

The Enduring Appeal of Seeing Trump as Chess Master in Chief

- Wed, 31 May 2017 11:00:05 GMT

Both his supporters and his opposition talk about the president as if he’s a strategic genius, despite considerable evidence to the contrary.

Arthur Bisguier, Brash, Self-Taught Bronx Chess Champion, Dies at 87

- Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:22:05 GMT

Mr. Bisguier learned to play chess when he was 5 by watching games between his older sister and a cousin. He was frustrated by failures against Bobby Fischer.