Chess theatre review – Choreography is athletic but clichéd, lyrics inaudible

It aims to explore Cold War tensions and is loosely based on the rivalry of chess grandmasters American Bobby Fischer and Russian Boris Spassky but is muddled and puerile. The Fischer character, defeated in the first act, switches allegiance in the second more often than the shadiest Le Carré character but without a fraction of […]

Chess review: Michael Ball shines in SPINE-TINGLING ABBA musical revival

PH Michael Ball soars in Chess as the musical makes its return to the West End At last the kings have regained their crown. In 1986 Chess was supposed to be the crowning glory of ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and opened to huge fanfare but swiftly hit some bum notes with audiences […]

Michael Ball discusses his exciting new theatre show, Chess at the London Coliseum

MARK KEHOE Mr Ball is very excited to star in Chess Lesser mortals would be aghast at the prospect but you can almost feel his pleasure at being so busy. On Sundays he’ll be hosting his Radio 2 show; the rest of the week he’ll be starring in the revival of the musical Chess at […]

Jets and Wild coaches prepare for chess match as playoff puck drop looms

They were fired within hours of each other by the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals. They’ve coached against each other in the American Hockey League and NHL. Now, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice and Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau are engaged in another chess match as their teams face off against each other in the first […]

2018 is going to be a very big year in chess as Magnus Carlsen goes for a World Championship 4-peat

Maria Emelianova The 2018 World Chess Championship will take place in London in November. Current World Champ Magnus Carlsen will take on a challenger to be decided in March in Berlin. Two American players have a shot at facing Carlsen. In 2016, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen defeated Russia’s Sergey Karjakin in a tight match held in New […]

Learning music and playing chess might not make you any smarter, according to 3 decades of research

Researchers reviewed 35 years of studies and found training your brain with activities like chess, music, or puzzles might not actually impact your intelligence.  Music experts have strong memories for notes, but practicing music hasn’t shown a direct impact on improving cognitive skills outside of music. Chess training seems to have only a small effect […]

Israel chess federation demands compensation for Saudi visa ban

Published time: 26 Dec, 2017 17:47 Israel’s chess governing body is seeking compensation from the organizers of an international chess competition in Saudi Arabia after its players were denied visas to participate in the tournament. The King Salman World Chess Championships Blitz & Rapid which runs from December 26 to 30 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, […]

Saudi Arabia bars Israel from taking part in chess championship

Published time: 24 Dec, 2017 16:53 Edited time: 24 Dec, 2017 16:53 Riyadh has refused to issue visas for Israeli players who were expected to take part in a Saudi-hosted chess tournament, the World Chess Federation said. Israel says it is considering a response. The speed chess tournament, named after King Salman, will see “the […]