After the 2013 treble Pep Guardiola’s challenge was no longer to take Bayern to the next level, but to maintain the standards set by his suddenly illustrious predecessor. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters. 1:54

Many neutrals find Chelsea a hard club to like, but one night in May 2012, they were briefly Germany’s second-favourite team. Chelsea were playing Bay(...)

President of St Louis Chess Club Rex Sinquefield (left) and Republican congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer at a special event held at United States Capitol Building in 2013 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Ilya S Savenok/Getty Images

Rex Sinquefield was once a passenger on the same international flight as the notoriously irascible grandmaster Bobby Fischer. For a chess nut, this pr(...)

Russian opposition activists carry portraits of activists and placards reading ‘Freedom to prisoners of 06 May 2012’ during a rally in support of freedom of the press in downtown Moscow today. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

About 5,000 Russians, some waving Ukrainian flags, rallied in central Moscow today to protest at what they say is a government crackdown on ind(...)

Garry Kasparov, considered the best chess player of all time, at the Clarence Hotel, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times 3:18

“I’ve been warning for many years that one day Vladimir Putin would show his colours,” says Garry Kasparov, who was, until his(...)

Defendants facing trial over clashes with the police during an anti-Putin protest last year, gesture inside a glass-walled cage before a court hearing in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Twelve Russians have gone on trial for their alleged part in clashes during a protest against President Vladimir Putin, in what critics call further p(...)