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Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana attend the press conference of the FIDE World Chess Championship. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

The last time an American challenged for the world chess championship it was seen as an almighty clash of civilisations: west versus east, capitalism (...)

 Soviet Georgian chess player Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian playing American Bobby Fischer in in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1971. Photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images

For the most seismic showdown in chess history, the Soviet authorities assembled an extensive support network of 35 grandmasters to travel to Iceland.(...)

 Garry Kasparov: widely considered to have been the best chess player of modern times

It’s 20 years today since a computer called Deep Blue beat the then world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, in a best-of-six series, an event that heral(...)

Sir Nick Faldo, director Pedro Almodóvar, Jackie Chan and Simon Cowell are among the celebrities whose names have been linked with the Panama Papers.

There is nothing illegal about moving money offshore. To begin with, during the 1970s it was a way of moving cash around at a time of widespread curre(...)

Mike Nichols: one of America’s most celebrated directors. Photograph: Phil McCarten/Reuters

Mike Nichols, one of America’s most celebrated directors, who has died aged 83, was one of those rare figures whose work earned him adulation both on (...)