The Chess Circuit

Adam Raoof
the game of chess is my passion: whether you just want to read about chess, follow grandmaster gossip or play chess tournaments yourself, this is for you!
Created 17 Aug 2020
  • Battle of Endgames
    01 Dec 2021 • 5 min read
    Way back in 1972, Saturday 22nd January 1972, to be precise, Anatoly Karpov gave a 26-board simultaneous exhibition at the London Central YMCA in its temporary building in Endell Street. The future Wo...
  • Episode 27 of the podcast
    29 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Listen to "Episode 27: Adam and Ben meet Carl Portman, author of Chess Behind Bars, Chess Crusader and purveyor of Tarantulas" by The Chess Circuit.
  • my chess events for the rest of 2021
    28 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Tuesday, 30 November 10:30 to 17:00 Muswell Hill FIDE Rapid Chess @ The Clissold Arms - Saturday, 4 December 11:00 to 17:00 Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess - ...
  • Magnus Carlsen vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
    24 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    from today’s Watford junior chess briefing #379 by Roger Lancaster; “A reminder that the world championship match between title-holder Magnus Carlsen and challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi begins today (ce...
  • Over-the-board chess for online players
    12 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    Muswell Hill Rapid Chess @ The Clissold Arms When: This Tuesday, 16 November, 10:30 – 17:00 Where: The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, Muswell Hill, London N2 9HR, UK (map) Only 30 places, so sign up...
  • Birmingham Revisited!
    26 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    I have played at the Birmingham Rapidplay for over thirty years. It is always held at the Quinborne Community centre (pictured above, pre-Covid), a building with much glass and wood and a welcoming co...
  • Golders Green FIDE Rapid - results
    25 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Thanks to all who played this weekend, and to Rob Hammond, Lance Leslie-Smith (pictured above) and Jo Wildman for running the tournament. Our next tournament at this venue is on Saturday 6th November,...
  • To mask, or not to mask?
    21 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    In November I am involved in two weekend congresses in London. The first event is the Central London Congress @ Imperial College from 12-14 November. This is an unusual event in that only players of 1...
  • En Passant Magazine
    11 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Tomorrow 12th October we have the Muswell Hill FIDE Rapid, which kicks off at 10.30am and you can register at - there is another edition in half term on 26 October! C...
  • Podcast Episode 26: David LeMoir talks to Ben and Adam about his new book Chess Scribe
    06 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    I love David LeMoir's books, having read and been highly entertained by "How to Become a Deadly Tactician", "How to be Lucky in Chess" and other titles. In this chat, Ben Graff and I get to talk throu...
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