i In the frame: Eileen Cooper accuses the art world of failing women

Meet Eileen Cooper: she wants to shake up the art world.

Davies' chess match keeps Vendée alive

The Frenchman Armel Le Cléac'h looked set to finish his first Vendée Globe solo non-stop, round-the-world race in second place this morning.

Exposed: chess genius who lost his bank $1.8bn

Deutsche trader had taken home $40m annual bonuses

Alan Irvine: 'I don't know, maybe it's because we're all grumpy and bad-tempered'

The Preston manager tells Sam Wallace why Glaswegians make good tacticians as his side tackle the might of Liverpool in the FA Cup today

Will Standpoint fall at the first hurdle?

The right-wing magazine has had a tough first six months. Amol Rajan meets its founder

Review of the year: The obvious variation is to hire a hungry New Zealander

Football has its odd-numbered years, bereft of major championships; in rugby it's the other way round. Without a World Cup or a Lions tour, hardly anything happened. Unless you count a Welsh Grand Slam, a New Zealand Grand Slam, the firing and hiring at Twickenham, the continuing success story of Munster, the financial panic spreading through the clubs, and three little letters which got everyone hot under the scrumcap: ELV.

The Fire, By Katherine Neville

Just like The Da Vinci Code – but much better

Ruck and Maul: Knight makes move against Johnno, but is he just talking a good game?

Whatever befalls England this autumn, Martin Johnson can never be described as a pawn in the game. Sir Clive Woodward, for whom diplomacy has always been a stranger, has questioned England's decision to appoint Johnson as coach while he is still wet behind the cauliflower ears. "You have to be a warrior but you also have to play chess," the knight said. He identified Johnson as a Samurai-like figure but doubted if he had the tactical nous to be a grandmaster. "We'd all be more confident if he had spent a few years coaching Leicester. I see no one at Twickenham who can help him, who can question what he's doing. He's on his own." Rob Andrew, who beat Sir Clive to the job as director of elite rugby, would disagree, but they do on most things. Woodward, who led England to the 2003 World Cup with Johnson as his captain, got his knighthood for services to rugby before walking out of Twickenham. When he took the Lions toNew Zealand in 2005 it was checkmate to the All Blacks.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/mary_dejevsky/" target="_blanK">Mary Dejevsky: Russia Notebook: Holiday Inns, baby booms, chess champions</a>

OUR GROUP stayed at a Holiday Inn on the northern outskirts of Moscow, which was convenient for the airport that some participants flew into and out of, but not convenient for much else.

Album: Mitty Collier, Shades of Mitty Collier &ndash; the Chess Singles (Kent Soul)

"I Had a Talk with My Man Last Night" on Chicago's Chess label from 1964 is one of Deep Soul's most immortal songs, with Riley Hammond's melancholy French horn and lush string arrangements contrasting with Collier's gritty vocal.

Chess girl's mother quizzed over plot to kill ex-husband

A mother whose ex-husband stood trial for raping their daughter, who died weeks before the teenager was due to testify against him in court, has been questioned by police over an alleged plot to murder him.

Blue heaven: music mogul Marshall Chess

Chess Records brought the blues to the world. Now Hollywood is in on the act. Simon Hardeman talks to Marshall Chess

White King and Red Queen: How the cold war was fought on the chessboard, By Daniel Johnson

If the Cold War, even more than most, was a continuation of politics by other means, then one of those means was chess – and probably the most apposite one at that. It is itself, after all, a sublimated and codified game of war. Daniel Johnson goes so far as to say that, "by providing the safety valve that kept the lid on the Cold War, chess helped to save civilisation from itself."

Endgame, Everyman, Liverpool

A play without a beginning and a middle, Endgame, Beckett's prolonged preparation for oblivion, conceals as subtle a series of moves as any chess game. In this new production by Liverpool's thrillingly revitalised Everyman, a highlight of its celebratory season of European drama, this depiction of the end of everything is scarcely played as a comedy, but it does have its lighter moments.

Can 'Prospect' and 'Standpoint' be the best of enemies?

Margareta Pagano asks if a new centre-right political monthly with big-name writers can sit happily alongside its left-leaning rival

Chess: Natural-born killer of the board torn apart by his demons

Dominic Lawson on how Bobby Fischer, one of the world's greatest players, fell to pieces and quit while at the height of his amazing powers
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