Across the Board

Across the Board

Over a game of chess, Dominic Lawson interviews high-profile figures from the worlds of politics, culture, sport – and chess.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Demis Hassabis - 31 October 2014

    Fri, 31 Oct 14

    Duration:
    13 mins

    Across The Board: a series of interviews conducted by Dominic Lawson over a game of chess. In this, the last of the series, Dominic takes on Demis Hassabis. Demis was a child chess prodigy, who moved into computer programming, and has just sold his company to Google for £400million.

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  • Sol Campbell - 30 October 2014

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

    Duration:
    13 mins

    Across The Board: a series of interviews conducted by Dominic Lawson over a game of chess. Today Dominic takes on the former England footballer Sol Campbell - and asks him whether his decision to transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Arsenal was a chess player's move.

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  • Sigrid Rausing - 29 October 2014

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

    Duration:
    13 mins

    Across The Board: a series of interviews conducted by Dominic Lawson over a game of chess. Today Dominic takes on one of Britain's leading philanthropists, Sigrid Rausing, who plays chess every day with her husband.

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  • Murray Campbell - 28 October 2014

    Tue, 28 Oct 14

    Duration:
    13 mins

    Across The Board: a series of interviews conducted by Dominic Lawson over a game of chess. Today Dominic takes on Murray Campbell, the brains behind the chess computer Deep Blue. Deep Blue made headlines around the world when it beat the former world chess champion Garry Kasparov.

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  • Magnus Carlsen - 27 October 2014

    Mon, 27 Oct 14

    Duration:
    13 mins

    Across The Board: a series of interviews conducted by Dominic Lawson over a game of chess. Today, Dominic interviews the world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen

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  • Natan Sharansky 03 Jan 14

    Fri, 3 Jan 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician Natan Sharansky shares stories from his life, over a game of chess with Dominic Lawson.

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  • Hou Yifan 02 Jan 14

    Thu, 2 Jan 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Women's world chess champion Hou Yifan is one of only a handful of women to have become an elite grandmaster, even though the 19-year-old comes from a country with no strong link to chess - China.

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  • Lennox Lewis 01 Jan 14

    Wed, 1 Jan 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis tells Dominic Lawson why chess and boxing have much in common - and that his love of chess has helped him both in and outside the ring.

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  • Rachel Reeves MP 31 Dec 13

    Tue, 31 Dec 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Shadow cabinet minister Rachel Reeves is also a former junior chess champion - but as a new mother, she she explains to presenter Dominic Lawson why she would never allow her daughter to beat her at the game.

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  • John Healy 30 Dec 13

    Mon, 30 Dec 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Writer and former homeless alcoholic John Healy tells Dominic Lawson why he believes that the world of chess is harsher than life on street - and explains how chess helped him give up the booze.

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