Back up to: The Essay
4/5 Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov explores the murderous history of chess in Russia.
4/5 Marilyn Yalom on the rise to power of the chess queen which was once as feeble as a pawn.
3/5 David Hendy discusses how chess was played and lost on the Third Programme.
2/5 Author Anuradha Roy on the power and poignancy of chess as a metaphor in Indian culture.
1/5 Dr Irving Finkel of the British Museum on why chess is the ultimate game.