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Across the Board

 

Dominic Lawson takes on public figures Across The Board as chess comes to Radio 4

Chess author and aficionado Dominic Lawson will square up to former heavyweight champion boxer Lennox Lewis, among others, as part of a BBC Radio 4 series that sees chess moves return to BBC radio for the first time in half a century. Read more


EPISODE 1 – JOHN HEALY

First broadcast: Monday 30 December 2013 1.45pm - LISTEN HERE

Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess. In this episode he talks to the writer and former homeless alcoholic John Healy. How did chess help Healy give up the booze? And why does he believe that the world of chess is harsher than life on street.

 


EPISODE 2 – RACHEL REEVES

First broadcast: Tuesday 31 December 2013 1.45pm - LISTEN HERE

Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess. In this episode he interviews shadow cabinet minister and former junior chess champion Rachel Reeves. She has just become a mother. But she explains why she would never allow her daughter to beat her at the game.

 


EPISODE 3 – LENNOX LEWIS

First broadcast: Wednesday 1 January 2014 1.45pm - LISTEN HERE

Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess. In this episode he plays the greatest ever British born boxer and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. Lewis believes that chess and boxing have much in common - and that his love of chess has helped him both in and outside the ring.

 


EPISODE 4 – HOU YIFAN

First broadcast: Thursday 2 January 1.45pm - LISTEN HERE

Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess. In this episode he interviews the women's world champion, Hou Yifan. Still only 19, she's one of only a handful of women to have become an elite grandmaster. And she comes from a country with no strong link to chess, China.

 


EPISODE 5 – NATAN SHARANSKY

First broadcast: Thursday 3 January 1.45pm - LISTEN HERE

Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess. In this episode he plays the former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician Natan Sharansky.

 

 

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