Episodes

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0101John Healy2013123020151116 (R4)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.

0102Rachel Reeves20131231Dominic 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.

0103Lennox Lewis20140101

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.

0104Hou Yifan20140102

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.

0105Natan Sharansky20140103
0105Natan Sharansky2014010320151117 (R4)
20160603 (R4)
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.

0105Natan Sharansky2014010320160603 (R4)Dominic Lawson interviews Natan Sharansky over a game of chess.

Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess.

0105 LASTNatan Sharansky20140103Dominic 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.

0201Magnus Carlsen2014102720151118 (R4)Across The Board: a series of interviews conducted by Dominic Lawson over a game of chess. Today, Dominic takes on the world's greatest chess player, Magnus Carlsen - and asks whether it wouldn't be better for Magnus to put his extraordinary intelligence to another use.

0202Murray Campbell20141028Across 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.
0203Sigrid Rausing2014102920151119 (R4)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.

0204Sol Campbell20141030Across 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.
0205 LASTDemis Hassabis20141031Across 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.
0301Steve Davis20150504Across The Board is a series of interviews conducted by Dominic Lawson over a game of chess. Today, Dominic challenges the snooker legend Steve Davis. Davis dominated the green baize for much of the eighties. But can he dominate Dominic on the chess board?

Producer: David Edmonds

Editor: Richard Knight.

0302Garry Kasparov20150505He dominated the chess world for fifteen years. In Across The Board, Dominic Lawson interviews Gary Kasparov over a game of chess - and asks him not just about the 64 squares, but also about his life post-chess, as a staunch opponent of President Putin.

0303Rex Sinquefield20150506Across The Board is a series of interviews conducted over a game of chess. In this programme Dominic Lawson interviews the game's leading philanthropist. Mega-rich financier Rex Sinquefield is ploughing millions of dollars into the game. But why?

0304Antony Beevor20150507
0304Antony Beevor20150507Across The Board is a series of interviews conducted over a game of chess. In this programme Dominic Lawson talks to the best-selling military historian Antony Beevor. What are the parallels between chess and warfare?

0304Antony Beevor2015050720160617 (R4)Dominic Lawson interviews military historian Antony Beevor over a game of chess.

Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess.

0305 LASTPiers Morgan2015050820151120 (R4)Across The Board is a series of interviews conducted over a game of chess. In this programme Dominic Lawson talks to the outspoken journalist and broadcaster Piers Morgan. The game turns out to be a brutal affair.