Battle of the Generations
As Boris Gelfand deservedly claimed one of his biggest successes ever, the rest of the old guard at the Tal Memorial failed dramatically. Struggling from day one, Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik sensationally ended up at the bottom of the table. Magnus Carlsen finished in second place, but the Norwegian criticized his play as 'too indifferent'. Hikaru Nakamura proudly led the field after six rounds and then collapsed completely.
Interview: Boris Gelfand
At 45 years of age and buoyant after one of his finest successes ever, Boris Gelfand happily cites Viktor Kortchnoi, who told him a long time ago that he reached the pinnacle of his career at 47.
Variations on Famous Themes
Classic studies tend to be inspiring, as Jan Timman shows.
Dressed to Kill
Nigel Short shines his light on the new FIDE proposals for a dress code.
A Letter and a Word all by himself
Genna Sosonko recounts the eventful life of Igor Ivanov (1947-2005).
The fourth leg of the 2012-13 FIDE Grand Prix ended in 'by far the best result of my career' for Cuban GM Leinier Dominguez.
Total Chess in Leon
Contributing editor Anish Giri tested his strength in three time-controls against the inimitable Vassily Ivanchuk.
Sadler on Books
How's your middlegame?
In a Blaze of Light
Like many chess players, Hans Ree not only admired Mikhail Tal; he loved him.
Who is Sergey Shipov's favourite chess player of all time?
Did they play your opening?
In this issue games with the following openings were annotated by world class players:
Carlsen-Svidler, by Agdestein
Karjakin-Mamedyarov, by Karjakin
Anand-Nakamura, by Agdestein Stavanger 2013 (4)
Anand-Adams, by Adams
Queen's Gambit Declined
Gelfand-Adams, by Gelfand
Holt Kamsky, by Timman
Hammer-Nakamura, by Agdestein Stavanger 2013 (9)
Ding Liren-Aronian, by Ding Liren
Aronian-Kramnik, by Aronian
Aronian-Karjakin, by Agdestein
Anand-Hammer, by Agdestein
Zatonskih-Krush, by Krush
Kramnik-Fressinet, by Fressinet
Morozevich-Topalov, by Topalov
Giri-Kasimdzhanov, by Giri
Kamsky-Ramirez, by Timman