108 pages of the best in chess:
Into the human light
Smart Girls play chess in Uganda
How Willie Nelson played Ray Charles in the dark. Rameshbaba Praggnanandhaa, remember that name! The move of the year. How 3-year old Mikhail Osipov refused Karpov a draw.
The future of the Olympiad, by US Team Captain IM John Donaldson
There are 180,000 rated players in the world. Where do they live?
Fair & Square
What Nana Moukouri, Albert Einstein, George Steiner, Stephen Fry and others said about chess.
Magnus Carlsen strikes in extra time with a brilliant finish. A 30-page on-the-spot report from Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam with brilliant and entertaining annotations by Anish Giri.
John Urschel, chess player
Our columnist reveals how, in 2003, in a hunting lodge in Yalta he played a secret training match against Ruslan Ponomariov.
Maximize Your Tactics
Train your tactical skills with Russian expert Maxim Notkin
Having fun in St. Louis
Vishy Anand was on a roll at the Champions Showdown. Alejandor Ramirez reports and Vishy himself annotates his win over Nakamura in the blitz.
Judit Polgar’s column
The Queen of Chess has always felt attracted to the King’s Gambit.
'What would Mark think?'
Jacob Aagaard remembers Mark Dvoretsky, a great trainer, a brilliant author and a dear friend. A highly personal tribute.
Parimarjan's Chess Gym
Parimarjan Negi shows that you don’t need to be afraid of playing against connected passed pawns, as long as you keep a clear head.
Russian Super Final
In Novosibirsk, Alexander Riazantsev and Alexandra Kosteniuk became the new Russian champions. They both annotate a key game of the Championship.
A risky early deviation from theory against the Queen’s Gambit. If you play like Carlsen and Grischuk you may win.
Bohemia as a luxury
As he was reading Timman’s Titans, Hans Ree took a walk down memory lane.
Chess Pattern Recognition
Arthur van de Oudeweetering shows that giving up the bishop pair makes perfectly good sense, sometimes.
Sadler On Books
Matthew Sadler reviews four books: 'Dynamic Decision Making' by Boris Gelfand, 'Timman's Titans', 'Fundamental Checkmates' by Antonio Gude and 'The Exchange Sacrifice' by Sergey Kasparov.
Jan Timman explains why Nigel Short and Ivan Sokolov defeated Hou Yifan and Jorden van Foreest in Hoogeveen.
What is Richard Rapport's favourite square?
Contributors to this issue
Jacob Aagaard, Jeroen Bosch, Anish Giri, John Henderson, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Dylan McClain, Parimarjan Negi, Maxim Notkin, Arthur van de Oudeweetering, Judit Polgar, Alejandro Ramirez, Richard Rapport, Hans Ree, Alexander Riazantsev, Matth