108 pages of the best in chess:
Jakarta Street Life
A Women Grandmaster playing chess in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night
No pants chess on Union Square. Houston, we have a chess problem. Volodya Putin's 'dangerous sympathy'. The Chess Super Bowl.
Readers write about Carlsen's mate, the future of blitz, Gareyev's blindfold record and Taimanov's chess table.
Is Wesley So's unbeaten streak of 56 games anywhere near the record in elite competition?
Fair & Square
What Werner Heisenberg, Homer Simpson, Nicolas Chamfort, Peter Thiel and others said about chess.
Living the dream
As if he is casually checking off dream goals on a bucket list, Wesley So is going from strength to strength. In Wijk aan Zee the 23-year-old American reached a new milestone as he claimed another super-tournament, for the first time finishing ahead of the World Champion. A remarkable report by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, with crucial games annotated by So, Aronian, Giri, Adhiban and Wei Yi.
Interview: Adhiban Baskaran
Meet 'the next big thing from India'. He tells about his Augmented Destiny and how he beat Karjakin and reached a winning position against Carlsen.
Judit Polgar's Column
A masterclass on what she learned from Bent Larsen.
Maximize Your Tactics
Train your tactical skills with Russian expert Maxim Notkin
A fresh Bird's view
In his career, which spanned five decades, Henry Bird (1829-1908) was a tireless promotor of the game. His victims included Staunton, Steinitz and Lasker. An intriguing portrait by Hans Renette.
Tata Steel Challengers
Gawain Jones qualified for the 2018 Masters and happily shares his adventures in a chess-crazy village. He annotates a crucial win, with additional game annotations by Ragger and Hansen.
Hans Ree on the memoir written by Don Miguel's daughter Liliana. A remote but omnipresent father.
Rock 'n' Roll
Hikaru Nakamura and Ju Wenjun were the big winners in the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. A special report with masterclasses by Nakamura, MVL, Giri and Hou Yifan.
Benny Andersson, chess player
Chess Pattern Recognition
Arthur van de Oudeweetering on explosive pawn blocks.
Our columnist cannot believe why hardly anyone wants to see what is there for everyone to see: Agon Ltd is bad for chess (and for your blood pressure).
S.O.S.: Tromping the Slav
Jeroen Bosch presents a tricky early deviation
Jan Timman's Column
A good look at two very young talents that debuted in Wijk aan Zee: Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (remember that name!) and Lucas van Foreest
Sadler on Books
Matthew Sadler reviews five books: 'The Fianchetto Solution' by Neiman and Shoker, 'Opening Repertoire: The English' by Cummings, 'A Simple Chess Opening Repertoire for White' by Collins, 'Chess Strategy for Kids' by Engquist and 'Najdorf x Najdorf'.
What is Anna Rudolf's greatest fear?
Contributors to this issue
Levon Aronian, Adhiban Baskaran, Jeroen Bosch, Anish Giri, Eric Hansen, John Henderson, Gawain Jones, Dylan McClain, Hikaru Nakamura, Maxim Notkin, Arthur van de Oudeweetering, Judit Polgar, Markus Ragger, Hans Ree, Hans Renette, Anna Rudolf, Matthew Sadler, Nigel Short, Wesley So, Jan Timman, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wei Yi, Hou Yifan