108 pages of the best in chess:
Two chess players: Hou Yifan and Fernando Torres.
World Championship match headaches, Vladimir Kramnik vs cellist Misha Maisky, Drink like a Grandmaster.
Readers' letters from Portugal, Brazil, USA and Finland.
How many games should you play in the 6 months prior to playing a World Championship match?
Fair & Square
What Lewis Carrol, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, William Shakespeare, Bart Simpson and others said about chess.
A most wanted win
Alejandro Ramirez reports on the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, one of the finest chess events in the world. Winner Wesley So also claimed the first prize in the Grand Chess Tour. With exclusive game annotations by Wesley So and Anish Giri.
Caspian Capers: his recent adventures in Iran.
Parimarjan's Chess Gym
Parimarjan Negi shows how to handle opposite-coloured bishops endings.
Magnus makes all the difference
The Bilbao Masters Final ended in a triumph for Magnus Carlsen. He showed his best chess in months and won more games than all the other players combined. A report by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, with exclusive game annotations by Carlsen and Ponomariov. PLUS: Simen Agdestein uses the two Bilbao games that Carlsen and Karjakin played for an expert preview of their November match.
Pep Guardiola, chess player.
Gyula Breyer, the Revolutionary
Jimmy Adams looks at the legacy of a unique and highly original mind, an unsung hero chess history who died at only 28 years of age.
Maximize Your Tactics
Train your tactical skills with Russian expert Maxim Notkin.
Another early deviation from opening theory: Jobava's twist to the Fort Knox.
Judit Polgar's column
The danger of using chess engines.
Winner with two names
In his Dortmund debut, MVL finished one and a half points ahead of his rivals (in only 7 rounds!). Macauley Peterson’s on-the-spot report with masterclasses by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Vladimir Kramnik.
Chess Pattern Recognition
Arthur van de Oudeweetering recommends weakening your king with g4!
Sadler on Books
Mathew Sadler reviews two books by Aron Nimzowitsch: My System & Chess Praxis: His Landmark Classics in One Edition and Aron Nimzowitsch 1928 – 1935: Annotated Games and Essays. Result: ten stars!
Living out of a suitcase
Hans Ree read Ivan Sokolov's new book in growing amazement.
Summer outside the city
Jan Timman returned to Helsingor, Denmark, for his favourite summer Open.
Which 'feisty and clever woman' would Jon Speelman like to invite for dinner?
Contributors to this issue
Jimmy Adams, Simen Agdestein, Jeroen Bosch, Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri, John Henderson, Vladimir Kramnik, Dylan McClain, Parimarjan Negi, Maxim Notkin, Arthur van de Oudeweetering, Macauley Peterson, Judit Polgar, Ruslan Ponomariov, Alejandro Ramirez, Hans Ree, Matthew Sadler, Nigel Short, Jonathan Speelman, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So, Jan Timman