Back to Work
After a brief paternal leave World Champion Vishy Anand returned to competitive chess with a dashing win over Alexey Shirov in Leon.
We Love the 90s Show
Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin, the most gifted chess players born in 1990, dominated the Kings' Tournament in the Romanian town of Medias. The Norwegian won thanks to a better tiebreak.
'Zurich 1953' Revisited
David Bronstein's classic on Zurich 1953 is arguably the most famous tournament book in chess literature. Mihail Marin 'rediscovered' the two volumes that Miguel Najdorf dedicated to this titanic struggle.
Short but Swedish
At the age of 19, the Sigeman tournament can look back on a happy childhood and look forward to a memorable jubilee next year.
In and Out of Africa
Nigel Short writes about his recent journeys. 'When playing in such countries, it is advantageous to be as phlegmatic as possible: anything can happen and probably will.'
Houdini and the Others
These days the world top relies on a whole new generation of engines, with names like Firebird, Stockfish or, the strongest and most popular of them all, Houdini.
Osip Bernstein's Long Life
Genna Sosonko portrays an almost forgotten master who once competed with the very best in the world.
Chess in the Capital
For the first time in his career Ruslan Ponomariov won the Ukrainian championship.
The Relevance of Reverence (and Elephants)
Luke McShane reviews the chess books he read recently.
Enjoying a well-deserved sabbatical Loek van Wely won in Las Vegas and came close to winning in Philadelphia.
S.O.S.: An Unusual Taimanov
Poetry and Gruesome Deaths
Hans Ree thoroughly enjoyed Christian Hesse's The Joys of Chess.
Hertan's Forcing Moves
Jan Timman takes a closer look at Alexander Morozevich's return to good form at the Russian Higher League.
Kirsan's War On Chess
'Ilyumzhinov has been poisoning the roots of chess since he took office, a steady campaign to trivialize the game and its players', writes Garry Kasparov.
Any idea who Wesley So would like to invite for dinner?
Did They Play Your Opening?
Matikozian-Van Wely, by Van Wely
Adams-Ehlvest, by Van Wely
Karjakin-Ivanchuk, by Karjakin
Shirov-Anand, by Anand
Nisipeanu-Ivanchuk, by Nisipeanu
Ivanchuk-Karjakin, by Karjakin
Queen's Gambit Declined
Kacheishvili-Akobian, by Van Wely
So-Shirov, by So
Morozevich-Sjugirov, by Timman
Carlsen-Ivanchuk, by Carlsen
Moiseenko-Ponomariov, by Ponomariov
Kamsky-Yudasin, by Van Wely
Morozevich-Vorobiov, by Timman