Interview: Anatoly Karpov
The 12th World Champion hopes to be the next President of FIDE. Karpov and his team want to restore the integrity of the game and put an end to the ‘financial slavery’ of many FIDE member-countries and the ‘cannibalism’ that the present leadership relies on as a business model. FIDE should become a healthy organization with offices in Moscow, Paris and New York and a board that brings real sponsorship to the game.
Pono Promo in Dortmund
Making his debut at the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting, Ruslan Ponomariov raced to victory, a full point ahead of Vietnamese sensation Le Quang Liem, and one and a half points ahead of favourite Vladimir Kramnik, who failed to win his 10th Dortmund trophy
Genna Sosonko brings back to life the days when the Café Central in Vienna was a chess centre of international renown. It was here that Savielly Tartakower dreamt of a life as a chess professional.
Cool Hand Luke
If there’s such a thing as a North American Open Tournament with ideal conditions, then Alex Shabalov believes that the 47th edition of the Canadian Open in Toronto came pretty close.
This year the venerable l’Italia Scacchistica celebrates its centenary. Adolivio Capece, the current editor, swiftly guides you through one hundred years of chess.
Caruana Clinches Biel in Tie-break
The 43rd Biel Chess Festival rolled out the red carpet for youth. The entire top group was composed of junior grandmasters ranging in age from 16 to 23. After a tense and close race, top-seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave finished shared first with Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son and Fabiano Caruana. In the blitz tiebreak the Italian grandmaster prevailed to claim one of his finest victories to date.
B-Tournaments and Bermuda Parties
Jonathan Rowson loves Olympiads. A beautifully produced book on the Dresden Olympiad brought back many a sweet and bitter-sweet memory.
Hallucinating in Philly
Loek van Wely continues his American tour. Our roving reporter had a hard time believing his eyes at the World Open.
S.O.S.: New Recipe in the Old Indian
Jeroen Bosch shows a spicy way to rock the solid Old Indian Defence.
Petrosian fan Hans Ree read the new book on the Petrosian-Botvinnik World Championship match in 1963.
Of Nopenings and Nendings
An unexpected day off from work gave Matthew Sadler the idea to try his hand at a chess tournament again. An excellent occasion to wheel out the Creepy Crawly!
Rook and Pawn vs. Bishop and Pawn Revisited
Jan Timman loves endgames and the secrets they hold. Any reader who follows him on this journey amongst the beauty of endings will understand his passion.
Any idea what Klaus Bischoff would save from his house if it went on fire?
Did they play your opening?
In this issue games with the following openings were annotated by world class players:
Smith-Laznicka, by Van Wely
Leko-Le Quang Liem, by Le Quang Liem
Sadler-Kravtsiv, by Sadler
Sadler-Van den Doel, by Sadler
Caruana-So, by Caruana
Mamedyarov-Naiditsch, by Mamedyarov
Ponomariov-Kramnik, by Ponomariov
Vachier-Lagrave-Rodshtein, by Vachier-Lagrave
Rodshtein-So, by So
Laznicka-Van Wely, by Van Wely
Shabalov-McShane, by Shabalov
Malaniuk-McShane, by McShane
1.e4 a6 2.d4 h6
Van Oosterom-Sadler, by Sadler