6 Delivering chess
In Ekaterinburg you can have a chessboard and pieces home delivered by a courier on horseback.
8 NIC’s Café
Is it true that Deep Blue is hanging out unrecognized in Washington Square in New York?
11 Your Move
Bobby Fischer was lightyears ahead of anyone else. Or was he not such a superior champion? And not everyone shares Nigel Short’s views on the Falklands.
12 Magnus on the march
An infographic on the World Champion’s recent string of successes.
13 Fair & Square
Hunter Davies knew it all along: Chess is a drug. They’re all addicts, players and press.
14 Classic Magnus
In another sparkling show of creativity and willpower, Magnus Carlsen outclassed the field in the first classical leg of the Grand Chess Tour in Zagreb.
21 Celeb64: Madonna
36 What are the odds?
How a bitter feud about gambling may revolutionize chess in Norway.
40 Maximize Your Tactics
Find the right moves.
42 The meteoric rise of Gukesh
Perhaps the greatest Indian talent to follow in the footsteps of Vishy Anand is 13-year-old Dommaraju Gukesh, the second youngest grandmaster in history.
50 Armageddon in Riga library
Once again Shakhriyar Mamedyarov proved what an unpredictable force he is. After his early elimination at the Moscow GP, the Azeri star bounced back with a win in the Riga Grand Prix.
62 Judit Polgar
Blunders used to be gross mistakes, but these days there are also high-level ‘blunders’ that every player can draw lessons from.
66 Chess Pattern Recognition
Inflicting doubled pawns on yourself by offering a queen exchange: why would you do that?
68 The spirit of Amber
At the Levitov Chess Week eight top GMs competed at the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam, almost unnoticed, including Vladimir Kramnik, who briefly came out of retirement for this private party.
78 The Blitz Whisperer
Maxim Dlugy shares what he learned from the blitz games of the Paris leg of the Grand Chess Tour.
86 Sadler on Books
Matthew Sadler gives you a taste of a rich harvest of new books.
92 Prodigious Pragga
At the Xtracon Open in Helsingor, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa won his first major international tournament at the tender age of 13 years and 11 months.
98 Just Checking
Does Simen Agdestein believe that chess players have typical shortcomings?