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6 Dream position

Organizers of summer tournaments long for the moment when they can welcome their guests in person again.

8 NIC’s Café

A fully operational chess set of 9 by 9 millimetres, chess in space and playwrights and pop musicians who keep remembering Kasparov vs. Deep Blue.

10 What’s in a name?

Magnus Carlsen has now won two of the first three legs of the Tour that carries his name, as he was on the rampage again in the Chessable Masters.

13 Celeb64: Charles Mingus

30 Swindles everywhere

We asked you to send in your own swindles and the response was overwhelming.

38 Carlsen also excels in the clutch

The Saint Louis Chess Club resumed their activities online with the Clutch Chess International. A record $265,000 prize-fund attracted a field of world stars and the best American players. Guess who won?

50 Fair & Square

Irina Krush drew strength from chess as she battled Covid-19. Ennio Morricone liked to dream that he was a chess great from the past.

56 Darwin plays chess

Willy Hendriks, the author of On the Origin of Good Moves, questions the conventional history of ideas in chess and pleads for an evolutionary perspective.

64 Interview: Daniil Dubov

In a frank interview the Muscovite looks back on his win in the Lindores Abbey Masters and vents his views on today’s top grandmasters and his childhood heroes. ‘There’s nothing wrong with chess. It’s the players that are boring.’

75 They are The Champions

Temor Kuybokarov is the national champion of Australia.

76 Maximize Your Tactics

Find the right moves.

78 What would you play?

Test your decision-making skills with Thomas ‘Toolbox’ Willemze.

84 Pattern Recognition

Invigorating your bishops at the cost of a pawn is often a good investment.

86 Karpov’s lessons

Judit Polgar looks at what she learned from the 12th World Champion during the many games they played and the many hours they trained together.

90 Sadler on Books

Our book reviewer tells you why the games and stories of George Mackenzie, Arthur Towle Marriott, Ivan Bukavshin and Stuart Rachels (5 stars!) are of interest to you.

95 Anything but average

Jan Timman found plenty to enjoy in a new book by study composer Werner Keym. Including the intriguing problem that graces our cover.

98 Just Checking

Which three people would Nikita Vitiugov like to invite to dinner?

6 Back in business
As soon as the lockdown restrictions were eased, the chess players returned to the New York parks.


8 NIC’s Café
Hikaru Nakamura made a cameo appearance in Showtime’s ‘Billions’, and disposed of one of his opponents with a flashy mate-in-four.

10 Your Move
Sultan Khan’s granddaughter vents criticism of Daniel King’s new book about the chess legend. The author responds.

13 Fair & Square

14 Working from home
As professional tournaments have been cancelled or postponed, all activity has moved online. Magnus Carlsen keeps winning, and expanding his business conglomerate.

20 Magnus Invitational
Taking the initiative, the World Champion himself gave a fresh impulse to the battered chess circuit. The party he threw boasted a $250,000 prize-fund, including a $70,000 first prize.

25 Celeb64: Greta Scacchi

40 When the truth is different
He loves old books, but as he returned to a game against Jan Timman in 1989, Nigel Short wondered how often these ‘original sources’ are misleading or plain wrong.

48 Perfume for Klara Shagenovna
In 1984 New In Chess sent off Alexander Münninghoff to Baku to interview young Gari Kasparov. Years later, Münninghoff, who sadly died on April 28, wrote a wonderful account of that trip.

56 Nations Cup
Hot on the heels of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, FIDE and organized the Nations Cup. Jan Timman saw China win thanks to the draw odds they had in the ‘super-final’ against team USA.

72 Maximize Your Tactics
Find the right moves.

75 What would you play?
Test your decision-making skills with Thomas ‘Toolbox’ Willemze.

80 See you later, Alireza?
Maxim Dlugy examines why Alireza Firouzja is such a tough opponent for Magnus Carlsen in speed chess.

86 Pattern Recognition
Provoking a pawn advance that brings positional gains.

88 Kortchnoi’s lessons
Judit Polgar remembers the great man’s unparalleled passion for the game.

92 Sadler on Books
Our book reviewer shares his enthusiasm for Daniel King’s Sultan Khan book. Five stars!

97 They are The Champions
Alexandra Samaganova is the national women’s champion of Kyrgyzstan.

98 Just Checking
What would people be surprised to know about Johan-Sebastian Christiansen?