8 Golden Pawn Awards
At the majestic Hôtel de Paris in Monaco, the ECU started a new tradition.
10 NIC’s Café
Gérard Depardieu co-stars in a film based on the true story of a young refugee who turns out to be a chess prodigy.
12 Your Move
The son of a former World Championship Candidate draws our attention to achievements of his father that also deserve attention.
14 When Magnus met AlphaZero
Magnus Carlsen’s second Peter Heine Nielsen looks back on a wonderful year for the World Champion and the role AlphaZero played in his successes.
24 Grischuk takes pole position
Alexander Grischuk has excellent chances to claim a spot in the Candidates after his win in the Hamburg GP.
32 Wang Hao wins Grand Swiss
Even Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana had to bow to an impressive Wang Hao, who, at the age of 30, played the tournament of his life.
35 Celeb64: Boris Becker
52 Interview: Wang Hao
A frank conversation with the second Chinese Candidate.
56 Maximize Your Tactics
Find the right moves.
58 Fischer Random
Wesley So became the first official Fischer Random World Champion. In Oslo, he shocked the local fans by trouncing hot favourite Magnus Carlsen in the final.
65 Fair & Square
66 The Moves that Matter
An excerpt from Jonathan Rowson’s new book. It’s (also) about chess, but it’s not a chess book.
70 Dare-devil Dubov
The Russian has many fans, including Magnus Carlsen. You can see why from his lively notes to a brilliant win at the European Team Championships (where he took gold with Russia).
76 Secrets of Opening Surprises
A remarkable idea to go for an early endgame against the Caro-Kann.
80 Hand and Brain
At Judit Polgar’s Global Chess Festival in Budapest, the first official ‘hand-and-brain’ tournament was held.
Maxim Dlugy draws endgame lessons from the Superbet Blitz in Bucharest.
92 Such energetic play!
Jan Timman makes no secret of his enthusiasm about the talent of 16-year-old Alireza Firouzja from Iran.
100 Sadler on Books
The second volume of Gata Kamsky’s games collection, a forgotten player from Odessa and more.
105 They Are The Champions
Rani Hamid (75) is the women’s champ of Bangladesh for the 20th time.
106 Just Checking
What is Davorin Kuljasevic’s earliest chess memory?
6 Chess for Tigers
In times of lockdown even tigers take to chess in Moscow.
8 NIC’S Café
Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan believes that no one should run for political office who cannot prove that they are member of a chess club.
10 Gargantuan fight
The Grand Final of the Magnus Carlsen Tour culminated in the hoped-for clashbetween online rivals Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura. At the end of a 38-game marathon, the World Champion prevailed with a draw in the last Armageddon game.
13 Celeb64: Jane Fonda
26 Bobby and the cheese sandwich
Svend Hamann played Bobby Fischer in Netanya 1968. Next the American visited Hamann’s home in Copenhagen.
32 Happy together again
Bolstered by Switzerland’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Biel organizers decided to have their annual chess tournament where they always had it. ‘After so many months it was simply pure joy to sit at the board and execute moves.’
42 Young legend dominates the Legends
A fine choice of legends added spice to the final leg of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. Nevertheless the big hero was Carlsen himself (again), as he swept the field, winning all his matches.
60 Maximize Your Tactics
Find the right moves.
62 Fair & Square
‘He was a great chess player on the ground and he had all the pieces.’ Who said this about the great Michael Jordan?
63 What would you play?
Test your decision-making skills with Thomas ‘Toolbox’ Willemze.
68 Peaking in Portoroz
In Portoroz 1958, Fridrik Olafsson, the father of Icelandic chess, qualified for the Candidates. His victims included 15-year-old rising star Bobby Fischer and Nordic rival Bent Larsen.
78 Shirov’s lessons
Not one to pull punches herself, Judit Polgar had an easy task selecting encounters with ‘the other magician from Riga’ that saw sparks fly.
82 Chess in art
Czech artist and chess lover Peter Herel Raabenstein devoted many years to a monumental book on chess paintings.
85 Sadler on Books
Our book reviewer is not only impressed by Emanuel Lasker’s boundless energy and creativity, but also by the second volume of the revelatory new biography of the German giant (five stars!).
90 Larsen’s lasting legacy
Jan Timman takes a fresh look at two classical victories of the Great Dane.
97 They Are the Champions
Saša Martinovic is the national champion of Croatia.
98 Just Checking
Which three people would Danny Rensch like to invite to dinner?