Same player shoots again
The Grand Slam Final Masters had all the trademarks of a rushed remake of last year’s catch-up classic The Big Chase. Once again a false start forced top-seed Magnus Carlsen to go after one of his rivals, chase him from Sao Paulo to Bilbao, grind him down in a direct encounter and deal the decisive blow in the blitz play-off.
Interview: Garry Kasparov
The winner of the 2012 Martin Buber Award talks about the KCF’s, his negotiations with FIDE, his upcoming 50th birthday and his plans for the coming years.
Trio tops London GP
Veselin Topalov, Boris Gelfand and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov are the top contenders for the 2012-2013 FIDE Grand Prix series, following its inaugural event in London’s Simpson’s-in-the-Strand.
Alekhine’s school days
Genna Sosonko presents a most remarkable memoir written by Alexander Alekhine’s classmate Georgy Rimsky-Korsakov.
Napoleon, of Corse!
Nigel Short’s first ever visit to Corsica brought back happy childhood memories of re-enacting the Battle of Waterloo.
Vive la France!
A celebration of French chess by Charles Hertan.
Stemming the leak
Hikaru Nakamura won back precious rating points in Hoogeveen.
Ivan Sokolov takes a look at the legacy of his former countryman.
Four months after the Kings’ Tournament in Bazna was cancelled, it took place after all in the capital Bucharest.
Down Planinc’s Path
Watching a film on the tragic life of Albin Planinc, Hans Ree remembered the years when the Slovenian scourged the board with fabulous attacks.
When chess comes to town...
In the monumental Kaiserbahnhof in Potsdam, Jan Timman met fellow-GMs and railway workers for a special chess event.
Who would Boris Avrukh like to be if he weren’t himself?
Did they play your opening?
In this issue games with the following openings were annotated by world class players:
Grischuk-Gelfand, by Grischuk
Volokitin-Mamedyarov, by Timman
Carlsen-Caruana, by Carlsen
Caruana-Aronian, by Caruana
Nakamura-Giri, by Nakamura
Kurmann-Karpov, by Timman
Queen's Gambit Declined
Giri-Topalov, by Topalov
Kasimdzhanov-Mamedyarov, by Timman
Ivanchuk-Nisipeanu, by Ivanchuk
Topalov-Nisipeanu, by Topalov