006 NIC’s Café
Can you do what it sounds like in Blitz Society, the new chess-themed hotspot in Paris?
008 Your Move
Chess960 has a huge following. But isn’t Chess15 a much better idea, our Letter of the Month wonders.
010 Match preview
Ilya Levitov weighs the chances of World Champion Magnus Carlsen and his Challenger, Ian Nepomniachtchi.
014 The tale of the tape
A match preview in facts and figures.
Ian Nepomniachtchi speaks about childhood memories, coaches, Dota 2, Magnus, cats and dogs, and more.
022 Meltwater Tour Final
Magnus Carlsen alternated brilliancies with lesser moments, but the bonus points that he had started with proved to be a comfortable cushion.
Magnus Carlsen has thought about it: ‘My biggest advantage in the match is that I am better at chess.’
036 Fast forward Van Foreest
At the Tepe Sigeman tournament the Dutchman showed great form.
047 Fair & Square
Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard knows what he will do if he retires.
048 Adult improvement
Is it really possible? James Altucher tells you how to go about it.
050 War with pieces
Anish Giri was unstoppable in the Tolstoy Memorial at Yasnaya Polyana.
060 It’s not over till ...
His start was slow, but then Magnus Carlsen scored four straight wins to win Norway Chess ahead of Alireza Firouzja and Richard Rapport.
074 Nona’s Gambit
Nona Gaprindashvili feels insulted by a comment in The Queen’s Gambit and has filed a lawsuit against Netflix.
078 Magnus Carlsen teaches chess
Does the rook always belong behind the pawn in the ending?
080 Maximize Your Tactics
Find the right moves.
082 Beauty is a feast
Judit Polgar loves chess studies.
087 What would you play?
Test your decision-making skills with Thomas ‘Toolbox’ Willemze.
092 Sadler on Books
Our book reviewer looks at the latest harvest.
098 Two fighters
Jan Timman takes a closer look at two newcomers in the world top-10.
101 Celeb64: Dmitry Shostakovich
105 They are The Champions
Victor Ebosse Kingue is the national champion of Cameroon.
106 Just Checking
Who is David Smerdon’s favourite chess player?