Issue 2017#6 brings you 106 pages of the best in chess:
Hou Yifan: Queen Biel
The Chinese star underpinned her ambitions to shine in mixed events with a spectacular win after a superb 3/3 finish.
How much money is Rex Sinquefield spending on chess?
Amid a mind-boggling stream of top-quality events, the Sinquefield Cup remains St. Louis?s finest. In the fifth edition, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave thwarted the ambitions of World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
Judit Polgar?s column
Zoltan Almasi, a fighter that you can rely on.
The new Anand?
Is 12-year-old Praggnanandhaa on course to become the youngest GM in history?
St. Louis: US Chess Capital
A practical map.
Interview: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
The Frenchman on his greatest success to date and his ambitions for the near future. And his beard, of course.
Garry Kasparov - his last hurrah?
While Levon Aronian was on the rampage in the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz, all eyes were on the return of Garry Kasparov.
For a change, Nigel Short didn?t stay at home for the summer holidays.
Secrets of Opening Surprises
In these days of hybrids, here is a mix of the Pirc and the Nimzowitsch Defence.
Fair & Square
How did Bill Cosby compare chess to marriage?
Maximize Your Tactics
Find the right moves.
Chess Pattern Recognition
Odd rook moves that make sense.
The Azeri GM surprised all and sundry by winning the Geneva Grand Prix.
Hans Ree muses about the disappearance of chess cafés.
Sadler on Books
Great masters that are willing to share the secrets from their notebooks.
A dashing attacking game from the friendly match against Ding Liren that Anish Giri won in Wenzhou.
Jan Timman admires the Georgian artist?s play at the Xtracon Open.
Eric Hansen?s choice of the best thing ever said about chess.
Russian GM Riazantsev reaches an unusual chess peak. And obviously Superman and Batman are into chess as well.
Was Judit Polgar sighted in New York in 1985 or wasn?t she?