Battle of the GenerationsAs Boris Gelfand deservedly claimed one of his biggest successes ever, the rest of the old guard at the Tal Memorial failed dramatically. Struggling from day one, Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik sensationally ended up at the bottom of the table. Magnus Carlsen finished in second place, but the Norwegian criticized his play as 'too indifferent'. Hikaru Nakamura proudly led the field after six rounds and then collapsed completely.
Interview: Boris GelfandAt 45 years of age and buoyant after one of his finest successes ever, Boris Gelfand happily cites Viktor Kortchnoi, who told him a long time ago that he reached the pinnacle of his career at 47.
Variations on Famous ThemesClassic studies tend to be inspiring, as Jan Timman shows.
Dressed to KillNigel Short shines his light on the new FIDE proposals for a dress code.
A Letter and a Word all by himselfGenna Sosonko recounts the eventful life of Igor Ivanov (1947-2005).
Thessaloniki GPThe fourth leg of the 2012-13 FIDE Grand Prix ended in 'by far the best result of my career' for Cuban GM Leinier Dominguez.
Total Chess in LeonContributing editor Anish Giri tested his strength in three time-controls against the inimitable Vassily Ivanchuk.
Sadler on BooksHow's your middlegame?
In a Blaze of LightLike many chess players, Hans Ree not only admired Mikhail Tal; he loved him.
Just CheckingWho is Sergey Shipov's favourite chess player of all time?
Did they play your opening?
In this issue games with the following openings were annotated by world class players:
SicilianCarlsen-Svidler, by Agdestein
Caro-KannKarjakin-Mamedyarov, by Karjakin
Ruy LopezAnand-Nakamura, by Agdestein Stavanger 2013 (4)Anand-Adams, by Adams
Queen's Gambit DeclinedGelfand-Adams, by Gelfand
SlavHolt Kamsky, by TimmanHammer-Nakamura, by Agdestein Stavanger 2013 (9)Ding Liren-Aronian, by Ding Liren
Tarrasch DefenceAronian-Kramnik, by Aronian
Queen's IndianAronian-Karjakin, by Agdestein
Grünfeld IndianAnand-Hammer, by Agdestein
King's IndianZatonskih-Krush, by Krush
Queen's PawnKramnik-Fressinet, by Fressinet
English OpeningMorozevich-Topalov, by TopalovGiri-Kasimdzhanov, by GiriKamsky-Ramirez, by Timman