What's Inside Issue 10?
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Regular readers of the American Chess Magazine will surely remember the young man whose picture takes pride of place on the cover of our 10th issue. He is now Grandmaster Michael Brown! After almost a 15-month wait, the 22-year-old American clinched his third and final GM-norm at the Charlotte GM Invitational, held in January, thereby fulfilling all the requirements for official ratification of his title. Michael’s story is one of determination and perseverance and here he gives a deeply personal account of the key moments and challenges he faced before finally achieving his ultimate goal.
It seems that Magnus Carlsen enjoys playing in Wijk aan Zee more than any other tournament – after all he has now won it for the seventh time! His bold performance was reminiscent of the “Magnus of old”, as GM John Burke describes it in his review of the tournament, sponsored as usual by Tata Steel. The event was also notable for Kramnik’s shock announcement that he would be retiring from professional chess with immediate effect. John shines the spotlight on precisely what will be missed after Kramnik’s departure by dissecting one of the former world champion’s last competitive games which is characteristically imbued with fight and creativity.
As “old Vlad” left the chess scene, so “young Vlad” stormed over Gibraltar – with 20-year old Vladislav Artemiev winning one of the strongest open tournaments in the world in convincing fashion. Exclusively for ACM, top Russian chess coach, GM Jakov Geller, presents examples of the kind of play that enabled Artemiev to achieve his first major success at elite level.
Live from St. Louis, leading American woman player, GM Irina Krush, covers the inaugural Cairns Cup – the first top class women’s international tournament ever to be held in the USA. Irina’s extensive report is enriched by her annotations to the most interesting games played in the event, which was won by the dynamic Valentina Gunina of Russia.
16-year-old rising star Thalia Cervantes Landeiro made a rather unusual choice when deciding to take part in two strong open tournaments in Russia! It’s not an everyday occurrence that a US player travels thousands of miles to a chess tournament during the cold winter, but Thalia’s story reveals just why she embarked on this adventure which for her was like a dream come true.
A new column in ACM dealing with chess strategy comes from the pen of IM Boroljub Zlatanovic, who unravels the connections between chess and war. It’s quite striking how the author is able to add historical facts to a highly instructive array of chess motifs, which he explains by means of ideas and patterns of play contained within his choice of illustrative games.
Moreover there are further regular features: GM Jacob Aagaard presents fresh examples from tournament play across the globe in his All-Round Training column, GM Alex Fishbein delves into the endgame mastery of the legendary Emanuel Lasker, GM Joel Benjamin shares his observations on the performances of different generations in US chess, and Jon Edwards reviews the current progress of AI in chess.
As usual there are tournament reports, book reviews and a very special guest in our 5x5 Questions and Answers column: the legendary American GM James Tarjan, who returned to active play in 2014 after almost a 30-year break from chess.