Carlsen Wins in Tata; So in Tie for Second

The World Champ Magnus Carlsen won clear first in a dramatic edition of Tata Steel Chess. Newly transferred US GM Wesley So tied for 2nd-5th and gained 25 rating points!

Best of CLO 2014 #9: Kostya on Staying Present

The #9 article in Best of CLO 2014 is Kostya on Norm #1: Staying Present by Kostya Kavutskiy. Judges praised Kostya's candor and inspiring words.

“Embrace the Quirkiness”-Interview with Pushing Wood Filmmakers

Christian Glawe interviews the filmmakers behind the new chess documentary "Pushing Wood." The film profiles Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and his efforts to popularize chess. 

GM Timur Gareyev To Appear at the National Junior High Champs

GM Timur Gareyev, one of the highest rated players in the country, will be the special guest at the National Junior High Chess Championship.

Best of CLO 2014: Alan Rodenstein on Claudia Muñoz

The #10 article in Best of CLO 2014 is “An Interview with the Ubiquitous Claudia Munoz" by Alan Rodenstein. Judges praised the topical subject matter, and insight into a young American star, also an efficient social media user.

Kasparov Interviewed by Rogoff

Former World Champion, author and human rights activist Garry Kasparov talks with Harvard Economics professor and Grandmaster Kenneth Rogoff about chess and artificial intelligence in this speaker series put on by the Alan Howard Foundation/JW3 Speakers Series.

Wesley So Up to #8 in the World

GM Wesley So, who recently changed his federation to the US, is having a great result at Tata Steel Chess, including wins over Aronian and Jobava. Wesley is now #8 in the World on the live rating list. 

Éxito Interview: Hector Hernandez on Mentoring Chicago Youth

Keith Ammann interviews Héctor Hernández, mentor to many young chess players in Chicago's Mexican-American community, and his annual Chicago Latino Chess Championship.

GM Browne Wins Pan-Am Senior

GM Walter Browne won the 2014 Pan-American Senior Championships in Brazil in December with a score out of 6.5/7.

It’s All About Round 8: Kesav on his Road to IM

Kesav Viswanadha writes about earning the IM title at just 15-years-old, and explains how the penultimate eighth round was key on his road to the title.

Chandra on Qatar: Dueling in the Dunes

15-year-old IM Akshat Chandra provides in-depth analysis and reportage from the Qatar Masters, with a special focus on American stars like GMs Sam Shankland and Irina Krush.


Featured Articles

  • GM Wesley So wins first Millionaire Chess Event
  • Make your New Year's Resolution to overcome "Chess Hoarding"!
  • GM Jim Tarjan's return to competitive chess after a 30-year layoff

Coming in the February 2015 issue of Chess Life:
  • GM Magnus Carlsen retains his World Champion's title
  • Dylan McClain gives us the history of The New York Times chess column
  • Harold Dondis' chess fables