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Q&A with Chinese no. 1 Ding Liren
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:23:21 UTC
Chinese no. 1 and world no. 3 Ding Liren had a difficult chess24 Legends of Chess, but reaching three semi-finals in the other events on the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour means he plays in the finals that start on Sunday! chess24 Premium members now have a chance to ask Ding Liren a question for his Q&A session on Thursday 6th August at 16:00 CEST. Simply leave a question in the comments section below.
Magnus Carlsen wins chess24 Legends of Chess
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 21:23:35 UTC
World Champion Magnus Carlsen was barely troubled as he beat Ian Nepomniachtchi 2.5:0.5 to clinch the $45,000 top prize in the chess24 Legends of Chess with a day to spare. Magnus has now won three out of four of the events on his Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour, which meant that Hikaru Nakamura and Ding Liren qualified for the Tour Finals as the best performing players not to win a tournament. Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge winner Daniil Dubov joins them when the $300,000 action starts on Sunday, August 9.
chess24 Legends 13: Magnus leads after fierce fight
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 01:59:16 UTC
Magnus Carlsen took the lead against Ian Nepomniachtchi on Day 1 of the chess24 Legends of Chess final, but described himself as “really, really unhappy” with the way he played. It was a bruising day on which Magnus couldn’t enjoy his win in the first game since he felt he’d made an “unforgivable” blunder midway through. Ian then drew real blood in Game 3 after catching Magnus in the opening and ending with a mating attack. The World Champion was shaken, but won what he called “a battle of nerves” in the blitz games to win the first set.
chess24 Legends 12: It’s a Nepo vs. Carlsen final!
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:44:31 UTC
Ian Nepomniachtchi will play the chess24 Legends of Chess final against Magnus Carlsen after beating Anish Giri in a tense match that went to blitz tiebreakers. Nepo, who said he’d wanted to break things in his house after losing the day before, admitted he was in trouble in almost all the games but broke through after five draws with a brilliant final win. Ian has the extra incentive of playing not just for the $45,000 top prize but a place in the $300,000 Tour Final, while Magnus has already booked his spot.
Anatoly Karpov: 12th World Chess Champion
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:13:35 UTC
Anatoly Karpov was the undisputed World Chess Champion for the decade from 1975-1985 and held the FIDE title for another six years after the chess world split in 1993. Now 69, he remains an active player and would have played in the strong classical Tepe Sigeman Chess Tournament this year if not for the virus intervening. We're privileged to have Anatoly commentating on the latter stages of the chess24 Legends of Chess together with Judit Polgar and Jan Gustafsson.
chess24 Legends 11: Carlsen in final | Giri hits back
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 07:59:14 UTC
Magnus Carlsen garnered high praise from Garry Kasparov for combining the best of Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov and himself/Mikhail Botvinnik as the current World Champion reached his 3rd final in 4 events on the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. Magnus brushed Peter Svidler aside 2.5:0.5 for a 2nd day in a row. In the other clash Ian Nepomniachtchi looked on the verge of the final when he won Game 2 and later the first blitz game, but Anish Giri bounced back both times before winning in Armageddon to take the match to a decider on Sunday.
Garry Kasparov: The GOAT
Sat, 01 Aug 2020 11:34:31 UTC
Garry Kasparov is the definition of a chess legend, and will be joining the chess24 Legends of Chess commentary on Saturday 1st August. The 13th World Chess Champion won the title as a 22-year-old in 1985, held it for 15 years until 2000, and was the no. 1 on the rating list for a total of over 21 years. Since his retirement from chess after winning his 9th Linares super-tournament in 2005 he's remained perhaps the chess world's most active public figure and during the show chess24 premium members will have a chance to ask him some questions on his chess or other activities.
chess24 Legends 10: Magnus & Nepo crush
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 22:48:56 UTC
Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi are currently on course to meet in the chess24 Legends of Chess final after scoring 2.5:0.5 wins on Day 1 of the semi-finals. Magnus gambled with a pawn lunge in the first game and won easily when Peter Svidler reacted badly. That game lasted 27 moves, the same number Magnus needed to wrap on victory in Game 3. Meanwhile Anish Giri enraged Nepo by playing on to move 131 in their opening draw and lived to regret it. The Russian no. 1 won the next two games with fast and powerful, if not always precise, play.
Peter Svidler: 8-time Russian Champion
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 17:32:48 UTC
Peter Svidler is one of the youngest and most active legends in the chess24 Legends of Chess, but the 8-time Russian Champion has been playing chess at the top level for 26 years. He first won the Russian Championship as an 18-year-old in 1994, won the World Cup in 2011 and almost again in 2015, and has performed well in World Championship events, but still it feels as though in terms of sheer talent he might have achieved even more.
Q&A with Chess Legend Peter Leko
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:08:27 UTC
Hungarian chess star Peter Leko came within just one draw against Vladimir Kramnik of becoming the 15th World Chess Champion when they played their match in 2004. He lost that game, the match ended 7:7 and he never got another shot at the title, but Peter's enthusiasm for chess has gone nowhere. chess24 Premium members now have a chance to ask Peter a question for his Q&A session on the rest day this Saturday 1st August at 21:00 CEST. Simply leave a question in the comments section below.
chess24 Legends 9: Carlsen ends Kramnik’s hopes
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 01:09:15 UTC
Magnus Carlsen ensured the chess24 Legends of Chess adventure of his great predecessor Vladimir Kramnik came to an end as he won their match 3:1 to complete a perfect 9 wins in 9 in the preliminary stage. Magnus will now play Peter Svidler in the semi-finals, while Anish Giri takes on Ian Nepomniachtchi in a repeat of their Chessable Masters semi-final. Vasyl Ivanchuk beat Vishy Anand in Armageddon to finish as the top player outside the Final 4, while Boris Gelfand also ended on a high by defeating Nepo.
Q&A with Russian no. 1 Ian Nepomniachtchi
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 13:00:00 UTC
Ian Nepomniachtchi leads the Candidates Tournament at the midway point and at the age of 30 is in the form of his life. The Russian no. 1 is ranked a career best world no. 4 and finally seems to be living up to his phenomenal chess potential. chess24 Premium members now have a chance to ask Ian a question for his Q&A session on the rest day this Thursday 30th July at 18:00 CEST. Simply leave a question in the comments section below.
chess24 Legends 8: Carlsen seals top spot
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 07:47:16 UTC
Magnus Carlsen will be the top seed going into the knockout stages of the chess24 Legends of Chess after winning his match against Ian Nepomniachtchi in an Armageddon thriller. There was similar drama elsewhere, with comebacks in Leko-Gelfand and Giri-Ivanchuk before the 50-year-olds won their Armageddon games. That didn’t bother Anish Giri, whose 1 point was enough to seal a place in the Final 4, while Peter Svidler survived some tough moments to beat Vladimir Kramnik and become the heavy favourite to play in the knockout.
chess24 Legends 7: Vishy grabs 1st win as Magnus extends lead
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 02:37:08 UTC
Vishy Anand finally won a match in the chess24 Legends of Chess in Round 7 as he defeated his 2012 World Championship challenger Boris Gelfand. The leaders kept on winning, with Magnus Carlsen extending his lead by defeating Peter Svidler 2.5:1.5 while Ian Nepomniachtchi needed Armageddon to overcome Peter Leko. Nepo could still leapfrog Magnus since they play in the penultimate round. Elsewhere Anish Giri defeated Ding Liren with a game to spare while Vasyl Ivanchuk beat Vladimir Kramnik 3:1 in a match where all four games were decisive.
chess24 Legends 6: Magnus chess if not Fantasy king
Mon, 27 Jul 2020 08:29:53 UTC
Magnus Carlsen played Ding Liren four hours earlier than usual to be able to “sweat” the final day of the Fantasy Premier League, and while the football didn’t go so well Magnus racked up a 6th match victory in six with a 2.5:1.5 win over the world no. 3. Ian Nepomniachtchi has won as many matches but fell a point behind as he could only beat Vishy Anand in Armageddon, while Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Svidler also won in sudden death. Anish Giri was the other player to win in four games as he and Peter Leko defied the haters with the day’s lowest number of draws.

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