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Carlsen & co. in Banter Series Finals action
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:26:50 UTC
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and 7 more of the world’s Top 10 players are in action this week as the chess24 Banter Series Finals begin Monday and end in a final on Sunday. All players must stream their thoughts live as they play in this 16-player knockout, which includes 8 qualifiers who battled their way through mini-knockouts over the last three weeks. The prize fund is $36,000, with $12,000 for 1st place, while the qualifiers are also fighting for two places on the next Chess Tour.
Carlsen & So share 1st in St. Louis Rapid & Blitz
Sun, 20 Sep 2020 12:08:38 UTC
Wesley So labelled it “a very shocking day” as he won the final three games to catch Magnus Carlsen and share 1st place despite offering a draw in a winning position in the 1st of those games. Magnus had arrived late and shirtless to the opening game, which he went on to lose to Hikaru Nakamura, but despite saying he was “just not in good shape at all” he was in the driving seat for most of the day. Hikaru was the day’s top scorer with 6.5/9 and finished 3rd, even getting to win with the Bongcloud 1.e4 e5 2.Ke2!? after Jeffery Xiong blew a winning position.
STL Rapid & Blitz 4: Carlsen regains lead with “somewhat chesslike fun and nonsense”
Sat, 19 Sep 2020 11:41:29 UTC
Magnus Carlsen scored 6.5/9 on the first day of blitz as he overtook Wesley So to regain the sole lead in the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz. The World Champion was richly rewarded for going all-out at almost every moment of every game, with 6 wins and 2 losses, though he could easily have lost another 3 games. Wesley is just half a point off the pace and it’s set to be a two-horse race on the final day. Hikaru Nakamura was the second top scorer in blitz with 5.5 points, but losses in his first (Carlsen) and last (Nepomniachtchi) games left him out of contention.
STL Rapid & Blitz 3: So leads as Grischuk downs Carlsen
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:20:19 UTC
Wesley So will take a one-point lead over Magnus Carlsen into the 18 rounds of blitz after grinding out Berlin endgame wins against Levon Aronian and Harikrishna on the final day of rapid chess. Magnus had started with a win over Alireza Firouzja but then flirted with disaster against Jeffery Xiong before biting off more than he could chew in Round 9 against Alexander Grischuk. “Coming to the tournament I had only one ambition – 9th place!” said the Russian, who now shares 3rd place with Ian Nepomniachtchi.
STL Rapid & Blitz 2: Carlsen’s perfect day
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:09:24 UTC
Magnus Carlsen bounced back from the disappointment of losing by disconnection the day before to power to three wins in three games on Day 2 of the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz. That gave the World Champion the sole lead, a point ahead of Wesley So and Ian Nepomniachtchi, with Nepo having an eventful day. The Russian no. 1 beat Harikrishna and Hikaru Nakamura, but between those games was lost in 10 moves against 19-year-old Jeffery Xiong.
The chess24 Banter Series | Qualifier H
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 06:00:00 UTC
The last qualifier starts today!
STL Rapid & Blitz 1: Aronian & Harikrishna lead as Magnus disconnects
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:23:04 UTC
Levon Aronian and Harikrishna lead on 5/6 after Day 1 of the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz, while Magnus Carlsen’s chances were hit by a disconnection and loss on time to Ian Nepomniachtchi. That spoilt what had started as a perfect day for Magnus, who surprised his Chess 9LX co-winner Hikaru Nakamura with the Caro-Kann and eventually went on to win in brutal style. It could have gone from bad to worse for Hikaru, who survived a dead lost position against Leinier Dominguez.
Caruana & co. to play over-the-board in Germany
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:27:23 UTC
World no. 2 Fabiano Caruana is one of the confirmed players in action as the 2020 German Team Champions are decided in an 8-team, all-play-all tournament taking place in Karlsruhe, Germany from tomorrow, Wednesday 16th September to Sunday. That’s right – the players will be there in person, playing classical chess, and we’ll have live commentary from 14:00 CEST here on chess24.
The chess24 Banter Series | Qualifier G
Mon, 14 Sep 2020 20:00:00 UTC
Carlsen and Nakamura share Chess 9LX title
Sun, 13 Sep 2020 23:19:02 UTC
Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura shared first place and both earned $31,250 after finishing locked on 6/9 at the end of the Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX organised by the Saint Louis Chess Club. Magnus came closest to clinching sole first place by almost beating Levon Aronian at the very end, but threw it away in one move, while earlier Hikaru had also been disgusted to squander an opening advantage against Peter Svidler. Garry Kasparov didn’t manage to win Rook + Bishop vs. Rook against MVL in the final game, but finished in a respectable 8th place.
Chess 9LX 2: Levon leads | Garry’s pre-move fail
Sun, 13 Sep 2020 13:17:16 UTC
Levon Aronian scored a perfect 3/3 to take the sole lead on Day 2 of Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX. Wesley So revived memories of his Chess960 World Championship victory over Magnus Carlsen as he won their Round 5 clash in crushing style to join Magnus and Hikaru Nakamura in second place, half a point behind Levon. Garry Kasparov lamented, “it’s not even I blundered a piece, it’s the machine!” as he suffered a pre-move disaster in a close to winning position against Fabiano Caruana. He struggled to recover afterwards and has now scored 0.5/4 after a great start.
The chess24 Banter Series | Qualifier F
Sat, 12 Sep 2020 17:00:00 UTC
Chess 9LX 1: Kasparov beats Firouzja & escapes vs. Carlsen
Sat, 12 Sep 2020 10:36:03 UTC
Garry Kasparov found brilliant counterplay to beat Alireza Firouzja, 40 years his junior, and get his Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX campaign off to the best possible start. Garry was then in trouble against Magnus Carlsen in Round 2 but found a way to save their first competitive game in 16 years. That was the only half point Magnus dropped, with the World Champion’s two wins including a spectacular crush of world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana. Leinier Dominguez is a surprise co-leader on 2.5/3 after beating Hikaru Nakamura and Firouzja.
Kasparov & Carlsen to play for 1st time in 16 years
Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:36:42 UTC
Garry Kasparov is back in action tonight in the Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX, where he’ll face Magnus Carlsen in their first competitive game since 13-year-old Magnus took on the legend in Reykjavik in 2004. The 10-player round-robin also features Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Alireza Firouzja and reigning Chess960 World Champion Wesley So. Two days later the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz begins, with Nepo, Grischuk, Harikrishna and Xiong replacing Kasparov, Nakamura, Caruana and Svidler.
AlphaZero, Vladimir Kramnik and reinventing chess
Thu, 10 Sep 2020 02:24:30 UTC
Almost three years since DeepMind’s AlphaZero shocked the chess world by taking just four hours to go from zero to the best chess-playing entity anywhere, the team is back with another party trick. This time AlphaZero used its self-learning ability to learn variants of chess, so we can see how such changes as banning castling, making stalemate a win or letting pawns move sideways or backwards would change the game after decades, or even centuries, of top-level play. 14th World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik was on hand to assess the results.

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