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Magnus Carlsen launches online chess super-tournament
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 11:00:01 UTC
The Magnus Carlsen Invitational sees the World Chess Champion challenge seven of his biggest rivals to a 2-week, $250,000 battle. The 8-player online event starting April 18th will fill the current void in top-level chess, and indeed sport in general, allowing chess fans to get back to watching the best players each day. Every move will be streamed live on chess24, complete with commentary in 9 languages.
Carlsen and Firouzja on collision course?
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 23:29:50 UTC
Magnus Carlsen takes on Nils Grandelius on Thursday as the Banter Blitz Cup quarterfinals begin. In the semi-finals the winner of that match will take on the winner of Saturday’s Ray Robson vs. Sanan Sjugirov. On the other side of the draw is 16-year-old Alireza Firouzja, who’s conceded no more than 2 points in any match so far. He’s likely to be tested harder by Georg Meier, who’s crushed the dreams of Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Parham Maghsoodloo, while Eduardo Iturrizaga takes on S.L. Narayanan.
Nepo at career best 4th as FIDE ratings freeze
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 08:02:05 UTC
Ian Nepomniachtchi set a new peak rating of 2784 as the official April 1st FIDE rating list was published. It’s no normal list, as this is how we can expect things to stay for many months now, with all over-the-board chess cancelled or postponed to an uncertain future. Ding Liren has dropped out of the 2800 club for the first time since August 2018, while Candidates Tournament leader MVL is back in the Top 5. Elsewhere Ju Wenjun dropped 22.7 points but just one place, while 18-year-old Andrey Esipenko reached the Top 50.
Arianne Caoili passes away at 33
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 22:39:53 UTC
Levon Aronian’s wife Arianne Caoili has tragically died at the age of just 33 after a car accident in Yerevan two weeks ago. Initial reports suggested that her condition, while serious, had stabilised, but on Monday Levon shared the terrible news that his wife had passed away. He paid tribute to an “intelligent, hard working and joyous person that lived a beautiful life”.
What to do now with Radjabov?
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 10:47:39 UTC
The suspension of the 2020 Candidates Tournament is the nightmare the World Chess Federation (FIDE) must have feared from the moment they rejected Teimour Radjabov’s proposal to postpone the tournament and replaced him with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The question now arises of whether the Azerbaijan player should somehow be included back in the tournament or get special privileges for future events. We’d already heard from Carlsen, Kramnik & Dvorkovich and here add the views of fellow players MVL, Alekseenko & Giri as well as the Azerbaijan team, Karjakin and more.
Anish Giri: “The tournament ended surprisingly chaotically”
Sun, 29 Mar 2020 11:05:35 UTC
In a big interview for, Anish Giri talks about the moment the Candidates Tournament stopped while he was busy preparing to play Ian Nepomniachtchi in just four hours’ time - a scramble to book flights and pack bags followed. He also talks about the build-up to the event, including a training camp in Portugal, why he never considered withdrawing like Teimour Radjabov before it began, and what happens now with the Azerbaijan player.
Duda & Abdusattorov in Banter Blitz Cup action
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 12:51:01 UTC
15-year-old Uzbekistan phenomenon Nodirbek Abdusattorov and 21-year-old Polish world no. 15 Jan-Krzysztof Duda are in action in the Banter Blitz Cup today. Abdusattorov takes on Russian GM Maksim Chigaev for a place in Round 3, while Duda goes up against Germany’s Georg Meier in Round 4 for a quarterfinal place against Alireza Firouzja.
Carlsen, Dvorkovich & Kramnik on ending the Candidates
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:43:49 UTC
Instead of Round 8 of the Candidates we got the bombshell news that the tournament was being stopped, with the players, their teams and others involved scrambling to get flights home. Rather than commentary on Caruana-MVL there was a post-mortem on the decision to start and end the tournament, with Arkady Dvorkovich joining to explain FIDE’s actions, while Magnus Carlsen shared some strong views on the suggestion by Vladimir Kramnik that Teimour Radjabov should get the wild card to the 2022 Candidates.
Norway Chess postponed until October
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:00:00 UTC
Altibox Norway Chess was set to open in the Clarion Hotel Energy in Stavanger on June 1st, but the supertournament featuring World Champion Magnus Carlsen and 8 more of the world's top 11 players has now been moved to October due to the coronavirus situation. The new dates are October 3-17. Vladimir Kramnik and Judit Polgar are still expected to commentate, with the tournament retaining last year’s formula of a classical game followed by potential Armageddon.
FIDE Candidates Tournament stopped at halfway
Thu, 26 Mar 2020 08:35:08 UTC
The 2020 FIDE Candidates has been stopped today after 7 of the 14 rounds, with the second half to be completed at a later date. The escalating coronavirus pandemic around the world had made the decision to play the event look increasingly anomalous, and today was the last chance for many of the players and others involved with the tournament to get a flight out of Russia. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Ian Nepomniachtchi will go into the second half of the event leading by a full point on 4.5/7.
Ultimate Chess Championship - English vs Spanish
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 21:10:43 UTC
In this first of its kind battle between two of chess24's popular squads, members of the English language team take on the Spanish language team in a battle for bragging rights. Starting after the games of Round 8 are completed.
Candidates 2020, 7: MVL makes his move
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:14:37 UTC
French no. 1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave crushed the French Defence of leader Ian Nepomniachtchi to join him on 4.5/7 at the halfway mark of the 2020 Candidates Tournament. Nepo’s defeat gave hope to the other players in the event, but the chasing pack of Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Wang Hao and Alexander Grischuk remain a full point back after the other three games all ended in relatively quiet draws.
FantasyChess - Daily Updates
Tue, 24 Mar 2020 16:00:00 UTC
Follow the progress of the FantasyChess contest as winners are announced and interesting results are highlighted.
Candidates 2020, 6: Nepo ends Ding’s hopes
Mon, 23 Mar 2020 19:04:48 UTC
Ian Nepomniachtchi felt unwell and wanted to make a quick draw but instead scored a devastating win over Ding Liren that all but ended the Chinese no. 1’s hopes of earning a match against Magnus. Nepo is the clear frontrunner on 4.5/6, a point ahead of MVL and 1.5 points clear of favourite Fabiano Caruana. Also on 50% is Anish Giri, who defeated Kirill Alekseenko in 98 moves and over 7 hours to claim his first ever Candidates Tournament win at his 20th attempt.
Candidates 2020, 5: Nepo takes the lead
Sun, 22 Mar 2020 16:58:47 UTC
Ian Nepomniachtchi squeezed out a win against Wang Hao in Round 5 to become the first player to take the sole lead in the 2020 Candidates Tournament. The other games were drawn, but not without a real fight. Alekseenko-MVL was a spectacular Najdorf where Kirill’s 48-move think midgame proved to be time well spent, while Anish Giri missed a great chance to beat Fabiano Caruana. Ding Liren-Grischuk was quieter than the post-game press conference where Alexander called for the tournament to be halted due to the coronavirus situation.