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The Week Ahead: 25 February – 2 March 2020
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:30:12 UTC
The Aeroflot Open ends Thursday, with Rauf Mamedov trying to keep ahead of a terrifying bunch of kids. We have more top level women’s chess action when Ju Wenjun and Alexandra Goryachkina meet again in the FIDE Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland, but otherwise it’s still the calm before the Candidates storm. We look at what’s coming up, including some Banter Blitz action as we’re getting down to the money stages.
Regium chessboard: Buyer Beware!
Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:12:56 UTC
chess24 recently ended a sponsorship agreement with Regium Chess, which claims to be developing an automated electronic chessboard. We urge any potential backers of the related Kickstarter project to exercise extreme caution and first verify any claims made about a board which may well be “too good to be true”.
chess24's 6th birthday: 18 hours of Banter Blitz
Sun, 23 Feb 2020 20:38:11 UTC
Newcomers Sam Shankland, Gata Kamsky, Aleksandr Lenderman and Irina Krush join old favourites Jan Gustafsson, Peter Svidler and many more as we celebrate the 6th anniversary of chess24’s launch with 18 hours of non-stop Banter Blitz this Monday. That’s not all, as we’re releasing a Candidates Preview video series by Magnus Carlsen seconds Jan, Peter Heine Nielsen and Laurent Fressinet, and there are more surprises to come. You can also get a free hoodie if you go Premium.
Prague Masters: Firouzja wins 1st supertournament
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:45:46 UTC
16-year-old Alireza Firouzja has won the 2020 Prague Masters after beating Vidit 2:0 in a blitz playoff. It took immense fighting spirit and some help from the universe as Firouzja survived a lost position against David Anton to join a 5-way tie for 1st place. Despite getting blown away by Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Vidit still had the best tiebreaks and qualified for a playoff against Alireza, but his 2 losses there made it a disastrous 4 in a row at the end. Jorden van Foreest took the Challengers title and will play the Masters next year after winning 3 of his last 4 games.
Prague Masters 8: Chess is tough!
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:05:16 UTC
Vidit goes into the last round of the Prague Masters with a half-point lead but he would have won the tournament with a round to spare if not for losing a completely winning position against David Navara. Nikita Vitiugov drew a won position against Jan-Krzysztof Duda, while Nils Grandelius rejected a draw by repetition only to lose to David Antón, leaving no less than 7 players in with a chance of reaching a playoff. The Challengers is also up for grabs after Kacper Piorun beat the leader to make it a 4-way tie for 1st place.
Learn the chess basics from 15th World Champion Vishy Anand
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:17:46 UTC
When I started working with chess24 after a long hiatus from the chess world, I familiarized myself with all the original content available on the site. Digging deep in the archives, I found three amazing video series from former World Champion and legend Vishy Anand, teaching the basics of chess to beginners.
Prague Masters 6-7: Firouzja back in the hunt
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 10:51:39 UTC
16-year-old Alireza Firouzja defeated top seed Jan-Krzysztof Duda in Round 7 of the Prague Masters to move back into joint second place. Vidit remains a full point ahead of Firouzja and last year’s winner Nikita Vitiugov, while Sam Shankland joined Duda and David Antón on 50% after finally ending a series of missed chances by beating Nils Grandelius. Hannes Stefansson continues to lead the Challengers, though Andrey Esipenko and Jorden van Foreest are just half a point behind.
The Week Ahead: 18-24 February 2020
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 17:17:32 UTC
The Prague Masters is all set for an exciting finish this week, while the super-strong Aeroflot Open starts Wednesday in Moscow, with Vladislav Artemiev the top seed. It’s another Chess Bundesliga weekend as the teams come to terms with one of their rivals dropping out, while we have a number of regular and irregular shows, including Jan playing Blindfold Banter Blitz. Monday will be special, as it’s chess24’s 6th birthday, with more details to follow!
Prague Masters 4-5: Vidit punishes Firouzja
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 09:31:22 UTC
India’s Vidit took a full point lead in the Prague Masters and moved up to world no. 19 on the live rating list after punishing a risky pawn grab by Alireza Firouzja. The 16-year-old Iranian found himself lost by move 12, and that defeat came a day after he missed what would have been a brilliant win against Nikita Vitiugov in wild mutual time trouble. That brought Firouzja back to 50%, while Vitiugov and Jan-Krzysztof Duda are in joint second place on 3/5.
Cairns Cup 9: Humpy Koneru takes title
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 15:35:10 UTC
Humpy Koneru has won the 2nd Cairns Cup and $45,000 after drawing her final game against Harika Dronavalli to finish on 6/9. That meant only Alexandra Kosteniuk could catch her and force a playoff by beating Ju Wenjun, but the Women’s World Champion instead won with the Berlin to take clear 2nd place. Irina Krush ended with a win to mean that every player in the event had won and lost at least one game.
Kamsky vs. Henriquez – the Rematch
Sun, 16 Feb 2020 22:17:53 UTC
5-time US Champion Gata Kamsky and 3-time Chilean Champion Cristóbal Henríquez are playing a Banter Blitz Cup rematch this Monday 17 February at 19:00 CET. The match won’t change the outcome of the official match, which was won by 23-year-old Cristóbal after Gata quit four games in when he objected to what he called the “completely disrespectful” behaviour of his opponent. Some other choice words were spoken… but we’re very happy to get the players back at the board!
Cairns Cup 7-8: Carissa Yip beats World Champion
Sun, 16 Feb 2020 12:54:32 UTC
16-year-old Carissa Yip took down Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun with the black pieces as a tournament she started with a nightmare four losses in a row is ending like a dream for the US youngster. “I like being a ruiner,” said Carissa after leaving Ju Wenjun a full point behind sole leader Humpy Koneru, who defeated an out-of-form Valentina Gunina. Alexandra Kosteniuk is just half a point behind the leader after beating Nana Dzagnidze.
Prague Masters 2-3: Vidit leads, Firouzja's 1st win
Sat, 15 Feb 2020 12:25:03 UTC
Vidit leads the 2020 Prague Masters on 2.5/3 after surviving a dicey position against David Antón in Round 2 and then smoothly outplaying Markus Ragger in Round 3. Joining Nikita Vitiugov and Jan-Krzysztof Duda half a point behind is 16-year-old Alireza Firouzja, who scored a remarkably easy win over Harikrishna in Round 3 after pulling off a great escape against Nils Grandelius in Round 2. Antón made it back to 50% after bamboozling David Navara in time trouble.
The Candidates 2020 pairings are out
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 18:18:24 UTC
The 2020 Candidates Tournament to decide Magnus Carlsen’s next challenger starts in just over a month’s time and the pairings were announced today. It’ll be Radjabov-Caruana, Ding Liren-Wang Hao, Giri-Nepomniachtchi and Grischuk-Alekseenko in Round 1 as the 2nd most anticipated chess event of 2020 begins in Yekaterinburg, Russia on Tuesday 17th March. We take a first look at what we can expect, though we’ll be following up with more previews before the action begins.
Cairns Cup 6: Humpy joins Ju Wenjun in the lead
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 07:42:10 UTC
Humpy Koneru took her lifetime score against Alexandra Kosteniuk to 5:0 in decisive games after squeezing out a win from a drawish knight ending in Round 6 of the Cairns Cup. The day’s other winner was 16-year-old Carissa Yip, who made it two wins in a row after punishing Valentina Gunina for playing Alekhine’s Defence and then grabbing one pawn too many. The other games were drawn, though Mariya Muzychuk came close to steamrollering Irina Krush.