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Tata Steel 5: Grandelius beats MVL to regain sole lead
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:08:50 UTC
Nils Grandelius beat world no. 5 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the famous Poisoned Pawn variation of the Najdorf Sicilian to regain the sole lead after Round 5 of the 2021 Tata Steel Masters. All the other games were drawn, though David Anton was completely winning against Aryan Tari before the Norwegian missed an amazing chance to claim victory at the end. Magnus Carlsen was again frustrated by an opponent he outrated by around 200 points, with Alexander Donchenko the latest underdog to put up impressive defence.
Carlsen & Nakamura missing in 2021 Grand Chess Tour field
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 12:42:52 UTC
The Grand Chess Tour will return in 2021, but chess fans will be missing two of the biggest names as both Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura declined invitations. The organisers have announced the ten participants and the tour schedule, which includes two classical events and three rapid/blitz events during three months this summer.
Tata Steel 4: All draws, despite some great battles
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:10:09 UTC
Magnus Carlsen regretted an endgame blunder meant he didn’t "get to torture" Jorden van Foreest, but he remained in the 5-player leading pack as no-one managed to break through. The 7 draws in Round 4 of the Tata Steel Masters weren’t for the want of trying, with Nils Grandelius (against Andrey Esipenko) and Alireza Firouzja (against Aryan Tari) coming very close to picking up a full point. MVL tortured David Anton for over 6 hours in a Marshall until the celebration of the day came from Peter Leko when that game finally ended.
Tata Steel 3: Caruana’s unfinished masterpiece | Hari & Firouzja win
Tue, 19 Jan 2021 09:39:42 UTC
Fabiano Caruana played the game of the day in Round 3 of the Tata Steel Masters but one slip-up and some fantastic defence by Jan-Krzysztof Duda meant the world no. 2 failed to take the sole lead. Instead we have five co-leaders after Harikrishna beat previous sole leader Nils Grandelius with the black pieces. The only other player to win was 17-year-old Alireza Firouzja, who recovered from his first round loss to Magnus Carlsen by winning a fine game against David Anton.
Tata Steel 2: Grandelius leads as Caruana grabs 1st win
Mon, 18 Jan 2021 07:39:48 UTC
Nils Grandelius is the only player on a perfect 2/2 in the Tata Steel Masters after he scored an effortless win with the black pieces over Jan-Krzysztof Duda in Round 2. The only other player to win was Fabiano Caruana, who found some brilliant moves to put late replacement Alexander Donchenko to the sword in a game analysed by Jan Gustafsson. Magnus Carlsen headed the list of players frustrated by draws as he couldn’t quite squeeze out a win in a 6-hour marathon against David Anton.
Premium only: Player and logo vote for next Champions Chess Tour event
Sun, 17 Jan 2021 14:02:29 UTC
chess24 is giving YOU the chance to have a say on who plays in the next Champions Chess Tour event, starting on February 6, with another list of names to choose from.
Tata Steel 1: Carlsen gambles to beat Firouzja
Sun, 17 Jan 2021 08:41:36 UTC
Magnus Carlsen took down Alireza Firouzja in a spectacular game where he first gave up two pawns and then a knight to crash home when the 17-year-old went astray in time trouble. Magnus is joined in the early lead of the Tata Steel Masters by Anish Giri, who outprepared and then outplayed Aryan Tari in a razor-sharp Anti-Berlin, and Nils Grandelius, who got the better of late replacement Alexander Donchenko in a rook endgame. The other games were drawn, though Fabiano Caruana (vs. Jorden van Foreest) and Harikrishna (vs. MVL) came close to drawing blood.
Duda on Wijk aan Zee
Sat, 16 Jan 2021 15:27:14 UTC
Tata Steel Chess 2021 begins today and Polish star Jan-Krzysztof Duda answered a few questions for chess24 users.
5 key concepts in poker and chess
Sat, 16 Jan 2021 10:12:41 UTC
This article is the follow-up to "Great minds: 10 players who excel at both chess and poker". We are going to look at 5 key concepts in poker and chess. These concepts are not always easy to understand but become exciting when you make the effort to explore them.
Carlsen-Firouzja as Tata Steel starts with a bang
Sat, 16 Jan 2021 07:38:38 UTC
Tata Steel Chess will start with a bang on Saturday as World Champion Magnus Carlsen has been drawn against 17-year old Alireza Firouzja, widely considered to be among Carlsen's future challengers to the throne. The 83rd edition of the super tournament also sees home favourite Anish Giri face Norwegian Aryan Tari, the lowest rated player in the field, while World no. 2 and reigning Tata Steel Chess Champion Fabiano Caruana was drawn against the other Dutch hope, Jorden van Foreest.
Wojtaszek on Wijk aan Zee
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:25:39 UTC
Radosław Wojtaszek and Jan-Krzysztof Duda will be representing Poland in Wijk aan Zee so there's no better time for the launch of chess24 in Polish! 4-time Polish Chess Champion Mateusz Bartel will be leading Polish live commentary on the tournament, and he also talked to both Radek and Janek before battle commenced.
Carlsen opens up about retirement before 17th Wijk aan Zee appearance
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:24:49 UTC
On Saturday, Tata Steel Chess will begin in Wijk aan Zee and Magnus Carlsen will attempt to increase his record 7 tournament wins. In a candid interview on a Norwegian podcast conducted shortly after appearing in the Dutch town for the 17th time, the 30-year old opens up about his career, reveals lack of motivation, speaks about retirement, Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, and several other issues.
Wojtaszek: “I’d like to get into the Top 10”
Wed, 13 Jan 2021 21:45:59 UTC
3-time Polish Chess Champion Radek Wojtaszek turned 34 today and on Saturday he gets to take on Magnus Carlsen and more of the world’s best players in the Tata Steel Masters in Wijk aan Zee. In an interview late last year Vishy Anand’s second for five World Championship matches talked about his ambitions, his young rival Jan-Krzysztof Duda and meeting the Polish actor Marcin Dorociński, who played World Champion Vasily Borgov in the hit Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit.
Magnus Carlsen playing Banter Blitz on Wednesday
Tue, 12 Jan 2021 14:31:06 UTC
With only days left until Tata Steel Chess takes off in Wijk aan Zee, World Champion Magnus Carlsen is ready to challenge Premium members on chess24 for Banter Blitz. There are plenty of events to be excited about this week. Here's what you can expect.
Chess Opening Basics: The Jaenisch Gambit
Sun, 10 Jan 2021 11:27:35 UTC
Our friends at Chessable continue to deliver high-quality content for anyone who wants to improve as a chess player. In this article, Sean Marsh, a chess writer and Chief Trainer for Chess in Schools and Communities, takes a look at Indian GM S.P Sethuraman's new course on one of the sharpest ways for Black to meet the Ruy Lopez opening: The Jaenisch Gambit.

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