Fabiano Caruana starts his first ever US Championship today in St. Louis and will be looking to cement his place as the US no. 1 on the FIDE rating list. Defending Champion Hikaru Nakamura and fellow Top 10 star Wesley So are among those who will have other ideas. In the women’s event Irina Krush and her arch-rival Anna Zatonskih both play, while none other than Garry Kasparov will join the party for a post-tournament blitz showdown.

The US Championships are being held in the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis for an 8th consecutive year, and we’re guaranteed the usual fantastic show with Yasser Seirawan, Jennifer Shahade and Maurice Ashley. Both tournaments are 12-player round-robins, with $194,000 on offer in the open tournament ($50,000 for first prize) and $100,000 in the women’s ($25,000), with $64,000 up for grabs for anyone who pulls off Bobby Fischer’s incredible 11/11 result.

Source: chess24.com

Official Website: www.uschesschamps.com

Sep 05, 2017

2017 FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi got off to a spectacular start

Tbilisi World Cup, 1.1: Wei Yi shocker

Wei Yi was crushed in only 24 moves by Canadian GM Bator Sambuev as the 2017 FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi got off to a spectacular start. Harikrishna, Vladimir Fedoseev and Pavel Eljanov were the other 2700 casualties and join 31 more players who need a win in Monday’s Game 2 to force tiebreaks on Tuesday. Magnus Carlsen overcame stiff resistance from Nigeria’s Oluwafemi Balogun to get off to a winning start as only Maxime Vachier-Lagrave among the world’s Top 10 was held to a draw in the opening game.

Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the World Chess Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

With so many players now needing to win on demand Day 2 of the World Cup promises to be unmissable. Remember, if the games end tied at 1-1 the players will return on Tuesday for up to 7 more games of rapid and blitz chess. 64 players must be eliminated before Round 2 starts on Wednesday!

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Nov 29, 2016

Carlsen-Karjakin, Game 12: The most anticipated game of the last two years

The World Championship will be decided in tie-breaker games after the regulation portion of the match ended in a tie, 6-6.

Magnus Carlsen will play rapid, blitz and potentially Armageddon against Sergey Karjakin to decide the 2016 World Chess Championship after the last classical game of their match ended in a damp squib.

The most anticipated game of the last two years lasted barely half an hour and was artificially prolonged by the rule preventing draws before move 30. Magnus clearly believes in his speed chess skills, which he’ll get to test on his 26th birthday this Wednesday.


Jan 30, 2017

Carlsen plays Karjakin in the final round of the 2017 Tata Steel Masters

Magnus Carlsen plays Sergey Karjakin in the final round of the 2017 Tata Steel Masters knowing a win will likely mean a title playoff against Wesley So. In the penultimate round Magnus beat Pavel Eljanov from a position he was struggling merely to hold, while Levon Aronian inflicted a 7th loss of the tournament on Loek van Wely to move into a tie with Wei Yi and Carlsen for 2nd place. In the Challengers Jeffery Xiong’s hopes lie in tatters after he lost to Aryan Tari while Markus Ragger and Gawain Jones both won to overtake him.

Magnus Carlsen has now won all five classical games he’s played against Pavel Eljanov, with the World Champion admitting “maybe it was in the back of his head”. Carlsen played the Stonewall Dutch and soon ended up in what looked to be close to a strategically lost position.
Then the old, familiar Magnus took over, arguably playing his best chess of the event so far. Lawrence Trent takes us through the game:

Before the round the key showdown was Wesley So’s game against Wei Yi, with the young Chinese player theoretically in with a chance of overtaking the long-term leader. Karjakin-Nepomniachtchi, with both Russian players already out of the race for first place, was drawn in a blink-and-you-missed-it 21 moves, while Wojtaszek-Andreikin was a complicated 51-move draw in which the balance was never seriously upset.

Going into the final round of the Challengers Jones and Ragger lead on 8.5/12, but have the black pieces. Xiong is joined half a point behind by Ilia Smirin, who also has Black. Xiong is the only contender with the white pieces, which is not to be dismissed given he’s won all his games with White so far in Wijk aan Zee! He faces Benjamin Bok, who has stabilised with five draws in a row after a bad start.