A solid start for both players, but little to write home about. The relatively quick end meant that Robin van Kampen’s dream of commentating on a 7-hour game was thwarted, since he now heads off to university, but you can watch his last commentary with Eric on the 2016 World Championship match below:

So the players go into the first rest day tied on 1:1. Karjakin’s manager said in the same interview quoted above that he wouldn’t rule out 12 draws, but let’s hope this is just the calm before the storm. Peter Svidler will be in our Hamburg studio alongside Eric Hansen to commentate on Game 3 of the match on Monday, when Magnus will again have the white pieces. Will he remain faithful to the Tromp? We’ll soon find out!

Tune in at 2pm EST (8pm CET) on Monday!

Garry Kasparov: “I think the players in this world championship are in different leagues. Karjakin is excellent—Carlsen is special.”

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Nov 04, 2020

Carlsen launches $1.5m Champions Chess Tour

Chess24 and the Play Magnus Group are proud to announce the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour, a series of ten tournaments featuring the world’s top chess stars that will for the first time determine the world’s best player over the course of a full season of online chess. The action kicks off with the Skilling Open on November 22-30 and runs until September 2021.

The Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour was born in April-May in response to the pandemic and quickly captured the imagination of millions of chess fans around the world.

It’s now time for the next stage, the Champions Chess Tour, which will be bigger and bolder. Ten events will be played over 11 months, with the action reaching its climax in the final in September 2021.

Each event will last 9 days, with prize funds ranging from $100,000 up to $300,000 for the grand final, with a total purse of $1.5 million.

Truly dynamic logos

The logos for the tour and each individual event are graphical representations created from the moves of a particular game of chess. The game chosen for the Champions Chess Tour logo is the spectacular end to the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour: the $140,000 Armageddon decider that saw World Champion Magnus Carlsen beat Hikaru Nakamura.

Each tour event will get its own version of the logo based on a memorable game, with chess24 Premium members able to vote for the game as the Champions Chess Tour progresses.

Stay tuned for players announcements and more details both here on chess24 and on the brand new Champions Chess Tour website: https://championschesstour.com

Jul 10, 2017

2017 León Masters – It’s not often you beat the world no. 3 in 17 moves

El Torneo Magistral Ciudad de León, one of the great classics of the international circuit, celebrates this year a very special anniversary, its thirtieth edition, with its traditional format with four players and a cup system with semifinals and final that has been and is imitated in many world-class chess events. This system, which makes the competition much more interesting, avoids the famous and dreaded draws without a fight, one of the hurdles of high level chess.

Wesley So is on course to play a 4-game rapid match against Vishy Anand on Sunday in the final of the 2017 León Masters, but it wasn’t easy! In the first game of his semi-final against Jan-Krzysztof Duda he inexplicably blundered his queen on move 17 and had no choice but to resign. He got nothing in the next game but then levelled the score in an endgame grind in Game 3. The final game was going the young Polish player’s way, but when his attack stalled Wesley took over and ensured no tiebreaks were required.

Wesley So is on course to play a 4-game rapid match against Vishy Anand on Sunday in the final of the 2017 León Masters, but it wasn’t easy! In the first game of his semi-final against Jan-Krzysztof Duda he inexplicably blundered his queen on move 17 and had no choice but to resign. It’s not often you beat the world no. 3 in 17 moves. He got nothing in the next game but then levelled the score in an endgame grind in Game 3. The final game was going the young Polish player’s way, but when his attack stalled Wesley took over and ensured no tiebreaks were required.

This year there’s again a fascinating line-up. Vishy Anand has won the tournament 9 times, including last year, while Wesley So needs no introduction as the world no. 3. Jan-Krzysztof Duda, meanwhile, is a 19-year-old Polish player who has just broken into the 2700 club, with only Wei Yi, who won León in 2014 and 2015, both younger and higher rated. Duda also won the 2014 European Rapid Championship and finished runner-up in the Blitz Championship in the same year, so is no pushover at fast time controls. The final player is Jaime Santos, who as a 2542-rated International Master looks somewhat out of place until you realise the 21-year-old Spanish player is from León and is being given a chance to compete against the best.

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Nov 09, 2022

FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships Dec. 26-30

The FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships will be held December 26-30, 2022 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The International Chess Federation confirmed the dates and the host city on Monday in a press release.

Traditionally, two of the most exciting events on the chess calendar are held in the last week of the year, and this year will be no different. Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, once again the world rapid and blitz championships will be held. This time, the host city is Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis, Almaty—10 years after the event was held in the capital, Astana.

The main sponsor of the event is Freedom Finance, an investment company that is a part of Freedom Holdings (Nevada, U.S.) which is engaged in investment banking, asset management, and capital markets services. The company owns the Kazakh bank Freedom Finance, the online store Freedom24, and the Kazakhstani broker Freedom Finance JSC among other assets.

FIDE’s Director General Emil Sutovsky confirmed to Chess.com that the format of the two tournaments will remain unchanged. This means that the world rapid championship will be a Swiss system with 13 rounds for the open tournament and 11 rounds for the women’s tournament, played over three days. The world blitz will be a Swiss system as well with 21 rounds for the open tournament and 17 rounds for the women’s tournament on the last two days.

Last year, the events were held in Warsaw, Poland, where GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov won the rapid tournament and GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the world blitz. In the women’s sections, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk won the world rapid and IM Bibisara Assaubayeva the world blitz.

The world rapid and blitz championships have used this format since 2012. In the open sections, the rapid was won three times by Carlsen, in 2014, 2015, and 2019. The Norwegian GM won the world blitz four times, in 2014, 2017, 2018, and 2019. GM Hikaru Nakamura, who recently won his first world title at the Fischer Random championship, hasn’t won gold yet in either the rapid or blitz but is always among the top favorites. So far, names of participants haven’t been announced yet.

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