Magnus Carlsen came within an inch of beating Sergey Karjakin in what our commentator Peter Svidler described as “an epic game”. What developed into a 7-hour thriller started with a Berlin Defence where it seemed the only talking point would be a puzzling rook shuffle in the opening. A couple of inaccuracies, though, and Magnus was scenting blood. You had the feeling almost anyone else in world chess would have gone down without a fight, but Karjakin clung on for dear life and got the draw his bravery deserved – even if he needed some help from his opponent!

This was the day the 2016 World Chess Championship match began in earnest, with both players coming close enough to taste victory and defeat. It left them visibly shell-shocked, with neither certain if Magnus had ever had a clear win within his grasp (our silicon friends answer in the affirmative).

It was a remarkable journey from a game which started with a 5.Re1 Berlin that failed to set the pulses racing. Eyebrows were at least raised by Carlsen’s retreat 10.Re2:

The move, of course, looks a little ridiculous, but it turned out what was much stranger was that Sergey and his team had apparently overlooked a move that had been played by players as familiar as Igor Kovalenko, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Paco Vallejo, with the latter tweeting the lapidary:

Karjakin thought the move had been played in other positions, but not this one, and spent a full 25 minutes before coming up with 10…b6, looking to capitalise with 11…Ba6. Magnus repeated Kasimdzhanov’s 11.Re1, which led to one of the funniest moments of the post-game press conference. When Anastasia Karlovich asked if 10.Re2 had been a slip Magnus decided to roll with it and drew laughter with:

“Yeah, it slipped out of my hand, so I moved it back to e1 the next move!”

So a quarter of the match has already gone by and the players are still locked together:
Tune in at 2pm EST (8pm CET) on Tuesday.


Jun 28, 2021

Aronian beat Carlsen in the first round of Day 2

Levon Aronian beat Magnus Carlsen in the first round of Day 2 of the Goldmoney Asian Rapid as he joined Ding Liren in scoring an unbeaten 3.5/5 for a second day in a row to move ahead of the pack. Of the five co-leaders at the start of the day, Artemiev scored a solid 3/5, Magnus scored 50% and Dubov crashed to three defeats and just two draws to leave him outside the qualifying spots. His place was taken by 17-year-old Indian star Arjun Erigaisi, who defeated Vidit and Hou Yifan.

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Goldmoney Asian Rapid games with computer analysis: Prelims, Knockout
  • Hou Yifan joins Magnus Carlsen for Goldmoney Asian Rapid
  • Carlsen starts Goldmoney Asian Rapid against Firouzja, Hou Yifan & So
  • Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 1: Carlsen hits back after Firouzja stumble
Sep 10, 2016

U.S Masters Chess Championships Underway

The U.S. Masters Chess Championship is underway in Greensboro this weekend.

84 highly ranked players from around the world gathered for the 9-round tournament that stretches over two days.

Organizers and players say the centuries old game is still releveant today.Despite the quiet in the tournament room, it’s filled with intense competition.

Instead of extreme physicality like the Olympics, it’s mostly mental.

Kassa Korley is a player who representing the U.S. and Denmark, and has been playing chesse since he was 5.

People say in different sports, boxing and basketball, styles make fights, and it’s the same thing in chess, where everyone has a unique style,” said Korley. “You’re sort of playing against that style as well as playing the game.”

The intense concentration is reflected in the faces squared off across the chess boards.

The 23-year-old Korley has been playing chess since he was 5.

“I always loved games and competition, and chess was a really good way, environment to foster that interest,’’ said Korley.

84 highly-ranked players from over a dozen countries from around the world are competing in the U.S. Master’s Championship.

“Everybody here has obtained at least a Master’s Title, and you have to be quite good to get to that level,” said Walter High, the tournament organizer.

The championships consist of 9 rounds, played out over 5 days.

“The games can go to 5 to 6 hours apiece, so you can’t play more than 2 games in a day, because it just gets too exhausting,” said High.

While chess dates back to the 5th century, fans think it still has relevance today, even in the age of video games.

“It develops critical thinking,” said High. “You have to learn to plan ahead, you have to think about everything you do, and there are consequences for everything you do.”

Some 250 other players are competing in the N.C. Open.

While there are young and old faces, fans say it’s a skill you can continue to improve over the course of a lifetime.

“It’s really interesting to see your progress, and see how you develop,’’ said Korley. “I think that’s why people stick with it, because they see themselves as being better and everyone has a dream of becoming something more than what they already are.”

The Tournament runs through Sunday afternoon at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Greensboro.


Sep 02, 2020

The chess24 Banter Series starts today!

‌Sam Shankland, Nihal Sarin, Laurent Fressinet and Erwin l’Ami are among the stars in action as the first 8-player qualifier for the chess24 Banter Series starts today! They’re battling for a single place in the 16-player final featuring the likes of Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana. The time control will be 3 minutes + a 2-second increment per move and the matches will be best of 8 games.

You can follow all the games + watch all the streams here

Day 1 01/09: Quarterfinals

Match 1) 16:00 CEST GM Erwin l’Ami vs GM Alan Pichot  

  • English Stream by l’Ami
  • Spanish Stream by Pichot

Match 2) 17:30 CEST GM Alexander Donchenko vs GM Alexander Fier

  • English Stream by Donchenko
  • Portuguese Stream by Fier

Match 3) 19:00 CEST GM Nihal Sarin vs GM Laurent Fressinet

  • English Stream by Sarin
  • French Stream by Fressinet

Match 4) 20:30 CEST GM Sam Shankland vs GM Lance Henderson

  • English Stream by Shankland
  • Spanish Stream by Henderson

‌‌Day 2 02/09: Semi-finals 

Match 5) Winner of Match 1 vs  Winner of Match 4

Match 6) Winner of Match 2 vs Winner of Match 3

Day 3 05/09: Final 

Winner of Match 5 vs Winner of Match 6. The champion of the A Qualifier will go to the Finals.

Check out full details of the Series here: