A dramatic moment in the match! After getting nowhere with 1.e4 in three games with White Sergey Karjakin switched to 1.d4. Were we about to witness a turning point? Not exactly… Once again World Champion Magnus Carlsen proved to be better prepared, though what followed was something of a comedy of errors that saw the players stumble to a 7th draw in a row. Only five games now remain before potential tiebreaks on Magnus Carlsen’s 26th birthday.

What happened in the intervening few moves? Well, first Magnus rushed 15…0-0 without seriously considering what appeared to be the very serious option of 15…f5, later shrugging that move off with an irritated “dunno” in the press conference…

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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 01, 2016

Chinese Chess League Tournament

Each team in the league is allowed to register seven Chinese players and an unlimited number of foreign players. However, compared to European Leagues there are only a few foreign players who start for Chinese teams.

At the end of last week rounds five to seven of the current season were played and after seven round the team of Shanghai, which plays with Ni Hua and Ju Wenjun, leads the table.

The rating differences between the various teams are sometimes huge though this does not necessarily reflect the real strength of the players, but is partly due to the fact that a lot of Chinese players are underrated because they do not have a lot of opportunities to play in international tournaments against non-Chinese players.

The following game between the unknown 18-year old Liu Manli (Elo 2007) and WGM Tan Zhongyi (2509), who has lots of international tournament experience, was played in the match between Chongqing against Guangdong. It shows how important it is to know your openings well. In this game one player was well prepared while the other did not really seem to know the theory of the line she was playing. This might have tempted her to try a combination that thoroughly backfired. However, in this case, the nominally weaker player was the dominant one.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6 5.Nb3 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.Qe2 7.Be3 Qc7 8.a3 7…Bb4 7…Qc7 8.f4 Bb4 9.Bd2 Bxc3 10.bxc3 d6 11.g4 b6 12.Bg2 Bb7 13.g5 Nd7 14.h4 Na5 15.Nxa5 bxa5 16.Rb1 Nc5 17.h5 0-0 18.g6 h6 19.gxf7+ Qxf7 20.0-0 Rae8 21.c4 Ba6 22.Bxa5 Rc8 23.Bb4 Rfd8 24.Rf2 Nd7 25.Bxd6 Bxc4 26.Qf3 Nf6 27.Be5 Bxa2 28.Ra1 Bc4 29.f5 Qxh5 30.Qxh5 Nxh5 31.Rxa7 Rf8 32.Bh3 Rce8 33.Rc7 Rc8 34.Rxc8 Rxc8 35.fxe6 Re8 36.Bg4 g6 37.Bxh5 gxh5 38.Rg2+ 8.Bd2 0-0 9.a3 Bxc3 9…Be7 10.0-0-0 d5 10.Bxc3 e5 11.0-0-0 Rd8 12.Rd6 Nd4? 12…Qc7 13.Rxf6 gxf6 14.Qg4+ Kf8 15.Qh4 d6 16.Qxf6 Be6 17.f4 12…Ne8? 13.Ba5 Nxd6 14.Bxb6 axb6 15.Qd3 Ne8 16.Qe3 Nf6 17.Qxb6 Nxe4 18.Bb5 Re8 19.Rd1 Nf6 13.Rxd4 13.Rxb6? Nxe2+ 14.Bxe2 axb6 15.Bxe5 Nxe4 13…exd4 14.Ba5 d3 15.Qxd3 Qe6 15…Qxf2 16.Bxd8 Qe1+ 17.Qd1 Qxd1+ 18.Kxd1 Nxe4-+ 16.Bxd8 Ng4 17.Qd2 d5 18.exd5 Qe8 19.Bh4 Bf5 20.Bd3 1–0

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Aug 30, 2021

Aimchess US Rapid day 1

Levon Aronian lived dangerously as he beat Liem Quang Le, Eric Hansen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to take the sole lead with 4/5 after Day 1 of the Aimchess US Rapid, the penultimate event on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. Magnus Carlsen got off to a dream start by beating Wesley So, but ended half a point behind Levon after getting mated by Alireza Firouzja. MVL has work to do to qualify, as does World Cup winner Jan-Krzysztof Duda, who lost his first two games and remains winless at the bottom of the table.

There are still two days and ten rounds to go before the eight qualifiers for the knockout are determined, so everything remains up for grabs. Follow all the action here on chess24 each day from 11:00 ET/17:00 CEST/20:30 IST.

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Aimchess US Rapid action with computer analysis and live commentary: Prelims, Knockout
  • Wesley So triumphs in the Chessable Masters