A lot of players used the Christmas Holidays to take part in a chess tournament. Or two. One of them was Azeri grandmaster Nijat Abasov. After winning the Christmas Open in Zürich he started in Basel, in the Chess Festival that took place from 2nd to 8th January. But in Basel he “only” finished sixth. Another Azeri won the tournament on tie-break: Eltaj Safarli.

Eltaj Safarli wins Chess Festival Basel 2017

The Chess Festival Basel included a Masters tournament, amateur tournaments, youth tournaments, and a blitz tournament. The main attraction was the Masters. This year more than 100 players took part, among them 12 grandmasters and a women grandmaster. After 9 rounds three players shared first place with 7.0/9: the Azeri Eltaj Safarli, Chinese talent Jinshi Bai and Christian Bauer from France.

op seed Safarli had the best tie-break and won the tournament, Jinshi Bai was second, Christian Bauer third. Nijat Abasov, the winner of the Zürich Christmas Open, finished sixth with 6.5/9.

With five wins and four draws Safarli played a solid tournament. He started with 4.5/5 and then finished the tournament with three draws and a win against Christian Bauer in round eight.


Next year, the Chess Festival Basel will take place from 2nd to 7th January 2018.

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Mar 29, 2019

European Individual Chess Championship

Vladislav Artemiev moved above Vladimir Kramnik to no. 13 on the live rating list after a beautiful victory over Zbynek Hracek in Round 8 of the European Individual Chess Championship in Skopje. It also took him into the joint lead on 6.5/8, with three rounds to go, level with Maxim Rodshtein, Kacper Piorun, Nils Grandelius and 17-year-old Andrey Esipenko. Esipenko’s victims have included Igor Kovalenko and Boris Gelfand.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis here on chess24
  • European Championships 1-5: Four leaders
Feb 03, 2019

Magnus Carlsen – Winner Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Magnus Carlsen has won the top tournament in Wijk aan Zee for a record 7th time after drawing the final game against Anish Giri to finish on 9/13. He described his performance as “very professional” if not “sparkling”, but apart from Giri no-one ran him close. With little left to play for there were draws elsewhere, with only Jorden van Foreest and Vladimir Kramnik committing different kinds of chess suicide to lose to Richard Rapport and Sam Shankland and finish in last place. Vladislav Kovalev will play the Masters next year after winning the Challengers with a brilliant 10/13.

So that’s all for the 2019 Tata Steel Chess tournament! We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage, and fortunately there’s no need to despair about a lack of top-level chess. The Gibraltar Masters is entering the finishing straight, with the action beginning at 15:00 CET each day.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24: Masters | Challengers
  • Tata Steel Chess 2019 Preview
  • Tata Steel 2019, 1: Nepo and Anand snatch early lead
  • Tata Steel 2019, 2: The Dutch strike back
  • Tata Steel 2019, 3: Nepo beats Kramnik to lead
  • Tata Steel 2019, 4: Giri and Vidit win
  • Tata Steel 2019, 5: Magnus breaks the streak
  • Tata Steel 2019, 6: Carlsen and Giri hit the front
  • Tata Steel 2019, 7: Insane chess
  • Tata Steel 2019, 8: Carlsen and Anand take the lead
  • Tata Steel 2019, 9: Nepo catches Magnus and Vishy
  • Tata Steel 2019, 10: Vintage Carlsen beats Anand
  • Tata Steel 2019, 11: Shankland commits hara-Giri
  • Tata Steel 2019, 12: A Carlsen-Giri showdown
May 14, 2017

Chess to be introduced in schools to improve learning

Former world chess champion Gary Kasparov states that having classes with chess at an early age radically improves the skills of the kids such as learning, processing of information as well as making decisions.

“Chess is a tool, not a recipe for all education problems, but it’s a very inexpensive and a very effective tool,” the 53-year-old champion of the game said.

“We have plenty of data collected from around the world that proves beyond any doubt that classes with chess, especially at an early age – six to nine – dramatically improve the skills of the kids, to learn how to process information and make decisions,” said Kasparov.

Kasparov wants to bring the game to a million children in Africa as an educational tool to sharpen their learning skills and build confidence. He also reiterated that it is prudent to fight the predisposition that it is only particular countries that can produce chess champions.

Through his foundation, the Kasparov’s Foundation, pilot schools will be selected across Africa to be provided with learning kits as well as training of teachers in chess. The aim of this will be reach a million children in the next five years.

Kasparov foundation has already introduced chess in school programmes around the world. Kasparov notes that he has found that there is passion for success in developing countries. “They are willing to work harder.” Kasparov, who became the youngest world chess champion in 1985 at age 22, retired from the game in 2005.

This comes after Disney cast a spotlight on ten-year-old Ugandan chess queen, Phiona Mutesi in the movie Queen of Katwe. The movie showed the real possibilities that the game of chess could provide to young African children.

Kenya boasts of great chess talent. In April 2017 the country won the inaugural Africa Zone 4.2 under 16 Youth Team Chess Championship.