The 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival has confirmed what we already knew: every round of the world’s best open provides drama, exciting match-ups and tactical shots of all kinds, meaning there’s always something for spectators to follow.

After 6 rounds 3 players lead with 5,5 out of 6, with only Hikaru Nakamura and Mickey Adams among them counting as pre-tournament favourites.

The overlap of the Gibraltar Masters with the traditional Tata Steel Tournament in Wijk aan Zee has inevitably led to comparisons as to which offers more to spectators. The presence of Magnus Carlsen in the Netherlands is hard to compete with, but the events in Gibraltar have arguably offered more drama. Luckily, though, we don’t need to choose and can enjoy both!

Round 7

The Masters Rd7 starts at 15.00 CET today. As usual there will be LIVE coverage with expert analysis and commentary direct from the Caleta Hotel with GM Simon Williams and IM Jovanka Houska. Sit back and follow the coverage.

Of course the Gibraltar Chess Festival isn’t only about the chess, with the social programme including the famous Battle of the Sexes, which you can watch below:

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Mar 26, 2017

Carlsen To Face So In Sunday’s PRO Chess League Final

The Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League will see a magnificent final, with world number one Magnus Carlsen and world number two Wesley So leading their teams.

The final, on Sunday 26 March at 10 a.m. PDT (6 p.m. CET), will be played between the Norway Gnomes and the St. Louis Arch Bishops, who both won an epic semifinal on Saturday.

If you were watching the semifinals of the PRO Chess League, you probably woke up still shaking. Epic is the word.

On Saturday both the St. Louis Arch Bishops vs the Montreal ChessBrahs match and the Norway Gnomes vs the Stockholm Snowballs encounter went into tiebreaks, after the rapid play had ended in 8-8. After a total of 7.5 hours of play, the finalists were known.

The world champion himself will face Wesley So in at least one game. Yesterday the world number two was seen warming up on the Chess.com live server to play some blitz. Then, having a total score of 26/28 before the semis, he got that to 33.5/37. He’ll play with Akobian, Finegold and Rosenthal again.

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Nov 14, 2016

Rules & Regulations for the FIDE World Championship Match 2016

The 2016 FIDE World Chess Championship is a 12-game match taking place between Norwegian World Champion Magnus Carlsen and his Russian challenger, Sergey Karjakin. They play in the Fulton Market building in the Seaport District of Lower Manhattan, New York, beginning on November 11 and ending on November 30, if tiebreaks are required. The prize fund is at least 1 million euros, with the winner taking 60%, or 55% if the match goes to tiebreaks.

The players have 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. The first player to reach 6.5 points is the winner, with a 6-6 tie decided by four 25 minute + 10 second/move rapid games. If still tied two 5+3 games are played, then another two 5+3 if needed, then finally an Armageddon game, where White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4, but a draw will make the black player World Champion.

Official website: nyc2016.fide.com
Download Regulations for the FIDE World Championship Match (FWCM) 2016 in PDF format.

Aug 20, 2019

Magnus vs. History: Sinquefield Cup

World Champion Magnus Carlsen will be dreaming of setting new chess records when he starts the 11-round Sinquefield Cup against Anish Giri on Saturday. He goes into the event, featuring all of the world’s top 9 players, on a rating of 2882, matching the peak he set back in 2014. Can he improve on that, can he cross 2900, or can he “at least” beat his peak live rating of 2889.2? We’ll soon find out, though to beat any of those records he’s going to need to stop playing like his “evil twin brother” as he did in the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz!

The pairings for the 2019 Sinquefield Cup have long been known, since they’re exactly the same as the Croatia Grand Chess Tour pairings, only with colours reversed. Once again it’s the full cast of Grand Chess Tour regulars with no wild cards, making it one of the strongest events ever held.

It comes in the immediate aftermath of the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz, so it was decided to combine the closing ceremony for that tournament with the opening ceremony of the Sinquefield Cup. That event took place on Thursday evening in the St. Louis World Chess Hall of Fame, and you can watch it below:

There are also matches for three more US stars:

  • Fabiano Caruana vs. Garry Kasparov
  • Wesley So vs. Veselin Topalov
  • Leinier Dominguez vs. Peter Svidler
  • Hikaru Nakamura vs. Levon Aronian

Each match has the same format of six rapid games with 30 minutes for all moves and a 10-second delay, followed by fourteen 5+5 blitz games. The rapid games are worth double.

That’s a 4-day event from 2-5 September, but first up is the Sinquefield Cup that will be live here on chess24 at the usual time of 13:00 in St. Louis or 20:00 CEST on Saturday 17 August, with the same commentary teams that brought you the Rapid & Blitz. Don’t miss it!

See also:

  • Grand Chess Tour
  • All the Sinquefield Cup games with computer analysis
  • St. Louis Rapid & Blitz Winners & Losers