David Navara, Arkadij Naiditsch and Grzegorz Gajewski were among the well-known players to taste defeat as the Top 12 French Team Championship got off to a fighting start in Chartres on Thursday. The 11-round event is one of the world’s strongest national team tournaments and may get stronger if the likes of Maxime Vachier-Lagarave, Paco Vallejo and Teimour Radjabov show up to represent their teams in the latter stages.

Chartres, a city to the southwest of Paris, is best known for its huge Gothic cathedral, but from 18-28 May its Exhibition Centre is hosting 80 grandmasters from 30 countries for the Top 12 of the French Team Championship.

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May 30, 2018

Fabiano Caruana’s rocky start to Altibox Norway Chess 2018

Fabiano Caruana’s rocky start to Altibox Norway Chess 2018 continued in Round 2 as he again made a “kind of ridiculous” blunder, this time against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. He gave up a pawn for no reason, but luckily by that point he was a pawn up and the game simply fizzled out into a draw. Karjakin-Carlsen and the other games also ended peacefully within three hours, though Peter Svidler summed up, “this was not a boring round, it just ended in five draws fast.”

In this game Mamedyarov played Caruana’s big weapon of 2018, the Petrov, against him, and although White got a visually aggressive looking position it seems objectively Black was doing just fine. It didn’t seem that way to Shak, though, and he admitted, “I thought it’s just a bad position, and for that I gave you a pawn, but it was not right”.

That brings us to the diagram position, where White is a pawn up and, despite technical problems ahead, can certainly fight for a win. Fabiano revealed 21.h5 was a move that crossed his mind, and he saw that 21…Rg2 could be met by 22.Rh2. Then he decided to be “more clever”, and play 21.Ra5?, only to realise after he left the board that 21…Rg2! was now simply picking up the f2-pawn. After 22.a4 Rxf2 23.h5 Mamedyarov was now considering whether to play for a win himself or to force a draw.

See also:

  • Official website
  • Games with computer analysis on chess24: Blitz | Altibox Norway Chess
  • Altibox Norway Chess 2018 Preview
  • Wesley So wins Norway Chess blitz
  • Norway Chess 1: Carlsen shows Caruana who’s boss
Jan 24, 2024

Fabiano Caruana wins Superbet Chess Classic

Fabiano Caruana: 5.5/9 (2 wins, 7 draws), 1st place, $100,000


Fabiano Caruana drew a sharp game against Richard Rapport to finish in clear first place in the Superbet Chess Classic, taking the $100,000 top prize and the maximum 13 Grand Chess Tour points. His pursuers could all only draw, though that was a good result for Anish Giri after he stumbled into a lost position against Ian Nepomniachtchi. Ding Liren regained the world no. 3 spot after ending with a fine win over Bogdan-Daniel Deac.

There was also nostalgia, as Fabiano had been the first to face 10…Ba5 10.Bf4 0-0 11.0-0-0!, in a game against Magnus Carlsen. Rapport varied from that game with 13.Qe3 and an interesting battle ensued, but there was no opening bomb. When Richie missed a chance to ask more questions with 19.f3! the game soon fizzled out into a draw.

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Apr 20, 2019

14-year-old Vincent Keymer vs. World Champion Magnus Carlsen

Talk about a baptism of fire! 14-year-old Vincent Keymer has been paired to play World Champion Magnus Carlsen in Round 1 of the GRENKE Chess Classic on Saturday. The good news for the kid? He has White. The bad news? If he survives he then has Black vs. Anand and White vs. Caruana in his next two rounds! Meanwhile the start of the massive GRENKE Chess Open featured an unfortunate incident: 15-year-old Alireza Firouzja forfeited his Round 3 game against Israel’s Or Bronstein rather than get into trouble back in Iran.

Back at the chessboard, meanwhile, there have been few sensations so far, though it was curious that the star player on Board 1 in Rounds 2 and 3 was on each occasion held to a draw – Etienne Bacrot in a 149-move game against German FM Robert Stein, and Gata Kamsky against another German FM, Emil Schmidek.

The big event starts at 15:00 CEST on Saturday 20th April, when Jan Gustafsson will be joined by Peter Leko to commentate on Keymer-Carlsen and all the other games from Round 1 of the GRENKE Chess Classic live here on chess24. Don’t miss it!

See also:

  • GRENKE Chess Classic website
  • GRENKE Chess Open website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24: GRENKE Chess Classic | GRENKE Chess Open
  • Keymer to face Carlsen in GRENKE Chess Classic