There was no need for tiebreaks at the top of the women’s event, with gold, silver and bronze all separated by half a point. Who could have predicted that those places would be occupied by the 8th, 9th and 17th seeds?

2nd placed Guliskhan Nakhbayeva had a lot to do with that as she beat 2nd seed Sarasadat Khademalsharieh and 4th seed Padmini Rout in Rounds 7 and 8 on the way to an unbeaten +5.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24: Open | Women
  • Asian Championships 1: Wei Yi shines as rivals struggle
  • Asian Championships 2-5: Wang Hao leads at halfway
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 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.


Nov 18, 2018

Brilliant defence from the World Champion

Fabiano Caruana outplayed Magnus Carlsen from a seemingly dead position in Game 6 to come within a whisker of scoring the first full point of the match. Computers, and some chess fans, were screaming mate-in-36 for the US challenger, but the endgame win was one Peter Svidler didn’t think it was “humanly possible to find” in the time available. Instead the 80-move, 6.5-hour draw could be chalked up as brilliant defence from the World Champion, who confessed to having been “way too casual” earlier in the game. The match is level at 3:3 at the halfway point.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24
  • Our special Carlsen-Caruana World Chess Championship page
  • Grischuk and Giri join our Carlsen-Caruana show
  • Carlsen and Caruana true to form in press opener
  • Game 1: Magnus lets Fabi off the hook
  • Game 2: Full grovel mode
  • Game 3: Caruana squanders opening edge
  • Game 4: Prep, lies and videotape
  • Game 5: Magnus can’t match his idol
Jul 04, 2016

Azerbaijan ready for Baku Chess Olympiad 2016

The Baku Chess Olympiad Operating Committee held a meeting on preparation for the upcoming World Chess Olympiad on September 1-14.

Mahir Mammadov, the director of the operations committee for the World Cup and the Chess Olympiad said that Azerbaijani chess players will defend sporting honor of Azerbaijan with dignity, Trend reported.

The meeting focused on training of the first national team in Gabala, the second team in Baku, including the first training camp players. Favorable conditions will be created for all teams, participating in the competition.

“The 42nd World Chess Olympiad is very important for our chess players. A prestigious event will be held in the capital of Azerbaijan – Baku, for the first time. The Ministry of Youth and Sport and Azerbaijan Chess Federation (ACF) have created the necessary conditions for all teams, participating in the Olympics. “Both men’s and women’s teams will continue training.” said Mammadov.

Vice President of ACF Faik Hasanov, as well as the coaches of national teams attended the meeting.

The chess tournament will host about 2,000 chess masters almost from 180 countries. The number of guests is expected to reach up to 3,000.

The budget for the Olympiad is 13.3 million euros. Some 6.8 million euros are set aside for first-class accommodation for the players and delegates. Another 1 will go to the FIDE Commission for World Championships & Olympiads and intellectual rights.

The tournament will take place at the unusual shape building Baku Crystal Hall once hosting Eurovision Song Contest in 2012.