Ding Liren got revenge for the first game of the World Cup semifinal by torturing Wesley So with the white pieces until a draw was finally reached with only bare kings left on the board on move 58. That means they play tiebreaks on Thursday for a place both in the final and in the 2018 Candidates Tournament. Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are in the same boat, though they’ll barely be warmed up after playing out an even quicker draw than the day before. In fact Levon didn’t need more than 9 seconds for any of his 18 moves, despite playing with the black pieces.

Up to this point Wesley has needed tiebreaks twice, beating Matthias Bluebaum in the 10-minute games in Round 2 and Baadur Jobava in the 25-minute games in Round 4. Ding Liren also needed tiebreaks only twice, and got the job done fast both times, beating Martyn Kravtsiv and Vidit in rapid games. Neither of them have yet lost a game in Tbilisi.

Needless to say, the tiebreaks will be unmissable, since by the end of them we’ll know not only the finalists for the 2017 World Cup but two of the players in the 2018 Candidates Tournament.

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  • Tbilisi World Cup 1.1: Wei Yi shocker
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1.2: Revenge of the favourites
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1 Tiebreaks: Stars show no mercy
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2.1: Anand brilliancy backfires
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2.2: Anand and Karjakin out
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2: Tiebreak highlights
  • Tbilisi World Cup 3.1: Carlsen loses | Kovalyov quits
  • Tbilisi World Cup 3.2: Carlsen, Kramnik and Naka out
  • Tbilisi World Cup 3 Tiebreaks: Fabiano crashes out
  • Tbilisi World Cup 4.1: Ivanchuk and Fedoseev strike
  • Tbilisi World Cup 4.2: Chucky & Lev meet in QF
  • Tbilisi World Cup 4 Tiebreaks: MVL KOs Grischuk
  • Tbilisi World Cup QF 1: Ivanchuk meltdown
  • Tbilisi World Cup QF 2: So, Ding & Aronian in semis
  • Tbilisi World Cup QF Tiebreaks: MVL ousts Svidler
  • Tbilisi World Cup SF 1: So close
Nov 23, 2020

Anish Giri is sole leader of the Skilling Open on Day 1

Anish Giri is sole leader of the Skilling Open after scoring 4/5 on Day 1, and it could have been more, since he took a draw in a close to winning position against Hikaru Nakamura. Magnus Carlsen feared the worst after blundering his queen against Ian Nepomniachtchi and then letting a win slip against MVL. The World Chess Champion needn’t have worried, however, as he bounced back to win the next three games. The surprise of the day was bottom seed David Anton, who beat Svidler, Nepo and Radjabov to tie Magnus for 2nd place.

There are four commentary streams in English alone, which you can always catch on our broadcast page. Here’s the TV studio broadcast from Oslo featuring David Howell, Jovanka Houska and host Kaja Snare, with interviews by Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri at the end.

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  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Skilling Open Preliminary games with computer analysis
  • The King’s Gambit: Magnus Carlsen launches $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour
  • What’s new in the Champions Chess Tour?
  • Nakamura and Firouzja complete Skilling Open lineup
  • Introducing the new Skilling Open commentary teams
Dec 13, 2018

Carlsen commentated live the World Championship

Magnus Carlsen commentated live for 40 minutes with Jan Gustafsson during Day 2 of the Grand Chess Tour finals in London. The World Chess Champion went into detail on the recent match against Fabiano Caruana and shared his own views on how the World Championship system might be changed (spoiler alert: he’d increase the role of rapid chess!). He talked about his potential challengers, whether he’ll play a match at all, and even revealed that he’s soon going to make a debut as a Norwegian rap artist!

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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