Nazi Paikidze beat Annie Wang in Armageddon to clinch the 2018 US Women’s Chess Championship and take home the $25,000 first prize. 15-year-old Annie Wang started in fine style to win the first rapid game and had a great chance to seize the initiative in the second, but when she hesitated the momentum swung in her opponent’s favour and Paikidze went on to demonstrate the composure that saw her win her 1st title in 2016. Annie Wang took the $18,000 prize for second place, though, and is sure to be back for more!

Congratulations to the amazing Nazi Paikidze who showed true grit and determination to come back from the precipice and defeat the phenomenally impressive and cool young talent Annie Wang and win the 2018 US Women’s Chess Championship. A well deserved second title!!

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  • Official website
  • Saint Louis Chess Club website
  • All the games on chess24 with computer analysis: Open | Women
  • US Chess Championships start today
  • US Champs 1: So wins as Naka and Fabi struggle
  • US Champs 2: Fabi on fire | So & Akobian lead
  • US Champs 3: Caruana hits the front, again
  • US Champs 4-5: Caruana hits the wall
  • US Champs 6: Fabi is back but Shankland leads
  • US Champs 7: Zviad the Impaler
  • US Champs 8-9: Shankland and Wang are shock leaders
  • US Champs 10-11: Shankland in dreamland
Feb 27, 2023

Aronian has won WR Chess Masters

Levon Aronian has won the inaugural WR Chess Masters after dominating a playoff against Ian Nepomniachtchi and Gukesh. Levon had earlier made a quick draw against Gukesh in their classical game and then watched as Nepomniachtchi ground out an 82-move win on demand against Vincent Keymer to join them in the playoff. Aronian wins €40,000, while Gukesh and Nepo shared €20,000 each.

Levon Aronian had said after his Round 7 debacle against Ian Nepomniachtchi that the problem had been he came into the game without a clear game plan and had failed either to push hard for a win or to force a draw.

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Apr 28, 2021

Ian Nepomniachtchi wins the FIDE Candidates Tournament

Magnus Carlsen will face his childhood nemesis Ian Nepomniachtchi in a 14-game World Chess Championship match this November in Dubai after Ian won the FIDE Candidates Tournament with a round to spare. Nepomniachtchi’s opponent Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had to win with the black pieces but never came close, while Anish Giri lost to self-confessed “chess terrorist” Alexander Grischuk. Ian called reaching the match a “huge milestone in my career and perhaps in my life also,” but understandably never wants to play a tournament lasting over a year again.

The one player who went into Round 13 of the FIDE Candidates with an absolutely clear task was French no. 1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who knew nothing but a victory with the black pieces over tournament leader Ian Nepomniachtchi would do. Nepo wasn’t going to make it easy, and began with 1.Nf3, a move he said he had no idea what to do after himself.

Maxime went for 2…b6 and soon a double fianchetto, but it was one of the options Ian had been expecting, and the Russian gradually built up what was verging on an overwhelming position.

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  • Official website
  • FIDE Candidates Tournament games on chess24
  • FIDE Candidates Tournament stopped at halfway
  • FIDE Candidates to resume after 389 days
  • Carlsen to play 5th World Championship in Dubai this November
  • Magnus Carlsen to commentate on the Candidates
  • Jan, Laurent & Peter preview the Candidates
  • Alexander Grischuk on the FIDE Candidates
  • Candidates Round 8: Caruana stuns MVL to blow race wide open
  • Candidates Round 9: Giri back in the race
  • Candidates Round 10: Nepo closes in on match with Magnus
  • Candidates Round 11: Giri inspired as Nepo keeps Fabi at bay
  • Candidates Round 12: Giri ends Fabi’s dream | Nepo leads
Feb 23, 2017

Tehran WWCh Round 4 Tie-breakes: Harika Dronavalli wins

The tie-break of the Women’s World Chess Championship was played in Espinas Palace Hotelon February 22. Only two players Harika Dronavalli and Nana Dzagnidze returned to the venue to determine the last semifinalist in rapid and blitz games.

In the first rapid game Harika Dronavalli sacrificed a pawn but got enough compensation by keeping a pair of bishops and getting some space advantage. Nana Dzagnidze transfered the game into the rook ending, which computer estimates as an equalone. “Most probably Nana could have made a draw but I think it was easier for me to play this ending”, said Harika at the post-game interview.

For the second time during this match Nana was in a must-win situation but this time Harika didn’t give any chance for her opponent. The final position in the seocnd game was winning for Indian player but she prefered to force a draw, which garanteed her a place in the semifinal.

Four players continue competing for the chess crown: Tan Zhongyi (China) faces Harika Dronavalli (India), and Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia) meets Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine). These matches consist of two games with the following time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30 bonus seconds after each move. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

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  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24