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
Jun 17, 2021

Banter Blitz Cup final

Gukesh, fresh from his Gelfand Challenge triumph, takes on Johan Sebastian Christiansen today as the San Fermin Banter Blitz Cup qualifiers continue. The D Qualifier also sees the likes of Baadur Jobava and 14-year-old Grandmaster Marc’Andria Maurizzi in action. They’re fighting to join the already qualified Adhiban, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Liem Quang Le in an 8-player final that will decide a player in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour and also next month’s San Fermin festival in Pamplona, where World Champion Magnus Carlsen plays.

The month-long Banter Blitz Cup qualifying features eight 8-player knockouts, and with the D Qualifier starting today we reach the midway point. As you can see, it’s quite a line-up, with today’s quarterfinals including some real prodigies: 15-year-old Gukesh holds the record as the 2nd youngest grandmaster of all time, 14-year-old Maurizzi recently became the youngest ever French Grandmaster and 20-year-old Polina Shuvalova was the 2019 World Girls Junior Champion.

The likes of dancing chess genius Baadur Jobava and Argentinian no. 1 and Meltwater Champions Chess Tour player Alan Pichot require no introduction.

The schedule for today, Wednesday June 16th, is as follows (all times CEST).

  • 15:00: Christiansen vs. Gukesh
  • 17:00: Cheparinov vs. Shuvalova
  • 19:00: Jobava vs. Santos
  • 21:00: Pichot vs. Maurizzi

Tune into the D Qualifier matches from 15:00 CEST right here on chess24!

See also:

  • All the Banter Blitz Cup games: A Qualifier, B Qualifier, C Qualifier, D Qualifier
  • Shankland and Anton knocked out of Banter Blitz Cup
Apr 09, 2021

Firouzja Wins 2021 Bullet Chess Championship

GM Alireza Firouzja has won the 2021 Bullet Chess Championship presented by SIG. The Iranian super-GM first eliminated top favorite GM Hikaru Nakamura in the semifinals and then was too strong for GM Andrew Tang in the final.

The Bullet Chess Championship presented by SIG was held April 5-7 on Chess.com with the very best bullet players on the planet. Only World Champion Magnus Carlsen was missing from an otherwise star-studded field. Firouzja earned $10,000 for his first place.

The 2021 Bullet Chess Championship was presented by Susquehanna International Group, LLP (SIG). SIG is a global quantitative trading firm founded with a growth mindset and an analytical approach to decision-making. As one of the largest proprietary trading firms in the world, SIG benefits the financial markets by providing liquidity and ensuring competitive prices for buyers and sellers. SIG brings together the brightest minds, the best technology, and an expansive library of industry data to design and implement qualitative trading strategies that make it leaders in the financial markets. Beyond trading, SIG is active in global private equity, structured capital, and institutional brokerage.

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Jun 15, 2021

Mamedyarov wins the Superbet Chess Classic trophy

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov took a quick draw against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final round to clinch first place in the Superbet Chess Classic along with the $90,000 top prize. The Azerbaijan no. 1 finished a full point ahead of Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk and Wesley So in 2nd place. Caruana-Deac was by far the longest game of the day, but Fabiano Caruana couldn’t improve a disappointing tournament, while MVL finished last before heading to his home city this weekend for the Paris Rapid & Blitz.

The Superbet Chess Classic ended as it began, with all five games drawn, which left the final table looking as follows — click on any game to open it with computer analysis, or hover over a name to see all of a player’s results.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 1: Giri’s gamble almost backfires
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 2: Deac shocks MVL
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 3: Lupulescu stuns Giri
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 4: So & Grischuk snatch lead
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 5: Shakh attack!
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 6: Grischuk & Mamedyarov extend lead
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 7: Shakh strikes again
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 8: Shakh on the brink