A very exciting round was played on Sunday at the Accentus GM Tournament in Biel. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Peter Svidler won their games, while Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave drew after a hard fight. That left Mamedyarov with a one-point advantage over the World Champion with three round to go.

Vachier-Lagrave worked as Magnus’s second in the last World Championship match, but their friendship didn’t stop them from playing two fighting games in Biel. In Round 7, Maxime used one of the weapons that helped him climb to the very top of the ratings list, the Najdorf. Trusting his deep knowledge in this variation, he left the usual paths and went for something a little unconventional.

The leader will have Black against MVL in the eighth round, while Carlsen will try to close the gap in the standings by beating Svidler.

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  • Official website
  • All the Biel games with computer analysis on chess24
  • Biel R1: Carlsen squeezes, Mamedyarov demolishes
  • Biel R2: Vintage Magnus wins again
  • Biel R3: Short but sweet
  • Biel R4-5: MVL scores
  • Biel R6: Shak grabs the lead
Nov 14, 2016

Carlsen: “I’ll punch him until he finally knocks over”

World Champion Magnus Carlsen was in good form at the opening press conference of the 2016 FIDE World Chess Championship in the Fulton Market Building in New York. He talked up Sergey Karjakin’s resilience in defence, only to express the desire to knock him down, and answered a question on the best player in the world: “If I may be so bold, I would say myself!” Karjakin had some good lines of his own, though, as they prepare to face off tomorrow in Game 1 of the match.

The seven participants spoke first in the order in which they were seated: FIDE VP Israel Gelfer, Agon CEO Ilya Merenzon, Phosagro CEO Andrey Guryev, EG Capital Advisors’ Michael Stanton (both representing sponsors), Magnus Carlsen, Sergey Karjakin and Chief Arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos. That meant we had to wait a while to get to the players, and there were some awkward moments. Gelfer became the second person at a press conference about the match to refer to the Kasparov-Karpov match in New York in 1990, which makes it seem that the 1995 Kasparov-Anand clash on the top of the World Trade Center is being airbrushed out of history as not an “official” FIDE match.

The most substantial answer of the day was when Carlsen was asked about his opponent’s best quality:

Sergey is very well-prepared. He has studied the game very well, is very knowledgeable and, most of all, he’s extremely resilient in defence. He’s very, very good in finding resources even in difficult positions – finding positions he can defend. For me, it’s a matter of when I get the chance I’ll try to punch him until he finally knocks over!


May 08, 2019

Conclusions from 2019 GRENKE Chess Classic

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final round to win the 2019 GRENKE Chess Classic with a spectacular 7.5/9 that took him to 2875.2 on the live rating list. Afterwards Magnus commented that a 2900 rating has become at least a “half-attainable” goal. Fabiano Caruana finished 1.5 points back in clear second place, while Arkadij Naiditsch took third with a last round victory over Georg Meier.

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
  • Keymer vs. Carlsen in GRENKE Classic Round 1
  • GRENKE Chess 1: Carlsen “outlasts” Keymer
  • GRENKE Chess 2: Carlsen’s “once in a lifetime” win
  • GRENKE Chess 3: Svidler catches Carlsen
  • GRENKE Chess 4: Vishy joins Magnus
  • GRENKE Chess 5: 14-year-old Keymer grabs first win
  • GRENKE Chess 6: Carlsen opens up a 1-point lead
  • GRENKE Chess 7: Carlsen crushes Aronian
  • GRENKE Chess 8: Magnus leaves trail of destruction
Dec 11, 2021

Magnus Carlsen Wins 5th World Championship Title

Magnus Carlsen remains World Chess Champion after beating Ian Nepomniachtchi in Dubai with a crushing 7.5:3.5 scoreline. Ian blundered in a drawish position, but our commentators felt it was deliberate or subconscious chess suicide, since a draw would have meant a mission impossible — the Russian needing to win all three of the remaining games. Magnus has now held the title since beating Vishy Anand in 2013, and he’ll have spent a decade as the champ when he next has to defend his title in 2023. GOAT? “I think there’s still some way to go, but I’m not done with my chess career yet!”

Magnus has now won five World Championship matches, compared to Garry’s six, and at a rating of 2865 after the match (61 points ahead of 2nd place Firouzja) is again rated higher than Garry’s peak rating. Where Kasparov still holds the edge is having been the no. 1 for almost a decade longer. The 13th World Chess Champion himself commented.

What next? Well, the World Rapid and Blitz Championship has hastily been rearranged to take place in Warsaw, Poland from December 26-30 after COVID restrictions made holding it in Kazakhstan impossible. Magnus described his bid to gain the triple crown of classical, rapid and blitz World Champion as a way to celebrate his victory in the match.

He’s going to have plenty of players celebrating with him!

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