With less than two months to go before the 2018 World Championship match begins in London, Magnus Carlsen spoke to Norwegian media at his training camp in the Kragerø Resort southwest of Oslo. He was hoping the pressure of playing a match for the first time will tell on Fabiano Caruana, but had no illusions it was going to be easy, describing Fabi as a player he’s long felt had “the strength to be almost at my level”.

Magnus describes Fabiano Caruana as, “on paper the absolute worst World Championship opponent”, meaning the one most likely to pose him problems. He comments:

…I’ve long felt that Caruana has the strength to be almost at my level, but he hasn’t been stable enough. This year he’s been very stable, and it’s meant that he’s approached my rating and qualified for a battle that’s going to be very tough…

So what will Magnus do other than attempt to get off to a fast start? Well, understandably he wasn’t going into any details, but he did give an indication of what he wasn’t planning to do. When asked if he would adapt his game to his opponent’s style, he commented:

It’s difficult to do and also not so wise. I think I should be able to dictate the game rather than focusing too much on him. I know a little about what he’s good and bad at, but I don’t want to adjust too much, because then I won’t be playing to my own strengths.

Magnus is one of the few top players skipping the Olympiad, but he’s expected to play in the European Club Cup in October, while he’s also planning a trip to London to check out the venue and decide where to stay. Before the match he’ll have one more training camp, “somewhere warmer than Kragerø”. That narrows things down!

read more at chess24.com

Nov 11, 2019

Levon Aronian has won the inaugural Superbet Rapid & Blitz

Levon Aronian has won the inaugural Superbet Rapid and Blitz and almost guaranteed himself a place in the London Grand Chess Tour finals after beating Sergey Karjakin in a playoff. It was a bitter end for Karjakin, whose missed win in the final round deprived him of any chances of going to London. Vishy Anand is now well-placed to book a ticket through the final event in his native India, while the main stars in Romania were perhaps the wild cards Anton Korobov, Le Quang Liem and Vladislav Artemiev, even if it was a day too far for Anton.

Going into the Superbet Rapid & Blitz Levon Aronian was the only player in the field to have won a Grand Chess Tour event this year (the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz), and in fact apart from Levon only Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana had ever won a Grand Chess Tour tournament in its 4-year history. He started the final day in 2nd place, a point behind Korobov and half a point ahead of Le Quang Liem, but after beating both those players in the first three rounds, along with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, he’d opened up a 2-point lead over Korobov and a resurgent Vishy Anand.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the Superbet Rapid & Blitz games with computer analysis on chess24
  • Boris Becker plays Caruana at Superbet opening
  • Superbet GCT Day 1: Anish Giri a.k.a. Mikhail Tal
  • Superbet GCT Day 2: Korobov takes over
  • Superbet GCT Day 3: Korobov is rapid king
  • Superbet GCT Day 4: Le Quang Liem on a rampage
Jan 12, 2017

3 Tips To Attack In Chess

The ability to attack successfully is a necessary skill for the ambitious chess player. Here are three tips to help you with launching your attacks:

  • Try to involve as many pieces as possible into the attack. The more pieces you have lined up against your opponent’s king, the more likely your attack is to succeed.
  • Choose an actual target for your attack. Instead of randomly placing your pieces on the kingside, choose a specific pawn or square to concentrate your attack against. Look for weaknesses (squares that cannot be protected by a pawn) and maneuver your pieces to directly exploit them.
  • Exchange key defensive pieces. While the attacking side should generally try to avoid exchanges in order to keep more attacking forces on the board, sometimes the most effective attacking idea is to first trade off your opponent’s main defensive piece. Is one bishop defending all the critical squares? Trade that bishop off and leave your opponent with a weak color complex.

The attack is one of the most critical elements of a chess game. By following these three principles, you will soon be checkmating your opponents in future games.


Jul 11, 2016

Dronavalli leads at the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix

Indian Grand Master Harika Dronavalli hung on to her lead at the top of the table with 5.5 points after the eighth round of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix chess tournament here on Sunday.

Harika, who played with black pieces against Bulgarian Grandmaster and former Women’s World Champion Stefanova Antoaneta, regained equality at an early stage of the game itself and held on to it to grab another half a point.

“Both of us landed in unknown territory at the very start,” said Harika. “But I stabilised quickly and started pushing for a win. My opponent decided to play it safe and repeated her moves to force a draw,” the disappointed Hyderabadi added.

The table didn’t see any changes on Sunday, with all six games ending in draws. The world’s top 12 players are in fray for the top prize, including India’s other Grand Master Koneru Humpy who shared a point with Pia Cramling of Sweden.

Harika, who is seeded fourth in the tournament, will face Khotenashvili Bela of Georgia in the ninth round on Tuesday, with Monday being a rest day.

She just needs to keep her wits about in three more rounds to script one of her biggest victories at the world level.