Sam Shankland resigned in a drawn position in Round 11 of the Tata Steel Masters, enabling Anish Giri to catch Magnus Carlsen with only two rounds to go. The other big result for the title race was Ian Nepomniachtchi beating Vladimir Fedoseev to move into clear second place. Vladimir Kramnik finally picked up his first win of the event against Jorden van Foreest, but Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is still winless and has plummeted out of the 2800 club and dropped to world no. 5 after losing to Vidit with the white pieces.

That leaves the standings as follows with just two rounds to go:

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24: Masters | Challengers
  • Tata Steel Chess 2019 Preview
  • Tata Steel 2019, 1: Nepo and Anand snatch early lead
  • Tata Steel 2019, 2: The Dutch strike back
  • Tata Steel 2019, 3: Nepo beats Kramnik to lead
  • Tata Steel 2019, 4: Giri and Vidit win
  • Tata Steel 2019, 5: Magnus breaks the streak
  • Tata Steel 2019, 6: Carlsen and Giri hit the front
  • Tata Steel 2019, 7: Insane chess
  • Tata Steel 2019, 8: Carlsen and Anand take the lead
  • Tata Steel 2019, 9: Nepo catches Magnus and Vishy
  • Tata Steel 2019, 10: Vintage Carlsen beats Anand
Jul 23, 2023

Ju Wenjun defends Women’s World Championship title

 Ju Wenjun (32) claimed her fourth Women’s World Champion title after clinching a crucial victory in the decisive, final, 12th game of the match against challenger Lei Tingjie

With this victory, Ju has now equalled the record set by her compatriot Hou Yifan, both having won the world crown four times. Apart from defending the title, Ju also won €300,000 in prize money, while €200,000 went to the runner-up Lei Tingjie.

Arkady Dvorkovich, the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) congratulated Ju on her victory: “To win a world crown is an amazing success, but to do it for a fourth consecutive time as Ju Wenjun did is something else. Congratulations to Ju for her victory but also to Lei for putting up a great fight. The chess world has another fantastic memorable event, and it was great to be a witness to it”.

About the Match

The match takes place in two Chinese cities, where each of the contestants comes from. The first half of the match will be in Shanghai, while the second half takes place in Chongqing.

The match consists of 12 games of classical chess. The payers will have 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 more minutes for the rest of the game, plus a 30-second increment per move starting on move one.

Players cannot offer a draw before they reach the 41st move.

In case of a tie, there will be the following tiebreaks:

Four games with a 25+10 time control.

Two games with a 5+3 time control.

Two more games with a 5+3 time control.

One game with a 3+2 time control, until a winner is determined.

The prize fund is €500,000, with €300,000 going to the winner and the remaining €200,000 to the runner-up.

If the outcome of the match is decided upon tiebreaks, the winner will take €275,000, while the runner-up will receive €225,000.

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Feb 01, 2020

Paravyan & Tan Zhongyi win 2020 Gibraltar Masters

21-year-old Russian Grandmaster David Paravyan is the surprise winner of the 2020 Gibraltar Masters after defeating Andrey Esipenko and Wang Hao in tiebreaks. Seven players had tied for first place on 7.5/10 but only four could battle it out for the £30,000 top prize, with Mustafa Yilmaz, David Navara and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave all missing out – in MVL’s case by a single performance rating point! China’s Tan Zhongyi took the women’s top prize of £20,000 after beating French Champion Maxime Lagarde to reach 7/10.

21 players went into the final round of the 2020 Gibraltar Masters with a chance of first place, but it could all have been so different. In the penultimate round former World Junior Champion Parham Maghsoodloo sacrificed his queen for a second day in a row, but this time all it earned him was a lost position against 17-year-old Russian Grandmaster Andrey Esipenko. If Andrey had converted his advantage he’d have gone into the final round with a half-point lead, and only Wang Hao, David Paravyan and Mustafa Yilmaz would still have been able to catch him.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the Gibraltar Masters games with computer analysis
  • Gibraltar Masters 1-6: Praggnanandhaa topples Topalov
  • Gibraltar Masters 7-8: Mamedyarov drops out
Jul 05, 2021

Goldmoney Asian Rapid Winner is Levon Aronian

Levon Aronian needed just two games and under an hour and a half of play to clinch victory over Vladislav Artemiev and take the $30,000 top prize in the Goldmoney Asian Rapid. Levon’s spectacular final win was a fitting end to an event where he’d also won the Preliminary stage, to take home the maximum number of tour points. The fight for 3rd place was also one-sided, but with a twist. Ding Liren hit back to win the second day’s rapid chess 3:0 before Magnus Carlsen took over in blitz to clinch the match.

Levon Aronian is set to switch to the United States Chess Federation after the FIDE World Cup, so it was appropriate that he won his first event on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour on US Independence Day. Magnus Carlsen would later joke when asked if he was happy for his friend.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the Goldmoney Asian Rapid and will stick around for all the other chess action coming up!

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Goldmoney Asian Rapid games with computer analysis: Prelims, Knockout
  • Hou Yifan joins Magnus Carlsen for Goldmoney Asian Rapid
  • Carlsen starts Goldmoney Asian Rapid against Firouzja, Hou Yifan & So
  • Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 1: Carlsen hits back after Firouzja stumble
  • Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 2: Aronian and Ding lead
  • Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 3: Aronian triumphs, faces 17-year-old Erigaisi
  • Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 4: Carlsen & Artemiev lead
  • Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 5: Carlsen & Aronian scrape into semis after playoffs
  • Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 6: Carlsen & Ding strike
  • Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 7: Aronian & Artemiev stun Carlsen & Ding
  • Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 8: Aronian leads final