Magnus Carlsen has won the top tournament in Wijk aan Zee for a record 7th time after drawing the final game against Anish Giri to finish on 9/13. He described his performance as “very professional” if not “sparkling”, but apart from Giri no-one ran him close. With little left to play for there were draws elsewhere, with only Jorden van Foreest and Vladimir Kramnik committing different kinds of chess suicide to lose to Richard Rapport and Sam Shankland and finish in last place. Vladislav Kovalev will play the Masters next year after winning the Challengers with a brilliant 10/13.

So that’s all for the 2019 Tata Steel Chess tournament! We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage, and fortunately there’s no need to despair about a lack of top-level chess. The Gibraltar Masters is entering the finishing straight, with the action beginning at 15:00 CET each day.

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
  • Tata Steel 2019, 11: Shankland commits hara-Giri
  • Tata Steel 2019, 12: A Carlsen-Giri showdown
Nov 22, 2016

World Chess Championship Game 8: The Winner is… Karjakin!

Sergey Karjakin is four games away from becoming World Chess Champion after winning Game 8 with the black pieces. An extraordinary encounter saw Magnus Carlsen again and again tempt fate by playing for a win until he blundered in a time scramble.

When Karjakin returned the favour it seemed the story would be another Carlsen escape, but the position computers were claiming was a draw proved treacherous for a human to play. Karjakin found a brilliant path to victory and Magnus later stormed from the press conference in a rage. Match on!

After seven draws you could sense the World Champion’s frustration was growing by the day, and in Game 8 he seemed determined to win with the white pieces at all costs – to the degree that our commentators wondered at one point if he wouldn’t prefer to lose than to draw.

Since this is chess, and Magnus, that aggression wasn’t immediately obvious to the untrained eye. Carlsen followed Karjakin in switching to 1.d4, and went for the unassuming Colle-Zukertort system where White puts bishops on b2 and d3.

The end was incredibly abrupt – 52.h4 a2! resigns


Nov 10, 2021

Firouzja wins Grand Swiss

18-year-old Alireza Firouzja has won the FIDE Grand Swiss, qualified for his 1st Candidates Tournament and taken home the top prize of $70,000 after drawing his last round game against Grigoriy Oparin. There were draws on the top 13 boards, as Fabiano Caruana claimed the 2nd spot in the Candidates, while Oparin, Yu, Keymer, MVL, Predke and Shirov qualified for the Grand Prix. In the women’s event Elisabeth Paehtz took 2nd place behind Lei Tingjie on a day she also earned the grandmaster title.

Alireza Firouzja is still on course to become the youngest undisputed World Chess Champion in history after qualifying for the 2022 Candidates Tournament. If he wins the Candidates he has the potential to challenge Magnus Carlsen or Ian Nepomniachtchi to a match in 2023 and, at the age of 19 or 20, smash the record of 22 years old set by Garry Kasparov and matched by Magnus — Ruslan Ponomariov won the FIDE title at the age of 18 in 2002, but in a knockout format at a time when Vladimir Kramnik held the title that mattered.

lireza did it in style, taking sole first place in the Grand Swiss and the $70,000 top prize with a 2855 rating performance that saw him gain 11.5 rating points to move up to world no. 5. In fact his 2781.5 rating would be rounded up to Ian Nepomniachtchi’s 2782 and he’d take 4th place if the official rating list was published today. That’s academic, however, since he’ll now play for France in the European Team Championship that starts on Friday in Slovenia, so his rating is set to shift again.

See also:

  • Official website
  • Watch all the Grand Swiss games: Open | Women
  • Nakamura, Vidit withdraw as Grand Swiss goes ahead despite lockdown
  • Grand Swiss Round 1: Caruana and Firouzja strike
  • Grand Swiss Round 2: Firouzja world no. 6 as Caruana misses win
  • Grand Swiss Round 3: Firouzja’s rampage continues
  • Grand Swiss Round 4: Firouzja and Lei Tingjie sole leaders
  • Grand Swiss Round 5: Shirov and Najer catch Firouzja
  • Grand Swiss Round 6: MVL and Sasikiran catch the leaders
  • Grand Swiss Round 7: Firouzja powers towards Candidates
  • Grand Swiss Round 8: Firouzja climbs to world no. 4
  • Grand Swiss Round 9: Caruana takes down Firouzja
  • Grand Swiss Round 10: Firouzja a draw away from the Candidates
Nov 05, 2020

Ding Liren is the first of 16 players to be confirmed for the Skilling Open

Ding Liren is the first of 16 players to be confirmed for the Skilling Open, the opening event of the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour that starts on November 22nd. The Chinese world no. 3 reached the Final 4 of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour and will be one of the favourites for the new 10-tournament season. That’s not all, as Ding Liren will today take on chess24 Premium users in a Banter Blitz session starting at 15:00 CET!

Ding Liren, playing from behind the Great Firewall of China, had the most internet problems of any player on the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour, with one of the most memorable moments of the whole tour coming when Magnus sacrificed his queen on move 3 to compensate for a loss by disconnect.

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