At the age of 26 Sam Shankland suddenly stopped being a “solid 2650 grandmaster” to win the 2018 US Championship ahead of Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura. That catapulted him into the 2700 club, and he followed up with a string of results that have taken him into the world top 25. It’s fascinating, therefore, to hear a recent lecture at the Los Angeles Chess Club where he talks about what changed, his ambitions for the future and what separates Magnus Carlsen from the rest.

At the start of the hour long lecture on February 16th 2019 in the Los Angeles Chess Club, Sam comments, “I’d like to inspire the next generation of American players and I hope I can touch some hearts today!” He then analyses the last round win over Awonder Liang that made him the 2018 US Champion, before going on to take questions from the audience. You can watch the whole video below:

Sam will attempt to defend his US Championship title in Saint Louis later this month, but first he’s playing in the inaugural Prague Chess Festival Masters that starts at 15:00 CET on Tuesday 6th March. You can follow all the games here on chess24!

See also:

  • Los Angeles Chess Club
  • Sam Shankland’s chess24 profile
  • Report on Sam Shankland winning the 2018 US Championship
Oct 11, 2019

Teimour Radjabov is winner of the 2019 FIDE World Cup

Teimour Radjabov, one of the almost forgotten men of modern chess, has scored the greatest triumph of his career by beating top seed Ding Liren in tiebreaks to win the 2019 FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk. World Champion Magnus Carlsen called the Azerbaijan grandmaster “an absolutely deserved winner” after Teimour ended a sequence of draws by winning both 5-minute blitz games against Ding Liren. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave said it was “very good to end on a high note” after he snatched third place by outplaying Yu Yangyi in the first two games of day.

And here’s our incredibly high-powered commentary on the final day. For Game 1 Jan Gustafsson was joined by 8-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler before World Champion Magnus Carlsen commentated from Game 2 onwards:

And on that note, it’s time to end our coverage of the 2019 FIDE World Cup. We hope you enjoyed it and will stick around for all the upcoming events, including, of course, the chess24 Banter Blitz Cup!

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the 2019 World Cup games with computer analysis on chess24
  • Khanty World Cup 1.1: Rise of the teen stars
  • Khanty World Cup 1.2: A Svidler masterpiece
  • Khanty World Cup Round 1 Tiebreaks: Shankland & Adams out
  • Khanty World Cup 2.1: Nakamura and Wei Yi lose
  • Khanty World Cup 2.2: Naka out as Firouzja stars
  • Khanty World Cup Round 2 Tiebreaks: Giri survives Armageddon
  • Khanty World Cup 3.1: Seven on the brink
  • Khanty World Cup 3.2: No way back
  • Khanty World Cup Round 3 Tiebreaks: Xiong knocks out Giri
  • Khanty World Cup 4.1: A bad day for the USA
  • Khanty World Cup 4.2: So, Svidler and Nepo out
  • Khanty World Cup Round 4 Tiebreaks: Xiong wins thriller
  • Khanty World Cup QF 1: Who wants to win an exchange?
  • Khanty World Cup QF 2: Ding & Radjabov reach semifinals
  • Khanty World Cup QF Tiebreaks: Aronian & Vitiugov crash out
  • Khanty World Cup SF: Radjabov crushes MVL’s dream
  • Khanty World Cup SF Tiebreaks: Ding Liren does it again
  • Khanty World Cup Final 1: A normal day
  • Khanty World Cup Final 2: Ding Liren strikes
  • Khanty World Cup Final 3: Never write off Radjabov!
  • Khanty World Cup Final 4: Tiebreaks it is!
Jan 06, 2017

Susan Polgar is committed to inspiring more girls in chess

Very few women play chess, and no wonder,” Webster University chess coach Susan Polgar said. “When a woman goes into a chess club, she’s the only one. It’s an unnatural and unhealthy social environment when you are a minority in a certain group.

Chess is a game long dominated by men. The world champions have always been men. The Grandmaster title — the highest title in the game — is carried by more than 1,500 men and just 33 women. Two years ago, Chess.com created an imaginary tournament that pitted the 16 greatest chess players of all time against one another. All 16 were men.

Susan Polgar is not a man. But at 15, she catapulted to the top ranking in female chess and held a position in the top three for 23 years. She broke gender barriers — first woman to qualify for the Men’s World Championship Cycle, first to earn the Grandmaster title and first to win the U.S. Open Men’s Blitz Championship — and now, after retiring from competitive play, she hopes to bring chess to the masses of young girls who, for centuries, have been neglected by the male-dominated game.

In late October, Polgar sat before a blue-and-white chessboard in the Clayton Plaza Hotel, outside St. Louis, where she was holding her annual Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) Cup. She’s now a coach for Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri, but Polgar’s focus remains on young women. She hopes to make chess more accessible for young girls by organizing and traveling to all-female tournaments around the world: Geneva, Switzerland; Baku, Azerbaijan; Santa Clara, California.

Sitting in a room filled with long tables and chessboards, Polgar began explaining the game that shaped her life and made a young girl from Budapest the face of a female movement.

“Imagine a real-life war,” Polgar said in a soft Hungarian accent.

She’s talking about openings: the first few moves a player makes in any game.

“You have your soldiers and your tanks, your missiles — whatever tools you have to fight with, you get them ready to fight,” she said.

The game is built on initial equality: two players, two sides, 32 pieces, 64 squares, infinite moves, no flirtation with chance. But two sides are hardly ever equal. In the United States, roughly 12,000 of the 91,555 chess players rated by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) are women. It’s a numbers game — a war, if you will — and it’s one Polgar is hoping to equalize.

She began talking about her upbringing in a home that preached equality. Polgar grew up in Budapest, the oldest daughter of Laszlo Polgar, a teacher and child psychiatrist, who believed genius could be taught. Susan discovered the family chess set tucked away in a cupboard just before her fourth birthday. She loved chess, and her father patiently taught her — describing the game like a fairy tale, filled with kings and queens, horses and knights in shining armor. He believed he could help his children become prodigies.

Within months of learning the game, Polgar won the city championship for students twice her age. She began competing in tougher tournaments, with older and more experienced opponents, and she took trips to the local chess club with her father. Before she turned 10, Polgar got her first glimpse of inequality within the chess world. Men told her to go play with dolls, that women were dumber than men, that a woman’s place was in the home — not the chess club.

“Very few women play chess, and no wonder,” Polgar said. “When a woman goes into a chess club, she’s the only one. It’s an unnatural and unhealthy social environment when you are a minority in a certain group.”

The easiest way to combat the discrimination was winning. And she did plenty of that. But even in the 1980s, when Polgar competed for the Hungarian national team, a male teammate couldn’t fathom a woman earning the Grandmaster title.

“I like you. I have nothing against you,” she remembers him telling her, “but don’t make insane statements that you want to be a Grandmaster yourself. That’s impossible”

Less than a decade later, she earned the game’s highest title — the first woman to do so through conventional norms. Chess has always been a game of war for Polgar, both on and off the board, and she credits her success to a mindset she and her sisters developed early.

“It was an ‘us against the world’ mentality,” she said.

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Jun 24, 2017

Paris Grand Chess Tour, Day 3: Carlsen’s will be remembered for his outburst beginning

Magnus Carlsen won the rapid section of the Paris Grand Chess Tour, but the day will be remembered for his outburst beginning, “What do you want me to do?” when Maurice Ashley suggested the final win had been less than smooth. Elsewhere the star was Alexander Grischuk, who did win three smooth games in a row, making it five wins in his last six games. He’s just one point behind Magnus with 18 rounds of blitz to follow, though he called that a big gap, given Magnus’ “idiotic ability to win many games in a row!”

Replay all the action from the rapid section of the Paris Grand Chess Tour using the selector below. Click a result to open a game with computer analysis or hover over a player’s name to see all his results so far:

As you can see from the standings, the situation at the top could easily change in just a couple of rounds:

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24
  • Kasparov on hand for Paris Grand Chess Tour launch
  • Paris Grand Chess Tour Day 1: Carlsen and So lead
  • Paris Grand Chess Tour Day 2: Magnus breaks clear