Vladislav Artemiev moved above Vladimir Kramnik to no. 13 on the live rating list after a beautiful victory over Zbynek Hracek in Round 8 of the European Individual Chess Championship in Skopje. It also took him into the joint lead on 6.5/8, with three rounds to go, level with Maxim Rodshtein, Kacper Piorun, Nils Grandelius and 17-year-old Andrey Esipenko. Esipenko’s victims have included Igor Kovalenko and Boris Gelfand.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis here on chess24
  • European Championships 1-5: Four leaders
Dec 07, 2020

Chinese no. 1 Ding Liren on the Danzhou Super-GM tournament

Chinese no. 1 Ding Liren leads the 11th edition of the Danzhou Super-GM tournament at the half-way stage after following up a Round 1 loss to Richard Rapport by beating Wei Yi, Wang Hao, Alexander Grischuk and Anish Giri. The event is being held online, but with the Chinese players all gathered together in one venue. The same was true of the “Belt and Road” women’s tournament which, for a second year in a row, was won by women’s no. 1 Hou Yifan.

The tournament in Danzhou, a city on the South China Sea island of Hainan, was first held as a Chinese supertournament in 2010. Since its fifth edition in 2014 it’s been pitting the best Chinese players against strong foreign players, and on paper this year’s 11th edition is one of the strongest yet.

Another Chinese event to switch from over-the-board to online was the 2nd edition of the Belt and Road Women’s Summit that was first held in Xi’an in 2019. Back then it was an 8-player 25+10 rapid tournament, while this year it was a 10-player event at a faster 15+5 time control. Once again, however, the Chinese players were on site in Xi’an!

The Danzhou Super-GM event resumes on Monday at 9:30 CET.

Dec 13, 2020

Hikaru Nakamura has won the Speed Chess Championship

Hikaru Nakamura has won the chess.com Speed Chess Championship after blowing Maxime Vachier-Lagrave away with a 7.5/8 burst at the end. It was the 3rd Speed Chess title in a row for Hikaru, but the first time he’d won the event when Magnus Carlsen played. Maxime showed the same level of play that had enabled him to knock Magnus out in the semi-final, with the final 18.5:12.5 scoreline little reflection of the fierce battle we witnessed. Maxime even took the lead in the bullet section, but summed up that Hikaru, “deserved to win and played more consistently”.

The next big online tournament will be the second stage of the Champions Chess Tour, starting on December 26th here on chess24. We can expect the likes of Nakamura, MVL, Wesley So and Magnus Carlsen to be in action in an event that will stretch into the new year.

See also:

  • Magnus Carlsen vs. Parham Maghsoodloo | All the games
  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs. Nihal Sarin | All the games
  • Alireza Firouzja vs. Vladimir Fedoseev | All the games
  • Wesley So vs. Nodirbek Abdusattorov | All the games
  • Ian Nepomniachtchi vs. Levon Aronian | All the games
  • Nakamura vs. Martirosyan | All the games
  • Caruana vs. Duda | All the games
  • Giri vs. Artemiev | All the games
  • So vs. Duda | All the games
  • Aronian vs. MVL | All the games
  • Carlsen vs. Artemiev | All the games
  • Nakamura vs. Fedoseev | All the games
  • Nakamura vs. So | All the games
  • Carlsen vs. MVL | All the games
  • Nakamura vs. MVL | All the games
  • Magnus Carlsen starts Speed Chess campaign today
  • Carlsen demolishes Maghsoodloo 24:5
  • Fedoseev shocks Firouzja in Speed Chess
  • Wesley So brushes aside Abdusattorov 18:10
  • Aronian beats Nepo to set up MVL quarterfinal
  • Duda blows Caruana away in bullet chess
  • Artemiev defeats Giri to set up Carlsen showdown
  • MVL beats Aronian to reach Carlsen or Artemiev Speed Chess semi-final
  • Carlsen and Nakamura remain on Speed Chess collision course
  • MVL beats Carlsen to set up Speed Chess final against Nakamura

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Jan 18, 2021

Tata Steel Masters

Nils Grandelius is the only player on a perfect 2/2 in the Tata Steel Masters after he scored an effortless win with the black pieces over Jan-Krzysztof Duda in Round 2. The only other player to win was Fabiano Caruana, who found some brilliant moves to put late replacement Alexander Donchenko to the sword in a game analysed by Jan Gustafsson. Magnus Carlsen headed the list of players frustrated by draws as he couldn’t quite squeeze out a win in a 6-hour marathon against David Anton.

World no. 2 Fabiano Caruana on Sunday showed the kind of play that saw him destroy the field in the 2020 Tata Steel Masters as he picked up his first win of 2021. His German opponent Alexander Donchenko repeated a line in which Fabi had got into difficulty in the Yekaterinburg Candidates Tournament against Anish Giri, but the US star came prepared with the novelty 11…a6. Alexander spent 10 minutes before going for an aggressive pawn push, but his continued ambition would eventually backfire as Caruana smoothly refuted those aggressive intentions.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the Tata Steel Masters games with computer analysis
  • Carlsen opens up about retirement before 17th Wijk aan Zee appearance 
  • Wojtaszek on Wijk aan Zee
  • Carlsen-Firouzja as Tata Steel starts with a bang
  • Duda on Wijk aan Zee