Alina Kashlinskaya beat Pauline Guichard in Round 6 to take the sole lead before the only rest day in the 2019 European Women’s Individual Chess Championship in Antalya, Turkey. The top seed in the 130-player event is Aleksandra Goryachkina, with the players competing for a top prize of 10,000 euros as well as 14 places in the next Women’s World Cup. Perhaps the most memorable moment so far was Maria Gevorgyan castling illegally and going on to beat Deimante Cornette.

The 2019 European Women’s Championship in Antalya has had some of the best coverage we’ve seen yet for an official European event. There’s been live commentary each day from hosts GM Ioannis Papaioannou and IM Can Arduman, as well as regular guest appearances by the likes of GM Ivan Sokolov and IM Eva Repka.

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  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24
Apr 09, 2021

Firouzja Wins 2021 Bullet Chess Championship

GM Alireza Firouzja has won the 2021 Bullet Chess Championship presented by SIG. The Iranian super-GM first eliminated top favorite GM Hikaru Nakamura in the semifinals and then was too strong for GM Andrew Tang in the final.

The Bullet Chess Championship presented by SIG was held April 5-7 on Chess.com with the very best bullet players on the planet. Only World Champion Magnus Carlsen was missing from an otherwise star-studded field. Firouzja earned $10,000 for his first place.

The 2021 Bullet Chess Championship was presented by Susquehanna International Group, LLP (SIG). SIG is a global quantitative trading firm founded with a growth mindset and an analytical approach to decision-making. As one of the largest proprietary trading firms in the world, SIG benefits the financial markets by providing liquidity and ensuring competitive prices for buyers and sellers. SIG brings together the brightest minds, the best technology, and an expansive library of industry data to design and implement qualitative trading strategies that make it leaders in the financial markets. Beyond trading, SIG is active in global private equity, structured capital, and institutional brokerage.

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Jun 30, 2016

Learning from chess studies

How much can you learn from a chess study or problem? Not to improve your solving skills, but for your over-the-board tournament play? Many chess players are suspicious, believing that outlandish positions and tricky solutions are of little use to their general skills. But many studies are quite useful and solving them will show you ideas and manoeuvres that will be genuinely useful in your practical play.

This, incidentally, is also true of endgame databases: trying to win a won position against the perfect defence of a computer, or watching it win such a position itself, will involve seeing a lot of preposterous moves. Watch, for instance, the computer force the defending king away from the back rank to win a queen vs rook endgame. But quite often you will encounter moves the like of which you have never seen before. And during a tournament game you may hit upon a situation that requires exactly that kind of move.diagram42-avni

But back to studies. Here is a prize-winner we spotted in the July edition of the British magazine CHESS, which we ask you to explore for yourself. Note that the composer is not our dear friend Pal Benko – there is a one-letter difference to the author, who also hails from Hungary.

A brief look at the position brings a few key factors to light: Black, who has an overwhelming force, is restricted to moving his queen back and forth between a8 and b8, since any other move will lead to immediate Ra7 mate. But how can White profit from this, and make any progress, enough to actually win?

One idea might occur to you: if the black queen is on b7, White can check on the sixth rank, forcing the black king to a5, and then attack with the rook from a1 or a2. But of course the white king needs to be out of the way and safe from refuting checks by the black queen. But how to do this? The correct path is convoluted and subtle, but it’s the only way to win.

Well, here’s the deal: you, dear readers, are invited to try to solve the above problem by yourselves, ideally first with just a chess board and pieces, then together with a chess engine. You will find a surprisingly complex manoeuvre is required to execute the above plan, and finding all the subtlties will do absolutely no harm to your general playing strength in over the board chess.

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Apr 01, 2016

Karjakin is Magnus Carlsen’s challenger

Sergey Karjakin is Magnus Carlsen’s challenger for the World Championship title after winning the Moscow Candidates Tournament by a full point. Since then he’s been swept up in a whirl of media appearances, including giving numerous interviews to the Russian press. We take a look at some of his comments on the key moments of the tournament, his preparation and his expectations for the match against Carlsen this November.

Sergey Karjakin’s final tournament before the Candidates was the Tata Steel Masters in Wijk aan Zee. After that he took a leaf from Magnus Carlsen’s playbook and headed for somewhere warmer – the United Arab Emirates, it later turned out – to prepare, giving the occasional hint on social media.
Karjakin on his Candidates Tournament triumph
Karjakin: It was very important to build up a certain number of ideas, because without surprises for your opponents it’s almost impossible to win such a tournament. In order to do that it was absolutely necessary to hold a training camp, especially as I also had to get some rest and store up energy. The United Arab Emirates was very well suited to those goals. The weather was around +30 and the work went great. By the way, I can already announce my “secret” fourth second – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

In that case can you also announce your “non-secret” ones!

Yury Dokhoian, Vladimir Potkin and Alexander Motylev. We did a great job, stored up some ideas and, at the same time, relaxed. I arrived in Moscow in top condition!

It’s always like that – you use a small part of what you’ve prepared. But at the same time, I managed to pose big opening problems to Anand, who’s famous for his preparation, and in some other games as well. Perhaps they weren’t so spectacular, but in terms of the opening I got good positions, and that boosted my confidence. Of course the good start to the tournament also did that. (RCF)

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