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!
Dec 23, 2019

Magnus Carlsen beat his own record to win the Tata Steel Chess India

Magnus Carlsen beat his own record to win the Tata Steel Chess India title with 27 points, four points clear of second-placed Hikaru Nakamura. It wasn’t quite as easy as it sounds, since the World Champion described the start, when he was suffering from a stomach bug, as “pretty brutal”. It was also a brutal day for Vishy Anand, who lost the battle to qualify for London after blundering against Vidit and losing on time in a better position against Anish Giri. It’s MVL who will now join Magnus, Ding Liren and Levon Aronian in the $350,000 Grand Chess Tour finals next week.

On the surface this was just Magnus doing Magnus things. His +2 score on the final day was enough to set a new record for a Grand Chess Tour rapid and blitz event of 27 points out of a possible 36:

See also:

  • Official website
  • Grand Chess Tour page
  • All the Tata Steel India Rapid & Blitz games with computer analysis
  • Tata Steel India Rapid & Blitz kicks off in Kolkata
  • Tata Steel India Day 1: Magnus back on top
  • Tata Steel India Day 2: Magnus rapid no. 1 again
  • Tata Steel India Day 3: The Carlsen exhibition
  • Tata Steel India Day 4: A “solid” 5-point lead

 

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 21, 2020

Benoni Defence! ‘One of the most aggressive openings against 1.d4’

In a brand new video series for chess24, GM Romain Edouard, a member of the French Olympic team and a former second of Veselin Topalov, offers you a full repertoire for one of the most dynamic replies to 1.d4: The Benoni Defense!

Romain Edouard, a member of the French Olympic team and a former second of Veselin Topalov, offers you a full repertoire for one of the most dynamic replies to 1.d4: The Benoni Defense!

Goals
Master the Benoni Defense and play for a win as Black vs. 1.d4.

Play the Benoni