With almost all competitive over-the-board chess cancelled for what seems like months to come, it’s a perfect time to work on your chess openings! German Grandmaster, Magnus Carlsen second and all-round openings guru Jan Gustafsson is back with another season of his Opening Clinic, in which he aims to answer all the chess opening questions of chess24 Premium members.

If you’ve got the time now to work on a complete opening repertoire you may want to check out Jan’s Lifetime Repertoires: Jan Gustafsson’s 1.e4 e5 with our friends at Chessable, or for a solid and healthy complete repertoire here on chess24 you might also enjoy Jon Ludvig Hammer’s Play 1.e4: A Complete White Repertoire and his new Hammer’s Openings for Black.

Jan’s Opening Clinic is your chance to ask an expert about any chess opening topic that bothers you, whether it’s a specific line of your favourite opening or you need some general advice on how to approach one of the toughest parts of chess.

The format is simple:

  • Go Premium, if you’re not already – the voucher code STAYATHOME will give you 40% off!
  • Leave a question for Jan in the comments section under this article – one per person, please, so Jan will be able to answer them all
  • Catch Jan’s weekly updates on our Shows page, where he’ll answer a batch of around 10 questions each week. The first show is provisionally planned for release this Friday 8th April

If you’re new to the Opening Clinic and unsure of the format, or simply missed the last video, check out this final update on the previous clinic:

Jan’s Opening Clinic 25, Part 6: Season finale!

You can find all the questions Jan was asked back then under this article, and his earlier answers are here: Part 1, Parts 2-3, Part 4, Part 5. In the 1 hour 19 minute season finale Jan answered more user questions, including what to do against Bent Larsen’s 1.b3 – perhaps a topical question for anyone who’s enjoyed playing through the 1970 Match of the Century games with computer analysis, including the stunning Larsen-Spassky.

To ask your question you need simply leave your question at chess24 under  article.

Sep 05, 2017

2017 FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi got off to a spectacular start

Tbilisi World Cup, 1.1: Wei Yi shocker

Wei Yi was crushed in only 24 moves by Canadian GM Bator Sambuev as the 2017 FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi got off to a spectacular start. Harikrishna, Vladimir Fedoseev and Pavel Eljanov were the other 2700 casualties and join 31 more players who need a win in Monday’s Game 2 to force tiebreaks on Tuesday. Magnus Carlsen overcame stiff resistance from Nigeria’s Oluwafemi Balogun to get off to a winning start as only Maxime Vachier-Lagrave among the world’s Top 10 was held to a draw in the opening game.

Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the World Chess Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

With so many players now needing to win on demand Day 2 of the World Cup promises to be unmissable. Remember, if the games end tied at 1-1 the players will return on Tuesday for up to 7 more games of rapid and blitz chess. 64 players must be eliminated before Round 2 starts on Wednesday!

Watch all the action, with the option of watching 5 commentary streams in 4 languages,  on chess24 from 15:00 CEST onwards!

See more:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24
  • The World Cup starts in 1 week – predictions?
  • World Cup special promotion
Jan 12, 2017

Inaugural season of the PRO Chess League

More than 400 players (100+ grandmasters), chess fans all over the world, and the whole team at Chess.com are very excited that the inaugural season of the PRO Chess League will launch this Wednesday.

The PRO Chess League pits cities and regions around the globe against one another in fast-paced online play.

With 48 teams from five continents and top players such as World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the PRO Chess League promises to be a spectacular and revolutionary event.

The format of the league, which is an international successor to the U.S. Chess League, is four-vs-four team matches. Each player on a team plays each player on the other team, so a top GM will not only be playing other top GMs, but also lower-rated players. In chess, we call this the Scheveningen system, which is nearly 100 years old, but this is truly a modern event.

World #1 and #2 Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are among the grandmasters who have signed up for the PRO Chess League.
World #1 and #2 Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are among the grandmasters who have signed up for the PRO Chess League
The time control is rapid time: 15 minutes for the game, plus two seconds increment per move.

The 48 teams hail from five continents, broken down as follows: 20 teams from the United States, 16 European teams, four Indian teams, three African teams, two Canadian teams, two South American teams and two Asian teams.

Here’s an overview with all teams and their individual members.

PRO Chess League Guide

Source: Chess.com



Mar 01, 2021

13-year-old Marc from Barcelona scores GM norm

It’s been a tough year for chess prodigies, but 13-year-old Corsican Marc’Andria Maurizzi is one good result away from the grandmaster title after finishing unbeaten on 6.5/9 in the Barcelona GM Tournament held from 16-24 February. That saw him take 2nd place behind 2016 French Champion Matthieu Cornette, who was also unbeaten on 7/9. French FM Joachim Iglesias reports on the event, highlighting some of the best combinations involving French players. Test yourself if you can find them!

Matthieu Cornette and Marc’Andria Maurizzi dominated the field in Barcelona, finishing as the only unbeaten players, a full 1.5 points clear of the tie for 3rd place. You can click on any result in the table below to go to the game, or hover over a player’s name to see all their results.

Marc’An has therefore scored his 2nd grandmaster norm at the age of just 13 and looks well on course to become the youngest French grandmaster of all time, despite the time lost to the pandemic.

The youngest French GMs ever are currently:

1. Etienne Bacrot, 14 years, 2 months (in 1997)
2. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 14 years, 4 months (in 2004)
3. Joël Lautier, 16 years, 10 months (in 1990)

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