Magnus Carlsen publishes 1st free video course on Chessable, fresh from his victory in The Magnus Carlsen Invitational, is back with another great gift to chess fans. The World Champion, 29, has released his first interactive video lesson on Chessable – and it’s free.

The Magnus Touch – Free Strategy Lesson is a mini-training course based around one of the Norwegian’s most memorable games – his 2015 masterpiece against Li Chao. In it, Carlsen, in conversation with Chessable’s IM John Bartholomew, guides you through the game move-by-move in a highly instructive endgame.

Then Chessable’s new MoveTrainer 2.0 system kicks in and tests you on what you’ve learned with a series of problems based on the game. In total there’s 27 minutes of free video with Carlsen, 2,600 words of instruction and 12 trainable variations.  And there’s more to come.

The Magnus Touch: Free Strategy Lesson is a fascinating journey into the mind of the world’s greatest chess player AND it is a taster of his upcoming landmark The Magnus Touch course.
Chessable has scheduled its big Magnus Carlsen course launch for May 18. Look forward to it – but until then, try this out.

Jan 15, 2017

Tata Steel – the most famous Chess Tournament on the Planet

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament traditionally takes place in the coastal village of Wijk aan Zee, North Holland. Since 2014 we also host two Tata Steel Chess On Tour events at other exciting locations in the Netherlands. The Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht and Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam hosted our 2016 Chess On Tour events. Locations for our 79th tournament will be announced closer to the time.


The Tata Steel Chess Tournament has two main tournaments. They are played according to the ’round robin’ system, whereby each competitor plays in turn against every other during the tournament. The Tata Steel Masters has 14 participants and the Tata Steel Challengers has 14 participants. Both groups start on 14 January 2016. All rounds in Wijk aan Zee begin at 1.30pm, except for the last round on 29 January 2017, which begins at 12.00pm.

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament

With its unique characteristic of amateurs playing in the very same room as Grandmasters, our tournament appeals to chess lovers from around the world. Many will visit the tournament to put their skills to the test against fellow players, while others will be hoping to simply catch a glimpse of their chess heroes. For those who cannot be there in person, live commentary is provided online during the tournament.

Whatever their reason for visiting the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, everyone can expect an unrivalled chess experience.
Live commentary

During the tournament there will be live commentary from famous chess masters. Click here to see the commentator schedule.

The most famous chess tournament on the planet, Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands, starts its 2017 edition this weekend with the first round free and live to watch online from 12.30pm on Saturday.

Its central theme will be Magnus Carlsen’s attempt to win by a clear margin and so reinforce the 26-year-old world champion’s ambitions to establish himself as the best player of all time ahead of the legends Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov.

Carlsen has a good opportunity because three of his major rivals, the world No2, Fabiano Caruana, and the dangerous Hikaru Nakamura from the US as well as France’s world No5, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, have all preferred to play at Tradewise Gibraltar, which starts on 24 January and is cementing its reputation as the best organised and strongest open tournament.

The Norwegian still faces two top-class challengers. Russia’s Sergey Karjakin will be out for revenge for his match defeat by Carlsen in New York and will want to confirm his victory at the world blitz (see this week’s puzzle). The world No4, America’s Wesley So, won the 2016 Grand Tour along with last month’s London Classic and was the most successful elite grandmaster of all in 2016. Friday’s drawing of lots gave Carlsen the black pieces against So in Saturday’s opening round and White against Karjakin in the 13th and final round on 29 January.

Armenia’s Levon Aronian and Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi will be serious contenders, while Hungary’s Richard Rapport, aged 20, and the 17-year-old Chinese champion Wei Yi are the rising stars.

Wijk also features a Challengers tournament where 12 of the 14 players are GMs and where England has a serious contender. Gawain Jones, the 29-year-old UK No5, has been in fine form recently. Jones will aim to surpass his No3 seeding, finish first and so qualify for Wijk’s top event in 2018.


India’s Deep Sengupta, who won the Hastings Masters last week, used an interesting strategy to defeat a weaker opponent looking for a draw. His queen’s side castling as Black is very unusual in this type of quiet opening but it had the desired effect of inducing White to throw pieces at the castled king, which Sengupta repelled by active piece play and then forcing judicious exchanges. Gordon Scott should have tried 22 Nd2! since as the game went he resigned three pawns down without compensation.

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Jul 08, 2017

Kasparov “officially” back as St. Louis wildcard

12 years after Garry Kasparov retired from chess in 2005 he’s returning next month as a wild card for the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour. That means Garry will face off against the likes of Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin and Vishy Anand, with rating points and a $150,000 prize fund at stake.

He won’t play Magnus Carlsen, but the World Champion does play alongside the other eight tour regulars in the classical Sinquefield Cup. We’re delighted the wildcard there is Peter Svidler.

You have to feel a bit sorry for the players other than Wesley So and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who must have been feeling pleased they’d chosen to play the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz and therefore escaped the ordeal of playing Magnus Carlsen, at least in one event. But you get rid of one potential GOAT and another comes along to replace him!

Garry has been living his career in reverse for the last few years. In 2015 he was tempted back by the guys in the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis to play a 2-day blitz and rapid match against his old rival Nigel Short. The result became known as the St. Louis Massacre. Then in 2016 Garry graduated to taking on the current world elite as he faced off against Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So in a 4-player blitz event after the end of the US Championship.

Garry finished narrowly behind Nakamura and So but above Caruana, winning his mini-matches against both Hikaru and Fabiano. It was clear he still had it!

Now this! Garry will play in the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz, which has exactly the same format as the Paris and Leuven events we just enjoyed over the last couple of weeks.

That means for the first time since his retirement Garry will be playing FIDE-rated rapid and blitz games, featuring on lists that didn’t exist when he was dominating the world stage. Garry shared the good news…


May 08, 2019

Conclusions from 2019 GRENKE Chess Classic

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final round to win the 2019 GRENKE Chess Classic with a spectacular 7.5/9 that took him to 2875.2 on the live rating list. Afterwards Magnus commented that a 2900 rating has become at least a “half-attainable” goal. Fabiano Caruana finished 1.5 points back in clear second place, while Arkadij Naiditsch took third with a last round victory over Georg Meier.

See also:

  • GRENKE Chess Classic website
  • GRENKE Chess Open website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24: GRENKE Chess Classic | GRENKE Chess Open
  • Keymer to face Carlsen in GRENKE Chess Classic
  • Keymer vs. Carlsen in GRENKE Classic Round 1
  • GRENKE Chess 1: Carlsen “outlasts” Keymer
  • GRENKE Chess 2: Carlsen’s “once in a lifetime” win
  • GRENKE Chess 3: Svidler catches Carlsen
  • GRENKE Chess 4: Vishy joins Magnus
  • GRENKE Chess 5: 14-year-old Keymer grabs first win
  • GRENKE Chess 6: Carlsen opens up a 1-point lead
  • GRENKE Chess 7: Carlsen crushes Aronian
  • GRENKE Chess 8: Magnus leaves trail of destruction