“It’s a great feeling – it’s like falling in love!” said Levon Aronian of winning the final clutch game on demand to beat Alexander Grischuk and set up a semifinal against World Champion Magnus Carlsen. The other quarterfinal saw all four normal games won by Black, leaving Leinier Dominguez knowing that all he needed to do was win one of the clutch games to win the match. Both games were drawn, however, and it’s Fabiano Caruana who goes on to play Wesley So in a repeat of the recent Clutch Chess USA final.

The winner of Caruana-So will play the winner of Carlsen-Aronian in the final, with a long weekend of chess action starting on Thursday. Tune in for all the action from 20:00 CEST.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the Clutch Chess International games with computer analysis here on chess24
  • Carlsen tops Clutch Chess International field
  • Clutch Chess Day 1: Xiong hits back against Carlsen
  • Clutch Chess Day 2: Levon takes late-night lead
  • Clutch Chess Day 3: Carlsen and So reach semifinals


Sep 09, 2017

Tbilisi World Cup 2.2: Karjakin, Anand and Adams are out

Magnus Carlsen’s World Championship challengers, Vishy Anand and Sergey Karjakin, have been knocked out of the 2017 FIDE World Cup in Round 2. Vishy was unable to beat Anton Kovalyov on demand, while Sergey forgot a move in a sharp opening line and was ruthlessly put to the sword by Daniil Dubov. Mickey Adams was another casualty. Carlsen is through with the only perfect 4/4 score, where he’s joined by Vladimir Kramnik, who was stunned when Anton Demchenko offered a draw on move 10 of a must-win game. No less than 22 matches again go to tiebreaks on Friday.

Among the top players facing tiebreaks are more Top 10 stars such as Aronian, Caruana, Grischuk, So, Nakamura and Giri, with the cautious approach encouraged by the knockout format having led to widespread rating deflation!

The tiebreaks start at the same time as always on Friday, and you can watch all the action, with the option of 5 commentary streams in 4 languages, here 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
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1.1: Wei Yi shocker
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1.2: Revenge of the favourites
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1 Tiebreaks: Stars show no mercy
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2.1: Anand brilliancy backfires
Jul 23, 2023

Ju Wenjun defends Women’s World Championship title

 Ju Wenjun (32) claimed her fourth Women’s World Champion title after clinching a crucial victory in the decisive, final, 12th game of the match against challenger Lei Tingjie

With this victory, Ju has now equalled the record set by her compatriot Hou Yifan, both having won the world crown four times. Apart from defending the title, Ju also won €300,000 in prize money, while €200,000 went to the runner-up Lei Tingjie.

Arkady Dvorkovich, the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) congratulated Ju on her victory: “To win a world crown is an amazing success, but to do it for a fourth consecutive time as Ju Wenjun did is something else. Congratulations to Ju for her victory but also to Lei for putting up a great fight. The chess world has another fantastic memorable event, and it was great to be a witness to it”.

About the Match

The match takes place in two Chinese cities, where each of the contestants comes from. The first half of the match will be in Shanghai, while the second half takes place in Chongqing.

The match consists of 12 games of classical chess. The payers will have 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 more minutes for the rest of the game, plus a 30-second increment per move starting on move one.

Players cannot offer a draw before they reach the 41st move.

In case of a tie, there will be the following tiebreaks:

Four games with a 25+10 time control.

Two games with a 5+3 time control.

Two more games with a 5+3 time control.

One game with a 3+2 time control, until a winner is determined.

The prize fund is €500,000, with €300,000 going to the winner and the remaining €200,000 to the runner-up.

If the outcome of the match is decided upon tiebreaks, the winner will take €275,000, while the runner-up will receive €225,000.

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Nov 02, 2020

The Queen’s Gambit movie hits no. 1 in 27 countries

On Friday, October 23rd, Netflix released The Queen’s Gambit, a new 7-part series which portrays chess prodigy Beth Harmon’s rise in the chess world of Cold War America. Less than a week after its release, the hit series has become the most watched series on the streaming service, and received widespread praise from chess fans and movie critics all over the world.

The Queen’s Gambit follows the story of Beth Harmon, who ends up in an orphanage in the late 1950s after losing her mother. She picks up the rules of the game, and soon discovers that she has a huge talent for chess but also develops an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. While the rising star fights for glory on the board, she also has to fight off the board with her own addictions and personal demons.

Beth Harmon is portrayed by Anya Taylor-Joy (Peaky Blinders, Glass, Split, Emma) and appears to have captivated Netflix’s roughly 200 million subscribers. The Queen’s Gambit is currently the most watched TV show globally and ranks 1st in 27 countries, including the USA, UK and Russia – something few would have expected for a show in which chess is so central.