World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen won the final game on demand to beat Fabiano Caruana and pick up a total of $75,000 after a spectacular final day of the Clutch Chess International. Magnus struck first but the single draw in the next game came in the middle of a sequence of nine decisive games in a row. Fabiano notched up an amazing four comebacks in total but it was Magnus who won the most clutch game of all and got to employ the “shush” celebration that had once backfired so badly against the same opponent.

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
  • Clutch Chess Day 4: Aronian and Caruana in semis
  • Clutch Chess Day 5: Carlsen and So dominate
  • Clutch Chess Day 6: It’s a Carlsen-Caruana final
  • Clutch Chess Day 7: Caruana’s double comeback
Dec 30, 2016

Vassily Ivanchuk is new World Champion in Rapid Chess

The World Rapid Championships in Doha, Qatar, had a dramatic finish. Before the last round five players shared the lead with 10.0/14. Three of these five players won in the last round: Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Grischuk and Vassily Ivanchuk. The tie-break had to decide – in this case, the Elo-average of the opponents. And here Ivanchuk was best and became World Rapid Champion 2016.

The Rapid World Championship is a 15 rounds Swiss event with a time-control 15 minutes+ 10 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1. The event will be played on three days with five rounds each day. The total prize fund is 200,000 USD of which the winner will receive 40,000 USD.

With 8.0/10 Ivanchuk started day 3 as sole leader but at first had trouble to find his form. He started with a loss against Ian Nepomniachtchi and then played two draws in rounds 12 and 13.

But after winning a topsy-turvy game in round 14 against Vishy Anand he shared the lead with Alexander Grischuk, Shakriyar Mamedyarov, Nepomniachtchi and Magnus Carlsen. But Ivanchuk had the best tie-break and therefore “only” needed a win in the last round to become new World Rapid Champion.


sources: chesebase, official website

Nov 15, 2016

Carlsen-Karjakin, Game 3: Draw – “an epic game”

Magnus Carlsen came within an inch of beating Sergey Karjakin in what our commentator Peter Svidler described as “an epic game”. What developed into a 7-hour thriller started with a Berlin Defence where it seemed the only talking point would be a puzzling rook shuffle in the opening. A couple of inaccuracies, though, and Magnus was scenting blood. You had the feeling almost anyone else in world chess would have gone down without a fight, but Karjakin clung on for dear life and got the draw his bravery deserved – even if he needed some help from his opponent!

This was the day the 2016 World Chess Championship match began in earnest, with both players coming close enough to taste victory and defeat. It left them visibly shell-shocked, with neither certain if Magnus had ever had a clear win within his grasp (our silicon friends answer in the affirmative).

It was a remarkable journey from a game which started with a 5.Re1 Berlin that failed to set the pulses racing. Eyebrows were at least raised by Carlsen’s retreat 10.Re2:

The move, of course, looks a little ridiculous, but it turned out what was much stranger was that Sergey and his team had apparently overlooked a move that had been played by players as familiar as Igor Kovalenko, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Paco Vallejo, with the latter tweeting the lapidary:

Karjakin thought the move had been played in other positions, but not this one, and spent a full 25 minutes before coming up with 10…b6, looking to capitalise with 11…Ba6. Magnus repeated Kasimdzhanov’s 11.Re1, which led to one of the funniest moments of the post-game press conference. When Anastasia Karlovich asked if 10.Re2 had been a slip Magnus decided to roll with it and drew laughter with:

“Yeah, it slipped out of my hand, so I moved it back to e1 the next move!”

So a quarter of the match has already gone by and the players are still locked together:
Tune in at 2pm EST (8pm CET) on Tuesday.


Sep 02, 2020

The chess24 Banter Series starts today!

‌Sam Shankland, Nihal Sarin, Laurent Fressinet and Erwin l’Ami are among the stars in action as the first 8-player qualifier for the chess24 Banter Series starts today! They’re battling for a single place in the 16-player final featuring the likes of Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana. The time control will be 3 minutes + a 2-second increment per move and the matches will be best of 8 games.

You can follow all the games + watch all the streams here

Day 1 01/09: Quarterfinals

Match 1) 16:00 CEST GM Erwin l’Ami vs GM Alan Pichot  

  • English Stream by l’Ami
  • Spanish Stream by Pichot

Match 2) 17:30 CEST GM Alexander Donchenko vs GM Alexander Fier

  • English Stream by Donchenko
  • Portuguese Stream by Fier

Match 3) 19:00 CEST GM Nihal Sarin vs GM Laurent Fressinet

  • English Stream by Sarin
  • French Stream by Fressinet

Match 4) 20:30 CEST GM Sam Shankland vs GM Lance Henderson

  • English Stream by Shankland
  • Spanish Stream by Henderson

‌‌Day 2 02/09: Semi-finals 

Match 5) Winner of Match 1 vs  Winner of Match 4

Match 6) Winner of Match 2 vs Winner of Match 3

Day 3 05/09: Final 

Winner of Match 5 vs Winner of Match 6. The champion of the A Qualifier will go to the Finals.

Check out full details of the Series here: