The Tour will crown the best chess player in the world over a full competitive online season.

The announcement follows the success of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour 2020 with over 70 million online views shattering records for viewership of chess events.

Reflecting on his namesake tournament Carlsen said: “It has been a dream come true to see the growth of chess and the fans embracing online chess as a thrilling spectator sport.”

“We will continue with the successful online rapid format from the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. The biggest change is that next season will be a nearly year-long Tour with tournaments running regularly from November to the Tour Final in September,” announced Arne Horvei, Tournament Director of the Chess Tour 2021.

“Establishing a full year-long season of chess will provide a platform for the players to regularly compete at the highest level, for record prizes, and for fans to follow exciting chess throughout the year,” added the World Champion.

“Hikaru pushed me to the limit in the Tour Final yesterday and I look forward to fighting hard to stay on top in the coming season.”

The top players from the 2020 season will be invited to return, and fans can look forward to seeing new faces competing, with spots being determined through the chess24 Banter Series in September and many more qualifying events throughout the year, alongside a Women’s and a Junior Tour.

The Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour was the first online chess event to be broadcast on TV. It was distributed across Europe and Asia and was covered live on Norway’s biggest commercial channel TV2, Russia’s biggest sports channel MatchTV, the Spanish football league’s LaLiga TV, and DAZN globally.

The next season of the Tour will continue to bring exciting chess entertainment to viewers via TV, streaming services and here on throughout 2020 and 2021.

Jan 16, 2017

Tata Steel 2017, round 2: Magnus Carlsen got his first win

Magnus Carlsen got his first win of 2017 after borrowing Sergey Karjakin’s unlikely refutation of the Najdorf to beat Radek Wojtaszek. Sergey mentioned afterwards that he’d only come up with 6.a3 in desperation after forgetting his laptop charger. Pavel Eljanov is now sole leader on 2/2 after Loek van Wely stumbled in the run-up to the time control, while Adhiban suffered an even crueller fate, blundering into mate with a wrong turn on move 39. In the Challengers Markus Ragger is alone on 100%, though he was made to work very hard to beat Lei Tingjie.

The one game everyone had picked out as likely to provide a decisive outcome didn’t disappoint, with Magnus Carlsen now having won all three games he’s played with White against Radek Wojtaszek.

This time he did it by picking up Karjakin’s 6.a3 against Giri the day before:

Round 2 – 2017 Tata Steel Masters – Live Commentary

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Sep 08, 2021

Magnus Carlsen wins Aimchess US Rapid

Magnus Carlsen called it “a fairly smooth ride” as he beat Vladislav Artemiev 2.5:0.5 to win the Aimchess US Rapid. His victory matched Wesley So’s three titles on the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour and means Magnus will now have a significant head start over the US Champion going into the Tour Finals later this month. Artemiev also plays the Finals after brilliantly reaching one semi-final and two finals in the only three tour events he played.

Magnus lost just one game on the way to finishing 2nd in the Prelims, beat Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2.5:0.5 twice in the quarterfinals, overcame Levon Aronian 3:1 on Day 2 of their semi-final after all draws on the first, and then finished with two relatively comfortable days against Vladislav Artemiev — if not for a mouse-slip the score would likely have been 2.5:0.5 both times.

Once again the first game was crucial, and it was a tense strategic battle with both players castling queenside.

For Magnus, meanwhile, it’s just one day until the start of Norway Chess. It all kicks off at the same time as the Aimchess US Rapid days — 11:00 EST, 17:00 CEST, 20:30 IST — on Tuesday September 7th. chess24 is the official broadcast partner, so don’t miss live commentary from Judit Polgar and Jovanka Houska, plus video of the players and post-game interviews, exclusively here on chess24!

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Aimchess US Rapid action with computer analysis and live commentary: Prelims, Knockout
  • Wesley So triumphs in the Chessable Masters
  • Magnus Carlsen returns for Aimchess US Rapid
  • Aimchess US Rapid 1: Aronian leads after Firouzja mates Carlsen
  • Aimchess US Rapid 2: Artemiev leads as Duda & Naroditsky shine
  • Aimchess US Rapid 3: MVL pips Carlsen, MVL & Giri out
  • Aimchess US Rapid 4: Carlsen, Firouzja & Aronian strike
  • Aimchess US Rapid 5: Firouzja takes down So
  • Aimchess US Rapid 6: FIrouzja hits back against Artemiev
  • Aimchess US Rapid 7: It’s a Carlsen-Artemiev final!
  • Aimchess US Rapid 8: Carlsen leads despite mouse-slip
May 26, 2021

FTX Crypto Cup day 3

Fabiano Caruana cruised to 1st place in his debut Meltwater Champions Chess Tour preliminary stage, scoring 10/15 to finish a full point ahead of the field. He plays Ian Nepomniachtchi in the quarterfinals, after the new World Championship Challenger scraped an unlikely win against Alexander Grischuk in the final round. That almost knocked out Magnus Carlsen, with the World Champion calling it a “massive relief” that he ultimately beat Teimour Radjabov on demand. Levon Aronian and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov were the players to suffer last-round heartbreak.

See also:

  • Meltwater Champions Chess Tour website
  • FTX Crypto Cup games with computer analysis and commentary: Prelims, Knockout
  • Carlsen-Nepo as full Top 10 play $320,000 FTX Crypto Cup
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 1: Giri leads as Carlsen struggles
  • FTX Crypto Cup Day 2: Carlsen plays 1.b4 as race blown wide open