In September, one of the most attractive formats for viewers returns to chess24! It’s the “chess24 Banter Series”, where both players must stream and commentate live while playing. There will be a 16-player final phase, with eight players invited and the remaining participants determined by a series of eight qualifying tournaments that will be played in the first weeks of September.

The time control will be 3 minutes + a 2-second increment per move and the matches will be best of 8 games for the qualifiers and best of 10 in the final phase. The winner of the chess24 Banter Series earns €12,000 out of a total prize fund of €36,000. Registering for the tournament costs €300, but grandmasters will be given special conditions. You can contact us at the email address and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.

The Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour is coming to an end, but the action on chess24 continues with the chess24 Banter Series. Similar to the Banter Blitz Cup won by Alireza Firouzja, it will feature 64 players in qualifiers, and 8 invited players, who must all commentate live on their games as they play.

1) When will it take place? Qualifiers will begin on September 1st and last until September 19th. The final phase will take place from September 20th to 27th.

At the time of publishing this article we can already confirm the participation of World Champion Magnus Carlsen, 2019 World Cup Winner Teimour Radjabov, French no. 1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Dutch no. 1 Anish Giri. We look forward to announcing new names soon!

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Jul 25, 2017

Magnus Carlsen will be playing the FIDE World Cup in September in Georgia

It’s almost unprecedented that a reigning world champion is participating in a cycle for the next world championship, but this year it will happen. Magnus Carlsen will be playing the FIDE World Cup in September in Tbilisi, Georgia.

It was FIDE itself that broke the news on Monday morning, by publishing the full list of participants of this year’s FIDE World Cup. (See below). As it turns out, the top 15 of the July FIDE rating list is playing—which, in a broad sense, makes it the strongest chess tournament ever held.

“FIDE is delighted to confirm that the top 15 players in the latest rating list are participating in the World Cup and particularly that the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, has agreed to participate,” FIDE Executive Director Nigel Freeman told

Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the Director of the Organising Committee, is equally thrilled: “To be honest I know about it more than ten days, but anyway I’m really surprised positively! I don’t know if it happened for the first time or not that a world champion will play the World Cup, but for us Georgians, it’s great! We will have Magnus here in Tbilisi and our chess lovers will see him live.”

The FIDE World Cup takes place 2-27 September in Tbilisi, Georgia. The total prize fund is $1.6 million (€1.37 million) with a first prize of $120,000 (€103,000).


Mar 24, 2021

Anish Giri wins the 2nd Magnus Carlsen Invitational

Anish Giri has won the Magnus Carlsen Invitational after defeating Ian Nepomniachtchi 2:0 in a blitz playoff. The Dutch no. 1 earns $60,000 and as the winner of a Major joins Teimour Radjabov as a confirmed participant in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour finals in San Francisco this September. Magnus Carlsen took 3rd place with a game to spare after beating Wesley So. Although that wasn’t what the World Champion wanted in the tournament with his name on it, he’s now just 5 points behind Wesley in the overall Tour standings.

For more details check out launch article, while we’ll be announcing the line-ups and more soon.

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Magnus Carlsen Invitational games: Qualifier, Prelims, Knockout
  • Spaced-themed Magnus Carlsen Invitational returns
  • Grandelius and Pichot complete Magnus Carlsen Invitational line-up
  • Magnus Carlsen faces Firouzja and Giri on Day 1 of his Invitational
  • MCI 1: Giri beats Carlsen and So to snatch lead
  • MCI 2: Giri still leads Carlsen as battle heats up
  • MCI 3: Carlsen top, as Radjabov, Karjakin & Dubov miss out
  • MCI 4: Carlsen & So to meet again?
  • MCI 5: It’s Carlsen-Nepo and So-Giri in the semi-finals
  • MCI 6: Nepo and Giri shock Carlsen and So
  • MCI 7: Magnus self-destructs after epic fightback
  • MCI 8: Nepo escapes against Giri | Carlsen finally beats So
Apr 23, 2021

Chess Classic starts Saturday

Magnus Carlsen faces his 2016 challenger Sergey Karjakin as the New in Chess Classic, the 5th event on the $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, kicks off on Saturday 24 April at 19:00 CEST. Other Round 1 clashes to watch out for include Nakamura-Mamedyarov, Firouzja-So and Duda-Praggnanandhaa, with the 15-year-old Indian prodigy making his debut on the full tour after qualifying through the Polgar Challenge. Once again it’s a cut-throat format of three days and 15 rounds of rapid chess to reduce the 16-player field to just 8 players for the knockout.

Ian Nepomniachtchi, Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who had automatic invitations to the New in Chess Classic as players in the Top 8 on the Tour, are of course absent, but that’s given a chance for other players. Polish no. 1 Jan-Krzysztof Duda, for instance, doesn’t see a problem with the late start time.

See also:

  • Meltwater Champions Chess Tour website
  • New in Chess Classic games with computer analysis and commentary: Prelims, Knockout
  • Anish Giri wins the 2nd Magnus Carlsen Invitational
  • Praggnanandhaa powers into Champions Chess Tour
  • Carlsen & co return for the New in Chess Classic