‌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: https://chess24.com/en/read/news/chess24-banter-series

Sep 29, 2020

Magnus Carlsen vs. Wesley So, the grand final of the chess24 Banter Series

“Oh boy, this is gonna be a rough day!” said Magnus Carlsen after blundering into mate to fall 0:2 behind against Levon Aronian in their chess24 Banter Series semi-final, but a brilliant 3rd game set the stage for a comeback. Magnus went on to score 5.5 from the last 6 games to set up a final against Wesley So, who had earlier cruised to a powerful victory over Liem Quang Le. Wesley won three games before Le hit back, but although the Vietnamese star lost 6:3 he’s already earned a place in the next Chess Tour as the best performing qualifier.

The final of the chess24 Banter Series, between Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So, will take place at 20:00 CEST on Tuesday 29th September, with a $12,000 top prize at stake.

Magnus Carlsen vs. Wesley So, the grand final of the chess24 Banter Series, has now been scheduled for Tuesday at 20:00 CEST. There’s pride and a $12,000 top prize ($6,000 for the runner-up) at stake, and you don’t want to miss this. Tune in live here on chess24 for commentary by both the players and other commentators, in multiples languages!

See also:

  • chess24 Banter Series hompage
  • All the chess24 Banter Series games with computer analysis
  • Carlsen and co. in Banter Series Finals action
  • Carlsen vs. Giri in the Banter Series Quarterfinals
  • Carlsen-Aronian and So-Le in the semi-finals
Jun 20, 2016

Live blitz here on news page

6/20/2016 – Leuven Day 4: After winning the Rapid leg and remaining competitive in the Blitz, Magnus Carlsen leads Leuven with 17 points. He is followed by Wesley So in second with 16 points, and Levon Aronian with 15.5. With nine rounds to go, it is still wide open.


The greatest chess tournament ever staged in Belgium, Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour, is taking place in the historic Town Hall of Leuven from Friday 17 June to Monday 20 June. The best chess players in the world at the moment will take part in the tournament: World Champion Magnus Carlsen, former World Champions Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, as well as Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Aronian Levon, Wesley So and Veselin Topalov.

The players will compete in a Rapid Chess and Blitz Chess tournament during the four days. The prize money for the tournament is $150.000 (€134.100). Chess fans will be able to enjoy the experience of seeing the greatest players compete live in Leuven or watch the streaming broadcast, complete with grandmaster commentary.


May 09, 2020

Free video course from Magnus Carlsen for chess fans

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.