“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!

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  • 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

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss and Women’s Grand Swiss

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss and Women’s Grand Swiss are held in Riga. The events staged in the format and dates originally scheduled: from 25 October to 8 November, 2021

The city of Riga host the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss and Women’s Grand Swiss, two events that are part of the qualification cycle for the World Championship. The difficult decision to relocate the tournament from Douglas, its original planned location, was forced due to the strict COVID-19 restrictions still in place in the Isle of Man and the UK.

With the support of the Scheinberg family, sponsor of the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss, the International Chess Federation has been working to find an alternative host city for the events, with the priority to stage them in the format and dates originally scheduled, and keeping the excellent organizational standards that the event enjoyed on its previous editions.

49-year-old Alexei Shirov and 44-year-old Evgeniy Najer caught Alireza Firouzja in Round 5 of the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss after the 18-year-old drew his game against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Alexei crashed through against Ivan Saric and will now play Firouzja in Round 6, while Najer defeated Robert Hovhannisyan. His opponent will be Fabiano Caruana, who made up for two missed win in a row by taking down David Howell. There are now five leaders in the women’s event after Nino Batsiashvili, Zhu Jiner, Elisabeth Paehtz and Jolanta Zawadzka picked up wins.

See also:

  • Official website
  • Watch all the Grand Swiss games: Open | Women
  • Nakamura, Vidit withdraw as Grand Swiss goes ahead despite lockdown
  • Grand Swiss Round 1: Caruana and Firouzja strike
  • Grand Swiss Round 2: Firouzja world no. 6 as Caruana misses win
  • Grand Swiss Round 3: Firouzja’s rampage continues
  • Grand Swiss Round 4: Firouzja and Lei Tingjie sole leaders
Aug 21, 2017

STL Rapid & Blitz final standings

Levon Aronian overcame a stuttering start on the final day to cruise to victory in the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz. He was home and dry with two rounds to spare, but won both those games anyway to finish three points clear of Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura in second place. The best news on the final day, though, was that Garry Kasparov finally got to have some fun, winning with a whirlwind attack against Fabiano Caruana, outplaying Hikaru Nakamura and then getting what it crossed his mind might be a last win in the Najdorf against Leinier Dominguez.

Levon went into the final day of the tournament two points ahead of Hikaru Nakamura, and as fate would have it his first opponent was Hikaru. He had the white pieces, so would he go for a knockout punch? Not exactly! The players managed the impressive task of repeating the position three times for a draw by move 15.

If that was a disappointment, though, the post-game interview with Christian Chirila was wonderful. Levon, for once, wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to say. Or perhaps he was sure, but he wasn’t sure if he should say it. Or perhaps he really just hadn’t slept so well, even though he had.

Perhaps the unease (if not fear!) Levon felt explaining what he’d done followed into his next game, where he suffered only his second loss of the blitz, in a rook ending against David Navara. Sergey Karjakin was on fire and closed the gap to one point, and then in Round 3 Levon found himself a pawn down against Le Quang Liem. That was when it all changed for him, though, as the Vietnamese player lost on time while Navara took down Karjakin. Levon later commented: “That gave me the boost that even though I played terribly I’m still coming back”.

He’s always played best when the pressure’s off, though, and Aronian ended with wins over Caruana and Dominguez to finish with 9 wins, 2 losses and 7 draws in the blitz for an overall score of 24.5/36, half a point more than Carlsen and MVL in Paris and one point less than Magnus in Leuven:

You can watch that interview, and the whole of the day’s show, below:

Aug 17, 2017

2017 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz: Day 2

Ian Nepomniachtchi won a dramatic clash with Garry Kasparov to become the first player to beat the former World Champion in a rated game since Veselin Topalov back on March 10, 2005. As if that wasn’t enough, Ian is also the sole leader and the only unbeaten player remaining after six rounds of the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz. Garry drew his remaining games and lamented that 20 years ago he might have scored 3/3 for the day. Elsewhere Hikaru Nakamura and Vishy Anand matched Nepo’s 2/3, with four players now within a point of the leader.

With no-one else yet setting the world on fire in St. Louis the most compelling storyline remains to follow the adventures of returning chess legend Garry Kasparov. Garry Kasparov and his inseparable assistant Michael Khodarkovsky have the best entrance music The Return of the Jedi.

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