Chess24 and the Play Magnus Group are proud to announce the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour, a series of ten tournaments featuring the world’s top chess stars that will for the first time determine the world’s best player over the course of a full season of online chess. The action kicks off with the Skilling Open on November 22-30 and runs until September 2021.

The Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour was born in April-May in response to the pandemic and quickly captured the imagination of millions of chess fans around the world.

It’s now time for the next stage, the Champions Chess Tour, which will be bigger and bolder. Ten events will be played over 11 months, with the action reaching its climax in the final in September 2021.

Each event will last 9 days, with prize funds ranging from $100,000 up to $300,000 for the grand final, with a total purse of $1.5 million.

Truly dynamic logos

The logos for the tour and each individual event are graphical representations created from the moves of a particular game of chess. The game chosen for the Champions Chess Tour logo is the spectacular end to the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour: the $140,000 Armageddon decider that saw World Champion Magnus Carlsen beat Hikaru Nakamura.

Each tour event will get its own version of the logo based on a memorable game, with chess24 Premium members able to vote for the game as the Champions Chess Tour progresses.

Stay tuned for players announcements and more details both here on chess24 and on the brand new Champions Chess Tour website:

Dec 04, 2020

Speed Chess Championship 2020

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and blitz world no. 1 Hikaru Nakamura remain on course to meet in the Speed Chess final after winning their quarterfinals.

The way they did it couldn’t have been more different, however, with Magnus admitting it was a “massive struggle” to overcome Vladislav Artemiev, though you might not think that from the 13.5:9.5 scoreline. Hikaru, meanwhile, crushed Vladimir Fedoseev 21.5:5.5 after winning the first 9 games in a row. Vladimir said he’d been on tilt from the start due to internet issues.

The semi-finals and final will be held in a week’s time, on Friday-Sunday 11-13 December.

See also:

  • Magnus Carlsen vs. Parham Maghsoodloo | All the games
  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs. Nihal Sarin | All the games
  • Alireza Firouzja vs. Vladimir Fedoseev | All the games
  • Wesley So vs. Nodirbek Abdusattorov | All the games
  • Ian Nepomniachtchi vs. Levon Aronian | All the games
  • Nakamura vs. Martirosyan | All the games
  • Caruana vs. Duda | All the games
  • Giri vs. Artemiev | All the games
  • So vs. Duda | All the games
  • Aronian vs. MVL | All the games
  • Carlsen vs. Artemiev | All the games
  • Nakamura vs. Fedoseev | All the games
  • Magnus Carlsen starts Speed Chess campaign today
  • Carlsen demolishes Maghsoodloo 24:5
  • Fedoseev shocks Firouzja in Speed Chess
  • Wesley So brushes aside Abdusattorov 18:10
  • Aronian beats Nepo to set up MVL quarterfinal
  • Duda blows Caruana away in bullet chess
  • Artemiev defeats Giri to set up Carlsen showdown
  • MVL beats Aronian to reach Carlsen or Artemiev Speed Chess semi-final
Apr 01, 2019

Vladislav Artemiev is the 2019 European Champion

Vladislav Artemiev’s fantastic year continued as the 21-year-old Russian added the European title to victory in Gibraltar and double gold at the World Team Championship. In the final round he held a tricky position against Maxim Rodshtein, who would have taken gold with a win but had to settle for 4th place. Sweden’s Nils Grandelius matched Artemiev’s 8.5/11 but took silver on the tiebreak of having lower-rated opponents, while Poland’s Kacper Piorun won bronze. The top 26 players are all qualified for the World Cup later this year.

He scored his fifth win in five with the white pieces by beating 17-year-old compatriot Andrey Esipenko in the penultimate round. With White it looks as though, like a certain Magnus Carlsen, he’s happy merely to “get a game”, but when Ivan Sokolov suggested that to him Artemiev pointed out that he was actually well-prepared in his offbeat systems… something else that applied to the young Magnus (of course by now Magnus is well-prepared everywhere).

So that’s all for the 2019 European Individual Championship! For those interested in the World Cup, the 128-player knockout that will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk from 9th September to 2nd October this year, you can find a good regularly updated qualification list here.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis here on chess24
  • European Championship 1-5: Four leaders
  • European Championship 6-9: Artemiev overtakes Kramnik
May 25, 2018

The 2017/2018 Chess Bundesliga season

The 2017/2018 Chess Bundesliga season was decided in a playoff held in Baden-Baden on Thursday 24th May, after the two teams couldn’t be separated by the 15-round normal season.

Peter Svidler and Rustam Kasimdzhanov were the heroes as Baden-Baden beat Solingen 4.5:3.5 in the playoff to claim a 12th Bundesliga title in the last 13 years. On paper it was a mismatch, with Baden-Baden fielding seven 2700 players to Solingen’s one, but when they’d done that earlier in the season David had beaten Goliath! This time round Elo triumphed, though Anish Giri, one of just two Top 10 players not playing in Altibox Norway Chess, scored a consolation goal by beating World Championship Challenger and world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana.

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