The $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour kicks off on Sunday with the first event, The Skilling Open, featuring 16 of the world’s top chess stars.

The event will have commentary in 8 languages, with 4 broadcasts in English. For the first time, one of them includes a state-of-the-art live studio in Oslo!

There will be four different broadcasts in English, all starting at 17.45 CET:

  • The Oslo studio with GM David Howell and IM Jovanka Houska, hosted by Kaja Snare
  • A chess24 broadcast hosted by IM Tania Sachdev and GM Peter Leko
  • A Chessable broadcast hosted by GM Simon Williams, with new guests every day
  • An Indian broadcast, with chess24’s WGM Soumya Swaminathan joined by ChessBase India’s husband and wife team of IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal

As usual, there will also be separate broadcasts in other languages such as Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Turkish and Portuguese.

For the Champions Chess Tour, chess24 will be taking chess broadcasts to a completely new level. Not only will we have our regular shows with world-class commentators providing commentary for keen chess fans around the world, but we will also be running a brand new broadcast targeting a new audience.

The historic broadcast will be hosted from Oslo by Kaja Snare, who gained extensive experience working as a reporter for the 2016 World Championship match in New York, and also worked on chess broadcasts and as a sports reporter for Norwegian TV channels NRK and TV 2. She will be joined by 3-time British Champion David Howell and 9-time British Women’s Champion Jovanka Houska.

Read more on chess24
Skilling’s official coverage

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Skilling Open Preliminary games with computer analysis
  • The King’s Gambit: Magnus Carlsen launches $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour
  • What’s new in the Champions Chess Tour?
  • Nakamura and Firouzja complete Skilling Open lineup
Sep 05, 2016

World’s biggest chessboard match played out with real tractors as pieces

The people in the province of Guadalajara live from agriculture and cultivate rye, potatoes and other vegetables. Hinojosa is one these small villages in the province. “Driving” through the village with the help of Google Streetview shows that Hinojosa probably does not suffer from overpopulation.

But the few inhabitants of Hinojosa seem to like chess. For the seond time this year they invited two juniors to play a game of chess, the moves of which were transmitted live by radio to… their field! Now tractors, harvesters and other agriculturual machines turned into chess pieces and replayed the game live on the field.

The starting position. The machines and their drivers are ready for battle.

It is easy to distinguish the rooks……but which piece is attacking here?
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The two juniors make the machines move

Arturo Fernandez plays chess and he knows why.

The game was won by Arturo Fernandez. In an interview he explained his passion for chess: “Chess brought me a lot. Chess helps me thinking in school. Chess is good for everything in life.”

With the unique chess game between agricultural machines the people of Hinojosa wanted to make their village and the province of Guadalajara better known. They succeeded!

Chess Base

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