Chinese no. 1 Ding Liren leads the 11th edition of the Danzhou Super-GM tournament at the half-way stage after following up a Round 1 loss to Richard Rapport by beating Wei Yi, Wang Hao, Alexander Grischuk and Anish Giri. The event is being held online, but with the Chinese players all gathered together in one venue. The same was true of the “Belt and Road” women’s tournament which, for a second year in a row, was won by women’s no. 1 Hou Yifan.

The tournament in Danzhou, a city on the South China Sea island of Hainan, was first held as a Chinese supertournament in 2010. Since its fifth edition in 2014 it’s been pitting the best Chinese players against strong foreign players, and on paper this year’s 11th edition is one of the strongest yet.

Another Chinese event to switch from over-the-board to online was the 2nd edition of the Belt and Road Women’s Summit that was first held in Xi’an in 2019. Back then it was an 8-player 25+10 rapid tournament, while this year it was a 10-player event at a faster 15+5 time control. Once again, however, the Chinese players were on site in Xi’an!

The Danzhou Super-GM event resumes on Monday at 9:30 CET.

Sep 19, 2022

Julius Baer Generation Cup

Magnus Carlsen burst out of the blocks to take a 1pt lead on the opening day of the Julius Baer Generation Cup, the star-studded seventh leg of the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

The World Champion racked up an unbeaten 10/12 pts with wins over Arjun Erigaisi, Adhiban Baskaran and Liem Quang Le, with only Dutch No.1 Anish Giri preventing him from taking the maximum number of points.

You can play through all games from the Julius Baer Generation Cup on Broadcast page.

“He’s really started on fire,” Grandmaster David Howell said in the commentary box. “Normally, we’re not used to seeing him this sharp in tournaments so soon. Normally, he steps up the gears as the days go on. Impressive stuff, scary for the rest of the field, maybe.”

He added: “It’s Magnus doing Magnus things.”

Carlsen played brilliant chess throughout the day, especially his games against Indian youngster Erigaisi and former World Blitz Champion Le were impressive.

Behind the favourite are four players on 9pts including the controversial American Hans Niemann who, with Carlsen, has been at the centre of a furore in the chess world over the last two weeks.

But Niemann showed he wasn’t going to let internet speculation get to him as he also had a strong day. Carlsen and Niemann are now set for a hotly-anticipated clash in Round 6 tomorrow.

It was Niemann who drew first blood in the tournament as the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour event got under way, by beating 53-year-old legend Boris Gelfand. Niemann went on to finish with an impressive three wins.

The legendary Israeli was in good spirits despite losing all his games.

“My main struggle was that I played horribly!” he said. “Hopefully I will play better next days,” he added, expressing gratitude for being invited.

Meanwhile, an intriguing first-round game between 17-year-old Praggnanandhaa and 53-year-old chess legend Vasyl Ivanchuk ended with two dramatic blunders and an amazing swindle for the youngster.

Ivanchuk was dominating his teenage opponent and looked set to strike the first blow for the older generation, but tragically first dropped a rook and then left a bishop hanging in time trouble.

The Ukrainian quickly shook off the loss in the next round, however, with a stylish win over the Croatian Ivan Saric to pick up his first 3pts. Clearly, the former world no. 2 was just warming up.

In Round 3, Ivanchuk’s famed genius shone through as the former world no. 2 left Giri stunned with the crushing 34. Bxf6+, which forced the Dutchman to resign instantly.

Then, Ivanchuk showed again he was still on top of his game with a Round 4 win over Poland’s World Cup winner Jan-Krzysztof Duda. His performance will bring a cheer from fans of the older generation of players taking part in this event.

he eight-day event runs from September 18 to 25 and features 16 world-class competitors spanning three generations of player.

Once the prelim is completed, the tournament will move to the knockouts before a two-day grand final.

Play begins at 18:00 CEST / 12:00 ET with live commentary available on chess24’s YouTube and Twitch channels.

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Jan 27, 2019

Magnus Carlsen ground out a 71-move at Tata Steel 2019

Magnus Carlsen ground out a 71-move, 6.5-hour win over Jan-Krzysztof Duda to take a half-point lead into the last round showdown with Anish Giri. It could have been a full point, but just when Giri was wondering what to say about defeat in the post-game interview Teimour Radjabov offered a draw. Elsewhere Sam Shankland bounced back to beat Ian Nepomniachtchi and Vladimir Kramnik picked up a second win in a row against Vladimir Fedoseev. In the Challengers Vladislav Kovalev remains the heavy favourite after beating Elisabeth Paehtz to take the lead.

The final round of Tata Steel Chess begins 1.5 hours earlier than usual at noon, and needless to say you don’t want to miss Giri-Carlsen. If Anish can win the game he’d not only win the tournament but start February as an official member of the 2800 club.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24: Masters | Challengers
  • Tata Steel Chess 2019 Preview
  • Tata Steel 2019, 1: Nepo and Anand snatch early lead
  • Tata Steel 2019, 2: The Dutch strike back
  • Tata Steel 2019, 3: Nepo beats Kramnik to lead
  • Tata Steel 2019, 4: Giri and Vidit win
  • Tata Steel 2019, 5: Magnus breaks the streak
  • Tata Steel 2019, 6: Carlsen and Giri hit the front
  • Tata Steel 2019, 7: Insane chess
  • Tata Steel 2019, 8: Carlsen and Anand take the lead
  • Tata Steel 2019, 9: Nepo catches Magnus and Vishy
  • Tata Steel 2019, 10: Vintage Carlsen beats Anand
  • Tata Steel 2019, 11: Shankland commits hara-Giri
Jun 24, 2019

FIDE Candidates Tournament Winners

It’s been a good few days for the Russian class of 1998! 20-year-old Aleksandra Goryachkina won the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament with two rounds to spare, while 21-year-old Vladislav Artemiev shrugged off his first classical loss in 60 games to bounce back with three wins and overall victory in Poikovsky. Our tournament round-up is completed by the Asian Continental Championship, which was won by Le Quang Liem, while 15-year-old Alireza Firouzja was among the players to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.

The last couple of weeks were dominated by Altibox Norway Chess, but as we’re going to see throughout 2019, there was a lot of top level chess elsewhere. Two of the winners were Russian players born in 1998 who could be said to have followed in Magnus Carlsen’s footsteps. Aleksandra Goryachkina emulated Magnus in Stavanger by only losing the final game of the Women’s Candidates Tournament, after wrapping up victory three days earlier. In the Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky, Vladislav Artemiev emulated Magnus by winning the event despite losing rating points.
Goryachkina makes no mistake

We said almost everything that needed to be said about Aleksandra Goryachkina’s phenomenal performance in the Women’s Candidates Tournament in our report after 9 rounds, when she’d beaten Valentina Gunina to reach a massive +6, 7.5/9 score. With a 2.5 point gap all she needed was to draw the remaining games, and indeed she drew her next three games to secure victory with two rounds to spare.

The other impressive run Vladislav Artemiev was nursing was an unbeaten streak in classical games that seemed to have stretched to 60 after draws in the first two rounds in Poikovsky. It was going to take something special to beat him, and that was provided by 38-year-old Indian Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran, who played arguably the game of his life to beat Artemiev in Round 3. It was the kind of game that was so beautiful that despite losing Artemiev couldn’t deny his opponent the pleasure of finishing with checkmate on the board.

For full details check out our 2019 Chess Calendar