Teimour Radjabov shed tears of joy as he defeated Levon Aronian with a game to spare to win the $60,000 top prize in the Airthings Masters and book a place in the San Francisco final of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. Levon needed to win and got his chance in a first game that reminded him of a famous game featured in a James Bond movie, but he spoilt the win and overpressed in the next game before Teimour got the draw he needed in the last. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave took third place after another totally crazy day of action against Daniil Dubov.

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour homepage
  • All the Airthings Masters games with computer analysis: Prelims, Knockout
  • Carlsen, So & Nakamura back for Airthings Masters
  • Carlsen-Aronian in Round 1 of Airthings Masters
  • Airthings Masters Day 1: Five lead as Carlsen ends winless
  • Airthings Masters Day 2: Only Magnus moves up on day of draws
  • Airthings Masters Day 3: Carlsen 1st as Giri & Grischuk knocked out
  • Airthings Masters Day 4: Nakamura and So beaten
  • Airthings Masters Day 5: Carlsen, Nakamura, So & Nepo all out
  • Airthings Masters Day 6: Radjabov and Aronian strike
  • Airthings Masters Day 7: It’s an Aronian-Radjabov final
  • Airthings Masters Day 8: Radjabov takes lead in Airthings Masters final
Feb 20, 2023

WR Chess Masters

World no. 2 Ian Nepomniachtchi will get a chance to warm-up for the World Championship match as a new classical supertournament, the WR Chess Masters, starts in Dusseldorf, Germany today. He’ll face Tata Steel Masters winner Anish Giri, runner-up Nodirbek Abdusattorov, and the same army of kids that didn’t quite dominate in Wijk aan Zee.

The tournament is tailor-made for Ian Nepomniachtchi to get some practice at classical chess before he starts his World Championship match against Ding Liren on April 9th.  It’s the first time Ian has played classical chess since the Sinquefield Cup in December, and the long time control is exactly the one that will be used in Kazakhstan, including the absence of an increment before move 61.

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Jun 11, 2020

Clutch Chess USA final

“It’s a great feeling – it’s like falling in love!” said Levon Aronian of winning the final clutch game on demand to beat Alexander Grischuk and set up a semifinal against World Champion Magnus Carlsen. The other quarterfinal saw all four normal games won by Black, leaving Leinier Dominguez knowing that all he needed to do was win one of the clutch games to win the match. Both games were drawn, however, and it’s Fabiano Caruana who goes on to play Wesley So in a repeat of the recent Clutch Chess USA final.

The winner of Caruana-So will play the winner of Carlsen-Aronian in the final, with a long weekend of chess action starting on Thursday. Tune in for all the action from 20:00 CEST.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the Clutch Chess International games with computer analysis here on chess24
  • Carlsen tops Clutch Chess International field
  • Clutch Chess Day 1: Xiong hits back against Carlsen
  • Clutch Chess Day 2: Levon takes late-night lead
  • Clutch Chess Day 3: Carlsen and So reach semifinals


Jan 21, 2017

Tata Steel 2017, round 6: Wesley So still leads

Wesley So still leads the Tata Steel Masters after securing a draw when Adhiban challenged him in the most romantic of all chess openings – the King’s Gambit. The big story of the day, though, was Anish Giri finally ending a sequence of 14 draws by defeating Ian Nepomniachtchi in a game where the Russian grandmaster managed to blunder not just Bxh6 but Bxa6! The only other decisive result was a spectacular win for Wei Yi over Richard Rapport, featuring a fearless king march on a board full of menace.

It seems that in the World Championship match Magnus moved away from the approach he was famous for of playing every position for a win and instead grew to like forcing draws with Black with sharp but solid preparation. In Wijk aan Zee he’s now drawn in 33, 27, 28 and 30 moves with the black pieces, while winning his two games with White. The bad news for the rest of the field, of course, is that Magnus will have White more often in the games to come!

Standings after round 6:

The tournament finally crosses the halfway mark in Round 7 with Carlsen-Giri one of those grudge games that no-one wants to miss. Magnus is a secret fan. In general the favourites have the white pieces, meaning we could expect decisive results even if we didn’t have exciting pairings such as Wei Yi-Van Wely and Nepomniachtchi-Rapport!

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