16-year-old Vincent Keymer posted a 2812 performance as German club Deizisau won the 1st ever European Online Chess Club Cup ahead of Clichy from France and Mednyi Vsadnik from Russia. Keymer’s colleague Georg Meier posted an even better 2896 performance, though it didn’t count towards board prizes as he didn’t play the required 7 games. Jan-Krzysztof Duda’s 6/8, a 2890 performance, was officially the best result, but his club Poland Hussars just missed out on medals in 4th place.

When favorites and international all-stars Baden-Baden were knocked out of the European Club Cup in the playoffs, few could have predicted that their all-German partner team Deizisau would win the whole event! They began the 10-team final as only the 7th seeds and were one of only 3 teams that never scored more than 2.5 points in a match… but Deizisau did that to win no less than 6 matches, lost just one, and finished a point clear at the top.

Deizisau showed incredibly consistency, with their one loss, to Novy Bor, also by the narrowest of margins. In such a tough event it’s never going to be easy, and Andreas Heimann was thrown in at the deep end, suffering defeats to David Navara and Andrey Esipenko in the four games he played, all with the black pieces. Matthias Bluebaum faced fierce competition on top board and lost four of his last five games, but the win over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov the round before that earned his team a win.

All in all, the 1st Online European Club Cup seems to have been a success, even if we all hope for a return to over-the-board international team events in the not too distant future.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games on chess24: Groups ABCDEFGHI | Playoffs: A, B, C | Final
  • Favourites Baden-Baden crash out of Euro Club Cup
May 08, 2019

Conclusions from 2019 GRENKE Chess Classic

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final round to win the 2019 GRENKE Chess Classic with a spectacular 7.5/9 that took him to 2875.2 on the live rating list. Afterwards Magnus commented that a 2900 rating has become at least a “half-attainable” goal. Fabiano Caruana finished 1.5 points back in clear second place, while Arkadij Naiditsch took third with a last round victory over Georg Meier.

See also:

  • GRENKE Chess Classic website
  • GRENKE Chess Open website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24: GRENKE Chess Classic | GRENKE Chess Open
  • Keymer to face Carlsen in GRENKE Chess Classic
  • Keymer vs. Carlsen in GRENKE Classic Round 1
  • GRENKE Chess 1: Carlsen “outlasts” Keymer
  • GRENKE Chess 2: Carlsen’s “once in a lifetime” win
  • GRENKE Chess 3: Svidler catches Carlsen
  • GRENKE Chess 4: Vishy joins Magnus
  • GRENKE Chess 5: 14-year-old Keymer grabs first win
  • GRENKE Chess 6: Carlsen opens up a 1-point lead
  • GRENKE Chess 7: Carlsen crushes Aronian
  • GRENKE Chess 8: Magnus leaves trail of destruction
Apr 01, 2016

Karjakin is Magnus Carlsen’s challenger

Sergey Karjakin is Magnus Carlsen’s challenger for the World Championship title after winning the Moscow Candidates Tournament by a full point. Since then he’s been swept up in a whirl of media appearances, including giving numerous interviews to the Russian press. We take a look at some of his comments on the key moments of the tournament, his preparation and his expectations for the match against Carlsen this November.

Sergey Karjakin’s final tournament before the Candidates was the Tata Steel Masters in Wijk aan Zee. After that he took a leaf from Magnus Carlsen’s playbook and headed for somewhere warmer – the United Arab Emirates, it later turned out – to prepare, giving the occasional hint on social media.
Karjakin on his Candidates Tournament triumph
Karjakin: It was very important to build up a certain number of ideas, because without surprises for your opponents it’s almost impossible to win such a tournament. In order to do that it was absolutely necessary to hold a training camp, especially as I also had to get some rest and store up energy. The United Arab Emirates was very well suited to those goals. The weather was around +30 and the work went great. By the way, I can already announce my “secret” fourth second – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

In that case can you also announce your “non-secret” ones!

Yury Dokhoian, Vladimir Potkin and Alexander Motylev. We did a great job, stored up some ideas and, at the same time, relaxed. I arrived in Moscow in top condition!

It’s always like that – you use a small part of what you’ve prepared. But at the same time, I managed to pose big opening problems to Anand, who’s famous for his preparation, and in some other games as well. Perhaps they weren’t so spectacular, but in terms of the opening I got good positions, and that boosted my confidence. Of course the good start to the tournament also did that. (RCF)

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Sep 28, 2016

Carlsen wins Handicap simul 11-0

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Host of the event was the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey. The moderator of the event, an ardent fan of games and game shows.
Eleven opponents and only 30 minutes for all his games but Magnus Carlsen seemed confident Games. After the game the World Champion complimented his youngest opponent: “He plays much better than I did when I was eight years old.”
The event was shown live on the internet.

After all games had finished the World Champion revealed some of this thoughts about their game to his opponents.

No chessplayer likes to get mated…but maybe it’s easier to bear if you play against the World Champion.

Soeren Marx from Germany is an ardent Carlsen fan: he got interested in chess when reading an article about Carlsen in the German weekly “Der Spiegel”. Isaac Wiebe from Canada was the last to lose. But the result of the game was never really in doubt.

Magnus Carlsen enjoyed his victory

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