World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen will commentate on the event that decides his next challenger when the FIDE Candidates Tournament finally resumes with Round 8 in Yekaterinburg, Russia on Monday April 19th. For Rounds 8-10, Magnus will be joined by Tania Sachdev and David Howell, while for the last four rounds Judit Polgar will team up with Tania and guests for live commentary, with player cameras, here on chess24. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Ian Nepomniachtchi lead the interrupted event by a full point going into the final seven rounds.

The 2020 FIDE Candidates Tournament, the second most important event in chess after the World Championship match itself, started in Yekaterinburg, Russia on March 17th 2020. It was stopped by FIDE just before Round 8 was set to start on March 26th, a day before all flights out of Russia were grounded. The pandemic thwarted all attempts to resume the 8-player tournament… until now.

Where can I watch?

You’re going to have a real treat here on chess24 as World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen will be commentating live on the action for the first three rounds. He’s joined by former Indian and Asian Champion Tania Sachdev and 3-time British Champion David Howell.

See also:

  • Official website
  • FIDE Candidates Tournament games on chess24
  • FIDE Candidates Tournament stopped at halfway
  • FIDE Candidates to resume after 389 days
  • Carlsen to play 5th World Championship in Dubai this November
Jan 03, 2019

World Rapid Championship: Dubov & Ju Wenjun take gold

22-year-old Russian Grandmaster Daniil Dubov is the 2018 World Rapid Champion after beating Korobov and Wang Hao with Black on the final day to finish in clear first on 11/15. He takes the $60,000 first prize, while Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (silver), Hikaru Nakamura (bronze), Vladislav Artemiev and Magnus Carlsen earned $36,250 each after ending the day half a point behind the leader. China’s Ju Wenjun retained her Women’s World Rapid Championship title, picked up $40,000 and can still claim the triple crown if she can also win the World Blitz Championship.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the World Rapid Championship games with computer analysis: Open | Women
  • All the World Blitz Championship games with computer analysis: Open | Women
  • World Rapid 1: Magnus suffers as Firouzja shines
  • World Rapid 2: Seven leaders as Magnus lurks
Apr 01, 2019

The Russian men’s team clinched gold with a 3.5:0.5 win over Sweden

The Russian men’s team have won the World Team Championship for the first time since 2013 after they crushed Sweden while England lost to China and India drew against the USA. Gold was also decided with a round to spare in the women’s section, where the Chinese team won an 8th match in a row to claim a first Women’s World Team Championship since 2011. Tan Zhongyi (6.5/8) and Lei Tingjie (6/7) got the wins against the USA. Silver and bronze medals will be up for grabs as the last round starts three hours earlier than usual on Thursday.

The Russian men’s team doesn’t have a stellar reputation in team tournaments, but that’s largely down to the Olympiad, which they’ve famously failed to win since 2002. Over the same period they’ve now won 4 of the 7 World Team Championships that have been played, and this time round they took full advantage of beating their key rivals China in Round 3. By the penultimate round they knew a victory might win them the title, and they methodically set about crushing the Swedish team.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24: Open | Women  
  • World Team Championship starts in Astana
  • World Teams 2-3: Russia pile misery on China
  • World Teams 4-5: Chinese women strike
  • World Teams 6-7: The moment of truth
Nov 25, 2021

World Chess Championship match is back!

Three years and one pandemic since Magnus Carlsen defeated Fabiano Caruana in London to defend his title for a 3rd time, the World Chess Championship match is back! This time Magnus faces Russian underdog Ian Nepomniachtchi, whose late surge into the Top 5 has been perfectly timed to win the Candidates Tournament and earn the right to challenge Magnus to a €2 million showdown. The 14-game match kicks off on Friday, November 26th in Dubai and we’ve got an amazing commentary line-up, featuring Anish Giri and Judit Polgar.

Let’s take a look at some of the details.

Who are the players?

30-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen became world no. 1 at the age of 19 and in 2013, aged 22, he defeated Vishy Anand to become the World Chess Champion. He’s held onto the title ever since, recently celebrated 10 years unbroken as the world no. 1, and has dominated in fast and online chess as well. He’s one of a handful of players spoken of as the greatest of all time.

Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi is just four months older than Magnus and held the edge over his Norwegian rival in junior events before 12-year-old Magnus took over on the rating list in October 2003 and never looked back. Ian had impressive performances, including winning the Russian and European Championships in 2010, but remarkably it wasn’t until 2019 that he finally entered the Top 10. He’ll start the match as the world no. 5.

How did they qualify?

Magnus Carlsen plays as the reigning World Champion. Since first winning the title in 2013, he’s defended it three times: against the same opponent, Vishy Anand, in 2014, then against Sergey Karjakin in 2016 and Fabiano Caruana in 2018.

Ian Nepomniachtchi qualified for the 8-player Candidates Tournament by finishing in 2nd place in the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix. The 2020 Candidates in Yekaterinburg, Russia started just as the pandemic was forcing lockdowns around the world and had to be stopped at the midway point, with Ian in the joint lead but having lost his last game. The event finally resumed only 389 days later, but Ian’s nerves held strong as he won with a round to spare — earning the right to play Magnus.

Where are they playing?

The match is taking place in the Dubai Exhibition Centre as part of Expo 2020 Dubai, an event which, as the name suggests, was delayed by the pandemic. Preparations are well underway!

Follow the Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi World Chess Championship live here on chess24 from Friday November 26th!

See also:

  • Official website