Let’s start with the four draws in Round 5, and take them in order of interest.

4. Deac 1/2-1/2 So

“First I’d like to apologise for a quick draw – no-one likes a quick draw!” said Wesley So, with the conviction of someone who’s converted to a new religion, or at least seen the pressure his colleague Teimour Radjabov was coming under. Wesley did something he last did in 2012 and played the Vienna, noting, “I already studied it, so I thought I might as well play it.”

He’d studied it for his game against Grischuk a couple of days earlier, but admitted it wasn’t the ideal choice to get winning chances against Bogdan-Daniel Deac. The 19-year-old local hero played the pawn sacrifice line with 6.Bxc4, which Jan Gustafsson calls, “the main threat to the Vienna’s very existence” in his chess24 Vienna video series. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t kill the Vienna, and in fact Jan had shown the whole line played out in Bucharest until it ended in a completely drawn rook endgame.

Then on Friday both events will be live at the same time, so that there’s definitely not going to be any lack of action! Tune in to the games live from 14:00 CEST here on chess24.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 1: Giri’s gamble almost backfires
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 2: Deac shocks MVL
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 3: Lupulescu stuns Giri
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 4: So & Grischuk snatch lead
Apr 03, 2021

German club Deizisau won the 1st ever European Online Chess Club Cup

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
Mar 24, 2018

Sergey Karjakin is back for a rematch against Magnus Carlsen

Sergey Karjakin is back in contention for a rematch against Magnus Carlsen after defeating Levon Aronian in Round 11 to move within a point of leader Fabiano Caruana, who he plays in Round 12. Alexander Grischuk is level with Karjakin in what has become a four-horse race, after pulling off a great escape against Ding Liren, with the Chinese player now on 11 draws out of 11. Fabiano Caruana and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov drew against Vladimir Kramnik and Wesley So to remain the players to beat.

After a thoroughly uninspired 2017 Sergey Karjakin went into the 2018 Candidates Tournament as the bottom seed, and after two losses with the white pieces in the first four rounds it seemed as though the ratings didn’t lie – few gave him a chance of fighting for a rematch against Magnus Carlsen. We should have known better, though, since in the 2014 Candidates Tournament Karjakin had also started with two losses, the last of which was to Levon Aronian with the black pieces. Then in both cases Karjakin went on to win three games, including beating Kramnik with White and Aronian with Black.

In 2014 that +1 was enough for clear second place, though Karjakin also came very close to beating the winner Vishy Anand in the penultimate game. Anything can still happen this year with three rounds to go.

Let’s get to the game, though, which was another horror show for Levon Aronian. The Armenian no. 1 has now lost five games, including four of his last six, and plummeted out of the live Top 10. The blow has been hard to take, and he’s yet to switch to damage limitation mode. In Round 11 he was absolutely fine with White in a Catalan against Sergey Karjakin, and though Sergey suggested improvements (e.g. 26.Qg4 instead of 26.Qb2 and 33.Qc2 instead of 33.g4) the game was still in the balance all the way up to move 42.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24
  • A look at the Candidates: Mamedyarov, Kramnik, Aronian, Grischuk, Caruana, Ding Liren, So, Karjakin
  • Jan, Peter and Sopiko commentate Candidates
  • Berlin Candidates 1: A stunning start
  • Berlin Candidates 2: Grischuk piles misery on So
  • Berlin Candidates 3: A Kramnik immortal
  • Berlin Candidates 4: Caruana leads after thriller
  • Berlin Candidates 5: Aronian misses open goal
  • Berlin Candidates 6: Mamedyarov and So strike
  • Berlin Candidates 7: Caruana beats Aronian to lead
  • Berlin Candidates 8: Kramnik vs. Kramnik
  • Berlin Candidates 9: Fabi close as Vlad loses again
  • Berlin Candidates 10: Kramnik does it again
Apr 28, 2017

Shamkir Chess 2017: round 6

Just three days ago Russian ex-World Champion Vladimir Kramnik was ahead of Wesley So in the world no. 2 spot. Now, after losing first to So and now to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, he trails Wesley by a whopping 14.4 rating points and has dropped below Fabiano Caruana to world no. 4. Wesley, meanwhile, ground another Russian player into dust, making Sergey Karjakin pay a heavy price for entering a worse minor piece ending. Veselin Topalov escaped an opening gone wrong to beat Pavel Eljanov and join So and Adams a full point behind Mamedyarov.

Tune in for all the action with commentary by GMs Igor Khenkin and Ljubomir Ljubojevic click here

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