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
Jun 28, 2021

Aronian beat Carlsen in the first round of Day 2

Levon Aronian beat Magnus Carlsen in the first round of Day 2 of the Goldmoney Asian Rapid as he joined Ding Liren in scoring an unbeaten 3.5/5 for a second day in a row to move ahead of the pack. Of the five co-leaders at the start of the day, Artemiev scored a solid 3/5, Magnus scored 50% and Dubov crashed to three defeats and just two draws to leave him outside the qualifying spots. His place was taken by 17-year-old Indian star Arjun Erigaisi, who defeated Vidit and Hou Yifan.

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Goldmoney Asian Rapid games with computer analysis: Prelims, Knockout
  • Hou Yifan joins Magnus Carlsen for Goldmoney Asian Rapid
  • Carlsen starts Goldmoney Asian Rapid against Firouzja, Hou Yifan & So
  • Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 1: Carlsen hits back after Firouzja stumble
Mar 02, 2017

Women’s World Championship Final

The final match of the Women’s World Chess Championship in Tehran started on February 27th. The survivors, Tan Zhongyi from China and Anna Muzychuk from Ukraine, arrived from two very different paths. The Chinese dark horse had to overcome three exceptionally tense tiebreak rounds, while Muzychuk managed to win all her matches in the two classical games. Thus, the fatigue factor should favor the Ukrainian. However, my personal opinion is that both must be really tired!

Despite her long run, Tan Zhongyi was the first one to get ahead! After a quiet draw, the Chinese player tipped the balance in her favor with great technique in game two.

It seems like Black has the initiative in this position due to the attack on f2, but Tan Zhongyi found the precise 18.Ng5!, threatening a fork on f7, to lower the tension. After 18…Ke7 19.Be4! Black is forced to trade bishops, while the e4-knight both defends f2 and threatens to go to d6. A subtle way to improve the position! Little by little the Chinese player increased the pressure and forced Muzychuk to resign on move 56. With the Ukrainian facing possible elimination, Tan was in the driver’s seat.

Anna Muzychuk found herself against the ropes, but her response could not have been better! The Ukrainian spent almost 30 minutes before offering the old “Greek gift” sacrifice with 14.Bxh7!

So everything is still up for grabs with one game to go. The intrigue will soon come to an end! Fatigue and momentum favor Muzychuk, but the Chinese player will play with White, of course!

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24

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Aug 20, 2019

Magnus vs. History: Sinquefield Cup

World Champion Magnus Carlsen will be dreaming of setting new chess records when he starts the 11-round Sinquefield Cup against Anish Giri on Saturday. He goes into the event, featuring all of the world’s top 9 players, on a rating of 2882, matching the peak he set back in 2014. Can he improve on that, can he cross 2900, or can he “at least” beat his peak live rating of 2889.2? We’ll soon find out, though to beat any of those records he’s going to need to stop playing like his “evil twin brother” as he did in the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz!

The pairings for the 2019 Sinquefield Cup have long been known, since they’re exactly the same as the Croatia Grand Chess Tour pairings, only with colours reversed. Once again it’s the full cast of Grand Chess Tour regulars with no wild cards, making it one of the strongest events ever held.

It comes in the immediate aftermath of the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz, so it was decided to combine the closing ceremony for that tournament with the opening ceremony of the Sinquefield Cup. That event took place on Thursday evening in the St. Louis World Chess Hall of Fame, and you can watch it below:

There are also matches for three more US stars:

  • Fabiano Caruana vs. Garry Kasparov
  • Wesley So vs. Veselin Topalov
  • Leinier Dominguez vs. Peter Svidler
  • Hikaru Nakamura vs. Levon Aronian

Each match has the same format of six rapid games with 30 minutes for all moves and a 10-second delay, followed by fourteen 5+5 blitz games. The rapid games are worth double.

That’s a 4-day event from 2-5 September, but first up is the Sinquefield Cup that will be live here on chess24 at the usual time of 13:00 in St. Louis or 20:00 CEST on Saturday 17 August, with the same commentary teams that brought you the Rapid & Blitz. Don’t miss it!

See also:

  • Grand Chess Tour
  • All the Sinquefield Cup games with computer analysis
  • St. Louis Rapid & Blitz Winners & Losers