Shakhriyar Mamedyarov took a quick draw against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final round to clinch first place in the Superbet Chess Classic along with the $90,000 top prize. The Azerbaijan no. 1 finished a full point ahead of Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk and Wesley So in 2nd place. Caruana-Deac was by far the longest game of the day, but Fabiano Caruana couldn’t improve a disappointing tournament, while MVL finished last before heading to his home city this weekend for the Paris Rapid & Blitz.

The Superbet Chess Classic ended as it began, with all five games drawn, which left the final table looking as follows — click on any game to open it with computer analysis, or hover over a name to see all of a player’s results.

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
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 5: Shakh attack!
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 6: Grischuk & Mamedyarov extend lead
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 7: Shakh strikes again
  • Superbet Chess Classic Round 8: Shakh on the brink
Jan 16, 2019

Tata Steel 2019, round 4

Carlsen-Kramnik was the big clash of the day in the Tata Steel Masters, and although it ended in a draw it didn’t disappoint. Vlad said afterwards, “I’m an old man – I just want to enjoy chess!” and for once he could, as he showed some real touches of class to hold Magnus to what was his 21st draw in a row.

Elsewhere Anish Giri moved to +1 after beating Richard Rapport, while Vidit defeated Jorden van Foreest after the Dutch youngster blitzed out one move too many when he had a draw in his grasp. It was a bad day for the Foreest family, as Lucas also lost the only decisive game of the Challengers, to Vladislav Kovalev.

Round 5 is the last before the long-awaited first rest day, and Van Foreest-Carlsen looks like the ideal game for Magnus finally to draw blood again. If he didn’t have enough motivation already there’s the fact that a draw will cost him around 2 rating points and leave his world no. 1 spot hanging by a thread. Of course going all-out for a win with Black against a dangerous youngster isn’t without risks, which is good news for us fans! Among the other games, Kramnik-Mamedyarov is one where action is almost guaranteed.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24: Masters | Challengers
  • Tata Steel Chess 2019 Preview
  • Tata Steel 2019, 1: Nepo and Anand snatch early lead
  • Tata Steel 2019, 2: The Dutch strike back
  • Tata Steel 2019, 3: Nepo beats Kramnik to lead
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
Feb 10, 2017

Wesley So rises to 4th in the February 2017 URS Rating list

The February 2017 Universal Rating List has been released and sees GM Wesley So rise to 4th place on the URS rating list after his impressive victory at the 2017 Tata Steel Masters tournament. The other major beneficiary amongst the top 15 players was GM Levon Aronian who rose from 11th place to 8th place following a solid +2 performance in the same event. GM Wei Yi also finished on +2 at the Tata Steel Masters and this result sees him replace GM Vladislav Artemiev as the number 1 ranked junior player on the list. January was a quiet month for the top ladies and saw little change amongst the top ranked female players top of the URS rating list.

The top 15 open and female players per the February 2017 rating list are now as follows. The change column reflects individual movements from the January 2017 URS rating list.

Commentators with a key eye will note that GM Vladimir Kramnik has lost 3 rating points on the February list despite not playing any rated games during the month of February. This is one of the key differences between the URS and the ELO rating systems. URS continuously re-rates all players in the database regardless of individual activity during the month and these movements are hence normal for the system. A more detailed explanation of some of the notable changes between the January and February rating lists will be released in due course.

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