Harikrishna fought for 115 moves but couldn’t find a way back on Friday against Iran’s Amin Tabatabaei, whose clash with fellow giant killer Haik Martirosyan is the only Last 16 match already determined. Jeffery Xiong was beaten 2:0 by Vidit, while Praggnanandhaa lost a spectacular game to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. There are no less than eight tiebreaks in the open section, including Carlsen-Wojtaszek, after Magnus failed to wrap up what should have been a crushing win. Top seed Aleksandra Goryachkina hit back on demand to force one of four tiebreaks in the women’s event.

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  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis and commentary on chess24: Open | Women
  • Magnus Carlsen plays the 2021 World Cup
  • FIDE World Cup 2021 pairings are out
  • FIDE World Cup 1.1: The battle begins
  • FIDE World Cup 1.2: 80 players out, 28 tiebreaks
  • FIDE World Cup 1.3: 14-year-old Volodar Murzin scores upset win
  • FIDE World Cup 2.1: Aronian forfeits, Caruana in doubt
  • FIDE World Cup 2.2: Krasenkow shocks Alekseenko
  • FIDE World Cup 2.3: Sindarov knocks out Firouzja
  • FIDE World Cup 3.1: Mamedyarov & Yu among 28 in danger
  • FIDE World Cup 3.2: Caruana is out!
  • FIDE World Cup 3.3: Giri & Mamedyarov join mass exodus
  • FIDE World Cup 4.1: Carlsen slowed, Goryachkina beaten
May 19, 2018

Ju Wenjun is the 17th Women’s World Champion

Ju Wenjun has beaten Tan Zhongyi 5.5:4.5 to become the new Women’s World Chess Champion. The Chinese grandmaster and women’s no. 2 dominated the 10th and final game of the match in Chongqing, though in the end she settled for the draw that was enough to give her the title. Tan Zhongyi can look back with pride at how she took the match the full distance after a terrible start, and she’ll get an early chance to regain the title in the World Championship knockout tournament scheduled for this November.

For now, though, she can enjoy having reached the pinnacle of her career. Congratulations to a very worthy champion!

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis here on chess24
  • Women’s World Championship starts in Shanghai
  • Ju Wenjun opens up big World Championship lead
  • Tan Zhongyi’s revival is short-lived
  • Tan Zhongyi strikes for 5th decisive game in a row
  • Women’s chess title battle goes down to the wire
Feb 17, 2023

Magnus Carlsen called his missed win against Praggnanandhaa a “backbreaker”

Nodirbek Abdusattorov is a draw against Jorden van Foreest away from at least a playoff for the Tata Steel Masters title after he drew against Wesley So in Round 12. Anish Giri, who could have caught him, survived by the skin of his teeth against Jorden, while Magnus Carlsen called his missed win against Praggnanandhaa a “backbreaker”. Alexander Donchenko will play next year’s Masters after winning the Challengers with a round to spare.

There were ultimately only two wins in Round 12 of the Tata Steel Masters, but our commentators felt it was the most exciting round yet.

  • If Abdusattorov wins with White against Van Foreest he wins the title whatever happens elsewhere
  • If he draws, then Giri can force a blitz playoff by beating Rapport with the white pieces
  • If Nodirbek loses, then Carlsen (Black vs. Arjun) and So (Black vs. Praggnanandhaa) could reach a playoff with wins, while Anish could win the title outright with a win

Meanwhile there won’t be any last-minute drama in the Challengers, since Alexander Donchenko has already booked his place in next year’s Tata Steel Masters.

Yilmaz could still catch Donchenko, but there’s no playoff in the Challengers, and the first tiebreak is head-to-head encounter, which was won by Donchenko.

The final round of Tata Steel Chess 2023 starts two hours earlier than usual with the games kicking off at 12:00 CET (6am ET, 16:30 IST), but they’ll be visible from 12:15 due to the 15-minute delay: Tata Steel Masters | Tata Steel Challengers

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Aug 17, 2017

2017 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz: Day 2

Ian Nepomniachtchi won a dramatic clash with Garry Kasparov to become the first player to beat the former World Champion in a rated game since Veselin Topalov back on March 10, 2005. As if that wasn’t enough, Ian is also the sole leader and the only unbeaten player remaining after six rounds of the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz. Garry drew his remaining games and lamented that 20 years ago he might have scored 3/3 for the day. Elsewhere Hikaru Nakamura and Vishy Anand matched Nepo’s 2/3, with four players now within a point of the leader.

With no-one else yet setting the world on fire in St. Louis the most compelling storyline remains to follow the adventures of returning chess legend Garry Kasparov. Garry Kasparov and his inseparable assistant Michael Khodarkovsky have the best entrance music The Return of the Jedi.

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