“If I knew how to beat Magnus I would have done it myself!” quipped Vishy Anand, as he called Magnus Carlsen a “huge favourite” to win the World Championship match against Ian Nepomniachtchi in Dubai. The 15th World Champion nevertheless feels Ian has a tactical style that can hurt Magnus, while the 14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik pointed out how important the early games will be for the Challenger.

Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik were interviewed by Ilya Levitov for his YouTube channel, where he features interviews with top players with high quality subtitles.

There’s not long at all to wait now, with the first game of the World Chess Championship 2021 starting this Friday, November 26th, with Judit Polgar and Anish Giri commentating live on all the action for chess24, while Tania Sachdev will be in Dubai. We also have the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour team of David Howell, Jovanka Houska and Kaja Snare.

All the Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi live moves and commentary will be broadcast live here on chess24!

See also:

  • Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi World Championship match on chess24
  • Ian Nepomniachtchi: “The result is much more important than the prize”
  • Magnus Carlsen: “I’m hoping this time there will be fewer draws”
  • Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi: Young Rivals
  • Karjakin: “Magnus can psychologically crumble”
  • Carlsen vs. Nepomniachtchi: Decisive Encounters
  • Carlsen: “Good outcome to face Nepo not Fabi or Ding”
Oct 27, 2016

Next month, the World Chess Championship will be played in NY

Next month, the World Chess Championship will be played in New York City between the reigning champ, 25-year-old Magnus Carlsen, and 26-year-old Sergey Karjakin, who still holds the record as the youngest person to become a grandmaster at the age of 12. At stake? A prize pool of over $2 million dollars.

Not bad for a game that’s over 1,500 years old.

It was nearly 20 years ago that Garry Kasparov, the then World Champion of Chess and by consensus the dominant player in the world at the time, resigned in game 6 of his famous match versus IBM’s Deep Blue. The “Man vs. Machine” contest had ended in victory for the machine. And since then, computers have only gotten better.

You might think computer dominance would be the beginning of the end of chess, but you’d be wrong. Chess is undergoing something of a renaissance, and that’s thanks to – not in spite of — the ability of computers to beat the toughest human opponents.

“Cars can outrace humans but humans still run against each other,” Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley told me. “I think people are thrilled to watch humans play each other. Part of that thrill is the errors — it’s not about perfection. It’s about how to come back from mistakes.”

To avoid those mistakes, people are taking advantage of the power of computers to train them to play better chess.


Mar 14, 2024

Grandmasters are now achieving their Titles at an earlier age than ever

The game of chess is witnessing a fascinating trend. New research by Chess.com shows that grandmasters are now achieving their titles at an earlier age than ever. Will the chess world see 10- or 11-year-olds becoming grandmasters in the next few years?

In the past year, we’ve seen a surge in children scoring extraordinary results. Records that would’ve seemed unbreakable only five to 10 years ago aren’t as shatterproof as we once thought, and it’s just a matter of time until they are broken again. “Child’s play” as some say.

Here are some examples:

The results appear to be a part of a new trend as shown by Chess.com research that looks at the age of players who secure the grandmaster title.

While the average age for players achieving the most prestigious title in chess was 30 between 1975-1979, it dropped to 22.8 between 2020 and 2024. The highest age for a new GM was 32.8 in 1977. More then four decades later, in 2021, the average age is down to a record low of 20.9.

10 players are currently pending approval for the GM title in 2024. The average age is down to 21.4, the second lowest to date.

Article source chess.com

Jul 06, 2019

” The real talent is the ability to work hard…”

Grandmaster Iossif Dorfman, a former USSR and French Chess Champion, talks to Joachim Iglesias about chess life in the Soviet Union, seconding Garry Kasparov for four World Championship matches, coaching the 9-year-old Etienne Bacrot, new chess talents (he feels Vladislav Artemiev has much more potential than Sergey Karjakin) and his book and now video series, The Method in Chess.

Before we get to the interview, here are some key moments from Iossif’s career:

  • Born on May 1st 1952 in Zhytomyr, Soviet Ukraine
  • Awarded the title of Merited Master of Sports of the USSR in 1973
  • European Champion with the USSR in 1977
  • Became an International Master in 1977
  • USSR Champion in 1977
  • Obtained the Grandmaster title in 1978
  • Seconded Garry Kasparov during four of his World Championship matches from 1984 to 1987
  • Came to live in France in 1989
  • Starts training 9-year-old Etienne Bacrot in 1992, helping him to become the youngest grandmaster in history
  • French Champion in 1998
  • Contributor and commentator for chess24’s French site since 2019

Joachim Iglesias: Hello, Iossif. If you don’t mind, we’ll first take a chronological look at your career as a player, and then coach, before getting to current projects. You were born in 1952 in present-day Ukraine. At what age did you learn to play chess ? 

Iossif Dorfman: I vividly remember the day a friend of the family offered to play chess and taught me the rules, but I didn’t really start to play until I was 11, which even at the time was very late.

Like Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who has a degree in Mathematics, you went to university. Is that a choice you regret? Would you advise promising young players nowadays to do a degree?

I spent five years studying Engineering at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute. You have to understand that at the time becoming a professional player was extremely difficult, since the slots were so scarce. Rafael Vaganian, for example, finished runner-up in the 1975 Soviet Championship without being a professional. In the USSR, the best players had a huge amount of recognition – they were as well-known as cosmonauts and could play in front of halls packed with thousands of spectators. There was very little money, however, and you had to be a little crazy to choose to become a professional. In France there’s no recognition: who knows Maxime, Etienne or Laurent? No-one, or almost no-one. Having said that, nowadays it’s possible to live well from chess in France, but it’s become an altogether different and varied profession. You have to give classes, write books and make videos on the internet as well as playing games. We’re far from the cliché, still in vogue in the 90s, of a chess player who gets up at 2pm in order to play blitz for money in the bars…

On January 1st 1977, Karpov is the World Champion and you’re still only a Soviet Master of Sport, but you’re about to have an incredible year…

I’d already had major successes before that. You need to realise that in that era Master of Sport is like Grandmaster nowadays. To make a norm it was necessary to score +6 in the USSR U27 Championship, which, as you can imagine, was pretty tough. I’d won that tournament with +11, becoming a Master of Sport with 4 rounds to spare.

In 1976 I won the Red Army Championship, which was as strong as the current French Championship.

I then went on to win the Premier League, a qualifier for the USSR Championship final, by 1.5 points. It was almost all grandmasters, such as Tseshkovsky, Sveshnikov, Beliavsky…

In the final of the USSR Championship I won six games, but unfortunately I also lost too many for a place on the podium.

Read more at chess24

See also:

  • The Method in Chess | Iossif Dorfman and Jan Gustafsson
  • The Method in Chess: 5 new video series