The final weekend of the Norwegian League will take place at Norway’s national football stadium Ullevål in Oslo this weekend with Carlsen’s club Offerspill in pole position to win its first title.

Going into the last three matches, Offerspill is on 12 points and has a one-point lead over Carlsen’s former teammates at Vålerenga, champions for five of the last six seasons. Oslo Schakselskap is another point behind on 10 points.

Carlsen’s three classical games will be against 2341-rated FM Levi Andre Tallksen (brother of Geir Sune Tallaksen Østmoe, who drew Carlsen in a club game last year), Norway’s #3 Jon Ludvig Hammer (2631) and none other than Champions Chess Tour commentator David Howell (2670).

The meeting with former teammate Howell will be of particular interest, with the two meeting for the first time in classical chess since the Norwegian won in the London Chess Classic in 2011.

Dec 13, 2020

Hikaru Nakamura has won the Speed Chess Championship

Hikaru Nakamura has won the chess.com Speed Chess Championship after blowing Maxime Vachier-Lagrave away with a 7.5/8 burst at the end. It was the 3rd Speed Chess title in a row for Hikaru, but the first time he’d won the event when Magnus Carlsen played. Maxime showed the same level of play that had enabled him to knock Magnus out in the semi-final, with the final 18.5:12.5 scoreline little reflection of the fierce battle we witnessed. Maxime even took the lead in the bullet section, but summed up that Hikaru, “deserved to win and played more consistently”.

The next big online tournament will be the second stage of the Champions Chess Tour, starting on December 26th here on chess24. We can expect the likes of Nakamura, MVL, Wesley So and Magnus Carlsen to be in action in an event that will stretch into the new year.

See also:

  • Magnus Carlsen vs. Parham Maghsoodloo | All the games
  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs. Nihal Sarin | All the games
  • Alireza Firouzja vs. Vladimir Fedoseev | All the games
  • Wesley So vs. Nodirbek Abdusattorov | All the games
  • Ian Nepomniachtchi vs. Levon Aronian | All the games
  • Nakamura vs. Martirosyan | All the games
  • Caruana vs. Duda | All the games
  • Giri vs. Artemiev | All the games
  • So vs. Duda | All the games
  • Aronian vs. MVL | All the games
  • Carlsen vs. Artemiev | All the games
  • Nakamura vs. Fedoseev | All the games
  • Nakamura vs. So | All the games
  • Carlsen vs. MVL | All the games
  • Nakamura vs. MVL | All the games
  • Magnus Carlsen starts Speed Chess campaign today
  • Carlsen demolishes Maghsoodloo 24:5
  • Fedoseev shocks Firouzja in Speed Chess
  • Wesley So brushes aside Abdusattorov 18:10
  • Aronian beats Nepo to set up MVL quarterfinal
  • Duda blows Caruana away in bullet chess
  • Artemiev defeats Giri to set up Carlsen showdown
  • MVL beats Aronian to reach Carlsen or Artemiev Speed Chess semi-final
  • Carlsen and Nakamura remain on Speed Chess collision course
  • MVL beats Carlsen to set up Speed Chess final against Nakamura

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Jun 08, 2016

Chess legend Korchnoi dies in Switzerland aged 85

Chess grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi, who defected from Russia to the West in 1976, has died in Switzerland aged 85.

Born in 1931 in what is now St Petersburg, Korchnoi survived the siege of Leningrad during World War Two and is seen as one of the best players never to be World Champion.

He was a four-time USSR champion and ranked number one in the world in 1965.

However, he became convinced he had to leave the Soviet Union after being banned from playing internationally.

He played three matches against Soviet rival Anatoly Karpov, losing the 1974 final of the Candidates Tournament – which determines the challenger to play the world champion.

Mr Karpov became world champion in 1975 after the American Bobby Fischer refused to defend his title.

Korchnoi was then allowed by the Soviet authorities to compete internationally again the following year and sought political asylum in the Netherlands after a tournament there.

He later progressed to the World Championship final in 1978 and 1981, but lost to Mr Karpov on both occasions.

Korchnoi continued playing chess well into old age.

He was the oldest active chess grandmaster on the international tournament circuit for many years and won the World Senior Chess Championship in 2006.
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Nov 26, 2019

Tata Steel India Day 4

Magnus Carlsen described his play as “decent” and his lead as “solid” as he top-scored with 6.5/9 on the first day of the Tata Steel Chess India Blitz, extending his lead over Hikaru Nakamura to a massive five points. Hikaru was 2nd top scorer alongside Ian Nepomniachtchi with 5.5/9 while no-one else could manage more than 50%. Vishy Anand’s qualification for the London Grand Chess Tour finals remains the great unknown, with his current score just enough to see him qualify ahead of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

It’s hard to summarise a day of blitz, but as you can see, Magnus Carlsen didn’t slow down: his one loss, to Ding Liren, was sandwiched between a streak of four wins. Other top performers were Hikaru Nakamura, who like Magnus has only lost one game in Kolkata, and Ian Nepomniachtchi, who finally got some sleep and is recognisably himself again. The same can’t be said about Levon Aronian, who described his play as a “disaster”:

By this stage Wesley So and Ian Nepomniachtchi have no hope of reaching the London Grand Chess Tour finals, so the remaining intrigue is whether Vishy Anand or Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will join Magnus, Ding Liren and Levon Aronian. Vishy still needs to get 5 points by finishing in 6th place or better.

See also:

  • Official website
  • Grand Chess Tour page
  • All the Tata Steel India Rapid & Blitz games with computer analysis
  • Tata Steel India Rapid & Blitz kicks off in Kolkata
  • Tata Steel India Day 1: Magnus back on top
  • Tata Steel India Day 2: Magnus rapid no. 1 again
  • Tata Steel India Day 3: The Carlsen exhibition