Tan Zhongyi sacrificed two pawns and looked in grave danger in Game 1 of the FIDE Women’s Candidates Final in Chongqing, China, but Lei Tingjie blundered with seconds on her clock and fell to defeat. That was a huge step towards Tan Zhongyi forcing a World Championship rematch against Ju Wenjun, but Lei Tingjie still has five games in which to hit back.

The 2023 Women’s World Championship is an all-Chinese affair, with Tan Zhongyi and Lei Tingjie competing over six classical games for the right to challenge Ju Wenjun to a World Championship match in July.

On paper Lie Tingjie went into the match as the favourite, rated 2545 and world no. 6 compared to Tan Zhongyi’s 2526 and no. 8, but neither player has been prolific recently, and Tan has experience playing for the World Championship title.

That rollercoaster game was Lei Tingjie’s first classical loss in over three years, since the 2020 Gibraltar Masters, with neither player having lost a game in the Candidates before the final. It made Tan Zhongyi the clear favourite, but there are five games, and possible playoffs, to go, so that absolutely nothing is decided yet.

The games start at 15:00 in China, which is 3am ET, 09:00 CEST and 12:30pm IST. Watch all the FIDE Women’s Candidates games on chess24

Oct 08, 2020

Magnus Carlsen won Banter Series after starting 1.f3, 2.Kf2

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen won after starting 1.f3, 2.Kf2 – the notoriously bad “Bongcloud” opening – on his way to beating Wesley So 5.5:3.5 to claim the $12,000 top prize in the chess24 Banter Series. Wesley struggled to get over losing that game and was still lamenting “that’s just so humiliating” two games later. He struck some blows of his own, though, and pushed Magnus all the way until a relieved World Champion summed up, “what a battle!” at the end.
And of course don’t miss the final from the point of view of both of the players. Here’s Magnus:

Magnus faces Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Alireza Firouzja and Aryan Tari in a double round-robin, with Vladimir Kramnik and Judit Polgar commentating on the official chess24 stream!

See also:

  • chess24 Banter Series hompage
  • All the chess24 Banter Series games with computer analysis
  • Carlsen and co. in Banter Series Finals action
  • Carlsen vs. Giri in the Banter Series Quarterfinals
  • Carlsen-Aronian and So-Le in the semi-finals
  • It’s Carlsen-So in the Banter Series Final
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
Sep 14, 2016

Indian team shock Azerbaijan in the Chess Olympiad

The Indian team in the open section on Tuesday handed over an handsome defeat to the host Azerbaijan in the fifth round of the World Chess Olympiad held at Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

The Indian team won 3-1 with World No 16 Grandmaster P. Harikrishna made a quick work to win against GM Mamedyarov in 34 moves on the top board.

While Indian GMs B. Adhiban and S.P. Sethuraman split points with their opponents, GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi won against GM Naiditsch in just 37 moves.

Gujrathi has a perfect score of winning all the five games he had played till now. Interestingly this is his first Chess Olympiad.

On the other hand, the Indian womens drew their match against much lower-rated Vietnam 2-2.

On the top board World No.5 Indian GM Harika Dronavalli and on the fourth board WGM Soumya Swaminathan drew their games against their Vietnamese opponents.

But in the other two boards it was mixed results for India with International Master Tania Sachdev suffering her first defeat in the tournament.

After suffering a loss in the fourth round, Indian IM Padmini Rout bounced back defeating her Vietnamese opponent.

The biennial World Chess Olympiad is an 11-round Swiss open, with one rest day on September 7. The open section features 181 teams from 176 countries, with the 899 players.