Fabiano Caruana drew a sharp game against Richard Rapport to finish in clear first place in the Superbet Chess Classic, taking the $100,000 top prize and the maximum 13 Grand Chess Tour points. His pursuers could all only draw, though that was a good result for Anish Giri after he stumbled into a lost position against Ian Nepomniachtchi. Ding Liren regained the world no. 3 spot after ending with a fine win over Bogdan-Daniel Deac.

Fabiano Caruana: 5.5/9 (2 wins, 7 draws), 1st place, $100,000

This was vintage Fabiano Caruana, who, as in the glory days of 2018, combined stellar opening preparation and sharp calculation (the win over Maxime Vachier-Lagrave), with patience and determination (the win over Ian Nepomniachtchi) to come close to a model of a perfect chess player.

He was never in danger in a single game and could have scored more. He missed a chance against Bogdan-Daniel Deac in the first round, and his one real regret was a failure to turn a huge advantage against Alireza Firouzja into a full point.

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May 08, 2017

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has now won his home supertournament

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has now won his home supertournament for a second year in a row, with his +2 score built on wins with the black pieces over Wesley So, Pavel Eljanov and Vladimir Kramnik.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov retained his Gashimov Memorial title after an anticlimactic final round in Shamkir. His game against Veselin Topalov raced to a draw, meaning only Wesley So could force a playoff if he beat Harikrishna with the black pieces. Soon, however, there was nothing Wesley could hope for but a draw, which he safely achieved.

The day was saved, however, by Vladimir Kramnik, who emerged victorious from a complicated 6-hour battle with Pavel Eljanov. That second win in a row for Big Vlad took him up to second place on the tiebreak of most wins.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24
  • Shamkir Chess 1-2: So’s streak ends, Eljanov leads
  • Shamkir Chess 3-5: Mamedyarov leads, So back at no. 2
  • Shamkir Chess 6: A bad day for Russia
  • Shamkir Chess 7-8: Mamedyarov rocked by Wojtaszek


Oct 13, 2021

Magnus Carlsen wins 4th Norway Chess

“I came away with absolutely everything I could have hoped for,” said Magnus Carlsen after winning Norway Chess for a 3rd year in a row and a 4th time in total. He did it with another Armageddon win over his World Championship Challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi, who called his own performance “completely disgusting”. Alireza Firouzja took 2nd place for a 2nd year in a row with a stunning win over Richard Rapport that completed a 4-game winning streak. It was a tough end for Richard, but left both in the World Top 10 for the 1st time in their careers.

Going into their final day clash Magnus, who had won his last four classical games in a row, knew that a draw in the first game against Nepo and a win in Armageddon would guarantee him at least a playoff for 1st place. For Ian, meanwhile, there was nothing to hope for in terms of the tournament — his one win, two losses and seven draws left him out of the battle for the top places.

That didn’t stop it being a tense struggle in classical chess, with both players not hiding the fact that they wanted to be solid, though Ian, with the white pieces, could allow himself the more ambitious goal of applying some pressure at no risk to himself. After another little dance with the ceremonial opening move…

See also:

  • Official website
  • Norway Chess games with computer analysis and live commentary on chess24
  • Firouzja-Carlsen in Norway Chess, Nepo late arrival
  • Norway Chess 1: Carlsen beats Firouzja as Rapport enters Top 10
  • Norway Chess 2: Nepo beats Firouzja with King’s Gambit
  • Norway Chess 3: Magnus and Nepo scrape wins before showdown
  • Norway Chess 4: Carlsen gets to torture Nepomniachtchi
  • Norway Chess 5: Karjakin takes down Carlsen
  • Norway Chess 6: Carlsen storms back to beat Firouzja
  • Norway Chess 7: Carlsen, Rapport and Firouzja all win
  • Norway Chess 8: Carlsen hunts down Rapport
  • Norway Chess 9: Carlsen wins a 4th in a row, Firouzja enters Top 10
Nov 28, 2020

The Skilling Open Knockout Games

Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So need only draw on Saturday to reach the final of the Skilling Open after winning the first day of their semi-final matches against Ian Nepomniachtchi and Hikaru Nakamura. Magnus took advantage of Nepo blundering a piece on move 15 of their first game, but then admitted he was “mainly struggling” as the Russian no. 1 failed to convert two winning endgames. Wesley, meanwhile, didn’t lose control all day, and owed his victory to a swashbuckling attack in the 2nd game of the day.

Saturday has a lot at stake as the players compete for a place in the first final of the Champions Chess Tour. Will we see more comebacks, or can Magnus and Wesley hold on? Don’t miss all the action from 18:00 CET here on chess24!  

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Skilling Open games: Prelims | Knockout
  • The King’s Gambit: Magnus Carlsen launches $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour
  • What’s new in the Champions Chess Tour?
  • Nakamura and Firouzja complete Skilling Open lineup
  • Introducing the new Skilling Open commentary teams
  • Skilling Open 1: Giri leads mouse-slipping Carlsen
  • Skilling Open 2: Giri still leads after Karjakin beats Carlsen
  • Skilling Open 3: Firouzja heartbreak as Carlsen wins prelims
  • Skilling Open QF1: Naka, Giri, Nepo and So in danger
  • Skilling Open QF2: Day of the Comebacks