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2021 US Championships
Wesley So Dominates Playoffs To Win US Title
Wesley So 2021 US Championships

Wesley So beat both Fabiano Caruana and Sam Sevian in the playoffs of the 2021 US Championship to win the national title for a third time, since his transfer to the United States in 2014. A hard-fought tournament saw the three players sharing first place on 6½ points after 11 rounds. A round robin with a rapid time control took place on Tuesday to decide the winner of the national championship.
A third US title for So: Wesley So defended his US Championship title on Tuesday, after beating both Fabiano Caruana and Sam Sevian in rapid playoffs. The Filipino-born grandmaster had won the 2020 event, which took place online, and a similar 12-player round robin back in 2017 — So also won that tournament in playoffs, as he beat Alexander Onischuk in a two-game rapid match that followed the two players tying for first place on 7/11 points in the classical event. At 28, So is a force to be reckoned with at the very top of the chess elite. Currently ranked sixth in the world, he was one of two players to finish the tournament without a loss — Leinier Dominguez finished undefeated, in shared 4th-6th place, a half point behind the winners. The now 3-time national champion capped a typical sturdy performance with back-to-back wins in the playoffs, which were played with a 10-minute time control (and a 2-second delay). In the post-game interview, So thanked Sam Shankland for saving a difficult draw against Caruana on Monday. Had Caruana won, he would have incredibly come back from a supbar early performance to win the event after scoring three consecutive victories — but it was not meant to be for the rating favourite. Caruana also had a better position in the first playoff game against So. The eventual champion later confessed: The thing in this game is that I was playing with no pressure. I didn’t expect this playoff, so I was just playing fast, playing chess — if chances come, good; if I lose, that’s fine too. So emphasized how important winning the national championship is for him: "I remember 2017, I really wanted to win my first US Championship because it was getting more and more difficult. [...] Now this is my third title, and it’s huge. I feel that the US Championship is a tournament we have to play every single year, and winning the title is huge, it’s even more important than the money". Playoffs: The rating favourites kicked off the three-player round robin, with Caruana getting the white pieces. The world number two got a positional advantage, and found the right way to break through on move 33.

2021 UK British Championships
Nick Pert wins British Championship
Nick Pert wins 2021 UK Championships

This year, the British Chess Federation organised two national championships, an online championship in July/August, and an "Over-the-Board" championship at the beginning of October. Nicholas Pert won the Open Championship, Harriett Hunt became Women's Champion. Over-the-board: The British Championships 2021.
The British Championships are traditionally held as a large chess festival with tournaments in different age groups and divisions, and originally, the British Championships 2021 were to be held in Torquay in July/August, but were then cancelled because of the uncertain corona situation. As a substitute, the British Chess Federation organised online championships. But then the BCF still organised "Over-the-Board" Championships. However, in contrast to previous Championships, the Open Championship and the Women's Championship were played on different dates.
22 players took part in the Open Championship, among them four Grandmasters and three women players. Nick Pert won the a nine-round Swiss with 6.5/9. Pert started with two draws against nominally weaker players but then got going and scored 3.5 points from his next four games. With two draws and a win against Josef McPhillips Pert then secured the title.

Meltwater Champions Chess Tour
Magnus Carlsen Wins Tour
Carlsen Wins Tour

The world’s first NFT chess trophy was awarded to Meltwater Champions Chess Tour winner Magnus Carlsen in an historic moment for the game. Norway’s chess superstar digitally signed the prize in a glittering ceremony held after he beat US Champ Wesley So in the final round of the $1.6 million Tour’s Finals event. Carlsen said: “It’s a nice trophy and I’m very happy to be breaking this ground.” On winning the Tour after 10 months of intense competition, Carlsen said: “It means a lot, there’s been a lot of ups and downs. “Especially at the start I was struggling so much, not winning any of the first four tournaments and frankly at the start I was losing to Wesley in the finals and it was deserved. Teimour Radjabov and Levon Aronian won in the last round of the Champions Chess Tour Finals to secure second and third places behind tour champion Magnus Carlsen. Carlsen beat Wesley So, leaving the Filipino-born grandmaster in fourth place.
Ten months of intense competition concluded with a grandstand finish that saw both Radjabov and America’s newest chess star Levon Aronian win and Wesley So lose to Carlsen. It meant heartbreak for So, who was Carlsen’s main rival throughout the Tour. In the final standings, he dropped down to fourth. So, who played in all 10 events organised by the Play Magnus Group, said after: “I feel everything went well except the last tournament. “Considering everything that happened, fourth place was a good finish for me. I don’t think I could have done better than fourth, considering what went wrong.” Radjabov, meanwhile, was overjoyed with his finish. “This was a cool one!” Radjabov said about the final game of his 2.5-0.5 win over the Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Speaking about his overall Tour finish, Radjabov said: “I am very happy to be second, it was a very hard year for me. It really brought me a lot of pleasant moments and I have great memories of the Tour.” Carlsen, who won three events on the way to the $100,000 first prize for the Finals, said he had struggled with his energy levels over the past few days. He suffered back-to-back defeats before So’s collapse on Saturday secured the Norwegian the Tour Champion title. But So was also in a serious slump at the end of the gruelling 10-event Tour and two days after having surrendered his title challenge. Carlsen inflicted an early defeat upon So again in today’s final round opener before mercilessly punishing his rival’s slow development in the third to win in 25 moves. Carlsen was just too strong on the day and won 2.5-0.5 with a game to spare. The champion said: “I’m really happy to finish the Tour with success and I can have a rest and prepare for the WCC.” The in-form Aronian, the winner of the Goldmoney Asian Rapid, also had a smooth win as he crushed Shakrhiyar Mamedyarov 2.5-0.5 to leapfrog So. The final two matches of the Tour to finish decided the lower placings on the table. Hikaru Nakamura beat Poland’s World Cup winner Jan-Krzysztof Duda 3-1 before Vladislav Artemiev beat the Dutch number 1 Anish Giri. It brought an end to 90 days of competition to find the world’s strongest online rapid player. The World Champion Magnus Carlsen left no debate about who that is.

2021 Norway Chess
Magnus Carlsen Wins Norway Chess
Carlsen wins Norway Chess

Magnus Carlsen beat Ian Nepomniachtchi in Armageddon to secure first place at the 2021 Norway Chess Tournament. This is the world champion’s third straight triumph in his home super-tournament. Alireza Firouzja had a great performance, ending the tournament with four wins in a row to get sole second place and climb to ninth place in the world ranking. Perennial favourite Magnus Carlsen won the ninth edition of the Norway Chess Tournament in Stavanger after getting an Armageddon victory over Ian Nepomniachtchi in the tenth and final round of the event. The world champion came from scoring four consecutive wins in classical games to snatch the lead away from long-time sole leader Richard Rapport. This is Carlsen’s third straight triumph in his home super-tournament, as the man from Tønsberg has won all editions that featured the current pointing system. The highest-rated player in the world was not the only streaky participant in Stavanger, though, as Alireza Firouzja also won four in a row to climb to sole second place in the final standings after a rather disappointing start. The 18-year-old star gained 16.2 Elo points and climbed to ninth place in the live ratings list. For comparison’s sake, at the same age (18 years and 3 months), Carlsen had a 2770 official rating, the exact same rating Firouzja reached thanks to his strong performance! The sky is the limit for the French representative. Rapport finished in third place, as he seemed to run out of steam towards the end of the tournament. The Hungarian nevertheless left a strong impression — he gained 10 rating points and, like Firouzja, he also joined the world’s top 10. At 25, the ever-creative Rapport is a force to be reckoned with, and we expect to see him getting more invitations to elite tournaments in the months to come. As for the World Championship challenger, it was an uneven performance for Ian Nepomniachtchi. After failing to make it to Stavanger in time, the Russian won one game and lost two in classical chess throughout the event. It was apparent during the post-game interviews that Nepo is mostly focused on the coming match against the world champion, as we are only two months away from the much-anticipated confrontation

Aimchess US Rapid
Carlsen Beats Artemiev To Win Aimchess
Carlsen wins Aimchess

A convincing performance in the finals of the Aimchess US Rapid gave Magnus Carlsen tournament victory in the last ‘regular’ event of this year’s Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. The world champion beat Vladislav Artemiev 2½-½ in the second set of the finals. The young Russian nonetheless made it into the grand finale of the series, despite only playing in 3 of the 9 qualifying tournaments. Magnus Carlsen obtained his third tournament victory in this year’s Meltwater Champions Chess Tour by taking down Vladislav Artemiev in the finals of the Aimchess US Rapid. The world champion thus got as many victories as Wesley So. Carlsen played in all but one of the nine events and topped the overall standings in the end, accumulating 339 points for $215,370 in total earnings. The top 8 players in the overall standings qualified to the Tour Final, scheduled to start on September 25. They will be joined by two wildcards in a single round-robin tournament in which the top scorers during the ‘regular season’ will get extra points from the get go. Remarkably, Artemiev made it to the grand finale after playing only in the last three events of the series, twice reaching the final and once making it to the semifinals. For comparison’s sake, the likes of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (6 events) and Alireza Firouzja (7 events) did not manage to qualify. These players might be invited as wildcards anyway, but that does not take away from Artemiev’s impressive achievement. The remaining six players who qualified are Wesley So, Levon Aronian, Teimour Radjabov, Anish Giri, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Hikaru Nakamura. Talking to the commentators after his victory, the world champion described the match as “a fairly smooth ride”, noting that this was “for sure” his best performance in the tour so far. Only needing a draw in the second 4-game mini-match against Artemiev, the world champion kicked off the day with a win. Carlsen managed to keep the position lively enough against an opponent who feels more at home in positional struggles. On the diagrammed position though, Artemiev, playing black, would have been well advised to close things off with 27...c4. Instead, there followed 27...Qd6 28.Qa3, and Black did not get any other chance to push his c-pawn to keep things under control. The Russian got some chances with white in game 2, but he could not find a way to break through against the ever-resourceful world champion. A draw was agreed, which meant Artemiev needed back-to-back wins to take the match to blitz tiebreakers. Carlsen quickly got the upper hand in game 3. Clearly in good form, the Norwegian kept things under control and ended up scoring his second win of the day, thus securing tournament victory with an overall convincing performance in the finals.

2021 Sinquefield Cup
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Wins Sinquefield Cup
MVL wins Sinquefield Cup

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave couldn’t have asked for a better time to win the Sinquefield Cup. Scoring six points in nine rounds, he became the only player to outrightly win the event twice. Equally important for him, the win beckons a return to top form. In an interview with Dhananjay Khadilkar, he remarked, “I have absolutely no doubt that I am part of the chess elite”. MVL scoring six points in nine rounds, he became the only player to outrightly win the event twice. Equally important for him, the win beckons a return to top form. “It’s a huge win (for me) as it has given me more comfort and confidence for the next tournaments,” MVL, as he is popularly known, told Chessbase. The victory also helped him return to the world’s top 10 ranking after recently dropping to number 16 following a slump in form in the first half of 2021. MVL contended that nothing seemed to be going his way at the beginning of the year, which made him lose confidence. “It's very difficult to get it back. But I worked a lot on my chess and played many events. My calculations were turning out to be right, and things started to click. I am pleased that I have regained confidence and am back on track. The Sinquefield Cup win was a culmination of that process,” he remarked. “I have absolutely no doubt that I am part of the chess elite. I want to prove it tournament after tournament,” he added. Despite the significance of this year’s win in Saint Louis, MVL cherishes his 2017 Sinquefield Cup triumph more. “In the 2017 event, Magnus was playing and so were most of the top players. Moreover, since it was my first win, it’s quite special,” he said. In this year’s event, MVL scored four wins, four draws and one loss. “The loss (against Dominguez Perez) was unpleasant and annoying, as I had forgotten something in my notes. But I told myself not to get distracted by the loss and maintain the focus.” He bounced back by defeating Darius Swiercz in the next round, a game the Frenchman considers one of his tournament highlights. “I was quite happy about the way I reacted to his preparation, and found a way to play that would be most unpleasant for him (like the Nd2, NC4 idea). In general, I played a lot of good games with white pieces. To be playing for a win with white was another feature of my play here,” he says. His other tournament highlight was the drawn encounter against Fabiano Caruana. Playing black, MVL employed his favourite Najdorf defence. “It was very intense. There was a lot that both of us knew. But these kinds of positions are quite crazy. Even though you calculate well, somehow it’s not always enough. But I was happy at the amount of things I could foresee during the game,” he says. That he was regaining form had become apparent even before the Sinquefield Cup. The French GM had a good run in the World Cup where he lost to Sergey Karjakin in the quarterfinals in the tiebreakers. “The match was really intense and could have gone either way. But credit to Karjakin for playing close to his best in this match.” Having achieved the target of making it back into the world’s top 10, MVL has set his sights on qualifying for the next Candidates. “That’s my next and obvious objective,” he said. He also had a word of praise for the Sinquefield Cup organizers. “They put a lot of effort into making us feel comfortable during the event. It was not an easy task given the pandemic situation and the restrictions associated with it.”

European Women’s Championship
Elina Danielian Wins European Title
Elina Danielian wins Womens European Championship

The European Women’s Championship came to an end on Friday, with Armenia’s Elina Danielian winning the title as the only player who collected 9/11 points in Iasi, Romania. In the final round, Danielian clinched clear first place by beating Estonian WIM Mai Narva on top board. Draws were seen on boards 2 to 6. Iulija Osmak (Ukraine), who had been at the top of the standings table for several rounds, had to settle for second place. Armenian GM Elina Danielian can look back on a long, successful career: almost 30 years ago she became the world champion in the U14 and U16 categories; she would go on to get the GM title, and for a while had a 2500+ rating. So it is no surprise that Danielian became the 2021 European Champion. Notwithstanding, it was a seized opportunity for the Armenian, as many top European players did not take part in this tournament. Once the tournament is over, that is not so relevant though: what really counts for her is having won the title! Mai Narva had a terribly hard time in her last-round game against Danielian. The Estonian missed a last, hard-to-find chance to equalize.

Kramnik Challenge
Vincent Keymer Edges Out Liang To Win
Vincent Keymer wins Kramnik Challenge

Two wins and a draw on the fourth day of action granted Vincent Keymer tournament victory at the Kramnik Challenge for young stars. Most importantly, Keymer beat Awonder Liang in the penultimate round — Keymer and Liang would end the event tied in points, and the result in their direct encounter was the tiebreak decider that gave the German prodigy first place. Awonder Liang finished day 3 of the Kramnik Challenge in sole first place, with Vincent Keymer standing a half point behind. The fight for tournament victory was fierce on Sunday, as both players kicked off with wins. In the penultimate round, they were paired against each other, and Keymer had the white pieces. In a tough strategic battle, Keymer got a positional plus. On move 36, the German simplified into an advantageous position with rooks, same-coloured bishops and queens. So, going into the final round, Keymer was a half point ahead of Liang and knew that he would be granted tournament victory if they finished tied in points. Liang had white against Balaji Daggupati while Keymer was paired up against Dinara Saduakassova with the black pieces. At some point, both players had losing positions!

Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz Tournament
Dominanting Victory For Hikaru Nakamura
Nakamura wins Saint Louis

In a remarkable exhibition of speed and control, Hikaru Nakamura won the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz Tournament with three rounds to spare, going through 27 rounds undefeated against a field completely made up of 2700+ rated players. Fabiano Caruana and Richard Rapport finished second and third respectively. This is the sixth season of the Grand Chess Tour, which has been held yearly since 2015 (except in 2020). So far, 16 rapid and blitz tournaments — with the trademark format of 9 rounds of rapid and 18 rounds of blitz — have been organized. And for the first time ever, a player has managed to go through all the 27 rounds without losing a single game, a feat that will surely be difficult to repeat!. Looking through the crosstables of all the previous tournaments, we in fact only find one player who has finished the blitz section of an event undefeated — and that player is Hikaru Nakamura, who did not lose once in blitz at the 2019 Tata Steel Rapid and Blitz, although his one loss in rapid against Magnus Carlsen meant he finished the tournament in second place behind the world champion. At the 2021 Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz event, Nakamura scored 3 wins in rapid and 6 wins in blitz to secure first place with 3 rounds to spare. Of course, getting zero losses in a rapidplay tournament goes a long way. Managing to do so in a field of 2700+ rated players is no small feat!. Famously, Nakamura became the most successful chess streamer in the world in recent years, despite still having chances to fight in the World Championship cycle and other elite events at the professional level. The 5-time US champion explained in an interview after winning the rapid section on Friday that a single result at the 2019 Grand Swiss tournament on the Isle of Man had much to do with his decision: "It would have been nice if [Fabiano Caruana] could have done this in the Isle of Man in 2019, rather than playing it here today — because this is the line I looked at even back then. In the game he played a Petroff. It was a draw, I didn’t qualify for the Candidates and I became a streamer instead". Nakamura had just beaten Caruana in round 9 of the rapid section. The player born in Hirakata (Japan) was referring to his final-round encounter at the Grand Swiss against the same opponent. Going into that deciding game, Nakamura was one of seven players trailing a half point behind Caruana, and a win would have granted him a spot in the 2020 Candidates Tournament, as he would have shared first place with Wang Hao in that case. Notwithstanding, his career as a streamer seems to be working well for him, both financially and in terms of his playing strength in quick time controls. After all, he was one of the first elite players to admit that playing online chess was an integral part of his early development as a chess player!, Avoiding mistakes was a key factor in Nakamura’s incredible run, as every single other player suffered unexpected blows in an action-packed tournament. Caruana and Richard Rapport finished second and third respectively, but they also blundered games away throughout the weekend.

Chessable Masters 2021
Wesley So Wins Third Event In 2021
So wins Chessable Masters

A draw in the second set of the finals was enough for Wesley So to secure first place at the second edition of the Chessable Masters. The Filipino-born grandmaster thus obtained his third title in this year’s Champions Chess Tour. Le Quang Liem finished in a remarkable second place, while Vladislav Artemiev got the bronze after beating Levon Aronian in the match for third place. A third title for So: Wesley So entered the second edition of the Chessable Masters as the third seed, but given his track record in similar tournaments, he should always be considered either the favourite or the second favourite (if Magnus Carlsen is included in the lineup) in these events. The Filipino-born grandmaster did not disappoint, as he won the preliminary stage and went on to convincingly win the tournament, knocking out Jorden van Foreest, Vladislav Artemiev and Le Quang Liem without ever needing to take his matches to blitz tiebreakers. Having won 3 out of 8 events in this year’s tour, he stands in clear second place in the overall tour standings. His earnings in the series amount to $179,590! The second set started badly for So, as he lost with black after failing to find a move that would have, out of the blue, saved him a half point. Le had not played the most precise moves to convert what had been a clear advantage with his major pieces so deep into the opposite camp. Thus, So here could have saved a draw with 30...Qf1, and White cannot prevent Black from giving a perpetual check — the light-squared bishop plays a major role from c2, defending h7. The American did not find this recourse, though, and went for 30...Rxd8. There followed 31.Qxd8 Kg8 32.Re8 and Black resigned, with mate in 6 on the board. So missed some clear winning chances in game 2, but then managed to level the score with a victory in game 3. Le got to make waves in the fourth game of the day, which he needed to win to take the match to tiebreaks, but So kept things under control and got the half point that gave him overall victory in the online event. Artemiev outplays Aronian In the match for third place, Levon Aronian misplayed two endgame positions in a row. The Armenian could have got the advantage going into game 3, but instead was on the back foot after two encounters. Here, playing Black, Aronian would have won the game with his connected passers by going for, among other moves, 56...Nc3. His 56...Ke7, on the other hand, allows the white king to blockade the pawns after 57.Ke5. GM Karsten Müller showed all the relevant lines and explanations in his analysis below. GM Müller also looked at game 2, in which Aronian could have saved a draw in a materially balanced rook endgame. Both 46.Re1 and 46.Rh3 draw for White, while 46.Re2 runs into 46...Kg4 47.c5 Kf3, when Black gains an important tempo by attacking the rook. Artemiev went on to convert his advantage into a 61-move win. The Russian grandmaster also won game 3 to secure third place. As shown in the overall standings table at the start of the article, Artemiev has reached 9th place after playing only two events, having accumulated 58 tour points and $23,500 in prize money.

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19th October: Chingford drew their friendly match 3.5-3.5 with Wanstead.
An excellent result for Chingford as they defaulted a boardand. With wins for David, Peter and John and a draw for Gavin on board one.
7th September: Club reopened.

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An over the board club friendly has been arranged between Chingford and Wanstead for 7.30pm Tuesday October 19th at Wanstead House. Any Chingford member wanting to play should contact Brain Spears.
Club is now open again on Monday nights at 7.00-10.30pm
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December 2020
Dec 26-Jan 03 Airthings Masters
January 2021
Jan 16-31 83rd Tata Steel Masters
Jan 18-29 4th FIDE Women’s Grand Prix
Jan 32-31 Moscow Open
February 2021
Feb 06-14 Meltwater Champions 3rd Leg
March 2021
Mar 13-21 Meltwater Champions 4th Leg
Mar 27-28 Chess Bundesliga Rs 9-10
April 2021
Apr ??-?? Candidates Tournament Rs 8-14
Apr 01-05 GRENKE Chess Open
Apr 07-21 European Individual Champ
Apr 10-18 20th Bangkok Chess Club Open
Apr 24-May 02 Meltwater Champions 5th L
Apr 24-25 Chess Bundesliga Rs 11-12
May 2021
May 14-16 Chess Bundesliga Rs 13-15
May 23-31 Meltwater Champions 6th Leg
May 31-Jun 13 European Women’s Champ
June 2021
Jun 04-15 Superbet Chess Classic
Jun 16-23 Paris Rapid & Blitz
Jun 17-26 Prague Chess Festival
Jun 26-Jul 04 Goldmoney Asian Rapid
July 2021
Jul 05-12 Croatia Rapid & Blitz
Jul 12-Aug 06 FIDE World Cup
Jul 13-18 Sparkassen Chess Trophy
Jul 24-Aug 04 Biel Chess Festival
Jul 31-Aug 08 Meltwater Champions 8th L
August 2021
Aug 11-15 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz
Aug 12-15 Kramnik Challenge
Aug 17-26 Sinquefield Cup
Aug 26-Sep 05 European Individual Champ
Aug 28-Sep 05 Meltwater Champions 9th L
September 2021
Sep 07-10 Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX
Sep 07-18 Norway Chess
Sep 13-16 Hou Yifan Challenge
Sep 18-24 European Club Cup
Sep 25-Oct 03 Meltwater Champions Final
Sep 26-Oct 03 Women's World Team Champ
October 2021
Oct 05-19 US Chess Championships
Oct 25-Nov 08 FIDE Chess.com Swiss
Oct ??-Nov?? 20th Bangkok Chess Club Open
November 2021
Nov 11-22 European Team Championship
Nov 24-Dec 16 World Chess Champ Match
Nov 27-Dec 05 European Chess Club Cup
Nov 27-Dec 05 European Women’s Club
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Past Chess News
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Duda wins FIDE World Cup
Jan-Krzysztof Duda was crowned champion at the 2021 FIDE World Cup in Sochi. The Polish grandmaster had an undefeated performance in the 24-day event and knocked out none other than world champion Magnus Carlsen in the semifinals. Carlsen, who had high praise for Duda, beat Vladimir Fedoseev for a second day in a row to claim third place. Jan-Krzysztof Duda earned his title the hard way, knocking out Alexander Grischuk, Vidit Gujrathi, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin in the final four rounds of the lengthy event while remaining undefeated.
Aronian wins Asian Rapid
Levon Aronian scored back-to-back wins against Vladislav Artemiev to secure first place at the Goldmoney Asian Rapid tournament. Meanwhile, Ding Liren bounced back from his loss in the first set by remarkably beating Magnus Carlsen 3-0 in their second mini-match. However, it was the world champion who prevailed in the blitz tiebreakers to take third place. It was an impressive triumph by Levon Aronian
So wins Paris
Thanks to a remarkable performance in the second half of the blitz section, Wesley So won the Paris Rapid & Blitz Tournament with one round to spare finishing the tournament with three points clear of second-placed Ian Nepomniachtchi, after losing only one out of the 27 games played in the French capital. Wesley So’s triumph at the second event of this year’s Grand Chess Tour was nothing short of impressive.
Mamedyarov wins Superbet
In the last round of the Superbet Chess Classic, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov safely drew Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with the black to secure tournament victory. Wesley So, Levon Aronian and Alexander Grischuk shared second place a full point behind the Azerbaijani.
Carlsen wins Chess Tour
Magnus Carlsen won the 6th tournament of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour after beating Wesley So in an exciting final match which was only decided in Armageddon. This was the third time Carlsen and So faced each other in a final of the tour, and So was inches away from scoring an unlikely third victory in a row.
Carlsen wins new in chess
Only needing a draw in the second set of the finals against Hikaru Nakamura, Magnus Carlsen bounced back from a loss in game 1 with a win in game 3 — Nakamura could not win on demand in game 4, which meant Carlsen had won his first event of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.
nepomniachtchi win
Ian Nepomniachtchi gained the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in the upcoming World Championship match after winning the Candidates Tournament with a round to spare. Russia’s number 1 drew Maxime Vachier-Lagrave while second-placed Anish Giri was defeated by Alexander Grischuk. Given the tiebreak criteria, even if Giri catches up with Nepo in the last round, he would not be granted tournament victory. Russia’s highest-ranked player Ian Nepomniachtchi will be Magnus Carlsen’s challenger in the upcoming World Championship match, scheduled to take place at the end of this year in Dubai.
Giri Wins Carlsen Invitational
Anish Giri defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in tiebreaks to win the second edition of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational. In the second set of the match, Nepo had kept the score tied by winning the fourth game on demand. But Giri defeated Nepomniachtchi in blitz tiebreakers after the players drew both sets of the final. Magnus Carlsen beat Wesley So in the match for third place.
So wins Opera
“I'd like to apologise to Magnus for ruining Valentine's Day," said Wesley So after defeating Magnus Carlsen in the final of the Opera Euro Rapid after also beating him in the Skilling Open final on the World Champion’s 30th birthday. Wesley So defeated Magnus Carlsen in the final of the Opera Euro Rapid tournament to bag a second consecutive victory in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. Teimour Radjabov convincingly beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to claim third place.
van Foreest wins Tata
There was no lack of excitement on the last day of action at this year’s Tata Steel Masters tournament. Jorden van Foreest defeated Nils Grandelius from the white side of a Najdorf to catch up with Anish Giri, who drew David Anton with the black pieces - these results meant an all-Dutch playoff would decide the winner. Two draws in the blitz tiebreakers were followed by an Armageddon decider, in which Giri got a major advantage but ended up losing in a wild time scramble.
David Howell
Already closing on a hundred editions, the Hastings International Chess Congress was organized this year despite the pandemic. Sponsored by Caplin Systems for a second time, the tournament was played online on Saturday and Sunday. In the end, David Howell won the event with a commanding performance, scoring seven wins and four draws to finish 1½ points ahead of second-placed Luke McShane.
Radjabov winner Airthings
Teimour Radjabov secured first place in the Airthings Masters after scoring two points in three games against Levon Aronian, as he had already won the first mini-match on Saturday. Meanwhile, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated Daniil Dubov in a lively match for third place. After having won the first set of the match, Teimour Radjabov only needed to score two points in Sunday’s mini-match to take home the $60,000 first prize from the Airthings Masters
So Wins Skilling
Wesley So stunned Magnus Carlsen on his 30th birthday to win the blitz playoff to clinch 1st place and the $30,000 top prize in the Skilling Open, the first event on the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour. Carlsen admitted that So was a deserved winner, as he showed great nerves to make the most of his chances in the blitz tiebreaker. It was not a great tournament for Carlsen — by his extremely high standards
So US Mens Champion
By scoring two quick draws on the last day of competition, Wesley So secured first place at the 2020 U.S. Championship. The Filipino-born grandmaster had a great run from start to finish and took home the $40,000 first prize after obtaining a remarkable 9/11 score. Jeffery Xiong also had a great performance, finishing in sole second place on 8½, while Ray Robson took third place after collecting 7½ points.
Krush US Womens Champion
Irina Krush won her eighth national women’s title on Saturday after scoring a perfect 2 out of 2 on the last day of action to edge second-place Carissa Yip by a half point in the standings table. 17-year-old Yip, born in Boston,
is the youngest female player to ever defeat a grandmaster. Dorsa Derakhshani finished in sole third place. Irina Krush won the U.S.

Carlsen wins Altibox
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen has won his first tournament back at what he called “the wooden screen” after beating Alireza Firouzja in Round 9 of Altibox Norway Chess. Nerves got the better of the 17-year-old prodigy, who blundered with two seconds left on his clock in what should have been an easily drawn pawn ending.
Carlsen and So win
In an appropriate turn of events, given how the tournament had developed, Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So tied for first place at the Saint Lous Rapid & Blitz online tournament. For a second tournament in a row, we saw two players tying for first place and simply dividing the prize money and the accolades. The decision taken by the Saint Louis Chess Club comes after - although it is not clear if motivated by - the Grand Final of the Magnus Carlsen Tour was decided in Armageddon,
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Nakamura and Carlsen continued their rivalry in the Rapid & Blitz tournament. At the end of the St. Louis Champions Showdown in Chess 9LX (or Chess 960) Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura both had 6.0/9 points and shared first place. They also shared the prize-money for first and second place, and each received 31,250 US dollars.
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In another mini-match that went all the way to armageddon, and holding that game to a draw with the black pieces, GM Magnus Carlsen emerged as the winner of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals benefiting Kiva. Carlsen won $140,000 while GM Hikaru Nakamura earned $80,000. "Who wrote this script?" said WGM Jennifer Shahade, co-commentator on Nakamura's Twitch channel on the final day, when Carlsen won the second blitz game to force the armageddon. And indeed, even a Hollywood producer would have given it a second thought before choosing such a final scene.
Carlsen Wins Legends
Magnus Carlsen needed just three games, spread over two hours, to complete a commanding 2.5-0.5 victory over Ian Nepomniachtchi in the second set for the $150,000 chess24 Legends of Chess title on Tuesday. Needing only a draw to close the final with a set to spare, Carlsen attained a better position and split the point in 36 moves. Carlsen’s victory also helped Ding Liren qualify for the Tour’s Grand Final beginning on August 9th.
Carlsen Wins Chessable Masters
Magnus Carlsen won the Chessable Masters online tournament by scoring a straight-set victory in the final against Anish Giri. In Saturday’s second set of the deciding match, Carlsen got an impressive win in the first game, while Giri missed chances to tie the score in games 2, 3 and 4. This was the third event of the Magnus Carlsen Tour — and the second one that sees the world champion taking first place!
Carlsen Wins Clutch
The final match of the Clutch Chess International was as exciting as can be! Out of the last six games, five were decisive, with Magnus Carlsen getting a clutch win in game 12 to defeat Fabiano Caruana. Caruana only needed a draw in the last encounter to win the event, as he came from scoring an impressive victory in the previous clutch game, but it was not meant to be. Carlsen bagged $75,000 for his efforts.
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The 24-year-old former World Champion in rapid Daniil Dubov bested the pre-match favorite Hikaru Nakamura in an intense winner-takes-all battle that finished in an Armageddon tiebreak. Dubov takes home the $45,000 top prize and has booked his place in the $300,000 Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Grand Final. Nakamura received $27,000 for his effort.
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GM Magnus Carlsen won the Magnus Carlsen Invitational. The Norwegian grandmaster clinched the $70,000 first prize after beating GM Hikaru Nakamura in the final of this very strong online tournament held April 18th - May 3rd. The event was an initiative from the world champion himself. With a $250,000 prize fund, eight of the strongest grandmasters in the world played.