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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.

2021 FIDE World Cup
Jan-Krzysztof Duda Wins The FIDE World Cup
Duda wins FIDE World Cup

Thanks to a 30-move victory over Sergey Karjakin, 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. Talking to Nigel Short after beating Karjakin with the white pieces, a visibly exhausted Duda called this the tournament of his life “at least in classical chess” — the Polish star won the 2014 European Rapid Championship and got second place at the 2018 World Blitz Championship, when he finished half a point behind Carlsen In a final interview with FIDE press officer Michael Rahal, it was Carlsen himself who provided perhaps the best description of Duda’s performance in Sochi: Huge congratulations to Duda for winning the World Cup. Considering the line of opponents he beat in the last four rounds, never losing a game — then obviously never being in a must-win or desperate situation — is a massive achievement. So, he is a richly deserved winner. Besides taking home the $110,000 first prize and 18.2 rating points, the 23-year-old grandmaster gained a spot in the next edition of the Candidates Tournament. Clearly an ambitious sportsman, he now stands as a clear contender to become the next challenger to the world crown. In fact, Rahal asked him if he sees himself fighting for the World Championship in 2022. A confident Duda responded "Yeah, why not? If I have such a good form like here, I’m probably unstoppable in such case". The list of potential contenders for the world crown continues to grow, and we can only celebrate the fact that such an unpretentious yet determined player received the kind of confidence boost that might end up becoming a turning point in his professional career.
Carlsen had high praise for Duda, but he also performed remarkably well in Sochi, losing only two rapid games and obtaining an 11/14 score in classical chess, which gained him 8.4 rating points — a great achievement for the man who has a 56-point advantage over the second-highest rated player in the world! The Norwegian finished the tournament in style, getting back-to-back victories over Fedoseev — managing to fully dominate his opponent’s pieces twice in a row. By move 36 in game 2, Carlsen had amassed a large advantage.

Goldmoney Asian Rapid
Levon Aronian Wins The Asian Rapid
Aronian wins Asian Rapid

Levon Aronian had a short day at the office on Sunday, as he 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. The Armenian star, who was playing from Paris, won the preliminary round robin before beating Arjun Erigaisi, Magnus Carlsen and Vladislav Artemiev to take first place at the Goldmoney Asian Rapid tournament. Aronian earned $30,000 and collected the maximum number of points for the overall tour standings. In the knockout stage, Aronian had a tough time against Arjun, with the 17-year-old taking the eventual champion to tiebreaks after Aronian was actually in trouble in the rapid section of the second set. Against Carlsen in the semis, the world champion was uncharacteristically imprecise. Aronian explained: "I was of course lucky against Magnus. If I hadn’t been lucky in that match, where I was blundering everything, we wouldn’t be sitting here and saying how smart and intelligent my tactics are". In contrast, the Armenian won the final match with unexpected ease. Artemiev came from impressing all involved by getting second place in the preliminaries and showing excellent chess in the knockout, eliminating Anish Giri and Ding Liren on his way to the final. Against Aronian, however, he lost 3 out of 6 games to get second place. Artemiev nevertheless looked satisfied in the post-game interview. After all, this was his debut in the tour, with the events’ format not one players easily get used to. We surely hope to see Artemiev getting more invitations to top events. Meanwhile, it was a rather bittersweet final day of the tournament for Carlsen. The Norwegian lost the second set of his match for third place against Ding by a 3-0 score. He noted: "It was just a bad day in the rapid, but fortunately I knew that the stakes weren’t that high, and I always had a chance in the blitz". And, indeed, the world champion showcased his blitz skills and won the tiebreakers 1½-½ to secure third place against the player who had famously beaten him in the playoffs of the 2019 Sinquefield Cup. Carlsen gained 20 tour points in the event and is still leading the overall standings.

Paris Rapid & Blitz Tournament
Wesley So Triumphs In Paris
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. The Filipino-born grandmaster finished the tournament 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. Just to paint a picture of how imposing the American was in Paris, let us note that two years ago, in the previous edition of the event, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave got tournament victory with a 21/36 score, while this year, So finished three points clear of second-placed Ian Nepomniachtchi with 24½ points. The man from Bacoor won 11 games, drew 15 and only lost once across the five days of competition. Notwithstanding, Nepo prevented his colleague from simply wiping out the field. The World Championship challenger entered day 5 a half point behind the American, and managed to keep up with the eventual tournament winner’s pace until round 14 — in the next two rounds, So won twice in a row while Nepo collected two half points, thus widening the gap to 1½ points with two rounds to go. The excellent form So had consistently shown in the online series organized by the Play Magnus Group carried over to the over-the-board event in Paris. Unlike his performances in the online events, this triumph impacted his ratings — he climbed 12 places in the live rapid list and is currently placed third in the blitz ranking. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alireza Firouzja also had strong showings in the City of Light, as they shared third place with 18/36 points each. Consistency was lacking for both players, though, with Firouzja making up for a subpar performance in the rapid section by being the second top scorer in the blitz.
The third event of the Tour is scheduled to kick off two weeks from now in Croatia, with living legends Garry Kasparov and Vishy Anand included in a star-filled lineup.

Club Results
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11th March: The final match of the 'Mayhem League' 2nd season saw a 2-1 win for the Bunnies against East Ham Foxgloves. Both teams defaulted board 4 therefore playing a 3 board match. David played his first game for the bunnies on board 1 and won a attacking game when his oppenent blunded his queen. Robin too had an excellent game winning in one of he's favourite openings the 'Smith Morra Gambits'. Unfortunately Peter lost a very open game were he ended up with a rook and four pawns against knight, bishop and four pawns but with two domineering central conneted pawns which was easily promoted. Well a good result to end the online season. HMC1 again dominated the competition and won with 21 points, Charlton Chess Addicks finished 2nd with 16 points, Chingford Bunnies finished in a 8th with 12 points.
25th February: The penultimate game of the 'Mayhem League' sees another draw for the Chingford Bunnies this week drawing 2-2 against second place Imperial Collage. Gavin playing white on board 1 drew with a rook exchange up. David also drew on board 2 in an ending where his oppenent at one stage l think should have won?. Unfortunately Peter lost on board 3 in a game where he struggled for moves and finally being overwhelmed. Team captain Robin had a excellent quick win on board 4. Well done to all and we await the final match.
11th February: Chingford Bunnies drew 2-2 again this week this time against the Wanstead Wanderers. Costa's drew on board 1 as did Peter on board 4 in a quick sixteen move game (Robin said that Peter had a tough game in the London League the night before so a quick draw was good result) Unfortunately Gavin on board 2 blunded a knight on move 28 and resigned. 28... Nb5 might have gave Gavin a winning game? Game of the match was David's on board 3 with an excellent win. Well done David and the Bunnies. Rest week next week but the final match in the 'Mayhem League' the following week.
4th February: Chingford Bunnies drew 2-2 this week against Kings Head. Unfortunately our top two boards lost their games but David and Peter had excellent wins on boards 3 and 4.
23rd January: "Bob's Birthday Blitz" Chingfords board 1 player Bob Eames (bobbybunny) celebrated his 54th birthday with a online blitz tournament, where friends had a evening of 3minute chess. Several members from the bunnies took part Costas (MadandFat) anf Peter (Rosey5464). The Blitz was won by friends 1st Tayp99 (2553) 2nd Richard Bates (2377) and 3rd Mehly (2335). Bobbybunny finish 24th too much celebrating l think?. Happy Birthday Bob.
14th January: Second match of 2021 and the Bunnies scored a 2-2 draw against Railsport. David and Peter had two excellent wins on boards 2 and 3, while Gavin and Robin on boards 1 and 4 both lost their games, unfortunately Robin later said " l did have a possible draw but pressed resign instead of draw". Oh well lets get to the next match.
7th January: The Bunnies unfortunately start 2021 as they ended 2020 with a 1-3 lost. Once again to HMC but this time to the leauge leaders HMC1. Costas played he's first game for the Bunnies this season but came up aginst a strong oppenent and lost the middlegame which lead to a forced win. David and Peter boards 2 and 3 had two excellent draws. Sunil on board 4 unfortunately lost another endgame by taking the h pawn therefore trapping his King. He won't fall for that one again! Lets hope the Bunnies can get back to winning ways in their next match!.
6th December: While the 'Mayhem League' takes a rest over the festive period. The MoL has arranged a online Grand Swiss Rapid Play tournament. The Bunnies had one member playing in the tournament, their board one player Costas Karayiannis aka FatandMad (2314) who was in joint 1st place throughout the match until the final round where he unfortunately lost he's only game and finished 3rd with 4.5-6. Joint winners were Beachbrilliany (2386) and cmackenzie (2393) with 5-6. Well done Costas.
3rd December: The Bunnies lost their second match of the season. Out graded on all boards they lost 1-3 to HMC 2. The only winner for the Bunnies was the captain Robin on board 3 who played an excellent endgame to win what look like a drawn game. Unfortunately David on board 2 had a excellent position and on move 24. decided to take first with the knight and then bishop to win a rook exchange but with as it turned out a worse position! but if bishop first and then knight l think there was a winning attack?. Gavin on board 1 went out blasting for a kingside attack and ending with a rook exchange up but his king was exposed to checks and ending losing a knight with checks and finally with the force exchange of queens, Gavin resigned. Sunil board 4 once again played a excellent game but lost the endgame with only pawns and queens left. He'll be winning soon.
19th November: The Bunnies drew 2-2 with the St. George's Dragons in this weeks match. The Bunnies with a lower over the board rating got off to a marvellous start with Robin on board 4 winning in 50 moves with still more time left on his clock then what he started with! something of a record l would think! I must add his opponent blundered a rook on move19 but in any case what a achievement well done Robin. That win was quickly followed by an excellent win by David on board 2 trapping his opponent’s king, queen and knight into a mating corner! Wonderful play and instructive to watch the final moves pan out. Unfortunately Gavin on board 1 lost in a complicated pawn endgame where his opponent had the better piece placement. Peter on board 3 also lost in the endgame in a position l thought was better for him at one stage?. Well played the Bunnies.
12th November: The Bunnies lost their first match of the 'Mayhem Season 2' losing 1-3 to the Ilord Kings. Gavin and Peter both drew their games on boards 1 and 3 while David and Sunil lost on boards 2 and 4. David played a couple of wrong positional king moves in the endgame where l think he could have drawn?. Sunil had a tough oppenent and once again went into the endgame with 3 pawns down. Lets get back to our winning ways Bunnies!.
29th October: The Bunnies had an excellent 2-2 draw this week against The Hackney Hungry and are now in 1st position in the Mayhem League. On board 1 was the clash of the FMs our 12 year old Siddharth against Bobbybunny himself Bob Eames who now plays for Hackney online. Siddharth had an powerful queenside attack against Bob's kingside attack! White handled the game well and won without too many difficulties. Gavin on board 2 also had an excellent win and after the elimination of all the major pieces ended three pawns up. Unfortunately Peter on board 3 lost a promotional pawn endgame but l thought at one stage he had a win! Sunil on board 4 also lost with his opponent having a powerful e file attack and ended a knight up and a winning position. Well done to all the Bunnies.
22nd October: The Bunnies this week took on the current 'Mayhem League' leaders East Ham Dragonglass and won 2.5-1.5 with victories going to Peter on board 3 and Robin on board 4 while Gavin drawing on board 1 unfortunately David lost again to a powerful promoting pawn surge. Once again hats off to the Bunnies.
15th October: This week the Bunnies took on the currant “Mayhem” Champions the Charlton Chess Addicks and gained a fantastic 2-2 draw. The “Addicks” had two FMs in their team so the Bunnies recruited a new online member 12 year old FM Siddharth Jagadeeshm who plays for Harrow Chess Club. Siddharth drew on board 1 with a studied Rook against Bishop and 3 pawns endgame. Another new online Bunnie making he’s debut was Chingford Chess Club member Sunil who had a great win on board 4 with a text book isolated pawn endgame. Gavin also had a fantastic game drawing against a FM on board 2 and at one point l thought he could have won? David on board 3 lost a powerful pawn endgame and finally losing a Knight in tough position. Well played to all and a great result for the Bunnies.
8th October: First match of the 'Mayhem Season 2' saw a great Chingford Bunnies 3-1 win against the Loughton Lions with David and Peter both winning their games in style. Unfortunately on board 1 Costas lost he’s first game in 8 with a score of 7 wins and 1 draw. Gavin won by default. A great result for the Bunnies.
7th September: Club reopened.
17th March: Due to the Coronavirus all matches within the NCCL have been suspened and Chingford Chess Club will be closed to further notice.
We wish all our members good health.

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World Championship
24th Nov - 16th Dec 2021
Russia’s highest-ranked player Ian Nepomniachtchi will be Magnus Carlsen’s challenger in the upcoming World Championship match, scheduled to take place in Dubai.


Norway Chess

Norway Chess
7th - 18th September
World Champion Magnus Carlsen is set to face his challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi just two months before their World Championship match begins in Dubai. The 6-player field also features Alireza Firouzja, Sergey Karjakin, Richard Rapport and Aryan Tari, with chess24 again the official broadcast partner.

St. Louis Chess Club

Chess 9LX
Saint Louis
8th - 10th September
Kasparov Returns To
Saint Louis
The top international chess superstars are set to battle it out over the board from
The tournament will feature legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov,
World Number 2 Fabiano Caruana, and the recent 2021 Grand Chess Tour winner, Wesley So.

The ten grandmasters will be competing at the Saint Louis Chess Club from September 8th - September 10th in a round-robin format. The tournament will be played in Chess 9LX style, also known as Fischer Random, with a $150,000 total prize fund.

Polgar and Kramnik Challenge

The New Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour
Polgar - Kramnik Challenge
12th - 15th August
broadcast on Chess24
Vincent Keymer wins the Kramnik Challenge beating Awonder Liang in the penultimate round.

Chess Tour

Champions Chess Tour
Meltwater Champions Final
25th Sep - 3rd Oct
The Champions Chess Tour Grand Final.

Chingford Bunnies
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During this Covid19 lockdown
over the board chess has been impossible! so playing online leagues have been formed. One such league is on the free chess site 'Lichess' and is called
the 'League of Mayhem'
Robin Oakley (team captain) entered a Chingford team "Chingford Bunnies"
it’s a four team 1 hour + 15 second increment match
every Thursday evening
starting at 6.45 and
you can watch or play on Iichess
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If you’re interested in playing contact Robin Oakley

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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 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
December 2021

Past Chess News
in Brief

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.
magnus playing online
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.
Dzagnidze wins Lausanne small
Women's Grand Prix in Lausanne. finished with Nana Dzagnidze and Aleksandra Goryachkina shareing first place with 7 out of 11 points, while Zhansaya Abdumalik finished third on 6½. Dzagnidze was declared the champion on tiebreaks (based on the total number of wins).