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2020-2021 Season

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Superbet Chess Classic
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Wins Superbet
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. The second event of the tour, the Paris Rapid & Blitz Tournament, kicks off on Friday. Much like in the first round, all five games finished drawn in the ninth and final round of the Superbet Chess Classic. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who entered the last day of action a full point ahead of his closest pursuers, drew Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to secure first place in the capital of Romania. Three players scored 5 out of 9 points to finish in shared second place — i.e. Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk and Wesley So. This was Mamedyarov’s first classical, over-the-board tournament since his participation at the 2020 German Bundesliga in September, when he scored 3/4 points on top board for second-placed SC Viernheim — he defeated Laurent Fressinet and Gata Kamsky in Karslruhe. Before that, he had withdrawn from the Gibraltar Masters in January due to illness. His latest major tournament victory was achieved in July 2019, when he won the Riga Grand Prix after beating none other than Vachier-Lagrave in Armageddon. So, for a second time in a row, the Azerbaijani obtained tournament victory in a classical tournament after playing black against MVL. This time around, there was no drama, as he kept things under control after getting a full-point lead by scoring three consecutive wins in rounds 5 to 7 — 25-move draws against Anish Giri and Vachier-Lagrave were enough to claim the $90,000 first prize. Mamedyarov gained 12.4 rating points in Bucharest, which prompted him to fifth place in the live ratings list. This might be the start of another sharp ascent to the very top of the world ranking — let us not forget that Shakh was the second highest-rated player on the planet in February 2018; later that year, he achieved his highest-ever official rating at a dizzying 2820 points in the September FIDE list. The clear victory also gained Mamedyarov 13 points in the overall Grand Chess Tour standings. Though he will not be playing at the Paris Rapid & Blitz Tournament that kicks off Friday, he will feature alongside Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand at the Zagreb leg of the tour, starting July 7. Three players in shared second place. Prize money and GCT points were equally split between Grischuk, So and Aronian, as the three elite grandmasters shared second place on a +1 score. While So finished undefeated, Grischuk and Aronian each suffered a single defeat in the tournament — Aronian beat Grischuk in their round-7 direct encounter to bounce back from a rather unfortunate defeat against the eventual tournament winner. A further half point behind finished Anish Giri and Teimour Radjabov. While Giri beat MVL and lost to Lupulescu, Radjabov signed nine draws in Bucharest, mostly using a safety-first approach — similar nine-game string of draws were collected by the Azerbaijani in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Shamkir Masters Tournament. The most exciting encounter of the final round saw Fabiano Caruana fighting to end the tournament on a high in his white game against Bogdan-Daniel Deac. The American star decided to enter a slightly favourable ending soon after the time control.

FTX Crypto Cup
Carlsen Beats So in Armageddon
Carlsen wins Chess Tour

Magnus Carlsen won the sixth 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. Meanwhile, Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated Teimour Radjabov in the match for third place. In a dramatic finale Magnus Carlsen’s reaction, seen on his webcam, once he won the FTX Crypto Cup said it all about how tense the final match against Wesley So actually was. Both days, the American came back from behind in the rapid phase of the mini-matches, and he even won the first game of the blitz tiebreaker with the black pieces. The world champion bounced back in the second blitz encounter and, for the first time in the tour, did not have the right to choose the colour in the Armageddon decider — he had, against all odds, won every single preliminary stage of the second online tour organized by his company.
So, understandable, chose to play black in the sudden-death encounter, and was outplayed from the get go by the world champion. Carlsen was ecstatic, as he jumped from his chair and celebrated effusively when his opponent resigned. The Norwegian later explained: "Nothing came easy at all, so that’s why it’s really satisfying to come out on top. I think both Wesley and I can play better, but it’s not really important to me right now".
Much earlier, Ian Nepomniachtchi had secured third place by beating Teimour Radjabov 2½-1½ in the second set of the match for third place. Responding to the criticism regarding the four quick draws they had signed in the first set. The players received both cash and bitcoin as prizes, with Carlsen getting US$ 60,000 and 0.6 bitcoin for his efforts.

New In Chess
Carlsen Beats Nakamura To Win New in Chess
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. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov obtained a 2½-½ victory over Levon Aronian to secure third place. Magnus Carlsen revolutionized the chess world last year, as his conglomerate of companies, the Play Magnus Group, announced the first online tour for elite players. Carlsen was the deserved winner of the tour, and once it was clear the complications relating to the Covid-19 pandemic would continue in 2021 a second tour was announced. After winning the preliminaries in the first four events of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, the world champion had surprisingly not won a single time, getting knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Airthings Masters by Daniil Dubov, in the semifinals of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational by Ian Nepomniachtchi, and losing two finals against Wesley So. Understandably, the world champion was very relieved after beating Hikaru Nakamura — one of his biggest rivals during the online era — in the finals of the New in Chess Classic. A visibly ecstatic Carlsen noted: "It’s not unfair that I finally win one". Carlsen celebrated on Twitter, and Anish Giri quickly replied, admiring the fact that a player with such a remarkable record still enjoys these victories: "The fact that the man still cares, after winning literally 100s of those, is incredible!".

Candidates Tournament
Nepomniachtchi To Challenge Carlsen
For The World Championship
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. Nepomniachtchi was sharing first place with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave when the sanitary crisis prompted FIDE to postpone the Candidates after round 7. In the second half, the Russian made the most of his chances while keeping a cool head, collecting two wins and four draws to secure tournament victory with a round to spare. In the penultimate round, only two games were relevant in the fight to win the event. Anish Giri, who was a half point behind Nepo, faced Alexander Grischuk with black, while the leader had White against MVL, who in fact still had a tiny chance of winning the event. By the time Vachier-Lagrave had definitely no winning chances, Grischuk had a clearly superior position against Giri. It did not take long before the two results were confirmed — Nepo had drawn and Giri had lost, which meant the Russian had become the next World Championship challenger. In the current standings, Nepomniachtchi is a full point ahead of Giri, but due to the first tiebreak criterion (direct encounter; Nepo beat Giri in round 1), even if Giri wins and Nepo loses on Tuesday, the Russian star would win the event. The fact that such an important tournament is often decided by mathematical tiebreaks has been negatively criticized by members of the chess community. Living legend Garry Kasparov voiced his concern: "FIDE couldn’t make one more day available for a tiebreak? For God’s sake, they have a World Championship match ending in a tiebreak — Magnus Carlsen played two tiebreaks for the title, and they couldn’t afford to spend one day for a tiebreak? [...] It’s not any criticism on Nepo, who wins the tournament by the rules, but it’s about the integrity of the competition". As noted by Kasparov — and also by Giri himself — this whole discussion about tiebreaks should not take away from the fact that Nepo played “two great halves” (Giri) and is a completely deserving challenger for the world title. The discussion has more to do with how the event should be set up in the first place. After beating Giri, Grischuk was asked about Kasparov’s remarks. Grischuk then noted that he had read not only Kasparov’s opinion but also that of Aleksey Dreev’s. He concluded that this tournament shows the disadvantages of playing a round-robin instead of matches — since results by players not in the fight for first have a massive effect on the outcome — and that it does not make sense not to have a playoff in case of a tie for first. Once the discussion about the Candidates returning to the knockout format arises, chess fans surely go back to Kazan 2011, when a lack of entertainment value due to the high percentage of games resulting in draws also raised plenty of negative criticism. In fact, the fact that FIDE decided to hold the 2013 Candidates Tournament as a round-robin was mostly celebrated by the chess community. However, it is hard to argue against Kasparov and Grischuk’s assertions regarding the procedure to break a potential tie for first in such an important event. But now that the intrigue is over, we can start preparing for the big match...

Magnus Carlsen Invitational
Anish Giri Wins In Tiebreaks
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, Nepomniachtchi had kept the score tied by winning the fourth game on demand. Magnus Carlsen beat Wesley So in the match for third place. Next month, the second half of the Candidates Tournament will be played in Yekaterinburg. With seven rounds left to play, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are sharing the lead, a full point ahead of four players currently on fifty percent. Anish Giri, the winner of the second edition of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, is one of these four chasers. Giri defeated Nepomniachtchi in blitz tiebreakers after the players drew both sets of the final. In Sunday’s second set, Giri took the lead by winning the second game of the day, but Nepo bounced back on demand in game 4. In the first 5-minute game, the Russian had a considerable advantage but a single blunder gave his opponent a crucial win. After playing Sicilians in every single game of the match, Nepomniachtchi opted for 1.b3 the second time he found himself in a must-win situation. The Russian could not bounce back twice in a day and also lost game 2 of the playoff. This is Giri’s second consecutive remarkable result, as he tied for first place at the strong Tata Steel Tournament in January and was the most stable player throughout at the third event of the Champions Chess Tour series. Talking to Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal and Vidit after winning the tournament, Giri noted that, since the Candidates are coming, it is likely that people will “read much into [these results]”. The Dutchman rightly pointed out that Nepomniachtchi is probably the favourite to win the event in Yekaterinburg, since he is both playing well and is sharing the lead in the tournament. Meanwhile, Magnus Carlsen had little trouble securing third place by beating Wesley So in a surprisingly lopsided confrontation. So, nevertheless, is still leading the overall standings of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, with Carlsen climbing to second place thanks to his performance in the third tournament of the series. Magnus Carlsen still lacks a tournament victory at the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. Four tournaments have been played so far, but the World Champion, who is so used to success, has not been able to win one of them. At the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, which ended at the weekend, he lost in the semi-finals against Ian Nepomniachtchi, who then lost to Anish Giri in the final. But then Carlsen scored a surprisingly smooth win against Wesley So in the match for third place. Particularly surprising was the first game, in which Carlsen won with a stunning mating attack.

Opera Euro Rapid
Wesley So Does It Again, Beats Magnus Carlsen
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 won the first game of the day after a misjudged sacrifice, but Magnus had great chances to hit back in Games 3 and 4 if he’d trusted his intuition and sacrificed at the right moments. Teimour Radjabov finished 3rd after a shocking blunder by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave cut the 3rd place match short. 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. Carlsen lost game 1 after playing a speculative piece sacrifice and never managed to bounce back, missing opportunities in games 3 and 4. Meanwhile, Teimour Radjabov convincingly beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to claim third place. Wesley So defeated Magnus Carlsen in two consecutive finals of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, and both times he did it on special dates, first on the world champion’s 30th birthday and now on Valentine’s Day. The ever-humble American grandmaster later apologized for having ruined his opponent’s celebrations. For Carlsen, it was all about bad timing chess-wise on day 2 of the finals, as he incorrectly sacrificed a piece in game 1 and failed to play correct sacrifices in games 3 and 4. The world champion explained: There were a few instances today of not following my intuition, which were just frustrating, especially considering the first game, where I did go for a sacrifice which didn’t work at all. [...] Overall, no shame in losing, but I just feel that I could have done a lot better with the chances I had today. It’s not gonna sit well tonight I think. So also mentioned that the level of play in the final had been very low. Nevertheless, both Carlsen and the commentators agreed that So was a very deserving winner, as he was clearly superior in the two previous stages of the knockout and showed good nerves during the final. Talking to Kaja Snare, So referred to his routine during these tournaments, noting that it is much more important to relax while the event is taking place, as in his case most of the preparatory work is done in advance. The Filipino-born grandmaster is leading the overall standings of the tour. Tied in points atop the tour standings is Teimour Radjabov, who won the first event of the series and finished third in the Opera Euro Rapid tournament. The Azerbaijani convincingly defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the match for third place. After winning the first mini-match, Radjabov won the first two games of Sunday’s ‘set’ to secure match victory. An incredible blunder (for an elite player) by MVL gifted ‘Raja’ the second win of the day:

84th Tata Steel Masters
Van Foreest Beats Giri In Armageddon
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. It was also a major success for the Netherlands, as the two Dutch representatives tied for first place, securing tournament victory for a local player no matter the result of the playoff — a Dutch player won the event for the last time back in 1985, when Jan Timman scored 9/13 to finish ahead of John Nunn and Alexander Beliavsky, who shared second place a full point behind. Surprisingly, though, it was the younger Dutch player who clinched the title. Jorden van Foreest was the fourth lowest-rated player in the lineup, but managed to catch up with his compatriot Anish Giri by beating Nils Grandelius in the final round. Van Foreest would go on to survive three inferior positions in the blitz tiebreaker to win the tournament. The 21-year-old grandmaster from Utrecht had a great performance throughout and, like Giri, finished the event undefeated. A second of Giri in many elite tournaments, he acknowledged the fact that the blitz decider could have gone either way: "Blitz is just a coin flip basically, so full credit to him, he played a really good tournament, and he really deserved to win it — he could have won both of his last games too I think, but this is just how it goes". A member of the noble Van Foreest family, Jorden is the eldest of five siblings. His brother Lucas (b. 2001) won the 2019 Dutch Championship after beating Jorden on tiebreaks, while his sister Machteld (b. 2007) was the first girl ever to win the Dutch U-12 Championship. Van Foreest gained 30.2 rating points in Wijk and will join the 2700-club in the next official FIDE ratings list. For the time being, however, he does not think he will achieve such a good result in the future: "I think there is basically a zero percent chance that I will do this any time soon again". While a number of chess players and followers have expressed heartfelt congratulations to Van Foreest for his magnificent showing, many have also referred to the fact that this might have been a painful loss for Giri. The higher-rated Dutchman gained 12.4 rating points and has climbed to number 7 in the world ranking, but given the circumstances he most likely had a single goal going into the last round — to win the tournament. This is the second time Giri shares first place ‘in regulation’ and fails to win the event on tiebreaks, as he lost the title to Magnus Carlsen in 2018 after collecting 9 points in the classical section. Furthermore, a year later, he scored 8½/13 — the same score as this year — to finish a half point behind the world champion. The winner of the 2020 edition, Fabiano Caruana, aptly described the final result of the players tied for first place: "For Anish is sort of an expected result to be leading — I mean he’s a top player and +4 is a good result, but it’s nothing that we would consider too surprising. Jorden I think played amazingly well, it was super impressive. [...] I feel like this might correspond to his strength — it didn’t feel like a fluke or anything".

Hastings Online Tournament
David Howell Dominates Hastings
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. This time around, ten top English players were joined by the winner and runner-up of the Caplin British Online Chess Championships – IM Matthew Wadsworth and IM Matthew Turner. Michael Adams, Luke McShane, Gawain Jones, David Howell and Nicholas Pert, all top-10 players in England, participated. Danny Gormally also had a good performance, especially against the four strongest players in the field — who, incidentally, finished in the first four positions of the standings table.
The tournament was a 12-player single round robin with a time control of 15 minutes for the game and 10-second increments from the first move. Six rounds were played on Saturday and the remaining five took place on Sunday. The games were played on the Tornelo platform, with special regulations put in place to secure fair play in the online event. It would have been something of a special event which marked the 100th anniversary of the Congress in its usual format. It was a hard to decide what to put in its place but it seems that the event at the weekend was exceptionally well received by participants and viewers alike. The games were hard fought and the commentary by GM Simon Williams and IM Jovanka Houska entertained throughout. Prizes money – 1st £1,200; 2nd £800; 3rd £650; 4th £550; 5th £450; 6th £350; 7th £300; 8th £250; 9th £200; 10th £200; 11th £100; 12th £100.

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
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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.

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The Grand Chess Tour 2021 begins - with tournaments in Bukarest and Paris
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The Grand Chess Tour is back - and the tour begins on Thursday, 3 June 2021 with an over-the-board classical tournament in Bukarest. Ten top players take part, the top seeds are Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk, and Wesley So. After the end of the tournament on 15 June, the players travel to Paris to take part in a Rapid & Blitz tournament.
The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) has confirmed new players in the field for the upcoming Superbet Chess Classic in Bucharest, Romania and Paris Rapid & Blitz tournament.
Hungarian Grandmaster Richard Rapport has been confirmed as a full tour player to replace Grandmaster Ding Liren from China and Russian Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi will become a wildcard player for specific Grand Chess Tour events as he prepares for the World Championship title match later this year. The Superbet Chess Classic will now include a wildcard player, Romanian Grandmaster Constantin Lupulescu. The Superbet Chess Classic is sponsored by Superbet Foundation and will feature a 10 player round-robin battle for a total of $325,000 in prize money.

Superbet Romania Chess Classic,
June 3 - 15, 2021
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Paris Rapid & Blitz,
June 17-22, 2021

Norway Chess

Carlsen & Nepomniachtchi
to meet in Norway Chess
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Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi will meet in the 9th edition of Norway Chess just two months before they begin their World Championship match in Dubai. Norway Chess, which was originally planned to return to a 10-player format in May 2021, will now be a 6-player double round-robin, with Alireza Firouzja, Richard Rapport, Sergey Karjakin and Aryan Tari completing the line-up. The plan is once again to have fast classical games followed, if the game ends in a draw, by Armageddon.

The Norway Chess tournament has been buffeted by the pandemic, but in October 2020 it was one of the few traditional tournaments that still took place over the board. The 6-player event featured Alireza Firouzja, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Aryan Tari and was won, with a round to spare, by Magnus Carlsen.

The plan was then to return to normal in 2021, with a full 10-player Norway Chess featuring a global field at its traditional spring time slot, in this case May 9-21. The pandemic this time intervened, however, with travel restrictions making the tournament impossible in May.

Polgar and Kramnik Challenge

The New Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour
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Kramnik and Polgar launch new online tour Julius BaerChess legends Judit Polgar and Vladimir Kramnik have joined forces with Play Magnus Group to launch a new elite online tour designed to support rising young players and advance gender equality in the sport. The Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour will feature some of the world’s top talent and include a healthy balance of male and female competitors. At stake is a $100,000 prize pot, golden tickets to compete with the very best in the game in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour as well as educational opportunities and experiences. In total 20 players will be involved, divided into teams run by Judit and Vladimir. Live commentary of the action will be provided here on chess24.
The new Tour starts on April 8 and includes four 4-day rapid tournaments played on chess24, leading into a Final taking place from September 9 to 13. The winner of each event will qualify for a place on the $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, Play Magnus Group’s flagship series.

Meltwater

Meltwater Partners With Champions Chess Tour
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This Christmas, the first major tournament of the Champions Chess Tour has attracted millions of viewers across the world. The tournament airs on Eurosport globally, on NRK in Norway and draws significant viewership across multiple online streaming platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. With the new agreement between Meltwater and Play Magnus, the tour will be named Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.


Chess Tour

Champions Chess Tour
2020-2021
22 November - September
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Following the success of the Magnus Carlsen Tour, chess24 and the Play Magnus Group announced the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour, a series of ten online tournaments featuring elite players. The action kicks off November 22 with the first ‘Regular’ tournament, the Skilling Open. Six ‘Regular’ tournaments, three ‘Majors’ and the ‘Finals’ will take place from November 2020 until September 2021.
The Champions Chess Tour is the successor to the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour and aims to be bigger and better, but also more compact. Instead of 5 events over 4 months there will be 10 over 10 months, with the prize fund rising from $1 million to $1.5 million.


Chingford Bunnies
Chingford Bunnies

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
Full Players and League details
CLICK HERE
If you’re interested in playing contact Robin Oakley

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Season 3
"League of Mayhem"
Should start in July 2021
or
Season 2
full match details
CLICK HERE

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2020-2021
Chess Calendar

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 Meltwater Champions 7th L
July 2021
Jul 05-12 Croatia Rapid & Blitz
Jul 10-Aug 06 FIDE World Cup
Jul 13-18 Sparkassen Chess Trophy
Jul 17-28 Biel Chess Festival
Jul 31-Aug 08 Meltwater Champions 8th L
August 2021
Aug 09-16 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz
Aug 16-28 Sinquefield Cup
Aug 28-Sep 05 Meltwater Champions 9th L
September 2021
Sep 25-Oct 23 Meltwater Champions Final
October 2021
Oct 25-Nov 08 FIDE Chess.com Swiss
November 2021
Nov 11-22 European Team Championship
Nov 27-Dec 05 European Chess Club Cup
Nov 27-Dec 05 European Women’s Club
Nov ??-Dec ?? World Chess Champ Match
December 2021

Past Chess News
in Brief

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.
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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).