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  • 2nd Cairns Cup - Round 9 LIVE February 16, 2020
    The 2nd Cairns Cup in Saint Louis is played from February 7-17. The field is led by World Champion Ju Wenjun, and features most of the world's best women chess players. The tournament winner will receive USD $45,000 from the total prize fund of $180,000. Rounds begin daily at 19:00 UTC (20:00 CET / 14:00 […]
  • Prague Masters & Challengers LIVE February 16, 2020
    The "2nd Prague Chess Festival" in the Czech capital features two top-class grandmaster tournaments, a junior tournament, an open and numerous side events. The opening ceremony took place on Tuesday. All games were drawn in round four, which meant Vidit Gujrathi kept the sole lead; Vitiugov, Duda and Firouzja still stand a half point back. […]
  • Cairns Cup: Humpy takes the lead as Yip beats Ju Wenjun February 16, 2020
    A sensational win by 16-year-old Carissa Yip over world champion Ju Wenjun was the story of the day in Saint Louis. Humpy Koneru also won and would have got to the final round a full point ahead had Alexandra Kosteniuk not defeated Nana Dzagnidze with the black pieces. So, going into the last day of […]
  • Firouzja and Vitiugov in turbulent draw, Vidit maintains sole lead February 16, 2020
    When two sides play a perfect game of chess, the game more often than not ends up a draw. Today, while all the five games ended up as draws, three of them didn't follow the stated script. Alireza Firouzja exhibited passion and imagination, confusing Nikita Vitiugov with a speculative knight sacrifice to gain a decisive […]
  • ABC of the English Opening, a review February 16, 2020
    The English is an opening which can transpose into many others. It is definitely a must for those who want to improve middlegame play, thanks to the huge variety of middlegame themes which can arise from it. One can play very aggressively, or positionally; it's clearly an opening which can satisfy everyone interested in learning […]
  • Cairns Cup: Plot twists February 15, 2020
    Ju Wenjun and Humpy Koneru are still sharing the lead of the Cairns Cup after a seventh round in which things could have taken a different path. The only decisive result of the day saw Mariya Muzychuk beating Valentina Gunina — Muzychuk got a much better position, lost her advantage and ended up winning when […]
  • Vidit's Gargantuan Grunfeld Genius! February 15, 2020
    After three hard-fought rounds of chess in Prague we finally have a sole leader! Vidit Gujrathi, after surviving a mega-scare against David Anton yesterday, found his rhythm and squeezed Markus Ragger in a Grunfeld endgame to go to world number 21 and 2½/3. Alireza Firouzja has found the going tough in the first two rounds, […]
  • Candidates 2020 pairings announced February 14, 2020
    The Candidates Tournament 2020 is just over a month away and today FIDE announced the results of a ceremony to determine the pairing numbers for the eight players in this highly anticipated double round-robin. Radjabov, Ding, Giri, and Grischuk will start with the white pieces on March 17th in Yekaterinburg. Read the press release... | […]
  • Cairns Cup: Humpy beats Kosteniuk, catches up with Ju February 14, 2020
    The top two seeds are sharing the lead with three rounds to go at the Cairns Cup in Saint Louis. Ju Wenjun was joined in first place by Humpy Koneru after the latter defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk from a very slightly superior knight endgame in round six. The other winner of the day was Carissa Yip, […]
  • Pirc perpetual February 14, 2020
    In the diagram White played 8.e6 fxe6 9.Ng5 threatening both 10.Nxe6 and 10.Qxg4. So, fire on the board — can you extinguish it as Black?
  • Technical issues stifle imagination in Prague February 14, 2020
    In chess, results are one of the most important factors, but what is also interesting to the astute reader is how the result came to be exactly. On a day when all games ended in draws, some point splits can be more interesting than wins, especially if two players of equal strength engage in a […]
  • Fast and Furious: Crushing the Philidor February 13, 2020
    The refutation of the Philidor? IM Robert Ris thinks so after 6.Bf4 (pictured). On-demand and free to watch for a limited time (or forever for ChessBase Premium account holders. To chat when Robert is live, please visit or login via Playchess for Windows. In the diagram, it's Black to play!
  • The new chess culture in Vienna February 13, 2020
    In Vienna, chess is back in the public space. People play on streets and squares, in the Main Library, and even in coffeehouses where chess once was very popular. The driving force behind this movement is the Dutch chess activist Kineke Mulder. Who is very active indeed.
  • The Czech Wimbledon begins with wins for Duda, Vidit and Vitiugov February 13, 2020
    It's only the second edition of the Prague Masters 2020, but everyone is already calling it the Czech Wimbledon! Jan-Krzysztof Duda is the top seed of the event and with a rating average of 2707, it is one of the strongest round robin events out there. At the last moment Wei Yi was replaced by […]
  • CBM 193: Learning from losing February 12, 2020
    ChessBase offers a window to the world of professional chess. Our thoughtful columnist NAGESH HAVANUR reviews issue #193 which offers a bird’s eye view of three major events, the FIDE Grand Swiss / IOM Open, European Team championship and World Chess Grand Prix in Hamburg. 1618 games, 11 opening surveys, demo lectures and exercises […]
  • Game of the Week: Georgiadis vs Fedorchuk February 12, 2020
    The current season of the German League is in full swing and this week IM Merijn van Delft dives into an "insanely sharp Sicilian" from the most recent weekend's rounds. The live show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). Merijn is live this […]
  • Endgame Magic with Anna Muzychuk February 12, 2020
    Joining Karsten for a live endgame training session is Ukrainian GM Anna Muzychuk. Live at 14:00 UTC (15:00 CET; 9:00 AM EST) and on-demand for ChessBase account holders. Don't have an account yet? You can register a free 90-day account to watch!
  • Cairns Cup: Fireworks February 12, 2020
    All five games of the Cairns Cup ended decisively on Tuesday, leaving Ju Wenjun and Alexandra Kosteniuk in the shared lead on 3½ out of 5. Humpy Koneru took down former sole leader Nana Dagnidze, Valentina Gunina scored a fine attacking win against Harika Dronavalli and Carissa Yip got on the scoreboard with a victory […]
  • On the 70th birthday of Evgeny Sveshnikov February 11, 2020
    Today Evgeny Sveshnikov, a great personality in chess, celebrates his 70th birthday. Sveshnikov was, in his prime, among the leading grandmasters in the world and also breathed new life into a forgotten opening, one which came to be known as the Sveshnikov variation of the Sicilian. | Photo: Thorsten Cmiel
  • The Weekly Show: Adhiban February 11, 2020
    A round-up of the recent action including the watch forfeit controversy. | Puzzle time: In the diagram, it's White to move! What would you think about playing Bd5 here? | Lawrence is live this week from 17:00 UTC (18:00 CET, 12 Noon EST) and free for a limited time, or forever on-demand with a ChessBase […]
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  • A Hard Fought Battle February 16, 2020
    Two in a row for Crestbook Chess Club and GM Sergey Shipov!Last time out, we saw Crestbrook Chess Club cruise to victory, but this time GM Sergei Zhigalko bravely struck out on his own to challenge the reigning champions and it was a much closer affair! However, the Zhigalko fans fell just 37 points short […]
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  • Titled Arena Announcement February 15, 2020
    February's Titled Arena Edition!This month's Lichess Titled Arena will be on Saturday the 22nd February at 19:00 UTC! The event will as usual be preceded by a bullet 1+0 Warm-up Arena, open to all players with a minimum of 20 rated bullet games. Yes, even you. Lichess Titled Arena When: Saturday, February 22nd, 19:00 UTC […]
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  • Streamer Team Battle! February 10, 2020
    The rematch!After the incredible response to our first Streamer Team Battle, we are pleased to announce another edition to begin this Saturday (15th February) at 19:00 UTC. The rules are the same as previously: It's an arena format event - complete with berserking and streaks You join the Battle under the banner of a specific […]
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  • Pacey Penguin Proudly Peaks Podium Pinnacle January 15, 2020
    Starting the Decade with a BangWith 448 titled players joining the first event of the decade (and 356 playing) it's one of the largest titled events we've had! It wasn't just the size that was impressive though, the performance of one player took centre stage: GM Andrew Tang (@penguingim1), the Penguin. Starting off with a […]
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  • The dust settles on the battlefield January 9, 2020
    Congratulations to Crestbook Chess Club and GM Sergey Shipov on their victory!A hush fell as the clock ticked down its final seconds, to the end of the inaugural Lichess Streamer Team Battle, which team would win... well by that point it was quite firmly decided! Congratulations to Crestbook Chess Club led by GM Sergey Shipov […]
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  • Streamer Team Battle! January 6, 2020
    Whose rallying battle cry will you answer?A horn sounds in the distance... a call to arms! This Thursday (9th January) at 19:00 UTC, some of the largest chess streamers around will be clashing head to head in a Team Battle on Lichess - and they need your support! But what is a Team Battle? You […]
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  • Titled Arena Announcement January 5, 2020
    The first Titled Arena of the decade is here!The first Lichess Titled Arena of the decade will be on Wednesday the 15th January at 19:00 UTC! The event will as usual be preceded by a bullet 1+0 Warm-up Arena, open to all players with a minimum of 20 rated bullet games. Yes, even you. Lichess […]
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  • Lichess End of Year Update 2019 December 31, 2019
    Thank you all for your support!It’s been another eventful year for Lichess. We continue to grow in all metrics of activity - average players online, numbers of games played per month, and events held. Along with this, we’ve made significant changes to support the website and ensure our players get the most out of Lichess. […]
  • Titled Arena Announcement December 5, 2019
    The December Titled Arena is here!The Lichess Titled Arena is back on Saturday the 14th December at 19:00 UTC! The event will as usual be preceded by a bullet 1+0 Warm-up Arena, open to all players with a minimum of 20 rated bullet games. Yes, even you. Lichess Titled Arena When: Saturday, December 14th, 19:00 […]
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  • A new logo for Lichess December 1, 2019
    A major open-source contribution!The good old Cburnett knight has served us well, but it was not truly our logo. We always wanted something unique and distinctive for Lichess, and we finally found it. On the left, the old Cburnett piece. On the right, the new Freedom Knight. This new logo is the work of a […]
  • FIDE: Confidentiality Clauses and Secret Votes November 25, 2019
    An interview with GM Peter Heine NielsenGM Peter Heine Nielsen is a Grandmaster from Denmark who has worked at the very highest level in chess for decades. He played in seven Olympiads for Denmark and won the Danish Championship five times. He may be even better known for his work as a second. He’s worked […]
  • Firouzja keeps the streak going! November 23, 2019
    The young Iranian tops the TA with another convincing performanceWe were treated to an extra long exhibition of chess skill this month, as the Titled Arena was immediately preceded by agadmator's 500k subscriber celebration tournament. The YouTuber's event was so popular that it pushed Lichess's servers to the max and we had to restart the […]
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  • Titled Arena Announcement November 11, 2019
    The November Titled Arena is here!The Lichess Titled Arena is back on Saturday the 23rd November at 19:00 UTC! We're cancelling the Warmup tournament this time, and suggest you join agadmator's tournament instead (same time as the usual warmup, with a $2000 prize fund)! It's open to all players with a minimum of 40 rated […]
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  • Firouzja on Fire! October 17, 2019
    The start of a new dynasty?The Isle of Man International is in full swing (and you can catch the live games and commentary here on Lichess) but the allure of bullet chess is too strong, and during the rest day snuck in another installment of the Titled Arena. Willingly drawn away from their preparations for […]
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  • Titled Arena Announcement October 6, 2019
    The October Titled Arena is here!The Lichess Titled Arena is back on Wednesday the 16th October at 19:00 UTC! In addition to the usual prizes, the three top-placing female participants will win additional prizes of $100, $50 and $20. The event will as usual be preceded by a bullet 1+0 Warm-up Arena, open to all […]
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  • Announcing the 2019 Horde World Championship October 3, 2019
    It's finally here!The first installment of the Horde World Championship is here at last, so get ready for the greatest pawn storm in Lichess history! The event will kick off on October 13th. If you would like to participate, please make sure to read the rules. Registration closes October 12th and will be conducted through […]
  • 960 Ways to Die in the West October 1, 2019
    GM Zaven Andriasian takes home the gold! This September, we were treated to a double-bill of Lichess Titled Arenas, with a 960 variant edition at the unprecedented 3+2 time-control. Players were out in force with 270 participants. GM Andrew Tang (@penguingim1) took an early lead, but it was short lived - protesting on stream that […]
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  • World Cup Drama in Khanty-Mansiysk – Just What the Doctor Ordered September 15, 2019
    Round 2 Report from the 2019 World CupThe foyer of the 2019 World Cup venue, the Ugra Chess Academy just outside the centre of the city in Khanty-Mansiysk, is its own little world.  The front door is guarded by bored officers in army fatigues, in two corners of the foyer you can watch the Russian […]
  • Chess960 Titled Arena - Back Again September 13, 2019
    Chess960 Returns!It's been a little while since the last 960 Titled Arena. For this iteration, the duration will be 3 hours as last time but with a time control of 3+2. This event will also be preceded by a Chess960 Warm-up Arena, open to all players with a minimum of 10 rated Chess960 games. Lichess […]
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  • Big Beasts Still Alive After First Round of World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk September 12, 2019
    Round 1 Report for World Cup 2019 The majority of the world’s elite players descended on Khanty-Mansiysk this week to compete in the World Cup and after just three days, half of the 128 competitors are already eliminated. For many of the players, visiting the isolated Siberian city surrounded by forests and made wealthy thanks […]
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  • Cairns Cup 7-8: Carissa Yip beats World Champion February 16, 2020
    16-year-old Carissa Yip took down Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun with the black pieces as a tournament she started with a nightmare four losses in a row is ending like a dream for the US youngster. “I like being a ruiner,” said Carissa after leaving Ju Wenjun a full point behind sole leader Humpy Koneru, […]
  • Prague Masters 2-3: Vidit leads, Firouzja's 1st win February 15, 2020
    Vidit leads the 2020 Prague Masters on 2.5/3 after surviving a dicey position against David Antón in Round 2 and then smoothly outplaying Markus Ragger in Round 3. Joining Nikita Vitiugov and Jan-Krzysztof Duda half a point behind is 16-year-old Alireza Firouzja, who scored a remarkably easy win over Harikrishna in Round 3 after pulling […]
  • The Candidates 2020 pairings are out February 14, 2020
    The 2020 Candidates Tournament to decide Magnus Carlsen’s next challenger starts in just over a month’s time and the pairings were announced today. It’ll be Radjabov-Caruana, Ding Liren-Wang Hao, Giri-Nepomniachtchi and Grischuk-Alekseenko in Round 1 as the 2nd most anticipated chess event of 2020 begins in Yekaterinburg, Russia on Tuesday 17th March. We take a […]
  • Cairns Cup 6: Humpy joins Ju Wenjun in the lead February 14, 2020
    Humpy Koneru took her lifetime score against Alexandra Kosteniuk to 5:0 in decisive games after squeezing out a win from a drawish knight ending in Round 6 of the Cairns Cup. The day’s other winner was 16-year-old Carissa Yip, who made it two wins in a row after punishing Valentina Gunina for playing Alekhine’s Defence […]
  • Prague Masters 1: Duda, Vidit & Vitiugov lead February 13, 2020
    Alireza Firouzja arrived late for the Prague Masters and played a quiet draw against Markus Ragger in Round 1, but any fears of a cautious start soon disappeared. 2019 Masters winner Nikita Vitiugov began by beating 2019 Challengers winner David Anton, though midway through the game the opposite result had seemed more likely. Vidit scored […]
  • Cairns Cup 5: Bloodbath February 12, 2020
    Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun and former World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk lead the 2020 Cairns Cup on the rest day after defeating Kateryna Lagno and Mariya Muzychuk respectively in Round 5. Previous leader Nana Dzagnidze was outplayed by Humpy Koneru, Valentina Gunina’s pawns steamrollered Harika Dronavalli and 16-year-old Carissa Yip completed a day of all […]
  • The Week Ahead: 11-17 February 2020 February 11, 2020
    16-year-old Alireza Firouzja replaced Wei Yi to become the surprise highlight of the 2020 Prague International Chess Festival that starts tomorrow after the Chinese star’s travel plans were hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Jan-Krzysztof Duda and David Antón will be among the other young stars fighting for 1st place, while the Cairns Cup ends Sunday. […]
  • Cairns Cup 4: Ju Wenjun strikes February 11, 2020
    Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun surived a tricky position against Valentina Gunina before going on to score her first win of the 2020 Cairns Cup. The other player to win in Round 4 was Alexandra Kosteniuk, who bounced back from her loss the day before to beat Carissa Yip. The 16-year-old once again put up […]
  • Cairns Cup 3: Gunina 1 Jet Lag 2 February 10, 2020
    Nana Dzagnidze took the sole lead after three rounds of the 2020 Cairns Cup as she inflicted a 3rd loss in a row on 16-year-old Carissa Yip. Harika Dronavalli joined Kateryna Lagno and Mariya Muzychuk half a point behind after a surprisingly easy win over Alexandra Kosteniuk, while Valentina Gunina turned the corner after two […]
  • Alekseenko: “The Candidates wild card should be abolished” February 9, 2020
    22-year-old Russian Kirill Alekseenko is the clear outsider for the Candidates Tournament that starts in Yekaterinburg in just over one month’s time. While the other players are established Top 15 stars he’s currently live-rated just below 2700, and his wild card qualification ahead of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was controversial. It was no fault of Kirill’s, however, […]
  • Cairns Cup 2: Win the beauty prize, lose the game February 9, 2020
    Valentina Gunina played the move of Round 2 of the Cairns Cup in Saint Louis only to go on to lose a second game in a row, this time to her Russian compatriot Alexandra Kosteniuk. There were also impressive wins for Mariya Muzychuk, who ensured Humpy Koneru’s stay as women’s world no. 2 was short, […]
  • Cairns Cup 1: Koneru and Dzagnidze take the lead February 8, 2020
    Humpy Koneru edged above Ju Wenjun into the women’s world no. 2 spot after 16-year-old Carissa Yip’s brave decision to play the King’s Indian Defence backfired in Round 1 of the Cairns Cup. The day’s other winner in St. Louis was Nana Dzagnidze, who confidently beat last year’s champion Valentina Gunina after picking up a […]
  • Jan's Opening Clinic 25: Part 1 February 6, 2020
    Jan Gustafsson starts his first weekly show of Season 25 of Jan's Opening Clinic by wondering if he's being trolled with questions on 1.f4!? and 1.d4 d6 2.Bf4 f5!?, since he's never been a great fan of early pawn advances in front of your king. Jan shares some tips, however, as he does on a […]
  • Aronian: "I’m more talented, but some people push harder" February 5, 2020
    Levon Aronian was spending a lot of time in airports today and decided to answer questions from his followers on Instagram. “The Chess Prophet”, as he currently styles himself there, provided some predictably entertaining but also serious answers to questions that ranged from chess to sport, music and literature. Karpov or Kasparov? Nadal or Federer? […]
  • The week ahead: 4-9 February 2020 February 4, 2020
    With Tata Steel Chess and the Gibraltar Masters behind us it’s a quiet week for watching top level chess, but from Friday onwards Yasser, Jennifer & co. will be commentating live from Saint Louis as the Cairns Cup women’s supertournament begins. There’s also lots going on at chess24, with the Banter Blitz Cup heating up, […]