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  • Game of the Week 474: M. Carlsen - R. Wojtaszek July 28, 2021
    This week, Merijn van Delft takes a look a close look at the encounter between Magnus Carlsen and Radoslaw Wojtaszek at the FIDE World Cup 2021 - a game full of tactical blows and surprises. | Merijn's show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.
  • World Cup - Live! July 28, 2021
    While the semifinalists in the women’s section get a rest day, the quarterfinals of the open kick off in Sochi. Magnus Carlsen starts with black against Etienne Bacrot. The remaining pairings: Vidit vs Jan-Krzysztof Duda (pictured), Amin Tabatabaei vs Vladimir Fedoseev and Sam Shankland vs Sergey Karjakin. Follow the action live with expert commentary starting […]
  • Biel: Round 2 live! July 28, 2021
    The first round of the Grandmaster Tournament Biel brought three decisions and one draw. Round 2 also promises exciting chess: Kirill Alekseenko plays against Vincent Keymer, Noel Studer faces Alan Pichot, Nihal Sarin fights against Boris Gelfand and Gata Kamsky agaist Maxime Lagarde. The round starts at 14:00 CEST (8:00 ET, 12:00 UTC).
  • World Cup: Carlsen’s close call July 28, 2021
    Only after an extremely tense struggle did Magnus Carlsen manage to knock out Andrey Esipenko to reach the quarterfinals of the FIDE World Cup in Sochi, where he will face Etienne Bacrot. Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Vladimir Fedoseev, Amin Tabatabaei and Sergey Karjakin also went through. In the women’s section, Anna Muzychuk knocked out Nana Dzagnidze and […]
  • World Cup Highlights – Part 1 July 28, 2021
    The 2021 FIDE World Cup in Sochi, Russia has narrowed down the 206 starting participants to just 8 remaining players. Canadian FM Joshua Doknjas analyzes some of the most interesting games from the first half of the event. | Photos: Anastasiia Korolka (FIDE)
  • Biel: Lively start of the classical tournament July 28, 2021
    In round 1 of the classical part of the GM Tournament at the Biel Chess Festival three games ended with a decision. Alan Pichot won against Boris Gelfand, Kirill Alekseenko defeated Nihal Sarin and Gata Kamsky won against Noel Studer. Vincent Keymer and Maxime Lagarde drew. | Photos: Biel Chess Festival
  • Svitlana's Smart Moves - Special World Cup Episode 8 July 27, 2021
    Svitlana Demchenko is back to present us her smart moves, especially after playing chess constantly in the last couple of weeks. The 17-year-old WIM left Canada, to travel to Serbia, Sochi, Moscow, and finally to Mykolayiv, Ukraine. She competed in the Serbian Open, and fought hard in the World Cup in Sochi, against a more […]
  • The Weekly Show: The World Cup July 27, 2021
    In his "Weekly Show" IM Lawrence Trent will of course continue to talk about the World Cup but will also take a short look at the other big tournaments that are currently taking place. The game of the day is Vidit’s smooth win vs Durarbayli as Black, in which the Indian Grandmaster used a lovely […]
  • The first Fontainebleau chess festival July 27, 2021
    The week long Festival de Fontainebleau chess tournament which started on 18 July doesn't feature any Grandmasters or International Masters. While the Open section comprises players with ratings under 2000, competitors in the three closed tournaments - each of which has eight players - have Elo ratings ranging from around 1800 to 2200. But what […]
  • Start of the open tournaments at the Biel Chess Festival July 27, 2021
    While the participants in the Grandmaster Tournament are enjoying a day of rest, the open tournaments at the Biel Chess Festival have started. The Master Tournament has an extremely strong field of participants: 27 Grandmasters are taking part, twelve (!) of them with an Elo rating of over 2600, furthermore 13 IM (International Masters) are […]
  • Gregory Kaidanov is U.S. Senior Champion 2021! July 27, 2021
    GM Gregory Kaidanov won the 2021 U.S. Senior Championship title after defeating GM Larry Christiansen in an exciting playoff tiebreak, scoring 1.5 - 0.5 in the two-game rapid match. After a draw in game one, Kaidanov seized his chance in game two, finding a brilliant resource to win an exchange and convert his advantage in […]
  • Karsten Mueller’s Endgame Magic #153 July 27, 2021
    Karsten Mueller again enjoys some Endgame Magic and together with his guest Thomas Stark he presents endgame highlights from the Goldmoney Asian Online Rapid Tournament that ended in the beginning of July, and that was won by Levon Aronian - who showed his endgame skills in a very crucial game.
  • Powerful pawns July 27, 2021
    Endgames with opposite coloured bishops have drawish tendencies but are also full of surprising tactics. In the diagram position White is a pawn up but Black's bishop seems to have the pawns on the kingside under control. However, White has a way to make his pawns really powerful. What can he do, how can he […]
  • World Cup: Shankland and Vidit go through July 27, 2021
    In the open section of the World Cup, 2 players secured a spot in the quarterfinals on Monday, as Sam Shankland (pictured) and Vidit Gujrathi knocked out Peter Svidler and Vasif Durarbayli. Meanwhile, in the women’s tournament, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Tan Zhongyi and Alexandra Kosteniuk made it to the semifinals. | Photo: Eric Rosen
  • "Chess teaches you so much!": An interview with IM Sabrina Vega July 26, 2021
    Sabrina Vega is the best woman player in the history of Spanish chess. She won the national women's championship six times and represented her country in five Chess Olympiads. In an interview with Tatiana Flores, Sabrina Vega talks about her chess career and how chess can help you to grow and to enrich your personality.
  • U.S. Championships: Niemann and Wang win, Christiansen and Kaidanov have to play tiebreak July 26, 2021
    Two national champions were crowned on Sunday, 25 July, as both GM Hans Niemann (pictured) and IM Annie Wang clinched victories in the 2021 U.S. Junior Championships, both winning $10,000 scholarships in addition to the first place prize. Meanwhile, GM Larry Christiansen won a critical last round game in the U.S. Senior, forcing a playoff […]
  • Gata Kamsky wins rapid section of the triathlon in Biel July 26, 2021
    The main event at this year’s edition of the Biel Chess Festival is the Grandmaster Triathlon, in which eight participants play a mix of classical, rapid and blitz chess. The rapid section was played on Sunday, and saw Gata Kamsky getting clear first place with a 5½/7 performance. Nihal Sarin and Maxime Lagarde finished second […]
  • World Cup: Wins for Kosteniuk and Martirosyan July 26, 2021
    Day 1 of the fifth round at the World Cups in Sochi saw Haik Martirosyan and Alexandra Kosteniuk (pictured) getting off to winning starts in their matches, as they beat Amin Tabatabaei and Valentina Gunina respectively. The remaining 7 matches in the open section and 3 matches in the women’s category finished drawn. | Photo: […]
  • The ChessBase Shop Assistant July 25, 2021
    Many of the ChessBase products have been around for more than 30 years, and we now have ChessBase 16, Fritz 17, over 200 ChessBase magazines, as well as more than 500 training programmes from chess masters. With so much choice, it is easy to lose the overview, and sometimes you ask yourself: what is which […]
  • Understanding before Moving 37: Advantage in Development (3) July 25, 2021
    Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 37th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues to explain why it is so important to develop one's pieces as soon as possible. | Photo: Tommy Grooten
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  • FIDE World Cup - Round 5 Report: 6 of 8 Games go to Tense Tiebreaks July 28, 2021
    Excitement in the tiebreaks as Carlsen narrowly holds onAfter a tense and edgy round in both the World Cup and Women’s World Cup, the quarter-finalists and semi-finalists are now known:World Cup (Quarter-finals):Magnus Carlsen (2847) v. Etienne Bacrot (2678)Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2738) v. Santosh Gujrathi Vidit (2726)Vladimir Fedoseev (2696) v. Amin Tabatabaei (2613)Sergey Karjakin (2757) v. Sam […]
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  • FIDE World Cup - Round 4 Report: Dubov, Andreikin, and Artemiev Whittled Down July 25, 2021
    With 32 players left in the Open World Cup, and 16 players in the Women’s edition, there’s everything to play for - especially as many of the world’s strongest players were eliminated in round 3. [title image: Anastasiia Korolkova / FIDE] But round 4 was not without its surprises - such as Polish GM Radosław […]
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  • FIDE World Cup - Round 3 Report: Caruana, Mamedyarov, Giri Out July 22, 2021
    Round 3 of the FIDE World Cup finished yesterday with a series of surprises, upsets and interesting games. The current World Champion - GM Magnus Carlsen (2847) - beat his Norwegian countryman GM Aryan Tari (2639) to get through to round 4. However, Carlsen appeared to have an uphill struggle in the first game against Tari […]
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  • Fat Fritz is not the Only Ripoff and now ChessBase is Getting Sued July 20, 2021
    The developers of the popular chess engine Stockfish formally filed a lawsuit against ChessBase GmbH this week. Due to repeated violations of Stockfish’s software license, the Stockfish devs have ultimately revoked ChessBase’s right to distribute Stockfish and derivative software. ChessBase has ignored orders to cease and desist and continues to sell software containing code that […]
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  • Andrew Tang wins Titled Arena July 19, 2021
    With a 50 points lead!GM Andrew Tang (@C9C9C9C9C9) won his 4th Titled Arena very convincingly. He was followed by IM Minh Le (@mutdpro) and GM Daniel Naroditsky (@RebeccaHarris). In 4th place was NM Jasugi99 and 5th was GM Sergei Zhigalko (@Zhigalko_Sergei). Tang did not let any doubt come up that he was going to win […]
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  • World Cup Wobbles after Covid-19 scare as Aronian and others withdraw; Concerns for Caruana July 18, 2021
    Round 2 of the World Cup continues, as the first impact of Covid-19 is felt. The risk of Covid-19, already looming in the tournament since IM Mohamed Ervan's withdrawal in round 1, took centre stage in round 2. Even before this latest round began, GM Levon Aronian was forfeited in the first game due to […]
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  • World Cup Kicks Off in Sochi July 14, 2021
    Round 1 of the Chess World Cup started just outside Sochi yesterday, in an exposition centre nestled in the scenic mountainous landscape of Krasnaya Polyana.  Some players who had arrived early - or were seeded into a later bracket - spent some time tackling the local peaks before preparing to tackle their opponents. GM Sergey […]
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  • Magnus Loses 2 Chess Games in 3 hours (and Wins a Titled Arena) July 6, 2021
    World Champion Magnus Carlsen won the Blitz Titled Arena by a 15 point margin on Saturday over 2nd place GM Oleksandr Bortnyk and 3rd place IM Minh Le. More notable than the victory for Carlsen was his incredible winning percentage. Carlsen started the event winning an amazing 30 games in a row. He then lost […]
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  • Stockfish 14 has arrived! July 4, 2021
    Congratulations to the Stockfish team for the latest release of their world class engine! Stockfish 14 is now available for download, as always, 100% free/libre open-source software, just like Lichess. The new version of Stockfish wins four times more game pairs than it loses against the previous version (+40 Elo, more in Chess960). Part of […]
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  • Vladislav Artemiev wins Katara 2021 June 25, 2021
    GM Vladislav Artemiev won the Katara International Chess Tournament 2021 on Wednesday, beating GM Andrew Tang in the finals. The final match was full of insane swings. Initially, Artemiev took a commanding 5-1 lead in the best-of-12 match, only 1.5 points from victory. Then, Tang reeled of 5 straight victories to take the lead himself. […]
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  • Katara Qualifiers Advance to Face Magnus, and a Weekend of Bullet Chess on Lichess June 21, 2021
    [EDITORS NOTE: An earlier version of this article showed an incorrect start time for the finals] There were plenty of opportunities this past weekend to play elite bullet chess with more than $10k in prizes up for grabs, and the action will continue this Wednesday with the Knockout Final of the Katara International Tournament 2021 […]
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  • Announcing the Katara Bullet Championship 2021 with World Champion Magnus Carlsen June 12, 2021
    The world's best bullet players gather to see who comes out on top. It is with great pleasure that we announce the return of the Katara Bullet Championship in 2021 and the participation of World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Last year's event was a great success that saw Magnus win the finals against GM Daniel Naroditsky […]
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  • You Don't Get to Know Who Won the Titled Arena, Sorry. June 6, 2021
    Only users who have verified their identity and title may play in Lichess Titled Arenas. They are not, however, required to identify themselves to the public, and if asked, Lichess will dutifully keep their identity secret, regardless of its effect on winner-announcing blog posts. Revealing a user's identity who hasn't consented to it is not […]
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  • Naroditsky Wins Third Titled Arena May 24, 2021
    GM Daniel Naroditsky won his third Titled Arena on Saturday by a comfortable 21 point margin. Second place was GM Sergei Zhigalko, and Third was IM Thomas Beerdsen. The games were quite close among the top trio. Naroditsky scored 2/4 vs. Zhigalko and 2/3 versus Beerdsen, but performed much better against the lower end of […]
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  • Aleksei Sarana Wins His First Titled Arena. May 10, 2021
    GM Aleksei Sarana won his first Titled Arena on Saturday, finishing a comfortable 14 points ahead of the field. Second Place was taken by IM Minh Le, a Titled Arena mainstay. Third place was GM Zhamsaran Tsydypov. Of note was the differing Berserk strategies employed. Sarana didn’t berserk once in 48 games, including one where […]
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  • Candidates over as the Candidate is found: Round 13 report April 26, 2021
    Ian Nepomniachtchi secured a World Championship match with Magnus Carlsen in November on Monday with a draw against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. His closest competitor Anish Giri lost versus Alexander Grischuk to fall a full point behind going into the last round. Nepomniachtchi has already clinched the tiebreaker with Giri, therefore tomorrow's games can have no effect […]
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  • Titled Arena Announcement(s) April 25, 2021
    Announcing our schedule for upcoming Titled Arenas!We're pleased to announce a schedule for our upcoming Titled Arenas! All events will be preceded by a warm-up arena open to all players with a minimum of 20 rated games in the relevant time control and variant. Prizes unless otherwise stated: 1. $ 500, 2. $ 250, 3. […]
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  • Nepo one step closer to victory: Candidates Round 12 Report April 24, 2021
    Ian Nepomniachtchi won again on Saturday and is now only 2 rounds away from securing a World Championship match with Magnus Carlsen. His closest rival, Anish Giri, also won to keep pace a half point back. Unfortunately for him, Giri would lose a potential tie-breaker with Nepomniachtchi based on head to head score. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave […]
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  • Giri wins again: Round 11 Report. April 23, 2021
    Anish Giri beat Ding Liren today to pull within a half-point of leader Ian Nepomniachtchi after Round 11 of the Candidates tournament on Friday. Meanwhile, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave lost to Alexander Grischuk to fall out of second place. Vachier-Lagrave was leading this event when it restarted a few days ago and has scored 1/4 since. GM […]
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  • Why Lichess will always be free. April 22, 2021
    Most “free” websites subsist by selling ads or selling user data. Others do it by putting all the good stuff behind paywalls. Lichess doesn’t do any of that and never will. Almost 6 years ago, Lichess founder Thibault explained why Lichess is free - and what that means. A lot can change in 6 years […]
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  • FIDE World Cup 5.3: Carlsen through after Esipenko thriller July 28, 2021
    Magnus Carlsen will play Etienne Bacrot in the FIDE World Cup quarterfinals today after surviving an incredibly tense tiebreaker against 19-year-old Andrey Esipenko, who inflicted a first loss of the event on Magnus to take their match all the way to blitz. The only other remaining Top 10 seed is Sergey Karjakin, who showed his […]
  • FIDE World Cup 5.2: Shankland & Vidit in Quarterfinals July 27, 2021
    Sam Shankland knocked out Peter Svidler to become the first player to reach the quarterfinals of the 2021 FIDE World Cup, while also securing a spot in the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix. Vidit was the second, after overcoming Vasif Durarbayli, but the remaining six matches will all be decided in tiebreaks today, after Haik Martirosyan […]
  • FIDE World Cup 5.1: Martirosyan & Kosteniuk strike July 26, 2021
    Haik Martirosyan beat Amin Tabatabaei while Alexandra Kosteniuk took down Valentina Gunina in the only decisive games in a quiet start to Round 5 of the FIDE World Cup. Magnus Carlsen found himself under pressure despite having the white pieces against 19-year-old Andrey Esipenko, but the most dramatic game of the round was Vidit-Durarbayli, where […]
  • FIDE World Cup 4.3: 18-year-old Ivic knocks out Andreikin July 25, 2021
    We’re down to the Last 16 of the FIDE World Cup, with just three matches as seeded: Carlsen-Esipenko, Grischuk-Duda and MVL-Karjakin. Vidit is the other player seeded to the Last 16 to make it and will face Vasif Durarbayli, who overcame Nodirbek Abdusattorov. The one major surprise of the tiebreaks was 18-year-old Velimir Ivic knocking […]
  • FIDE World Cup 4.2: Hari, Xiong & Pragg knocked out July 24, 2021
    Harikrishna fought for 115 moves but couldn’t find a way back on Friday against Iran’s Amin Tabatabaei, whose clash with fellow giant killer Haik Martirosyan is the only Last 16 match already determined. Jeffery Xiong was beaten 2:0 by Vidit, while Praggnanandhaa lost a spectacular game to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. There are no less than eight […]
  • FIDE World Cup 4.1: Carlsen slowed, Goryachkina beaten July 23, 2021
    Magnus Carlsen was seriously tested for the first time in Sochi as Radek Wojtaszek decided his best chance against the World Champion was aggression. It could have backfired, but in the end he achieved the moral victory of Magnus offering a draw in an unclear position. Elsewhere half the games in the Open section were […]
  • Chessable Masters features Ju Wenjun and Abhimanyu Mishra July 22, 2021
    Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun and 12-year-old youngest ever grandmaster Abhimanyu Mishra from July 31st play the Chessable Masters, the 8th event on the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. The top seeds are Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wesley So, Alireza Firouzja and Hikaru Nakamura, with three places still to be determined. The Chessable Masters starts on […]
  • Trafalgar Squares: 6,000 people turn out for London's ChessFest July 22, 2021
    Figures released today reveal 6,000 casual and serious chess players turned up to London’s iconic Trafalgar Square for ChessFest - making it one of the UK's biggest ever chess events.
  • FIDE World Cup 3.3: Giri & Mamedyarov join mass exodus July 21, 2021
    16-year-old Nodirbek Abdussatorov dumped Anish Giri out of the FIDE World Cup as the star names continued to fall in Round 3 tiebreaks. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov lost to 20-year-old Haik Martirosyan, which, with the loss of Fabiano Caruana the day before, means only Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave remain from the Top […]
  • FIDE World Cup 3.2: Caruana is out! July 20, 2021
    Fabiano Caruana is out of the FIDE World Cup after a shock loss to Kazakhstan’s Rinat Jumabayev. Fabi has dropped below Ding Liren on the live rating list, with Magnus Carlsen, who has now won all four games in Sochi, the only remaining member of the 2800 club. Yu Yangyi and Jorden van Foreest failed […]
  • FIDE World Cup 3.1: Mamedyarov & Yu among 28 in danger July 19, 2021
    There were an amazing 28 decisive games and just 20 draws as Round 3 of the FIDE World Cup began, with Magnus Carlsen among the winners after tricking Aryan Tari in time trouble. Major upsets saw world no. 6 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov lose the fastest decisive game of the day, to Haik Martirosyan, while Yu Yangyi […]
  • FIDE World Cup 2.3: Sindarov knocks out Firouzja July 18, 2021
    15-year-old Javokhir Sindarov pulled off the biggest upset of the FIDE World Cup so far when he took down one of the dark horses to win the whole event, Alireza Firouzja, after a stylish win in the second 10-minute tiebreak game. Another Uzbek player, Jakhongir Vakhidov, beat world no. 13 Leinier Dominguez, while it was […]
  • FIDE World Cup 2.2: Krasenkow shocks Alekseenko July 17, 2021
    57-year-old Michal Krasenkow executed a brilliant attack to take down Kirill Alekseenko on Friday and reach a Round 3 match against 15-year-old Praggnanandhaa, who whitewashed Gabriel Sargissian 2:0. Sargissian and Alekseenko are among 7 players given a bye to Round 2 who are out of the Open Section (Vallejo, Anton, Kryvoruchko, Ragger and Levon Aronian, […]
  • The Queen's Gambit wins 18 Emmy nominations July 16, 2021
    Netflix hit series 'The Queen's Gambit' smashed records last fall and sparked a global boost for chess not seen since Bobby Fischer faced Boris Spassky in the 1972 World Championship match. This week the widely acclaimed drama series was nominated for 18 Emmy awards, including one for the star herself, Anya "Beth Harmon" Taylor-Joy.
  • FIDE World Cup 2.1: Aronian forfeits, Caruana in doubt July 16, 2021
    Magnus Carlsen looked sharp as he got off to a winning start against birthday boy Sasa Martinovic on Thursday when the big guns joined the FIDE World Cup, but the chess was overshadowed by turmoil caused by COVID-19. Levon Aronian was forced to forfeit against Bobby Cheng, while Fabiano Caruana’s game against Indonesian GM Susanto […]