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  • Throwback Thursday: Russia vs The World 2002 January 21, 2021
    Dubbed the Match of the New Century, the third confrontation between Russian and The World was played in Moscow on September 8-12, 2002. Due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a number of players from ex-Soviet countries represented The World. The match was staged over ten boards using a Scheveningen System with a rapid […]
  • Robert Ris' Fast and Furious: A Tribute to Lubomir Kavalek (1943-2021) January 21, 2021
    In this week's show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris pays tribute to the legendary Grandmaster and writer Lubomir Kavalek, who passed away January 18, 2021, at the age of 77. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.
  • Tata Steel Chess - Live! January 21, 2021
    The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is taking place on January 16-31 as an over-the-board 14-player single round robin. Five players are sharing the lead after four rounds. Co-leaders Anish Giri and Pentala Harikrishna face each other in round 5. The action kicks off at 13.00 UTC (14.00 CET, 08.00 ET). | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit – […]
  • Let's talk about chess... and Wijk aan Zee! January 21, 2021
    The Tata Steel Tournament in Wijk aan Zee has a long tradition, reaching back to 1938. To hear more about this tradition and to share stories from this famous tournament, Eric van Reem, host of "Let's talk about chess", invited a number of "Wijk aan Zee Storytellers" to his podcast. In the first episode he […]
  • Nihal Sarin wins Gazprom Brilliancy Prize January 21, 2021
    In the past, many tournaments offered brilliancy prizes for particularly beautiful games, but unfortunately this fine custom has gone a little out of fashion. But the FIDE Online Cadet and Youth World Championships 2020 paid respect to this tradition and awarded a brilliancy prize. It was donated by the Russian company Gazprom, and it was […]
  • Game of the Week: Caruana vs Duda January 20, 2021
    This week Merijn van Delft takes a look at a the fascinating encounter between Fabiano Caruana and Jan Jan-Krzysztof Duda from round 3 of the Tata Steel Tournament in Wijk aan Zee. A game with stunning tactics and fierce attacks and counterattacks. | Merijn's show is available at 16.00 UTC (17:00 CET, 12:00 EDT) and […]
  • Tata Steel R4: Missed opportunities January 20, 2021
    On the fourth day of play in Wijk aan Zee, all games finished drawn. In a number of games, especially the players with the black pieces had better positions but could not convert their advantage into full points. In Aryan Tari vs Alireza Firouzja, both players missed chances to win. Wednesday is a rest day. […]
  • Erwin l’Ami takes a look at the games of Beth Harmon January 20, 2021
    Frank Scott's "The Queen's Gambit" with Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon is the most successful Netflix series of all time, and despite small inaccuracies it convincingly shows how exciting and fascinating chess can be. In fact, the games Beth Harmon plays in the series were almost all taken from actual tournament or matches. But which […]
  • FIDE approves hybrid competitions valid for rating January 20, 2021
    A few weeks ago, the FIDE Council approved a new set of rules to be applied to official online chess competitions. The document also established the framework for "hybrid" events, a format where the games are played online, but the participants are physically present in a public place like a club, federation headquarters, hotel, et […]
  • Lubomir Kaválek, 1943-2021 January 19, 2021
    Lubomir Kavalek was born in Prague in 1943. He left his country in 1968 and found a new home in the USA. In the 1970s he was one of the world's best players and also successful as a second and coach, including helping Bobby Fischer in Reykjavík. He was also a prolific writer, with dozens […]
  • King against pawns January 19, 2021
    Pawn endings require precise calculation. Here, Black's king is stronger than White's outside passed pawn. Black to play and win.
  • Tata Steel R3: Five leaders as Harikrishna beats Grandelius January 19, 2021
    An exciting third round in Wijk aan Zee left five players sharing the lead on 2/3, as Pentala Harikrishna defeated former sole leader Nils Grandelius from the black side of a French Defence. Fabiano Caruana would have become the sole leader had he made the most of his chances against Jan-Krzysztof Duda, but the latter’s […]
  • Chess in Singapore January 18, 2021
    The recently founded Yuhua CSC Chess Club wants to promote chess in Singapore - with beginner classes, weekly blitz sessions, tournaments, lectures and simultaneous exhibitions by the nation’s top masters. To get things going the club organised the "Kickoff 2021 - 1st Yuhua Community Sports Club Online Speed Chess Championships", a huge blitz-tournament. In a […]
  • Understanding before Moving 10: Hunting the king - Part 2 January 18, 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 tenth part of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving" Herman continues to explore ways to hinder the opponent's development. | Photo: Hans Hoornstra
  • How to get the most from ChessBase 16 January 18, 2021
    Everyone knows the situation: you get some impressive new software, work happily with it for a year – and then suddenly discover that it can do way more than you thought. Why not find out straight away what it has to offer. ChessBase 16 has some incredible functions, designed to rapidly improve your playing strength […]
  • Tata Steel R2: A second win for Grandelius January 18, 2021
    Swedish grandmaster Nils Grandelius is the first sole leader of this year’s Tata Steel Chess tournament. Grandelius grabbed his second win in as many games by defeating Jan-Krzysztof Duda with the black pieces on Sunday. The only other winner of the day was defending champion Fabiano Caruana, who got the better of Alexander Donchenko, also […]
  • Australian rules January 17, 2021
    Noting that Australia is the continent with the greatest variety of venomous animals, star columnist Jon Speelman explores creepy-crawlies in chess — i.e. tiny moves that often have a huge effect, far beyond their visual impression. He then looks at games in which Boris Spassky, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov make use of such creeping […]
  • French Blitz Team Championship - Finals Live! January 17, 2021
    This weekend the final rounds of the French Team Blitz Championship will take place on Playchess. The semifinals will be played on Saturday, while the final and a match for third place will be played on Sunday. Live with commentary starting at 13.30 CET.
  • Be well prepared - with the ChessBase Magazine January 17, 2021
    With 11 articles about various openings the new ChessBase Magazine #199 offers a lot of material for ambitious chess players who want to improve their openings. IM Patrick Zelbel, for example, examines a surprise weapon against the Modern Benoni, namely 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.Bg5!?. If Black […]
  • Tata Steel R1: Carlsen gambles, beats Firouzja January 17, 2021
    Three players are sharing the lead after round 1 in Wijk aan Zee, as Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri and Nils Grandelius all obtained victories with the white pieces. It was a topsy-turvy win for the world champion, who bravely gave up two pawns to get the better of 17-year-old Alireza Firouzja. Endgame specialist Karsten Müller […]
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  • Some Puzzling Analysis January 18, 2021
    A quick look at how the new puzzle system is going!The new puzzle system has been live for almost a month now and we wanted to take stock with a quick analysis, as well as introduce a new feature! Puzzle Dashboard On the new Puzzle Dashboard you can see your strengths and weaknesses, as well […]
  • Daniel Naroditsky wins the first Bullet TA of the year January 17, 2021
    ...and for (surprisingly) only his second time!After having won his first Titled Arena last November and getting on the podium 9 times before, GM Daniel Naroditsky (@RebeccaHarris) won his second Titled Arena. Second place was taken by IM Toivo Keinanen (@toivok3). Anonymous GM @Grey_parrot got third with a phenomenal performance of 3143. Another anonymous GM […]
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  • Introducing Maia, a human-like neural network chess engine January 16, 2021
    A guest post from the Maia TeamWe're happy to announce Maia, a human-like neural network chess engine that was 100% trained on Lichess games. Maia is an engine built in the style of Leela that learns from human games instead of self-play games, with the goal of making human-like moves instead of optimal moves. In […]
    Ashton Anderson (@ashtonanderson), Reid McIlroy (@reidmcy), Siddhartha Sen (@sidsen), Jon Kleinberg
  • Return of the GMs January 3, 2021
    Grandmaster Oleksandr Bortnyk won the first Titled Arena of the new year on Saturday, and his second Titled Arena ever after winning one last August. Like his last victory, this event proved to be an extremely close affair with only 5 points separating 2nd and 3rd place from the leader. The 15+ point gap between […]
  • Lichess End of Year Update 2020 December 31, 2020
    Keep on keeping on.It's safe to say that everyone will remember 2020 for the foreseeable future, and mostly not for pleasant reasons. The global pandemic has affected us all significantly, and we are certainly wishing everyone a much better 2021! Still, at the end of the year it's important to take stock and be grateful […]
  • New Puzzles are here! December 24, 2020
    The wait is over.It is with great pride that Lichess is finally able to announce our new puzzle system. Give it a try here.   The New Puzzle Set The new puzzle system uses an entirely new puzzle set generated from games played on the site. It was made with Stockfish 12 NNUE using 40 […]
  • Titled Arena Announcement(s) December 22, 2020
    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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  • 2020 Crazyhouse World Championship Grand Final December 21, 2020
    A titanic confrontation.The Grand Final of the 2020 Crazyhouse World Championship organised by JannLee with a $2000 prize fund is upon us! It takes place over 3 days: Tuesday 22nd, Monday 28th & Wednesday 30th December at 20:00UTC. The Challenger Jasugi99, NM Janak Awatramani from Canada, was the runner-up to JannLee in 2017 under his […]
  • Grandmasters are overrated December 20, 2020
    Revenge of the under-titled.On Saturday IM Minh Le won his second straight Titled Arena. He added a bullet Titled arena victory to his Blitz Titled Arena victory from 2 week ago. This was his third Titled Arena victory overall among many other finishes in the top spots. There is a long tradition of IMs performing […]
  • Stockfish 12 on Lichess December 17, 2020
    Shorter waits for stronger analysisThree months after its groundbreaking release, Stockfish 12 (or rather the current development version of Stockfish 13) is finally available on Lichess, for both server and client side analysis. If you’re not interested in all the technical details, here’s a short summary: Stockfish 12 NNUE is more than 100 Elo stronger […]
  • Invisible Pieces: Women in Chess December 15, 2020
    Women don’t play chess, and when they do, they play badly. Chess is experiencing a renewed surge of interest thanks in part to The Queen’s Gambit, a Netflix show exploring a young American woman’s rise to world champion. It’s a great show, and it also manages to neatly sidestep any real sociological commentary on what […]
  • Levitov Chess: Christmas Cup December 8, 2020
    A holiday Chess Tournament with big prizesLichess is proud to announce a holiday-season prize tourney, open to all, with a prize fund of 1,000,000 Rubles. (approximately $16,000). The Levitov Christmas Cup is a two-stage tournament. First there will be 5 Swiss qualifiers on December 9th, 12th, 16th, 19th, and 23rd. They will all be played […]
  • International Master wins Titled Arena (again)! December 7, 2020
    Minh Le Tuan wins Titled Arena for their second time.The December Titled Blitz Arena was one with a little surprise. It was not won by a Grandmaster as usual, but an International Master - IM Minh Le Tuan (@mutdpro) from Vietnam. He was leading the Arena for most of the event and managed to finish […]
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  • Our Favorite Open-Source Sites #2 December 2, 2020
    Because sharing is caringOpen-source software dominates the internet, and internet chess is no different. It can't be exaggerated how much easier it is for a developer to build something when they don't have to start from scratch, when they can build on the work of others. With that in mind, Lichess wanted to give a […]
  • Daniel Naroditsky wins his first Lichess Titled Arena November 22, 2020
    It is some kind of Miracle that before Saturday's event Daniel Naroditsky had never won a Titled Arena. The tournament turns 3 years old in December and throughout those 3 years Naroditsky has finished in the prize places as consistently as anyone without ever taking first. All that changed yesterday when Naroditsky finally broke through. […]
  • Account Safety on Lichess (and Beyond) November 15, 2020
    Staying safe online is important and not too complicated!A lesson everyone using the internet should learn on day one is to be safe with their accounts. This includes your Lichess account. That‘s why we wanted to write this blog post about how to keep your Lichess account safe. We will talk about four different things […]
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  • Onwards and upwards! November 14, 2020
    A small celebration of our growth and a recap of the latest Streamer BattleAcross much of the world, we're entering a second "lock down" to try to stem the progress of COVID-19. Just like in the first major wave in March of this year, it has correlated heavily with more users on Lichess - which […]
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  • Play on Lichess using a DGT board November 9, 2020
    Lichess is happy to announce full integration with DGT Boards. DGT boards have become ubiquitous in the chess world; electronic chess boards that record and transmit the moves played automatically. They are used to quickly broadcast the moves in World Championship games, but also by online players who prefer to play with a real board […]
  • A very close affair November 8, 2020
    Nihal Sarin takes gold in a nailbiting TA finishIn a very hard fought battle, GM Nihal Sarin (@nihalsarin2004) won his first Titled Arena. Second place, GM @Grey_parrot, remains anonymous. Third place went to TA regular GM Oleksandr Bortnyk (@Night-King96) with 100% berserked games. Fourth Place was taken by anonymous GM @Uzbek005 and fifth by 14 […]
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  • Publicly known player wins Titled Arena for the first time in a month as 22,000 battle in the Marathon October 25, 2020
    I can’t tell you how good it feels to be able to announce the winner of the Titled Arena in the blog post about who won the Titled Arena. The streak of anonymous Titled Arena winners was broken yesterday as GM Alireza Firouzja won the October Bullet Titled Arena, 20 points ahead of second place, GM […]
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  • Carlsen & Nakamura missing in 2021 Grand Chess Tour field January 20, 2021
    The Grand Chess Tour will return in 2021, but chess fans will be missing two of the biggest names as both Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura declined invitations. The organisers have announced the ten participants and the tour schedule, which includes two classical events and three rapid/blitz events during three months this summer.
  • Tata Steel 4: All draws, despite some great battles January 20, 2021
    Magnus Carlsen regretted an endgame blunder meant he didn’t "get to torture" Jorden van Foreest, but he remained in the 5-player leading pack as no-one managed to break through. The 7 draws in Round 4 of the Tata Steel Masters weren’t for the want of trying, with Nils Grandelius (against Andrey Esipenko) and Alireza Firouzja […]
  • Tata Steel 3: Caruana’s unfinished masterpiece | Hari & Firouzja win January 19, 2021
    Fabiano Caruana played the game of the day in Round 3 of the Tata Steel Masters but one slip-up and some fantastic defence by Jan-Krzysztof Duda meant the world no. 2 failed to take the sole lead. Instead we have five co-leaders after Harikrishna beat previous sole leader Nils Grandelius with the black pieces. The […]
  • Tata Steel 2: Grandelius leads as Caruana grabs 1st win January 18, 2021
    Nils Grandelius is the only player on a perfect 2/2 in the Tata Steel Masters after he scored an effortless win with the black pieces over Jan-Krzysztof Duda in Round 2. The only other player to win was Fabiano Caruana, who found some brilliant moves to put late replacement Alexander Donchenko to the sword in […]
  • Premium only: Player and logo vote for next Champions Chess Tour event January 17, 2021
    chess24 is giving YOU the chance to have a say on who plays in the next Champions Chess Tour event, starting on February 6, with another list of names to choose from.
  • Tata Steel 1: Carlsen gambles to beat Firouzja January 17, 2021
    Magnus Carlsen took down Alireza Firouzja in a spectacular game where he first gave up two pawns and then a knight to crash home when the 17-year-old went astray in time trouble. Magnus is joined in the early lead of the Tata Steel Masters by Anish Giri, who outprepared and then outplayed Aryan Tari in […]
  • Duda on Wijk aan Zee January 16, 2021
    Tata Steel Chess 2021 begins today and Polish star Jan-Krzysztof Duda answered a few questions for chess24 users.
  • 5 key concepts in poker and chess January 16, 2021
    This article is the follow-up to "Great minds: 10 players who excel at both chess and poker". We are going to look at 5 key concepts in poker and chess. These concepts are not always easy to understand but become exciting when you make the effort to explore them.
  • Carlsen-Firouzja as Tata Steel starts with a bang January 16, 2021
    Tata Steel Chess will start with a bang on Saturday as World Champion Magnus Carlsen has been drawn against 17-year old Alireza Firouzja, widely considered to be among Carlsen's future challengers to the throne. The 83rd edition of the super tournament also sees home favourite Anish Giri face Norwegian Aryan Tari, the lowest rated player […]
  • Wojtaszek on Wijk aan Zee January 15, 2021
    Radosław Wojtaszek and Jan-Krzysztof Duda will be representing Poland in Wijk aan Zee so there's no better time for the launch of chess24 in Polish! 4-time Polish Chess Champion Mateusz Bartel will be leading Polish live commentary on the tournament, and he also talked to both Radek and Janek before battle commenced.
  • Carlsen opens up about retirement before 17th Wijk aan Zee appearance January 15, 2021
    On Saturday, Tata Steel Chess will begin in Wijk aan Zee and Magnus Carlsen will attempt to increase his record 7 tournament wins. In a candid interview on a Norwegian podcast conducted shortly after appearing in the Dutch town for the 17th time, the 30-year old opens up about his career, reveals lack of motivation, […]
  • Wojtaszek: “I’d like to get into the Top 10” January 13, 2021
    3-time Polish Chess Champion Radek Wojtaszek turned 34 today and on Saturday he gets to take on Magnus Carlsen and more of the world’s best players in the Tata Steel Masters in Wijk aan Zee. In an interview late last year Vishy Anand’s second for five World Championship matches talked about his ambitions, his young […]
  • Magnus Carlsen playing Banter Blitz on Wednesday January 12, 2021
    With only days left until Tata Steel Chess takes off in Wijk aan Zee, World Champion Magnus Carlsen is ready to challenge Premium members on chess24 for Banter Blitz. There are plenty of events to be excited about this week. Here's what you can expect.
  • Chess Opening Basics: The Jaenisch Gambit January 10, 2021
    Our friends at Chessable continue to deliver high-quality content for anyone who wants to improve as a chess player. In this article, Sean Marsh, a chess writer and Chief Trainer for Chess in Schools and Communities, takes a look at Indian GM S.P Sethuraman's new course on one of the sharpest ways for Black to […]
  • 2021 Chess Calendar January 10, 2021
    The 2020 Chess Calendar was laid to waste by the coronavirus epidemic, though the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour and other online events rose from the ashes. 2021 is guaranteed to see the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour played out in monthly events until the Grand Final in September, but if the virus permits it’s a […]