Prague Masters 6-7: Firouzja back in the hunt
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Prague Masters 6-7: Firouzja back in the hunt

16-year-old Alireza Firouzja defeated top seed Jan-Krzysztof Duda in Round 7 of the Prague Masters to move back into joint second place. Vidit remains a full point ahead of Firouzja and last year’s winner Nikita Vitiugov, while Sam Shankland joined Duda and David Antón on 50% after finally ending a series of missed chances by beating Nils Grandelius. Hannes Stefansson continues to lead the Challengers, though Andrey Esipenko and Jorden van Foreest are just half a point behind.

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  • Reports Feb 15, 2020 | 12:25 PM 0

    Prague Masters 2-3: Vidit leads, Firouzja's 1st win

    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 behin...

  • Reports Feb 14, 2020 | 7:42 AM 0

    Cairns Cup 6: Humpy joins Ju Wenjun in the lead

    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, wh...

  • Reports Feb 13, 2020 | 12:25 AM 1

    Prague Masters 1: Duda, Vidit & Vitiugov lead

    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 Challeng...

  • Reports Feb 12, 2020 | 10:42 AM 5

    Cairns Cup 5: Bloodbath

    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 wa...

  • General Feb 11, 2020 | 2:29 PM 5

    The Week Ahead: 11-17 February 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-Krzys...

  • Reports Feb 11, 2020 | 11:24 AM 1

    Cairns Cup 4: Ju Wenjun strikes

    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...

  • Reports Feb 10, 2020 | 6:06 PM 0

    Cairns Cup 3: Gunina 1 Jet Lag 2

    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 sur...

  • Reports Feb 9, 2020 | 10:20 AM 4

    Cairns Cup 2: Win the beauty prize, lose the game

    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,...

  • Reports Feb 8, 2020 | 1:18 AM 1

    Cairns Cup 1: Koneru and Dzagnidze take the lead

    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 Na...

  • chess24 Feb 6, 2020 | 11:55 PM 7

    Jan's Opening Clinic 25: Part 1

    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 o...


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