Tata Steel 2019, 5: Magnus breaks the streak
Reports Jan 17, 2019 | 2:00 PM 6

Tata Steel 2019, 5: Magnus breaks the streak

Magnus Carlsen beat Jorden van Foreest with the black pieces in Round 5 of the 2019 Tata Steel Masters to finally end a sequence of 21 draws in a row. That puts him half a point behind leaders Ian Nepomniachtchi and now Ding Liren, who punished the slightest of mistakes by Sam Shankland to overtake Shakhriyar Mamedyarov as the world no. 3. Peter Svidler and Jan Gustafsson provide expert analysis of those encounters. The other games were drawn, though Teimour Radjabov and Vidit came close to extracting blood from Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Vladimir Fedoseev.




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  • Interviews Dec 14, 2017 | 7:50 PM 7

    Nepomniachtchi on London, Carlsen & AlphaZero

    After a tough year Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi scored a triumph in the London Chess Classic, finishing tied for first and sharing the prize money with Fabiano Caruana before missing out on the trophy in the playoff. He gave an int...

  • Interviews Nov 24, 2017 | 9:48 PM 20

    Vishy Anand on the psychology of chess

    Vishy Anand recently spent 90 minutes talking to Deepak Jayaraman for the Play to Potential podcast. The 47-year-old multiple World Champion went into real depth as he talked about how top chess players have had to adapt to the a...

  • Interviews Oct 17, 2017 | 9:20 AM 17

    Levon Aronian: “We should be like wolves”

    Levon Aronian has had a fantastic year, both on and off the chessboard. The world no. 2 won the GRENKE Chess Classic, Altibox Norway Chess, the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz and finally the World Cup, before then marrying his long-...

  • Interviews Oct 6, 2017 | 11:28 PM 12

    Morozevich on Go, computers and cheating

    Alexander Morozevich was once live-rated world no. 1, but at the age of 40 the Russian grandmaster has dropped to world no. 79 and barely plays classical events. In a recent interview he talked about what he’s currently up to, ex...

  • Interviews Oct 5, 2017 | 2:22 PM 12

    Q&A with David Llada

    38-year-old Spaniard David Llada has been involved with chess for almost two decades as a journalist, organiser, author and, most recently, a photographer. He's built up a reputation as one of the world's best and will soon publish ...

  • Interviews Oct 4, 2017 | 11:33 AM 41

    Sergey Karjakin: “I’m simply a fighter”

    Sergey Karjakin was knocked out of the Tbilisi World Cup by Daniil Dubov in Round 2, but says in a new interview that “part of me was glad”, since it meant he could spend a full three weeks at home with his wife and their new son...

  • Interviews Aug 1, 2017 | 8:48 AM 5

    Fedoseev on Dortmund and his World Cup dreams

    22-year old Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Fedoseev has had a spectacular year, climbing 73 rating points and 68 places since January to reach 2731 and 28th place on the August FIDE rating list. He recently finished 2nd in Dortmund ...

  • Interviews Jul 5, 2017 | 5:14 PM 10

    Aronian: “I get over losses more easily than wins”

    Levon Aronian failed to make much of an impact on the Leuven Grand Chess Tour, but before that he’d won the GRENKE Chess Classic and Altibox Norway Chess in style, finishing far clear of World Champion Magnus Carlsen on both occa...

  • Interviews Jun 25, 2017 | 12:30 PM 32

    Kramnik on Carlsen’s slump & the Candidates race

    Vladimir Kramnik turned 42 today, and the former World Champion did so as the no. 2 rated player on the live rating list after beating World Champion Magnus Carlsen in Altibox Norway Chess. In an interview afterwards he talked abo...

  • Interviews Jun 1, 2017 | 10:29 AM 3

    Fedoseev on crossing the 2700 barrier

    22-year-old Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Fedoseev has had a great year – he won the Aeroflot Open and qualified to face Kramnik, MVL and co. in Dortmund, came very close to winning both the Winter Chess Classic in St. Louis and t...

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