Champions Showdown
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Champions Showdown

The great american chess capital, St. Louis, continues to offer attractive tournaments, and this time the rapid matches between some of the world’s best players are back. Between the 20-24th of  February there will be five very luxurious matches to look out for: Hikaru Nakamura vs Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Fabiano Caruana vs Pentala Harikrishna, Wesley So vs David Navara, Leinier Dominguez vs Veselin Topalov and Sam Shankland vs Richard Rapport.

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  • Reports Nov 25, 2018 | 2:33 PM 5

    Carlsen-Caruana 11: Cold, hard facts

    “He’s been very well-prepared and I haven’t gotten much with White – those are the cold, hard facts,” reflected Magnus Carlsen after a draw in which he failed to make any impact on Fabiano Caruana. Magnus allowed the Nd7-f6 Petro...

  • Reports Nov 23, 2018 | 12:38 PM 37

    Carlsen-Caruana 10: Too much at stake

    Magnus Carlsen said it was a case of “too complicated and too much at stake” after a fantastic double-edged struggle in Game 10 of the World Chess Championship match in London also ended in a draw. Fabiano Caruana sprung an early...

  • Reports Nov 22, 2018 | 9:22 AM 16

    Carlsen-Caruana 9: Injured pride

    World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen went into Game 9 of his title match against Fabiano Caruana with a black eye, but by the time it had ended in a draw on move 56 it was only his pride that was wounded. He responded with one-wor...

  • Reports Nov 20, 2018 | 11:21 AM 16

    Carlsen-Caruana 8: Fabi lets another chance slip

    Fabiano Caruana missed his best chance yet to take the lead in the match as he got the better of Magnus Carlsen in the opening to Game 8 but then hesitated and played too modestly at the critical moment. The World Champion’s posi...

  • Reports Nov 19, 2018 | 8:38 AM 6

    Carlsen-Caruana 7: Magnus “way too soft”

    Just as in New York two years ago, Magnus Carlsen has now drawn the first 7 games of his title defence, with Fabiano Caruana looking more comfortable by the day. In Game 7 we got the same Queen’s Gambit Declined as in Game 2, unt...

  • Reports Nov 18, 2018 | 10:39 AM 9

    Lagno to battle Ju Wenjun for women’s title

    There are few things harder in chess than defending a World Championship title in a big knockout, but current Chinese Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun has now earned herself a 4-game match to retain her title after beating Alexan...

  • Reports Nov 17, 2018 | 9:30 AM 11

    Carlsen-Caruana 6: Fabi close in 80-move thriller

    Fabiano Caruana outplayed Magnus Carlsen from a seemingly dead position in Game 6 to come within a whisker of scoring the first full point of the match. Computers, and some chess fans, were screaming mate-in-36 for the US challen...

  • Reports Nov 16, 2018 | 9:39 AM 10

    Carlsen-Caruana 5: Magnus can't match his idol

    The first five games of the 2018 World Chess Championship match in London have now been drawn, after Magnus Carlsen turned out to be well-prepared for some Fabiano Caruana aggression in the opening. Magnus slow-played that stage ...

  • Reports Nov 15, 2018 | 6:04 PM 3

    Vishy! MVL! Abdumalik!

    Vishy Anand didn’t win a game in the rapid section of Tata Steel Chess India, then started with 2 draws and a loss in blitz. His local fans in Kolkata may have been losing hope, but suddenly he won the next 3 games, qualified for...

  • Reports Nov 14, 2018 | 9:48 AM 14

    Carlsen-Caruana 4: Prep, lies and videotape

    Magnus Carlsen switched to 1.c4 for Game 4 of the 2018 World Chess Championship in London, but when he rejected a pawn break on move 15 the game fizzled out into a 34-move draw. The main interest was off the board, since a hastil...


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