Champions Showdown
Reports Feb 19, 2019 | 7:58 PM 8

Champions Showdown

The great American chess capital, St. Louis, continues to offer attractive tournaments, and this time rapid matches between some of the world’s best players are back. From the 20-24th of February there will be five high-profile 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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  • General Jan 30, 2018 | 5:04 PM 20

    Carlsen tops invite list for 2018 Grand Chess Tour

    Defending Champion Magnus Carlsen heads the list of ten players invited to play in the million dollar Grand Chess Tour in 2018, though we’ll have to wait and see if he accepts in a World Championship year. The full list includes ...

  • General Jan 23, 2018 | 1:46 PM 3

    Aronian, MVL & Nakamura star in Gibraltar

    The 2018 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters starts at 15:00 CET on Tuesday with Hikaru Nakamura looking to win a 4th title in a row. It won’t be easy, though, since Maxime Vachier-Lagrave returns and this year Levon Aronian is top seed ...

  • General Jan 12, 2018 | 11:42 PM 13

    7 questions before the 80th Tata Steel Masters

    Magnus Carlsen takes on Fabiano Caruana in Saturday’s first round of the Tata Steel Masters as he aims for a record 6th title, but it’s not going to be easy! Fellow 5-time Champion Vishy Anand plays for the first time since 2013,...

  • General Jan 3, 2018 | 12:00 PM 30

    Vladas Mikėnas, Grandmaster Killer

    Vladas Mikėnas was active in top level chess for five decades. He met all the World Champions from Lasker to Kasparov, beat Alekhine, Botvinnik, Petrosian, Smyslov and Tal, represented Lithuania on top board at five Olympiads and p...

  • General Dec 6, 2017 | 4:39 PM 113

    DeepMind’s AlphaZero crushes chess

    20 years after DeepBlue defeated Garry Kasparov in a match, chess players have awoken to a new revolution. The AlphaZero algorithm developed by Google and DeepMind took just four hours of playing against itself to synthesise the ...

  • General Nov 29, 2017 | 7:02 PM 10

    Chess world converges on London

    Magnus Carlsen will defend his World Championship title in London from 9-28 November 2018, but first up is the Grand Chess Tour. He leads before the London Chess Classic season decider, but Maxime Vachier-Lagrave can force at least...

  • General Nov 8, 2017 | 6:12 PM 18

    Carlsen & Ding Liren in Champions Showdown

    World Champion Magnus Carlsen will play 30 rapid and blitz games against Chinese no. 1 Ding Liren in a 4-day match in St. Louis as part of the Champions Showdown. The prize fund is $100,000 with $60,000 for the winner, but that’s...

  • General Oct 30, 2017 | 8:07 AM 91

    Vladimir Kramnik gets Candidates wild card

    Vladimir Kramnik has been nominated as the wild card to play the Candidates Tournament in Berlin next March to determine the next challenger for World Champion Magnus Carlsen. While not a big surprise – to date significant sponso...

  • General Oct 28, 2017 | 10:04 AM 4

    European Team Championship starts on Crete

    The 2017 European Team Championship starts today in Hersonissos on the Greek island of Crete, with Russia looking to defend the Open and Women’s gold medals they won in Reykjavik in 2015. Star names such as Levon Aronian, Shakhri...

  • General Oct 20, 2017 | 8:15 AM 8

    Kramnik & Anand return to Wijk aan Zee

    Former World Champions Vladimir Kramnik and Vishy Anand have been tempted back to play alongside Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and co. for a special 80th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Masters in Wijk aan Zee. There are also r...

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