Kasparov inspired Croatia Grand Chess Tour begins
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Kasparov inspired Croatia Grand Chess Tour begins

World Champion Magnus Carlsen tops a field featuring no less than 9 of the world’s top 10 players as the second leg of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour begins today in Zagreb. Tuesday’s opening ceremony was attended by both Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and one of Croatia’s most famous sons, Garry Kasparov, who was granted citizenship in 2014. The event is a 12-player classical round-robin, which means 11 days of live commentary as the world’s best chess players battle it out for the $90,000 first prize and up to 20 Grand Chess Tour points.




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  • Interviews Jun 29, 2016 | 3:30 PM 8

    Wojtaszek: Carlsen’s moves “good enough rather than best”

    Radosław Wojtaszek is Poland’s no. 1 and one of the top 30 players in the world. The highlight of his career so far has been beating World Champion Magnus Carlsen and then world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana in the space of three rounds ...

  • Interviews Jun 28, 2016 | 11:09 AM 30

    Karjakin on his preparation for Carlsen

    Sergey Karjakin will take on Magnus Carlsen in the Bilbao Masters in two weeks’ time, though it’s of course just a dress rehearsal for the big one – the 2016 World Chess Championship match in New York this November. In a recent i...

  • Interviews May 20, 2016 | 6:03 PM 23

    Carlsen: "I think I'll enjoy chess to the day I'll die"

    This Friday Magnus Carlsen streamed a live Q&A session on Facebook, during which he answered fan questions read out by Play Magnus CEO Kate Murphy. The 28-minute interview saw Magnus talk about his rivalry with Hikaru Nakamura and A...

  • Interviews May 11, 2016 | 12:19 PM 10

    Andreikin: "I mainly work on chess alone"

    Dmitry Andreikin won the Hasselbacken Open last weekend with an unbeaten 7.5/9, but the 26-year-old Russian remains an enigma. Born in 1990, like Magnus Carlsen and so many other top players, and gifted enough to become World Jun...

  • Interviews Apr 11, 2016 | 12:27 PM 18

    Svidler: You can only envy Sergey's nervous system

    7-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler finished 4th in Moscow, but couldn’t hide his disappointment afterwards, telling sportsdaily.ru, “the only thing that means anything is first place”. In the interview Svidler also talks about...

  • Interviews Mar 31, 2016 | 7:52 PM 27

    Karjakin on his Candidates Tournament triumph

    Sergey Karjakin is Magnus Carlsen’s challenger for the World Championship title after winning the Moscow Candidates Tournament by a full point. Since then he’s been swept up in a whirl of media appearances, including giving numer...

  • Interviews Mar 21, 2016 | 12:45 PM 34

    Giri: “Magnus and I are very close in terms of style”

    Anish Giri, the world no. 4 and the youngest player in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, is only one point off the lead with six rounds to go and still has a real chance of qualifying for a World Championship match against Magnus C...

  • Interviews Mar 15, 2016 | 5:30 PM 11

    Kramnik and Gelfand on the Candidates

    Now that the Moscow Candidates Tournament is in full-swing, with drama on and off the board, let's take a step back for some perspective from a former World Champion, and a former World Championship challenger. During last month's Z...

  • Interviews Mar 8, 2016 | 7:29 AM 39

    Svidler on his Candidates chances

    Peter Svidler is one of the eight players fighting to play a World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen in the Candidates Tournament that starts this Friday. In a recent interview he explains why he’s played so little since ...

  • Interviews Mar 4, 2016 | 5:56 PM 42

    Boris Spassky: “I’m waging a war”

    The 10th World Chess Champion Boris Spassky has always been one of the most eloquent men in chess, and although the 79-year-old now struggles to move too far from his Moscow apartment little else seems to have changed. In a new int...

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