Mamedyarov & MVL reach Riga Grand Prix final
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Mamedyarov & MVL reach Riga Grand Prix final

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will contest the Riga Grand Prix final from Monday after winning their semifinals without the need for tiebreaks. Mamedyarov unleashed a quiet novelty on move 14 and just one move later was winning against Wesley So, who was unable to mount a comeback in the second game. MVL-Grischuk witnessed two thrillers, with Alexander Grischuk describing their second clash as a “fantastic game” by the French no. 1.




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  • Interviews May 30, 2019 | 10:04 PM 8

    MVL on being Carlsen's no. 1 rival in blitz

    French no. 1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave finished joint second in the Côte d'Ivoire Grand Chess Tour, while winning the blitz section, and on his return home he gave an interview to chess24’s French site on his results, his rivalry wi...

  • Interviews Mar 5, 2019 | 11:38 AM 31

    Shankland: “My goal is to be World Champion”

    At the age of 26 Sam Shankland suddenly stopped being a “solid 2650 grandmaster” to win the 2018 US Championship ahead of Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura. That catapulted him into the 2700 club, and he followed up ...

  • Interviews Feb 9, 2019 | 6:49 AM 21

    Kramnik on retirement & life after chess

    Vladimir Kramnik spoke to Marina and Sergey Makarychev for over an hour on their Russian YouTube channel about his retirement from chess and plans for the future. He explained how he felt the moment had come to retire after the B...

  • Interviews Feb 3, 2019 | 9:58 AM 9

    Giri on Kramnik's retirement, Tata Steel & more

    Anish Giri gave a 70-minute interview to Jan Gustafsson after matching Magnus Carlsen’s five wins in Wijk aan Zee for a second year in a row. As well as discussing the tournament they talk about the retirement of Vladimir Kramnik...

  • Interviews Feb 1, 2019 | 4:01 PM 14

    Magnus Carlsen: “I’m living a lie!”

    World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen spent 40 minutes talking to chess24’s Jan Gustafsson on Thursday. They began with Vladimir Kramnik’s retirement and didn't shy away from the tweet that Magnus sent out when he heard of the news...

  • Interviews Dec 17, 2018 | 9:43 PM 17

    Carlsen: “I don’t understand why arrogance is considered a bad thing”

    Hikaru Nakamura is the 2018 Grand Chess Tour winner after following 7 draws against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with victory in the final blitz game. We’ll have much more on that in a separate report - but near the start of the final d...

  • Interviews Dec 12, 2018 | 10:04 PM 30

    Carlsen on the World Championship format & more

    Magnus Carlsen commentated live for 40 minutes with Jan Gustafsson during Day 2 of the Grand Chess Tour finals in London. The World Chess Champion went into detail on the recent match against Fabiano Caruana and shared his own vi...

  • Interviews Dec 4, 2018 | 12:44 PM 19

    Svidler on the Carlsen-Caruana match

    Peter Svidler joined Sopiko Guramishvili, Alexander Grischuk and Anish Giri in commentating on the Carlsen-Caruana match for chess24. Afterwards in an interview for a St. Petersburg newspaper Peter talked about his surprise at th...

  • Interviews Oct 1, 2018 | 6:27 PM 6

    Magnus Carlsen commentates on the Olympiad

    World Champion Magnus Carlsen sprung a surprise on Monday when he joined the chess24 Spanish Olympiad broadcast and spent 90 minutes discussing the Round 7 action. He talked about his preparation for the World Championship match ...

  • Interviews Sep 19, 2018 | 8:54 PM 19

    Carlsen: “I hope Caruana is feeling the pressure!”

    With less than two months to go before the 2018 World Championship match begins in London, Magnus Carlsen spoke to Norwegian media at his training camp in the Kragerø Resort southwest of Oslo. He was hoping the pressure of playin...

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