Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals: A look at the players
General Sep 23, 2021 | 2:00 PM 7

Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals: A look at the players

After 10 months, 9 tournaments and over 1,000 games between the world's best players, the time for the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals has come. The ultimate showdown kicks off on September 25 at 17:00 CET, and up for grabs is the $100,000 top prize along with the overall tour trophy. The line-up of participants is stacked, with an average rating of 2782.




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  • Interviews Jul 1, 2021 | 2:00 PM 12

    What it takes to be the world's youngest Grandmaster: Abhi Mishra

    The youngest grandmaster in chess history Abhimanyu Mishra reveals two of the secrets to his success.

  • Interviews May 23, 2021 | 8:32 AM 15

    Karpov at 70: “My great blunder was I agreed to hold the match with Kasparov in the Soviet Union”

    Anatoly Karpov, the undisputed World Chess Champion for the decade from 1975 to 1985, today turns 70. In an interview with Sport Express, one of the chess greats answered questions from five grandmasters, including Sergey Karjakin a...

  • Interviews Apr 17, 2021 | 10:56 AM 17

    Alexander Grischuk on the FIDE Candidates

    When the FIDE Candidates Tournament resumes on Monday one of the highlights will be seeing Alexander Grischuk back in action. The Russian grandmaster is a dark horse to win the event and reach a match against Magnus Carlsen - he sta...

  • Interviews Apr 7, 2021 | 1:06 PM 4

    Karjakin: 'The competition is now much greater'

    31-year-old Sergey Karjakin currently finds himself 16th on the world rankings and in a recent interview for RIA Novosti would only commit to playing on until the age of 35. The Russian former World Chess Championship Challenger exp...

  • Interviews Apr 2, 2021 | 10:25 AM 11

    Kramnik calls cheating ‘a loser’s mentality’

    Ok, it’s time to confess! Although Vladimir Kramnik did advise the young participants of the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour not to flag their opponents, he never called it the mentality of a loser. That was an April Fool’s ed...

  • Interviews Apr 1, 2021 | 9:30 AM 25

    Vladimir Kramnik calls flagging ‘a loser’s mentality’

    14th World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik has hit out at players trying to win games on time by “flagging” their opponents, calling it “a loser’s mentality”. “Try to win a game because you are better than your opponent - that is...

  • Interviews Mar 23, 2021 | 11:58 AM 10

    ‘The dirtiest chess match in history’: Stean on Karpov-Korchnoi, 1978

    The great Viktor Korchnoi, one of the strongest players never to become World Champion, would have turned 90 today. On the eve of that anniversary, the BBC dedicated an episode of the radio broadcast Witness History to the match ...

  • Interviews Mar 13, 2021 | 6:50 AM 3

    Magnus Carlsen talks to Sal Khan

    On the eve of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, the World Chess Champion joined Khan Academy founder Sal Khan for a fascinating 40-minute interview. Magnus talked about how trial and error and "irrational confidence" shaped his chess...

  • Interviews Mar 12, 2021 | 9:17 PM 4

    Judit Polgar on beating Kasparov not being ‘the’ game

    Judit Polgar, the greatest female player of all time, was a guest during the Play Magnus Group International Women’s Day event and answered questions posed by the teams. She talked about her career and a number of her best games,...

  • Interviews Feb 28, 2021 | 12:45 PM 16

    Magnus Carlsen: ‘I just want to win one more tournament!’

    World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen hasn’t won a tournament since Altibox Norway Chess in mid-October, and even then a last-round loss to Levon Aronian took some of the gloss off the win. In the aftermath of losing the final of t...

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