Carlsen shines in first Banter Blitz
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Carlsen shines in first Banter Blitz

Magnus Carlsen set the tone for his first ever Banter Blitz at the start, referencing a game from 11 years ago, quoting both the first World Champion Wilhelm Steinitz and Meat Loaf, and going on to win smoothly in 19 moves. In this recap we take a look at the eight games he played, and won, which you can also replay with computer analysis. If you missed out, don’t worry: Magnus is back for more Banter Blitz twice this week!




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  • 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...

  • Interviews Aug 8, 2018 | 9:48 AM 7

    Mamedyarov on beating Carlsen in Biel

    In Berlin Shakhriyar Mamedyarov narrowly missed out on qualifying to play a match against Magnus Carlsen, but since then he’s gone on to reach a career best live rating of 2817 after beating Magnus in Biel. They’ll meet again in ...

  • Interviews Jul 10, 2018 | 2:01 PM 25

    Nepo and Gelfand on Carlsen-Caruana and more

    The Gideon Japhet Cup recently ended in Jerusalem with Ian Nepomniachtchi finishing a point ahead of the chasing pack, but it’s continued to provide interesting material. At least one of the photos of Boris Gelfand and Vassily Iv...

  • Interviews Jul 6, 2018 | 5:05 PM 17

    Svidler: “I don’t see myself quitting commentary”

    Peter Svidler finished joint second with Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand and Georg Meier at the Gideon Japhet Cup in Jerusalem, and was the only player to beat the winner, Ian Nepomniachtchi. Shortly after that win he talked to E...

  • Interviews May 23, 2018 | 8:51 AM 3

    Svidler on winning the Russian Team Championship

    Peter Svidler’s Bronze Horseman team recently won the Russian Team Championship for a 3rd time after scoring eight wins and one draw. It wasn’t easy, though, since they were pushed all the way by their Moscow rivals led by Daniil...

  • Interviews Apr 17, 2018 | 7:13 PM 5

    Mamedyarov on the Candidates and Shamkir

    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who finished second in the Berlin Candidates and is second on the April FIDE rating list, will be looking to win his third Gashimov Memorial title when the tournament starts in Shamkir on Thursday. It’s not...

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