Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals: A look at the players
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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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  • Features May 19, 2021 | 8:45 AM 4

    Bent Larsen’s checkmating attacks

    Bent Larsen (1935-2010), the famous Danish Grandmaster, was a fearless player with an original style of play. He could beat anyone on his day, as proved by his victories against various World Champions, including Mikhail Botvinnik, ...

  • Features Apr 3, 2021 | 9:54 PM 3

    Checkmates in Disreputable Openings

    In top level chess, dubious openings will generally lead only to your own pain and suffering, but at less exalted levels they can be a great way to catch out unwary opponents. In this week’s crop of checkmates, Sean Marsh takes a...

  • Features Mar 24, 2021 | 5:00 PM 4

    Fast checkmates in the opening

    Vishy Anand once had to resign on move 6 of a serious tournament game, while Magnus Carlsen was lost in 7 moves against Ian Nepomniachtchi in the first Magnus Carlsen Invitational. Such accidents are incredibly rare for the best,...

  • Features Feb 23, 2021 | 3:54 PM 3

    Chigorin's Checkmates

    Mikhail Chigorin (1850-1908) is one of the founding fathers of Russian chess. He lost two matches for the World Chess Championship title against the first official champion Wilhelm Steinitz, in 1889 and 1892. A highly creative pl...

  • Features Jan 15, 2021 | 10:24 AM 14

    Carlsen opens up about retirement before 17th Wijk aan Zee appearance

    On Saturday, Tata Steel Chess will begin in Wijk aan Zee and Magnus Carlsen will attempt to increase his record 7 tournament wins. In a candid interview on a Norwegian podcast conducted shortly after appearing in the Dutch town for ...

  • Features Jan 5, 2021 | 3:10 PM 2

    Checkmates at the Top

    Daniil Dubov got to deliver checkmate against none other than World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the recently finished Airthings Masters. Sean Marsh, a chess writer and Chief Trainer for Chess in Schools and Communities, take...

  • Features Sep 29, 2020 | 8:57 AM 5

    Smyslov’s Breakthrough Year

    For the past several years the Russian chess historian Andrey Terekhov has been working on a biography of Vasily Smyslov. The first volume of this work, focused on the beginning of the chess career of the seventh World Chess Champ...

  • Features Aug 19, 2020 | 12:10 PM 3

    Brooklyn Castle facing new challenges 8 years on from hit documentary

    IS318, the New York school featured in the film Brooklyn Castle, is a shining example of #ImpactChess. But times have changed since its teachers and children warmed the hearts of the world in 2012.

  • Features Feb 15, 2019 | 12:17 AM 6

    Stanley Kubrick and chess

    Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) is considered to be one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century, but he was also a great chess fan. Marc Lopez, of the radio program Cooltura Escacs, sent us this article.

  • Features Sep 11, 2018 | 3:45 AM 18

    "Oh Capablanca"

    Juga, a Chilean songwriter, recently presented a song that reflects her emotions during a chess game. Every chess player that has ever competed will find at least some segments of the song relatable to their experience. "Oh Capablan...

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