Tata Steel 2018, 4: Giri ready for Carlsen surprise
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Tata Steel 2018, 4: Giri ready for Carlsen surprise

Anish Giri continues to lead the 2018 Tata Steel Masters with Vishy Anand after claiming a late-night eureka moment meant he was ready for Magnus Carlsen playing the French Defence in a classical game for the first time in six years. The decisive action was elsewhere, as Peter Svidler blundered and lost to Vladimir Kramnik in 24 moves, while there were first wins for Wei Yi, who bamboozled Gawain Jones, and Maxim Matlakov, who got there in the end against Hou Yifan. Fabiano Caruana missed a chance to beat Wesley So in a crazy game.




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  • Reports Jan 22, 2014 | 12:00 PM 0

    Tata Steel Rd 8: Whitewash in Wijk

    White scored a stunning 10 wins and 3 draws on Tuesday at the Tata Steel Tournament. Levon Aronian was one of the few survivors with the black pieces, holding on against Anish Giri to remain ahead of the field, though Sergey Karj...

  • Reports Jan 21, 2014 | 3:13 PM 0

    Tata Steel Rds 6 and 7: Aronian unstoppable

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  • General Jan 21, 2014 | 10:45 AM 0

    Anand to fight to regain his crown

    The World Chess Federation today announced that all the players qualified to play in the 2014 Candidates Tournament have confirmed their participation. Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand will therefore be one of eight players c...

  • Reports Jan 18, 2014 | 9:00 AM 0

    Tata Steel Rd 5: Fireworks in Wijk aan Zee

    Only a single game finished drawn in the fifth round of the Tata Steel Masters, and even that was a spectacular miniature between Nakamura and Karjakin. Elsewhere Aronian continues to lead after beating Harikrishna, but Giri, So,...

  • Reports Jan 16, 2014 | 1:30 PM 0

    Tata Steel Rd 4: Aronian takes the lead

    For Round 4 the Tata Steel Chess Masters switched from Wijk aan Zee to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Dominguez and Caruana were especially inspired as they played on for over six hours. Levon Aronian moved into first place after bea...

  • Opinion Jan 15, 2014 | 12:53 PM 1

    Vugar Gashimov passes away at age 27

    Vugar Gashimov is dead. The chess world received the sad news on January 11th that Vugar had died overnight of a brain tumour in a hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. Jan Gustafsson remembers "one of the nicest guys around".

  • Reports Jan 14, 2014 | 3:00 PM 0

    Tata Steel Rd 3 – Six lead, two great escapes

    Fabiano Caruana joined the leaders after claiming the scalp of fellow favourite Sergey Karjakin in Round 3 of the Tata Steel Masters. The day’s most memorable action, however, came in great escapes for Anish Giri and Hikaru Nakamura...

  • Reports Jan 13, 2014 | 3:00 PM 0

    Tata Steel Chess in full swing

    The Tata Steel Chess Festival is underway in Wijk aan Zee. The event sees much of the world chess elite descend on a small Dutch seaside town to compete for one of the year's most prestigious titles. Our first report looks at rounds...

  • General Jan 13, 2014 | 1:45 PM 0

    Carlsen to trademark his name

    Norwegian news site VG reports that World Champion Magnus Carlsen is planning to trademark his name in Norway, with his manager Espen Agdestein describing it as a formality to “protect the brand Magnus Carlsen”

  • General Jan 10, 2014 | 11:46 AM 0

    Carlsen to defend his title in November 2014

    Magnus Carlsen won’t have long to bask in the glory of his World Championship title before he faces a new challenge. The World Chess Federation today announced the next match in 2014 will run from the 6th to the 25th November. The d...

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