Champions Showdown
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Champions Showdown

The great American chess capital, St. Louis, continues to offer attractive tournaments, and this time rapid matches between some of the world’s best players are back. From the 20-24th of February there will be five high-profile matches to look out for: Hikaru Nakamura vs Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Fabiano Caruana vs Pentala Harikrishna, Wesley So vs David Navara, Leinier Dominguez vs Veselin Topalov and Sam Shankland vs Richard Rapport.




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  • Reports Jan 21, 2014 | 3:13 PM 0

    Tata Steel Rds 6 and 7: Aronian unstoppable

    Levon Aronian has so far been in a class of his own at the Tata Steel Tournament in Wijk aan Zee. After seven rounds the world no. 2 leads the Masters by a full point. The Challengers, meanwhile, has turned into a two-horse race.

  • 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...

  • Features Jan 10, 2014 | 1:22 AM 0

    St Petersburg 1914: Chess on the brink of war

    The BBC is marking the centenary of World War One with a series of radio essays looking back at the major European capitals on the eve of war. When it came to St. Petersburg chess took centre stage, with Steve Rosenberg visiting the...

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