Tata Steel 7: Alireza Firouzja leads again
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Tata Steel 7: Alireza Firouzja leads again

16-year-old Alireza Firouzja beat Jeffery Xiong in Round 7 to retake the sole lead in the Tata Steel Masters on an incredible 5/7. The Iranian now leads Magnus Carlsen by 1.5 points after the World Champion once more struggled to draw, this time against Vishy Anand. Meanwhile Wesley So has been joined in second place by Jorden van Foreest, whose win over Nikita Vitiugov was the first win for Black in this year's event, and Fabiano Caruana, who ground down Daniil Dubov in 79 moves.




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  • Reports Mar 21, 2014 | 10:46 PM 1

    Candidates, Rd 7: Immortal chess

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  • Opinion Mar 20, 2014 | 7:07 PM 12

    Men, women and chess skill: The whole truth (1)

    German grandmaster and chess24 author Ilja Zaragatski, who has a degree in Economics and Sociology as well as considerable expertise in (evolutionary) psychology, takes a scientific but light-hearted look at a delicate but intriguin...

  • Interviews Mar 20, 2014 | 1:19 PM 0

    Carlsen: "Kramnik's play was too emotional"

    In a ten-minute YouTube video World Champion Magnus Carlsen gives his views on the Candidates Tournament after Round 6. He explains how impressed he is with Anand so far, that Aronian was the only potential run-away winner and that ...

  • Interviews Mar 20, 2014 | 3:00 AM 0

    Carlsen: "My chess strength and knowledge is in my bones"

    Highlights from the World Champion's visit to the Reddit community's "Ask Me Anything" interview forum.

  • Reports Mar 19, 2014 | 8:10 PM 1

    Candidates, Rd 6: Topalov's revenge

    Anand is still the sole leader of the Candidates after Aronian let a gilt-edged chance to join him slip in Round 6. The real drama, however, saw Topalov win a one-sided encounter against his arch-enemy Kramnik, while Svidler suff...

  • Reports Mar 18, 2014 | 10:21 PM 1

    Candidates, Rd 5: Svidler wins comedy of errors

    Svidler pulled off an unlikely win against Topalov in Round 5 of the Candidates, despite stumbling into an opening ambush. Anand could only draw a game he dominated against Andreikin, but kept the sole lead after Kramnik fell just ...

  • Reports Mar 17, 2014 | 10:56 PM 0

    Candidates, Rd 4: Aronian downs Svidler

    Levon Aronian is right back in the mix after taking full advantage of Peter Svidler’s enormous will-to-win in Round 4 of the Candidates Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk. Vladimir Kramnik was the only Russian to escape the day unscathed...

  • Opinion Mar 17, 2014 | 12:46 PM 0

    Sutovsky on the Candidates so far

    GM Emil Sutovsky has written a fascinating progress report after the first three rounds of the Candidates Tournament gave us some clues as to the form of the players. He spots danger signs for Kramnik, thinks Svidler is ready to ...

  • Features Mar 17, 2014 | 2:26 AM 2

    Winners and Losers: The European Championship

    The European Individual Championship in Yerevan came to an end last Friday with likeable Russian Alexander Motylev finishing a clear point ahead of the field. Our look back at some of the event’s winners and losers includes how Moty...

  • Reports Mar 15, 2014 | 7:44 PM 0

    Candidates, Rd 3: Anand leads, Kramnik escapes

    Vishy Anand snatched sole lead in the Candidates after making quick work of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in Round 3. Elsewhere Veselin Topalov and Levon Aronian exchanged tactical blows, while Peter Svidler and Vladimir Kramnik played t...

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