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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  • Reports Aug 19, 2021 | 12:05 PM 3

    Sinquefield Cup 2: Wesley So joins the leaders

    Wesley So joined the lead of the Sinquefield Cup by inflicting a second defeat in two games on Dariusz Swiercz. It was the only decisive game of the second round, but there was no lack of fighting spirit or creativity in most of the...

  • Reports Aug 18, 2021 | 3:47 PM 1

    Sinquefield Cup 1: Caruana storms back to world no. 2

    Fabiano Caruana got off to a perfect start in this year’s Sinquefield Cup, getting the chance to play a nice, if relatively simple, queen sacrifice and take down Sam Shankland. The two new faces, compared to the recently concluded S...

  • General Aug 18, 2021 | 12:00 PM 9

    Magnus Carlsen returns for the Aimchess US Rapid

    World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen is back for the Aimchess US Rapid, the 9th and last event on the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour before September’s Finals. Six players are already confirmed for the Finals, but Vladis...

  • Reports Aug 16, 2021 | 11:28 AM 8

    Nakamura wins St. Louis Rapid & Blitz, loses no. 1 spot

    Hikaru Nakamura has won the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz with three rounds to spare, remaining unbeaten and winning both the rapid and blitz sections, but a perfect day was spoilt by losing the no. 1 spot on the blitz live rating lis...

  • Reports Aug 15, 2021 | 9:38 PM 4

    Keymer wins Kramnik Challenge in last-day thriller

    16-year-old German chess prodigy Vincent Keymer has qualified to play on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour after a nerve-wracking final day of the Kramnik Challenge, the 3rd event on the $100,000 Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour....

  • Reports Aug 15, 2021 | 1:32 PM 0

    STL Rapid & Blitz 4: Nakamura cruising to victory

    Hikaru Nakamura scored an unbeaten +3 on the first day of blitz to move to what looks like an unassailable 2.5-point lead over 2nd place Fabiano Caruana, who bounced back to score 50% after suffering three losses. Hikaru’s real chal...

  • Reports Aug 15, 2021 | 8:06 AM 0

    Kramnik Challenge 3: Awonder leads before final sprint

    Awonder Liang scored 3.5/4 on Saturday to take the sole lead in the Kramnik Challenge before the final three rounds on Sunday. The US Star could have had a bigger lead — or we could have had a 3-way tie for first — since his 123-mov...

  • Reports Aug 14, 2021 | 7:52 PM 0

    STL Rapid & Blitz 3: Nakamura triumphs in rapid

    Blitz world no. 1 Hikaru Nakamura goes into the 18 rounds of blitz in Saint Louis in the sole lead after defeating Leinier Dominguez and Fabiano Caruana on the 3rd and final day of rapid chess. Hikaru is the only unbeaten player, bu...

  • Reports Aug 14, 2021 | 1:18 PM 0

    Kramnik Challenge 2: Awonder & Nodirbek take over

    Top seed Nodirbek Abdusattorov is the only player still unbeaten after Day 2 of the Kramnik Challenge and is now co-leader with Awonder Liang, who won four games in a row before falling to Polina Shuvalova in the final game of the d...

  • Reports Aug 13, 2021 | 3:15 PM 1

    STL Rapid & Blitz 2: Caruana recovers from Shankland blow

    Fabiano Caruana ended Day 2 of the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz as the sole leader, despite beginning the day by suffering a heavy loss to an inspired Sam Shankland, who then went on to crush Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Fabiano beat and lea...

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