Shenzhen, 1: New supertournament starts in China
Reports yesterday at 6:21 PM 7

Shenzhen, 1: New supertournament starts in China

Chinese no. 1 Ding Liren took a leaf from the Bobby Fischer playbook as he sacrificed a minor piece for a pawn in a fighting 88-move draw against compatriot Yu Yangyi. That was the highlight of the first round of the Shenzhen Chess Masters, with the other games ending in draws at around move 30. Anish Giri only stopped to think (a little) after 25 moves of his game against Mickey Adams, while Peter Svidler found precise moves to thwart Harikrishna’s hopes of exploiting a space advantage. There are no less than nine rounds to go.

  • Items per page:
  • Reports Dec 11, 2016 | 11:31 PM 12

    London Chess Classic 3: Birthday blues

    Hikaru Nakamura got over the misery of losing on his own birthday by sharing the pain and defeating Vishy Anand on the legend’s 47th birthday. That was the only decisive game of Round 3 of the London Chess Classic, but we got to ...

  • Reports Dec 10, 2016 | 10:36 PM 30

    London Chess Classic 2: So joins the 2800 club

    Wesley So beat Mickey Adams in Round 2 to leapfrog Maxime Vachier-Lagrave into the world no. 4 spot, enter the 2800 club for the first time, take the sole lead in the London Chess Classic and make it even less likely that he fail...

  • Reports Dec 9, 2016 | 11:47 PM 33

    London Chess Classic 1: Nothing personal

    Wesley So said he didn’t realise it was Hikaru Nakamura’s birthday after ruthlessly exploiting his opponent’s blunder on move 13 to almost seal victory in the overall Grand Chess Tour. Vladimir Kramnik said it’s “never personal” ...

  • General Dec 7, 2016 | 10:08 AM 20

    8th London Chess Classic preview

    The 2016 London Chess Classic starts Friday and features all of the world’s Top 10 apart from Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin. The explosive first round will see the biggest grudge match in chess – Kramnik-Topalov – while we a...

  • Features Dec 6, 2016 | 8:10 AM 36

    A psychologist analyses Carlsen-Karjakin

    After the end of the World Championship match, Spanish sports psychologist Carlos Martínez sent us his detailed analysis of the encounter. Carlos, like many others, highlighted the importance of the psychological struggle at di...

  • Interviews Dec 3, 2016 | 12:06 PM 68

    Karjakin and Kasparov lock swords after match

    Garry Kasparov was almost alone in failing to praise Sergey Karjakin after the World Championship match, describing the challenger as “drab”. In an interview for Radio Svoboda Kasparov went on to say that it would have been a deb...

  • Reports Dec 1, 2016 | 3:40 AM 93

    Carlsen-Karjakin, Tiebreaks: Magnus still the champ

    Magnus Carlsen has won the World Chess Championship for a third time after unleashing a glorious queen sacrifice on the final move of the match. That meant the birthday boy had won the tiebreaks 3:1, after also winning Game 3. Se...

  • General Nov 29, 2016 | 6:44 PM 30

    Mark Taimanov dies at 90

    2016 has been a year in which we’ve lost a number of legendary chess figures. Viktor Korchnoi died in June, Mark Dvoretsky in September and now Mark Taimanov died yesterday, the 29th November, at the age of 90. The former USSR Cha...

  • Reports Nov 29, 2016 | 12:17 AM 79

    Carlsen-Karjakin, Game 12: Tiebreaks it is!

    Magnus Carlsen will play rapid, blitz and potentially Armageddon against Sergey Karjakin to decide the 2016 World Chess Championship after the last classical game of their match ended in a damp squib. The most anticipated game of ...

  • Reports Nov 28, 2016 | 10:09 AM 8

    Sveshnikov & Vlassov among World Senior leaders

    Things are going well in the four sections (Women’s 50+, Women’s 65+, Men’s 50+, Men’s 65+) of the World Senior Championship, played at various nice hotels in the wooded spa town of Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic. At this junctu...


Create your free account now to get started!

By clicking ‘Register’ you agree to our terms and conditions and confirm you have read our privacy policy, including the section on the use of cookies.

Lost your password? We'll send you a link to reset it!

After submitting this form you'll receive an email with the reset password link. If you still can't access your account please contact our customer service.