"Make a move that surprises Nepomniachtchi, gets him out of book — I guess that’s the main idea!" says Jan Gustafsson on the reason for playing a particular chess opening, referring of course to the 2021 World Chess Championship match in Dubai, where he worked with Peter Heine Nielsen, Laurent Fressinet, Jorden van Foreest and Daniil Dubov on Team Magnus. Episode 3 of Jan's Opening Clinic has an Italian Opening theme.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Alireza Firouzja, then Wesley So, then Levon Aronian on the final day to complete a remarkable comeback victory in the Superbet Chess Classic. Maxime defeated an over-ambitious Firouzja, while the leaders drew, to reach a 3-way playoff. Though Wesley started brilliantly against Aronian and was a move or two away from wrapping up victory in the 2nd game, MVL triumphed in a chaotic finale before going on to clinch the title against Aronian.
Levon Aronian admitted “I’m toast!” about his position against Ian Nepomniachtchi in the penultimate round of the Superbet Chess Classic, but, as against Alireza Firouzja, he went on to pull off a miraculous escape. That kept him level with co-leader Wesley So going into the final round, after Wesley refused to let Alireza have any fun in the King’s Indian Defence. Leinier Dominguez grabbed the day’s only win, outplaying Shakhriyar Mamedyarov from what seemed a dry position.
Magnus Carlsen and Ding Liren, the chess world numbers 1 and 2, will be in action as the 3rd edition of the Chessable Masters starts May 19th at 18:00 CEST. The 16-player $150,000 tournament is the 4th stage on the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. It will also feature Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Anish Giri, as well as two of the hottest young talents around, 16-year-old Praggnanandhaa and 13-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra.
Alireza Firouzja is back in the hunt for the Superbet Chess Classic title after winning a thrilling game against Leinier Dominguez. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov also grabbed his 1st win of the event, but only after Ian Nepomniachtchi missed a clear win of his own. The biggest blunder of the day was made by Richard Rapport, who helped Maxime Vachier-Lagrave bounce back from his own troubles the day before. Wesley So and Levon Aronian both drew and still lead with two rounds to go.
The year is 1935. Salo Flohr just won the 2nd Moscow International Tournament in front of Mikhail Botvinnik, Emanuel Lasker, and Jose Raul Capablanca. The late Yuri Averbakh is 13-year-old. He knows the rules of chess but is not an enthusiast yet. A lecture by Nikolai Grigoriev is about to give birth to a love for chess that will dictate each day of the 87 years that Averbakh has left to live.
Levon Aronian beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with Black in just 25 moves in Round 6 to catch Wesley So in the Superbet Chess Classic lead with three rounds to go. A 5-player pack is a full point behind the leaders, including Leinier Dominguez, who became the first player to beat Bogdan-Daniel Deac in Bucharest. So-Rapport and Caruana-Nepo were relatively uneventful draws, while Alireza Firouzja held on a pawn down against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in a 96-move grind.
Fabiano Caruana bounced back from losing to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in Round 5 of the Superbet Chess Classic and go into the rest day on 50%. The other games were drawn, so that Wesley So continues to be the sole leader on +2. Richard Rapport’s 1.e4 e5 2.Ne2!? failed to unsettle Leinier Dominguez, while the most exciting game of the day was Deac-Firouzja, where Alireza pounced on a time-trouble blunder by his opponent but was unable to convert an extra piece into a win.
FM Nathan De Strycker (TSM Mechelen) heeft het Liga Snelschaakkampioenschap 2022 gewonnen. Hij bleef ongeslagen en scoorde een indrukwekkende 14 punten in 15 ronden. Hieronder is het volledige klassement te vinden.Organisator: Club 64 Beveren Arbiter: Kenneth Cauwenberghs Toernooi: Zwitsers Snelschaak (15 Rondes) Speeltempo: 3 min. met incr. 2″ Datums: van 07/05/2022 tot 07/05/2022 Scheidingssystemen: OR, #Win, B Cut1, Buch, SB Eindstand Cl. Naam Voornaam NrClub Clubnaam EloUsed PtnTot. 1 De Strycker, Nathan 166 TSMechelen 2191 14.0 2 Maerevoet, Sim 432 Wetteren 2224 13.0 3 Van Dael, Siem 432 Wetteren 2089 11.5 4 Docx, Stefan 109 Borgerhout 2286 10.5 5 Terryn, Ezra 109 Borgerhout 1949 10.5 6 Godde, Matthias 114 Mechelen 1928 9.5 7 Harutyunyan, Axel 240 SCRR (Brussel) 1927 9.0 8 Haberkorn, Danny 109 Borgerhout 2123 8.5 9 Stuer, Marc 143 Temse 2075 8.5 10 Kegels, Kristof 401 KGSRL Gent 1958 8.5 11 Pepermans, Jelle 240 SCRR (Brussel) 1701 8.5 12 De Blende, Nando 425 Dendermonde 1814 8.0 13 Staes, Jan 128 Beveren 1632 8.0 14 Paesschesoone, Stefan 128 Beveren 1864 8.0 15 Veldeman, Sieben 425 Dendermonde 1507 8.0 16 Stoop, Daan 128 Beveren 0 8.0 17 Carpentier, Julian 195 Chessmates Kapellen 1641 7.5 18 Londers, Jan 425 Dendermonde 1732 7.5 19 Stuer, Hugo 143 Temse 1570 7.5 20 De Boel, Joren 128 Beveren 1672 7.5 21 Nguyen, Khoi 230 Leuven Centraal 1503 7.5 22 Blommaert, Robin 143 Temse 1517 7.5 23 Cheng, Samuel 195 Chessmates Kapellen 1286 7.5 24 Van Bunderen, Gert 130 Hoboken 1743 7.0 25 Boustany, Georges 240 SCRR (Brussel) 1613 7.0 26 Vanhentenrijk, Jesse 195 Chessmates Kapellen 0 7.0 27 Schillemans, Willy 128 Beveren 1828 7.0 28 Balanck, Mateo 132 Oude God Mortsel 1061 7.0 29 Van Heucke, Marc 128 Beveren 1503 6.5 30 Thiry, Victor 195 Chessmates Kapellen 0 6.0 31 Bosschaerts, Patrick 134 Schilde 1809 4.5 32 Minnaert, Bob 128 Beveren 1390 4.0 33 De Maeyer, Zeno 128 Beveren 0 3.5 34 De Strycker, Johan 166 TSMechelen 1092 3.0 35 Entwistle, Alan 128 Beveren 1308 3.0 36 Boutachali, Basma 240 SCRR (Brussel) 0 0.0
Wesley So is the sole leader of the Superbet Chess Classic in Bucharest after Ian Nepomniachtchi finally cracked under the pressure of being a pawn down for most of their Round 4 game. Levon Aronian also converted an extra pawn, against Leinier Dominguez, while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave refuted Fabiano Caruana’s exchange sacrifice to grab the 3rd win of the day. There were eventful draws in Firouzja-Rapport and Mamedyarov-Deac.
Magnus Carlsen second Jan Gustafsson is back to answer more chess24 Premium user questions in Episode 2 of Season 27 of Jan's Opening Clinic. In the latest video Jan gives advice on a wide range of openings, including the Marshall, Reti, Vienna, Modern (in particular a dodgy but fun line he enjoyed playing in his youth) and the Catalan. "It's the usual, we follow Anish!" says Jan of his recommendation there. There's also still some time to ask a question for Jan to answer in one of the upcoming shows!
Levon Aronian blundered a pawn in the opening and spent more than one hour on a single move against Alireza Firouzja, but in the end he pulled off a great escape on a day when four games once again ended drawn in Bucharest. The one win was a wild game in which both Richard Rapport and Bogdan-Daniel Deac had impressed before Richard blundered on move 40 and there was no road back.
Yuri Averbakh, the world's oldest grandmaster, passed away today, May 7th, three months after celebrating his 100th birthday. Yuri, who was born in Kaluga, Russia on February 8th 1922, got to see the 2nd World Chess Champion Emanuel Lasker play as a child. In 1954 Yuri went on to win the formidable USSR Championship, and he also tied for first two years later. In later years he was a renowned arbiter, journalist and chess historian, staying active until the very end.
Ian Nepomniachtchi beat Alireza FIrouzja with the black pieces in Round 2 of the Superbet Chess Classic after an enthralling battle that could have gone either way. That knocked Alireza out of the 2800 club, while Ian both moved up to world no. 5 and joined Wesley So in the lead in Bucharest. The remaining games were drawn, but not without some sharp battles, most notably Mamedyarov-Rapport ,where Shakhriyar struggled to believe he wasn’t winning.
Sergey Karjakin, the controversial former world chess title challenger, looks set to miss the Candidates Tournament after the World Chess Federation FIDE dismissed his appeal against a 6-month ban from chess. Pending a new appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport, the ruling leaves the way open for China's No.1 Ding Liren who, as the highest-rated player in the FIDE rankings list not yet to have qualified, stands in line to take the Russian's place.
Wesley So is the early leader of the Superbet Chess Classic after bamboozling Shakhriyar Mamedyarov at the end of a long game to grab the only win of Round 1. Elsewhere in Bucharest, Richard Rapport and Ian Nepomniachtchi were unable to build on what seemed promising positions, while Caruana-Firouzja was a tense battle between the world numbers 3 and 4 that ended in a draw by repetition when Fabiano had a pleasant position but little time on the clock.
The MPL Indian Chess Tour exploded onto the scene last month with Arjun Erigaisi scoring a stunning +7 to clinch victory in the first leg. But before it returns, we have a very special opportunity for chess fans in India: you can take part in MPL’s own Indian Chess Tour Qualifier.
World no. 3 Alireza Firouzja will take on world no. 4 Fabiano Caruana as the Superbet Chess Classic begins today in Bucharest, Romania. The 10-player, $350,000 all-play-all event will be a Candidates Tournament warm-up for four of the players, with Richard Rapport taking on Levon Aronian, while Ian Nepomniachtchi has White against 20-year-old local star Bogdan-Daniel Deac.
18-year-old Arjun Erigaisi climbed to 2680.3 on the live rating list as he began the TePe Sigeman & co. Chess Tournament in Malmo, Sweden with a convincing win over Alexei Shirov. The veteran was caught out in the opening, as was David Navara, who fell to defeat against Salem Saleh. Niemann-Adams and Grandelius-Van Foreest were drawn.
Born the same year as Paul Morphy, Ellen Gilbert, née Strong (April 30, 1837 – February 12, 1900), was arguably the best woman chess player and the best correspondence chess player of both genders of the 19th century! Known by every chess lover back then, she now seems to be forgotten by all except a few specialized historians. It is time to pay tribute to the first Queen of Chess.