Last updated: Sunday 7th February 2016 8:14 pm
- Tradewise Chess Festival 2016
- Magnus Carlsen wins his fifth Tata Steel Masters
- Carlsen leads Tata Steel Masters after round 12 of 13 but Caruana and Ding still in touch
- Carlsen extends his lead to a point again after Tata Steel Round 11
- Caruana moves within half a point of Carlsen after Round 10 of Tata Steel Masters
Tradewise Chess Festival 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Thu Feb 4 18:23:00 2016)
The Tradewise Chess Festival Masters took place 26th January to 4th February 2016. Top seeds Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand, Pentala Harikrishna, Li Chao, Yu Yangyi, Dmitry Jakovenko, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Richard Rapport, Laurent Fressinet, Etienne Bacrot, Ni Hua, Arkadij Naiditsch, Markus Ragger, David Howell, Zoltan Almasi, Nigel Short, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Gata Kamsky, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Emil Sutovsky etc. Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tied for first on 8/10 and Nakamura won the tie-break after winning a final Armageddon game. Read more ....
Gibraltar Masters 2016 (10 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games
Gibraltar Challenger A (5 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:110m+10spm)
Gibraltar Masters TB (2 players 2 Rds Match Indiv TC:10m+5spm) - Games in PGN: TB Games
Gibraltar Challenger B (5 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:110m+10spm)
78th Tata Steel Masters 2016 13
Mark Crowther (Sun Jan 31 19:05:00 2016)
Carlsen before his final round game against Ding Liren. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/
Magnus Carlsen won the Tata Steel Masters after a safe draw against Ding Liren. Ding could catch Carlsen with a win but this seemed unlikely with the black pieces and especially after Carlsen chose a solid line against his Open Spanish. Carlsen found a way to press in the endgame but Ding's technique held the Rook and Bishop vs Rook endgame convincingly. This is Carlsen's fifth win of the main event taking him alongside the record holder Viswanathan Anand and above Max Euwe, Levon Aronian, Viktor Korchnoi and Lajos Portisch all of whom have scored four.
Fabiano Caruana could have caught Carlsen with a win against the struggling Evgeny Tomashevsky but his choice of 4...b6 in the Nimzo-Indian wasn't a normal one for him and he later got his bishop trapped. Tomashevsky was winning but having struggled all tournament he made a bit of a meal of the conversion to a win, eventually managing it in 63 moves.
Pavel Eljanov finished his tournament with a win beating David Navara who didn't react correctly to his novelty 10.Bd3 and quick got into major trouble. Anish Giri was very fortunate to survive with a draw against Hou Yifan after his experiment with the London System completely backfired.
Michael Adams and Wesley So drew an Open Spanish in the same solid variation as Carlsen-Ding. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Sergey Karjakin drew in a Queens Gambit Accepted. Wei Yi got a small advantage with black against Loek Van Wely but not enough to win.
In the B-Group Baskaran Adhiban took first on tie-break from Eltaj Safarli and Aleksey Dreev after all scored 9/13. Adhiban will play in the Masters group next year.
Final Round 13 Standings: 1st Carlsen 9pts 2nd-3rd Caruana, Ding Liren 8pts 4th-6th Wesley So, Giri, Eljanov 7pts 7th-8th Wei Yi, Mamedyarov 6.5pts 9th Karjakin 6pts 10th-11th Navara, Tomashevsky 5.5pts 12th-14th Hou Yifan, Adams, Van Wely 5ptsRead more ....
78th Tata Steel GpA (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games GpA
78th Tata Steel GpB (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games GpB
Tata Steel Tienkamp 1 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m(40)+45m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games Tienkamp 1
25th Keres Memorial 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Mon Jan 11 00:50:00 2016)
Commemorative coincard marking Keres' centenary. Photo © | http://pood.post.ee/?id=10952&product_id=8870&c_tpl=1051&&langchange=1
The 25th Keres Memorial marks the centenary of his birth. The ACP Rapid event took place 8th to 10th January. Igor Kovalenko finished with 9/11 half a point clear of David Howell, Boris Gelfand and Surya Shekhar Ganguly. Read more ....
91st Hastings Congress 2015-16 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Wed Jan 6 16:19:00 2016)
Khenkin vs Vakhidov in Round 9. Photo © Dave Clayton. | http://hastingschess.com
The 91st Hastings Congress took place 28th December 2015 to 5th January 2016. Players: Ferenc Berkes, Igor Khenkin, Aleksander Mista, Gyula Pap, Jahongir Vakhidov, Sarunas Sulskis, Daniel W Gormally, Tamas Jr. Fodor etc
Jahongir Vakhidov and Alexander Mista shared first place on 7/9. Read more ....
45th Rilton Cup 2015-16 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Jan 5 16:59:00 2016)
The 45th Rilton Cup took place 27th December 2015 to 5th January 2016. Maxim Rodshtein scored 8/9 to outpace Jon Ludwig Hammer on 7.5, Erik Blomqvist took clear third on 7. Read more ....
53rd Groningen Chess Festival 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Wed Dec 30 18:14:00 2015)
The 53rd Groningen Chess Festival took place 21st to 30th December 2015. Jorden Van Foreest edged out Sundar M. Shyam on tie-break after both scored 7.5/9. Sipke Ernst beat Lucas Van Foreest in the University Challenge match 5-1 winning the last four games. Read more ....
53rd Groningen Open 2015 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Open
van Foreest vs Ernst m (2 players 6 Rds Match Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Match
Qatar Masters Open 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Dec 29 15:34:00 2015)
The Qatar Masters Open took place 19th to 30th December 2015. World Champion Magnus Carlsen heads a stellar field. It is possible that this is the first appearance by a reigning World Champion in a Swiss Open at standard time controls since Boris Spassky played in Vancouver in 1971. Vladimir Kramnik, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Sergey Karjakin, Li Chao, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Pentala Harikrishna, Dmitry Jakovenko Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi etc. 18 players rated over 2700 and 50 over 2600 compete. Magnus Carlsen won the event after defeating last year's champion Yu Yangyi 2-0 in a tie-break. They had tied on 7/9. Read more ....
Nutcracker Match of the Generations 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Fri Dec 25 22:09:00 2015)
The Nutcracker Match of the Generations took place in Moscow 20th to 25th December 2015. A team of "Kings" Boris Gelfand, Peter Leko, Evgeniy Najer, Alexander Morozevich played a Scheveningen classical and rapid chess match against a team of Russian "Princes" Vladislav Artemiev, Ivan Bukavshin, Mikhail Antipov and Grigoriy Oparin.
At classical time controls the Kings won 18-14 vs the Princes and the rapid controls Kings 17.5-14.5 Princes.
There was also a B event a Girls team beat a Youths team 17-15 at Classical time controls and the result was reversed in the rapid section. Read more ....
Nutcracker Classical 2015 (4 players 4 Rds Schev Team TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games
Nutcracker Rapid 2015 (8 players 8 Rds Schev Team TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid A
Nutcracker Classical B (4 players 4 Rds Schev Team TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games B
Nutcracker Rapid B 2015 (8 players 8 Rds Schev Team TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid B
27th Carlos Torre Memorial 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Dec 22 18:46:00 2015)
The 27th Carlos Torre Memorial took place in Merida, Mexico, 17th to 21st December 2015. Leading players: Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Aleksey Dreev, Erwin L'ami, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Emilio Cordova, Sergei Tiviakov etc. Lazaro Bruzon Batista edged out Jorge Cori, Yusnel Bacallao Alonso and Yuniesky Quesada Perez after all scored 7/9. Read more ....
European Rapid and Blitz Championships 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun Dec 20 14:18:00 2015)
The European Rapid and Blitz Championships took place in Minsk 18th to 20th December 2015. Leading players: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Dmitry Andreikin, Gadir Guseinov, Igor Kovalenko, Baadur Jobava, Laurent Fressinet, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Markus Ragger, Nigek Short etc Rauf Mamedov won the blitz title and Ivan Popov the rapid. Read more ....
Russian Cup Final 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Dec 15 16:24:00 2015)
The Russian Cup Final took place 5th to 13th December 2015. Ivan Bukavshin won the men's event and Aleksandra Goryachkina the women's. Read more ....
Russian Rapid Grand Prix Final 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Dec 15 16:21:00 2015)
The Russian Rapid Grand Prix Final took place 13th to 15th December 2015. Denis Khismatullin edged out Pavel Ponkratov on tie-break after both scored 11/15. Read more ....
Schachbundesliga 2015-16 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Dec 15 13:34:00 2015)
The very strong German Schachbundesliga takes place Friday 18th Oct 2015 to Sun 24th Apr 2016. Games and standings on this page. Read more ....
Chinese Team Championship 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Dec 15 13:33:00 2015)
The Chinese Team Championship took place 10th April to 11th December 2015 over a marathon 22 rounds. Final rounds were 8th to 11th November 2015. Beijing won the title. Read more ....
7th London Chess Classic 2015 9
Mark Crowther (Mon Dec 14 00:24:00 2015)
London Chess Classic director Malcolm Pein presents the Classic and Tour trophies to Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill. | https://raymorris-hill.smugmug.com/Sports/Chess-2015/2015-London-Chess-Classic/
Magnus Carlsen won the 7th London Chess Classic and the whole Grand Chess Tour after an amazing final day for him.
Carlsen knew he needed to beat Alexander Grischuk in his round 9 game to have any chance. At first he secured a very promising position but he lost control of the position and his hopes only lay with Grischuk's severe time pressure. Grischuk might have even won but in the end with only seconds left he went for a perpetual check that wasn't there and lost. The remaining games of the round were drawn leaving Carlsen tied with Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Carlsen had the best performance tie-break and under the rules for a three way tie he waited for the winner of a Giri vs MVL match. Giri won the first rapid game and seemed to be safe and solid with white in the second but he lost control and was defeated. MVL also won the Armageddon tie-break to set up the final against Carlsen.
In the final tie-break match of the day MVL was a bit worse against Carlsen in game one but towards the end seemed favourite to hold the rook endgame before suddenly going wrong and losing. In the second game MVL seemed to have little energy left and Carlsen took a draw from a position of strength that secured both first place in London and first place in the inaugural Grand Tour. Read more ....
7th London Classic 2015 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m(40)+60m+30spm) - Games in PGN: Games
London Classic Open 2015 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Open Games
7th London Classic TB (3 players 2 Rds KO Indiv TC:25m+5spm) - Games in PGN: TB Games
London Classic Superrapid (10 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games
ACP Masters 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Dec 8 14:13:00 2015)
The ACP Masters was a rapid tournament in Ashdod, Israel 7th to 10th December 2015. Preliminary group stages were followed by semi-finals and a final. The event was won by Vassily Ivanchuk. Read more ....
ACP Masters 2015 (Ashdod ISR)
Mon 7th Dec 2015 - Thu 10th Dec 2015 - Official Site
ACP Masters KO 2015 (4 players 2 Rds KO Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: KO Games
ACP Masters GpA 2015 (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games GpA
ACP Masters GpB 2015 (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games GpB
Saint Louis Showdown 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun Nov 15 22:59:00 2015)
The Saint Louis Showdown took place 12th to 15th November 2015. Two matches Hikaru Nakamura vs Fabiano Caruana and Hou Yifan vs Parimarjan Negi over four days and four chess contests. Day 1 saw two rounds of "Basque" chess where the players play their opponents in two games one with black and one with white. day two Fischer Random chess, day 3 4 rapid games, and on the final day 4 8 rapid blitz. . Nakamura and Caruana drew both Basque games, Nakamura won the Fischer Random 2.5-1.5, Caruana the rapid 3-1 and the blitz 4.5-3.5. Final result: Caruana 10 - 8 Nakamura. Negi won both Basque games. Hou Yifan won the Fischer Random section 3.5-0.5, the rapids 3-1 and the blitz 4.5-3.5. Final result: Hou Yifan 11 - 7 Negi. Read more ....
Showdown Blitz 2015 (2 players 8 Rds Match Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Games
Showdown Basque 2015 (2 players 1 Rds Match Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1))
Showdown Fischer Random (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:20m+10spm(1))
Showdown Rapid 2015 (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games
Showdown Blitz 2 2015 (2 players 8 Rds Match Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Games 2
Showdown Basque 2 2015 (2 players 1 Rds Match Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Basque
Showdown Basque 2 2015 (2 players 1 Rds Match Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Basque 2
Showdown Fischer Random 2 (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:20m+10spm(1))
Showdown Rapid 2 2015 (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games 2
FIDE Candidates 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Thu Nov 5 11:35:00 2015)
The FIDE Candidates tournament takes place in Moscow 10th to 30th March 2016. The event is sponsored by the Tashir Group run by Armenian billionaire Samvel Karapetyan who backed the 2014 Petrosian Memorial. Players: Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler have secured their places. Levon Aronian is the sponsor's wildcard nominee and Anish Giri is a almost certain to take the final place on rating. Read more ....
The Week in Chess Anniversary 20 years
Mark Crowther (Wed Sep 17 16:20:00 2014)
Mark Crowther on the 20th Anniversary of TWIC on Wednesday September 17th 2014. Photo © | http://www.theweekinchess.com/
The Week in Chess is 20 years old today. The first issue of the magazine was published on Saturday 17th September 1994. In the full article below I give an update from the 1000th issue earlier in the year. I list all 1036 issues so far along with their text and with a donation button to get all the games in ChessBase format. I feel a great sense of achievement in reaching this landmark. I hope that in some small way I've helped players all over the world keep in touch with chess and have access to almost every top class game over that time no matter how rich or poor they are. Now I have to look to the future. I plan to be around a long while. I have some obvious additions I can make to the website that only require some programming but also my personal financial stability has to come to the fore now. Read more ....
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