Last updated: Wednesday 4th May 2016 8:13 am
Russian Team Championship 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun May 1 21:29:00 2016)
The Russian Team Championship takes place in Sochi 1st to 10th May. Leading players: Kramnik, Karjakin, Svidler, Grischuk, Dominguez, Jakovenko etc. Major League and Women's section also. Read more ....
TCh-RUS Women 2016 (9 Rds League Club TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women
TCh-RUS Major League 2016 (9 Rds League Club TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Major League
Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Fri Apr 29 22:43:00 2016)
Nakamura vs Kasparov. Photo © | http://www.uschesschamps.com/2016-us-championship/live
The Ultimate Blitz Challenge took place in St Louis Thursday 28th and Friday 29th April 2016. Garry Kasparov returned to the board to play the top three finishers in the US Championship Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura in an 18 round event with a time control of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds a move delay. Hikaru Nakamura had a strong second day and won the event with 11/18 a point clear of Wesley So on 10 points. Garry Kasparov acquitted himself very well in the strongest event he has played since he retired and finished on 9.5 pts, a plus score. Fabiano Caruana got cut adrift and collapsed to only 5.5pts. Read more ....
4th Norway Chess 2016 9
Mark Crowther (Fri Apr 29 22:38:00 2016)
Magnus Carlsen won the Norway Chess tournament at his fourth attempt. Carlsen defeated Pavel Eljanov in 35 moves. Eljanov set up a Stonewall and got at least an equal position which he probably should have followed up with g5-g4. Instead playing on the Queenside turned the tide in Carlsen's favour and evetually he broke through and won.
The remaining games were drawn Topalov-Kramnik (60 moves), Li Chao-Giri (73 moves), Harikrisha-Aronian (39 moves) and Grandelius-Vachier-Lagrave 55 moves.
Final standings: Carlsen 6pts, Aronian 5.5pts, Vachier-Lagrave, Topalov, Kramnik 5pts, Li Chao, Harikrishna 4.5pts, Giri 4pts, Eljanov 3pts, Grandelius 2.5pts.Read more ....
Italian Team Championship 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Wed Apr 27 13:40:00 2016)
The Italian Team Championship takes place in Civitanova Marche 27th April to 1st May 2016. Nakamura, Gelfand, Leko, Bacrot, Swiercz, Lenic, Prohaszka, Socko etc. Read more ....
US Chess Championships 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Wed Apr 27 11:55:00 2016)
The US Chess Championships took place in St Louis 14th-30th April 2016. Players: Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Gata Kamsky, Alexander Onischuk, Samuel L Shankland, Ray Robson, Aleksandr Lenderman, Varuzhan Akobian, Jeffery Xiong, Alexander Shabalov and Akshat Chandra play. This is the first championship with their three top 10 players. Fabiano Caruana took clear first by a point from Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura after winning his final round game. Anna Zatonskih and Irina Krush resumed their rivalry in the women's tournament but it was Nazi Paikidze who won in a dramatic final round where she beat Krush and the leader Tatev Abrahamyan lost. Read more ....
Chinese Championships 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun Apr 17 11:33:00 2016)
The Chinese Championships take place in Xinghua Sunday 17th to Thursday 28th Apr 2016. Wei Yi is the top seed in an event that lacks many of China's top stars. Read more ....
FIDE Candidates 2016 14
Mark Crowther (Tue Mar 29 03:41:00 2016)
The FIDE Candidates were won by Sergey Karjakin after he defeated Fabiano Caruana in the only decisive game of the final round. Caruana fought hard and his Classical Sicilian produced a sharp position with chances to fight for a win which he needed to quality. Karjakin bravely and correctly sacrificed a pawn for equality and after Caruana tried for a win with 36...Re4 Karjakin had to sacrifice a full rook to avoid being much worse, in fact the sacrifice led to a winning attack, after 39...Qf5! the game was all but over and finished on move 42.
Karjakin and Carlsen were both born in 1990 and for years it was predicted they would eventually meet in a World Championship match and this has now come to pass. Karjakin was tough during this event saving a number of difficult positions and lost just a single game. Karjakin is certainly equipped to play a World Championship match, The organisers AGON announced the match will be in New York 11th-30th November. I have no reason to doubt this except it lacked details of venue and sponsors but even if it falls through I imagine Russia will be very keen to host such a match.
Caruana came so close and probably has more reason that most to rue some missed chances, none bigger than not beating Topalov in the first half from a winning position, but also a chance later on against Svidler in round 13. Caruana also looks just about ready for a world championships match and this was a fine debut at this level. Most likely Karjakin's previous experience in two Candidates events made the difference.
The remaining games were drawn. Peter Svidler pressed with a small advantage against Viswanathan Anand but had to settle for a draw. Anand put in a good effort to try and get another world championship match, failures of his black opening repertoire were the main reason he came up just short. If this is the end of his world title challenges this was a worthy effort.
Anish Giri finished the event with a final draw against Topalov, a small opening edge soon evaporated. Giri drew every game but has got some good reviews for the quality of his play. Giri commented on twitter "Thanks everyone for your incredible support! Missed far too many chances, now time to draw(?!) some conclusions. Congrats to @SergeyKaryakin"
Topalov admitted afterwards that his time has gone, I'm not sure he was all that committed to playing this event and it showed. He was the only player with a negative score, the majority of the field finishing on 50%. I expect this to be Topalov's last appearance in the world championship cycle but hope to see him play on in major tournaments for many more years.
Hikaru Nakamura drew against Levon Aronian to keep both of them on 50%. Nakamura can be reasonably satisfied after a terrible start. Aronian had his chances until a weak patch in the middle of the event, it's starting to look unlikely the long time world number two will get the world title match that would complete his career.
At least some of these players will be back in two years time. There's never been a Candidates tournament that was so closely contested, all but one of the players finished 50% or better. I enjoyed it a lot, somewhat hampered by not being able to use the official site, I would like FIDE, in conjuntion with the players, to look at how ties are resolved at the end of the event.
Final Standings: 1st Karjakin 8.5pts, 2nd Caruana 7.5pts, 3rd Anand 7.5pts 4th-7th Giri, Svidler, Aronian, Nakamura 8th Topalov 4.5ptsRead more ....
FIDE Women's World Chess Championship 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Mar 15 12:38:00 2016)
The Women's World Chess Championship took place in Lviv 2nd to 14th March 2016. Hou Yifan regained the title by beating Mariya Muzychuk 6-3. Muzychuk won the title last year in a knockout event where Hou Yifan declined to defend her title. The result was more or less in line with their respective ratings. Muzychuk fought well but the turn around from pressing for a win to losing game 6 seemed like a body blow. Read more ....
World Chess Championship 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Mar 1 11:48:00 2016)
The World Chess Championship will take place in New York City 11th to 30th November 2016 according to organisers AGON. The dates and New York Venue were announced on the AGON Website and via an article in the Wall Street Journal. AGON and FIDE had indicated a match in the USA as their preference for some time and after the United States Department of the Treasury added FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to their sanctions list he stepped down as President to allow this move. The announcement is light on details, AGON don't yet have a US sponsor or exact New York venue in place.. Read more ....
World Chess Championship 2016 (New York USA)
Fri 11th Nov 2016 - Wed 30th Nov 2016 - Official Site
WCh 2016 (2 players 12 Rds Match Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61))
|Live Games now here|
|Ding vs So Match 2016||Shanghai||CHN||07:00||1|
|TCh-RUS Men 2016||Sochi||RUS||13:00||4|
|Hasselbacken Open 2016||Stockholm||SWE||13:00||5|
|Other events today|
|ch-KAZ Women 2016||Almaty||KAZ||10:00||2|
|Asian Juniors Girls 2016||Delhi||IND||10:30||1|
|Asian Juniors 2016||Delhi||IND||10:30||1|
|TCh-RUS Women 2016||Sochi||RUS||13:00||4|
|TCh-RUS Major League 2016||Sochi||RUS||13:00||4|
|Bodensee Open 2016||Bregenz||AUT||14:00||5|
|17th Heraklion Open 2016||Heraklion||GRE||15:00||4|
|Ostravsky Konik Open 2016||Ostrava||CZE||15:00||5|
|ch-LAT Women 2016||Riga||LAT||15:00||5|
|ch-CAT 2016||Mollet del Valles||ESP||15:30||3.1|
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