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The Week in Chess

Chess News from throughout the World
  1. 10th London Chess Classic 2018 - Games and Results

    The 10th London Chess Classic takes place 8th to 17th December. The event takes place at Olympia London Auditorium although the semi-finals of the Grand Chess Tour take place in the Google Building in Kings Cross (tickets required). Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave play off for the Grand Chess Tour title. In addition there is the British Knockout Championship with 12 player. Entering at the Quarter Final Stage: Mickey Adams GM 2706, David Howell GM 2697, Gawain Jones GM 2683, Luke McShane GM 2667, Playing a Preliminary Round: Jonathan Hawkins GM 2579, John Nunn GM 2572, Matthew Turner GM 2536, Simon Williams GM 2466, Harriet Hunt IM 2440, Ravi Haria IM 2422, Alan Merry IM 2422, Jovanka Houska IM 2419,
  2. Chess.com Speed Chess Championship 2018 - Games and Results

    The Chess.com Speed Chess Championship took place July 24th to December 2nd 2018. 16 players in a knockout online blitz tournament. 90 minutes of 5/1 blitz, 60 minutes of 3/1 blitz, and 30 minutes of 1/1 bullet chess. Players: Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, Wei Yi, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Hou Yifan, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Vidit Gujrath were all invited. There was an invitational qualifier on June 26th-27th where Leinier Dominguez Perez defeated Jon Ludvig Hammer in the final (Georg Meier and Eric Hansen lost to these in the semi-finals).

    1) 24th July - Aronian - 20.5-6.5 Caruana, 2) 26th July 8pm EST - Nakamura 27.5-2.5 Hou Yifan, 3) 29th July 8pm EST - Wesley So 18.5-9,5 Wei Yi, 4) 2nd Aug 8pm BST - MVL 19-12 Dominguez, 5) 7th Aug 5pm - Nepomniachtchi 17.5-11.5 Grischuk, 6) 30th Aug 5pm - Vidit 16-9 Andriasian, 7) 6th Sept 6pm - Duda 13-11 Karjakin, 8) 7th Sept 6pm - Giri 17-15 Mamedyarov.

    Quarter Finals Duda 14-13 Grischuk, Aronian 18-11 Giri, So 16.5-10.5 Vidit, Nakamura 21.5-13.5 MVL.

    Semi Finals and Finals 3 days running 30th Nov to 2nd December Semi Final Nakamura 17-12 Aronian 6pm So 20-7 Duda. Final Nakamura 15.5-12.5So on 2nd December 2018. The match was tied going into the bullet section but Nakamura dominated there.

  3. Carlsen retains his World Chess Championship title with an overwhelming rapid tie-break performance - TB

    Magnus Carlsen won the rapid tie-break of the 2018 World Chess Championship 3-0 to retain his title for another two years. This was a dominant performance that justified his decision to steer for the tie-breaks probably as early as just after the opening of game 11.

    Game 1 Carlsen gained a large and according the computers, winning, advantage in an English where he played an interesting new idea. Carlsen thought for 10 minutes over 24.Bxe6+ but didn't find the best (instead (24. Rxd4 Kf7 25. Kh1 stepping out of potential knight checks was very good) and over the next few moves Caruana was very close to a draw before blundering with 37...Kxe4 (37...Ra2+) and being ground down after that.

    Game 2 was another Sicilian. Caruana gained a decent advantage and was scathing about his own play "The second game was a disaster I didn't even put up a fight." He resigned on move 28.

    Game 3, Carlsen switched to 1.e4 and in a Sicilian he retained decent control throughout trading down to a draw. Caruana had to keep complicating to stay in the match which led to a lost position and in the end he resigned the game and the match on move 51,

    "I just wasn't playing at his level or anything close to it." - Caruana. Further comments below.

  4. Carlsen-Caruana World Chess Championship 2018 - Games and Results

    The World Chess Championship took place in "The College" in central London (WC1B 4AF) Friday 9th Nov to Wednesday 28th Nov 2018. Defending Champion Magnus Carlsen faces Fabiano Caruana as his challenger. The 12 game match was drawn 6-6, all draws. Carlsen then won the rapid tie-break 3-0.
  5. Carlsen draw offer takes the World Championship match into a tie-break - 12

    The World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana finished in a 6-6 tie all drawn. In the final Sicilian line Carlsen chose seemed to catch Caruana off-guard. Caruana turned down a draw by repetition and started consuming time on the clock. Then on move 31 Carlsen offered a draw which was accepted by Caruana. Given the computer assessment and large time advantage people thought Carlsen was pressing for a win in this position but after the game Carlsen said he "didn't care" about the assessment. Carlsen clearly fancies his chances in the rapid tie-breaks, he is rated 2880 and Caruana 2789 a huge difference, and not an inaccurate reflection of their past results.

    Tie-breaks 3pm Wednesday: Carlsen white in game 1. The following are played until someone gets a decisive advantage at any of the stages

    4 x 25m+10spm rapid games.

    5 x 5m+3spm pairs of blitz games. If someone leads after any pair of games they win.

    A final decisive Armageddon where White has 5 minutes to Black's 4 (and a draw odds for Black).

  6. Caruana holds a draw very easily with black in World Championship Game 11 - 11

    The 11th game of the World Chess Championship was a damp squib as Magnus Carlsen couldn't show anything dangerous against Fabiano's Petroff Defence. They followed a line that seemed to have been mentioned in the video leak at the start of the championship (the video says 4.Nc3 instead of 5.Nc3 but that probably is a typo) and Carlsen showed nothing. He did think for quite some time over his moves starting with 11.Rhe1, it is impossible to believe he hadn't prepared the line, perhaps he intended something sharper but backed out at the last minute, we'll have to wait and see. Once the match is over I think more searching questions will be asked about the lack of punching power with white. Carlsen quickly transposed into a drawn blshops of opposite colours endgame, Caruana had to show a bit of care but held very comfortably in the end.

    Carlsen on what might happen in the final regulation game 12 on Monday: "Depends on what he wants to do. If he wants to shut it down that's fine by me, we'll play rapid. Otherwise we'll have a fight."

    The game started somewhat unusually with Sergey Karjakin, Carlsen's previous challenger making the ceremonial opening move. He chose 1.b4, Carlsen joked afterwards he maybe should have stuck with it. Carlsen, Karjakin and Caruana were in a jovial move at the start of the game and perhaps this rather unusual guest help break some tension.

    If the match is drawn there will be a day of tie-breaks on Wednesday.

    Score Carlsen 5.5 - Caruana 5.5

  7. Women's World Championship KO 2018 - Games and Results

    The Women's World Championship Knockout took place in Khanty-Mansiysk 3rd to 25th November 2018. Defending Champion and top seed Ju Wenjun only retained the title she won in May in a match. Ju faced Kateryna Lagno in the four game final and after losing game two was in severe danger of losing the match. She won the final Classical game 4 with a direct mating attack. In the Rapid tie-break the first two games were drawn before Ju won the final two to keep the title. 64 players.
  8. A fighting draw in World Championship Game 10 - 10

    The tenth game of the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana in London was a tense thriller that finished in a draw in 54 moves. The game again was a Sveshnikov Sicilian following game 8 where Caruana was close to winning and again he innovated first. It isn't completely clear to me whether Carlsen knew of this move or not, but his next few moves were all supremely accurate and in the end it was he who ended up with a threatening looking position on the Kingside. Carlsen then played 23...Qg5 which after 24.Bxb5 might have put him under pressure, instead Carlsen emerged with the slightly more pleasant position but in time trouble he decided to simplify and by move 41.g4 the game was heading for a draw. There was late drama as 44...Kd4 was a move that promised Carlsen very little upside but instead cost him a pawn. Carlsen settled down and traded to a Rook Endgame with high drawing chances, the way Caruana played it even the small chances to play weren't taken and the game finished very quickly in a draw.

    A very tense struggle and there were signs of the extreme tension of the situation starting to get to the clear thinking of the players. The final two standard games will both be played, one on Saturday 24th November, the second on Monday 26th November. The final day of rapid and blitz tie-breaks, if required. on Wednesday 28th November.

    Score Carlsen 5 Caruana 5.

    Carlsen: "I think it was a case of too complicated and too much at stake. I think I could've played better."

    "Today it was a lot of nerves. I spent too much time. Then I was left with indecisiveness and couldn't decide whether to play it safe. Then it was something in the middle that didn't quite work. "

    Carlsen quotes from press conference via Tarjei J. Svensen @TarjeiJS on twitter

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