Week in chess
09h47 14  janvier
83rd Tata Steel Chess 2021 - Games and Results
Mark Crowther
The 83rd Tata Steel Chess tournament takes place 15th January (Saturday 16th Jan Round 1) to 31st January 2021. The event will be limited to just the top Masters group where the players are: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Alireza Firouzja, Jan...
20h06 03  janvier
Caplin British Online Championship 2020 - Games and Results
Mark Crowther
The Caplin British Online Championship took place 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021. Many sections - the main Championship was a 9 round Swiss which finished in a tie between Michael Adams and Ameet Ghasi on 7 9. In a rapid tie-break Adams won a wild first game and drew the second to take the...
18h13 03  janvier
Teimour Radjabov wins the Airthings Masters - Day 9
Mark Crowther
Teimour Radjabov won the first Masters event of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour winning 60,000 and has qualified for the finals in September. Earlier in the day it was announced that Meltwater were the new tour sponsors. Meltwater are a media monitoring company founded in Norway but...
18h42 02  janvier
Radjabov takes the lead against Aronian on day one of the final of the Airthings Masters - Day 8
Mark Crowther
Teimour Radjabov took the lead in the final of the Airthings Masters against Levon Aronian after a very tough day of competition. Rajdabov won the final game of the day exploiting probably just a single misjudgment. In the first game Radjabov got a nice position against Aronian’s Ragozin, there...
17h24 01  janvier
Aronian and Radjabov cruise into the final of the Airthings Masters - Day 7
Mark Crowther
Teimour Radjabov and Levon Aronian reached the final of the Airthings Masters where the winner will qualify for the final of the Champions Chess Tour later in 2021. Radjabov won both his games against Daniil Dubov and Levon Aronian won game three of his mini-match against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave...
17h48 31  décembre
Aronian and Radjabov win the first sets of the Airthings Masters Semifinals 2020 - Day 6
Mark Crowther
Levon Aronian beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 3-1 in the first set of their semi-final of the Airthings Masters Semifinals. In game one Aronian got a great position out of the opening with black in a Berlin Defence and took that on to a win. In game two Aronian won the exchange and was completely ...
11h32 31  décembre
Chinese Championships 2020 - Games and Results
Mark Crowther
The Chinese Championships took place in Xinghua Sat 19th Dec to Wed 30th Dec 2020. Yu Yangyi.edged out Lu Shanglei and Wei Yi on tie-break (the scores between the tied players - Yu beat Wei Yi which was decisive) after all scored 8 11. Tan Zhongyi won the women’s event with 8 11.
19h18 30  décembre
Carlsen knocked out by Dubov in the Quarter-finals of the Airthings Masters - Day 5
Mark Crowther
The quarter finals of the Airthings Masters saw the top four finishers in the preliminary stages all eliminated in the quarterfinals of the knockout. You could also argue that Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So have been the most successful players in the top class online events this...
18h14 29  décembre
MVL and Aronian take leads in the first sets of their Airthings Masters Quarter-finals - Day 4
Mark Crowther
The Airthings Masters moved to a knockout phase following the conclusion of the preliminaries on Monday. The 8 players left compete in a knockout mini-match format of best of four rapid game sets. If the players are tied at 1-1 there will be a blitz tie-break to produce a winner. On the...
16h51 28  décembre
Photo finish on the final day of the Airthings Masters Preliminaries - Day 3
Mark Crowther
The final day of the Airthings Masters Preliminary section did produce more than it’s fair share of excitement as even the last placed players were within half a point of qualification and four players tied 7th-10th for the final two qualification places. This rather made up for the quiet first...
17h46 27  décembre
Quiet second day of the Airthings Masters - Day 2
Mark Crowther
The second day of the Airthings Masters produced only three decisive games out of the 24 played, a very low percentage of decisive games even compared to day 1. I can’t help feeling that the idea of a preliminary section where only four players are eliminated rewards this kind of caution. The...
19h30 26  décembre
Five way tie for the lead after the first day of the Airthings Masters 2020 - Day 1
Mark Crowther
The first day of the Airthings Masters saw a lot of caution and only seven decisive games out of 24. This is the second event of the Champions Chess Tour online series and is the first of three majors - events that have a qualification place for the tour final for the winner. The first three...
19h26 25  décembre
Airthings Masters 2020 - Games and Results
Mark Crowther
The Airthings Masters is the second event of the online Champions Chess Tour and takes place 26th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021. The event is one of three Majors on the tour which means the winner will qualify for the tour final. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru...
14h09 25  décembre
Levitov Chess Christmas Cup 2020 - Games and Results
Mark Crowther
The Levitov Chess Christmas Cup finals took place 24th and 25th December 2020. 16 player knockout blitz tournament with a time control of 3 minutes 2 seconds a move. Full results and games here. There were 5 qualifying events in advance of this KO. Alireza Firouzja beat Alexander Grischuk 6-4 in...
14h56 24  décembre
7th Sunway Sitges Festival 2020 - Games and Results
Mark Crowther
The 7th Sunway Sitges Chess Festival took place over the board Sun 13th Dec to Wed 23th Dec 2020. Ivan Cheparinov took clear first with 8 10 - he scored a final round win over Matthieu Cornette while rivals Jules Moussard and Jaime Santos Latasa took a quick draw against each other. After the open...
20h00 20  décembre
European Online Blitz Championship 2020 - Games and Results
Mark Crowther
The European Online Blitz Championship took place 18th to 20th December 2020. An 11 round swiss which produced 16 qualifiers for the final knockout stages. On the final day both semi-finals went to Armageddon tie-breaks Gawain Jones beat David Navara and Alexei Shirov beat Matthias Bluebaum. In the...
18h26 19  décembre
US Chess Championship Online Qualifier 2020 - Games and Results
Mark Crowther
The US Chess Championship Online Qualifier took place 21st November to 19th December 2020 on Chess.com and one place in the 2021 US Chess Championship was available. The event finished in a tie between Aleksandr Lenderman and Christopher Woojin Yoo. Lenderman won a single Armageddon game and will...
17h47 16  décembre
73rd Russian Chess Championships 2020 - Games and Results
Mark Crowther
The 73rd Russian Chess Championships and 70th Women’s Chess Championships took place in Moscow Sat 5th Dec to Wednesday16th Dec 2020. Players: Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Daniil Dubov, Peter Svidler, Vladislav Artemiev, Maksim Chigaev, Nikita Vitiugov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Aleksey Goganov,...
14h00 12  décembre
chess.com Speed Chess 2020 - Games and Results
Mark Crowther
The 2020 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship took place 1st November to 12th December 2020. The 16 player final follows a long series of qualifying events which produced 8 qualifiers to go alongside the 8 invitees. There is a prize fund of 100,000 for this final phase Players: Hikaru Nakamura ...
17h40 05  décembre
Belt and Road 2020 World Chess Woman’s Summit 2020 - Games and Results
Mark Crowther
The Belt and Road 2020 World Chess Woman’s Summit was an online event hosted by Chess.com which took place 4th to 5th December 2020. Hou Yifan took clear first place with 6.5 9 a point clear of Sarasadat Khademalsharieh and Tan Zhongyi.