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GM Vidit Gujrathi is the lone leader in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament after defending brilliantly against GM Daniil Dubov, who played creatively but ended up playing too busy. Co-leaders Jan-Krzysztof Duda and GM Magnus Carlsen withdrew, while GM…

Tata Steel Chess R2: Carlsen Takes 1st Win, Rapport Beats Van Foreest

GM Magnus Carlsen took his first win in the second round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament when the world champion scored a full point fairly quickly against Dutch GM Anish Giri. GM Richard Rapport was the only other winner in the Masters when the Hungarian…

Tata Steel Chess R1: Duda, Van Foreest, Vidit Start Win

The first round of the 2022 Tata Steel Chess Tournament saw three leaders emerge, including 2021 winner GM Jorden van Foreest. World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen started with a quick draw vs. GM Andrey Esipenko. The Challengers group saw four…

Chess.com gets big investment

Dear Chess.com Community, Today Chess.com is announcing something big, but also unimportant: one of the world’s top growth equity firms, General Atlantic, has made a major investment in Chess.com. This transaction h…

Announcing the Chess.com Rapid Chess Championship with $650,000 in Prizes

Chess.com is pleased to announce the Chess.com Rapid Chess Championship, our most elite event ever. The first “RCC” debuts with a prize pool of $650,000. This 25-week spectacle kicks off on February 12 and culminates in a dramatic finale on August…

Sarana wins January 11 with the title Tuesday

GM Alexey Sarana won Titled Tuesday on January 11 with a score of 9.5/11, a week after finishing in second place. He won on tiebreak second place GM Aram Hakobyan and third place Kacper Piorun. The top 10 was completed by seven players on …

Tata Steel Chess Tournament Introduces New Tiebreak Rules

After last year’s controversy in Wijk aan Zee, the Tata Steel Chess Tournament today announced new rules for tiebreaks. The biggest change is that if more than two players tie, they will all play in the tiebreak. How…

St. Louis Wins 2022 Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Championship

The Saint Louis University (SLU) team earned its spot in the President’s Cup by being the first to win the 2022 Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Championship with a perfect score. The winners will join the Final Four alongside UT Dallas and…

Chess.com Launches New Classroom Feature

Chess.com is pleased to announce the release of Classroom! Classroom provides coaches and students with a seamless, simple all-in-one tool to take their lessons to the next level. It also provides Chess.com members with a streamlined way to connect to a…

Nakamura backs Giri, Vidit clashes with Grand Prix organizer over sponsorship

World Chess, the organizer and owner of the commercial rights of the FIDE Grand Prix, has contacted the participants regarding their personal sponsorship. GMs Anish Giri and Vidit Gujrathi responded on Twitter, suggesting that World Chess is trying to “get a share…

Ray Robson once again dominates the Puzzle Fighting World Championship

GM Ray Robson won the Puzzle Battle 2022 World Championship that ended on Sunday. The 27-year-old grandmaster from St. Louis once again defended his title, which he has held since the 2020 championship, and took home a prize of $4,500…

15-year-old Eline Roebers wins German Open Tournament

Eline Roebers, only 15 years old, became the very first female winner of the Untergrombach Open on Saturday. Still without a title, the highly talented Dutch player GM defeated Vyacheslav Ikonnikov in the final round to finish first with 6.5/…

2021 Chess.com Awards Winners

Chess.com is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Chess.com Awards! It was a year of tremendous growth for chess. In February, PogChamps 3 set the Chess.com record for the largest live-streamed event ever – at one point, the 1…

The 2022 Pan American Intercollegiate Team Championship is almost here

College chess kicks off the new year with an exciting annual classic: the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Championship. This year, the tournament returns to over-the-board just outside of Washington DC. The best chess teams in the university are…

Howell wins January 4 with the title Tuesday

The first Titled Tuesday of 2022 went to GM David Howell on January 4. He scored 10/11 for an outright win. In second place, also untied at 9.5/11, was GM Alexey Sarana. Meanwhile, seven players were tied on nine points, with IM Pranav V in third…

Nigel Short recovers from Covid, dodges bullet in Italy

Shortly after recovering from Covid, GM Nigel Short is back on the board at a tournament in Italy. He survived a losing position against a 14-year-old player from 1900 whose phone rang. Meanwhile, top seed GM Anton Korobov shows beautiful…

World Blitz Chess Championship Day 2: Vachier-Lagrave and Assaubayeva New World Blitz Champions

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (aka MVL) finished first in the World Blitz Chess Championship 15/21 in the Swiss tournament, after beating GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda in their third blitz playoff game. Duda finished second and GM Alireza…

Karpov-Korchnoi 1978 pictured in 'The World Champion'

The World Champion, a film directed by Alexey Sidorov that depicts the dramatic 1978 World Championship match between GM Anatoly Karpov and GM Viktor Korchnoi, will hit Russian cinemas on Thursday. While the 1972 “Match of the Century” in Reykj…

World Blitz Chess Championship Day 1: Aronian and Assaubayeva lead

GM Levon Aronian, the Armenian star player who recently moved to the United States and now represents the United States, finished the first day of the World Blitz Chess Championship with 10/12 and was first clear. Behind him is Egyptian GM Bassem Amin, the five-time Afri…

Chess World Divided Around World Rapid Tiebreak Controversy

The tiebreak rules at the World Rapid Chess Championship, which ended yesterday in Warsaw, Poland, have been heavily debated on social media. This report provides an overview of the different opinions expressed online. The World R…

World Rapid Chess Championship Day 3: Abdusattorov and Kosteniuk crowned World Rapid Chess Champions

After many twists and turns on day three of the World Rapid Chess Championship, 17-year-old Uzbek GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov won the event 9.5/13 in the Swiss tournament, after winning the second tiebreak blitz match against GM Ian Nepomniachtch. .

Candidates Tournament will take place in Madrid in June 2022, sponsored by Chess.com

Palo Alto, California, December 28, 2021 – The 2022 Candidates Tournament, which will provide the challenger for the next World Chess Championship game, will take place in Madrid, Spain, in June 2022. As the organizing sponsor of this prestigious tour…

World Rapid Chess Championship Day 2: Carlsen and Kosteniuk Surge Ahead

GM Magnus Carlsen finished the second day at the World Rapid Championship as the only first with 7.5/9, notably beating two young up-and-coming GMs: Alireza Firouzja and Jan-Krzysztof Duda. Carlsen is chased by three GMs with 7/9: Nodirbek…

World Rapid Chess Championship Day 1: Duda, Carlsen, Jobava share lead

GM’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Magnus Carlsen and Baadur Jobava share first place 4.5/5 after day one of the World Rapid Chess Championship. The Polish number one, playing in his home country, started with a fantastic 4/4 perfect score, but his rou…

Caruana wins Gashimov Memorial 2021

GM Fabiano Caruana won Thursday’s 2021 Vugar Gashimov Memorial after beating GM Richard Rapport in the Armageddon playoff game. Both players had finished on 24 points after the blitz segment was over. How to look? You can spend the whole…

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