Kramnik wins in Round 4 Shamkir Chess 2017

Vladimir Kramnik won his game against Pentala Harikrishna in Round 4 of 4th Vugar Gashimov Memorial — Shamkir Chess 2017. The rest of the match-ups were drawn.Replay »

Shamkir Chess 2017 Round 4 Results

1Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar½-½Radjabov, Teimour
2Adams, Michael½-½Eljanov, Pavel
3Topalov, Veselin½-½So, Wesley
4Kramnik, Vladimir1-0Harikrishna, Pentala
5Wojtaszek, Radoslaw½-½Karjakin, Sergey

Thus, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov still leads at the end of Round 4, with 5 more rounds to go: Ranking after Round 4 »


Ian Nepomniachtchi wins Tal Memorial 2016


A big achievement by Ian Nepomniachtchi in 10th Mikhail Tal Memorial 2016 tournament in Moscow, Russia. He came out the sole leader after he drew his game against Boris Gelfand in the last and final round, while his closest rival in the tournament, Anish Giri, drew his game as well against Li Chao.

The match between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Vladimir Kramnik was the only game decided in the 9th round, in favor of the former. Replay games below: Replay »

Replay all the games in: 10th Mikhail Tal Memorial 2016 (Moscow RUS)

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More Draws in Round 8 – Tal Memorial 2016


All games were drawn once again in Round 8 of Tal Memorial 2016. Ian Nepomniachtchi still leads by half a point over Anish Giri.

Ranking after Round 8 follows: Continue reading “More Draws in Round 8 – Tal Memorial 2016”

All Draws in Round 7 Tal Memorial 2016


It was a quiet day at Moscow, as all 5 games were drawn in the 7th round of Tal Memorial 2016.

Round 7 match-ups and results follow:

12755Giri Anish½-½Kramnik Vladimir2808
22761Mamedyarov Shakhriyar½-½Aronian Levon2795
32746Li Chao B½-½Nepomniachtchi Ian2740
42776Anand Viswanathan½-½Svidler Peter2745
52743Gelfand Boris½-½Tomashevsky Evgeny2731

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Watch: Candidates Tournament Documentary Film

As the World Championship match draws near in New York, let’s look back to the drama that unfolded during the Candidates Tournament last March 2016.

Watch the 25-minute documentary film below:

Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2016

Update: Check out this page for the latest news about: Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2016.

The Isle of Man International Chess Tournament is happening next weekend, from Sat 1st to Sun 9th October 2016. The Masters section is a 138-player 9-round Swiss system of play.

Rate of play (Masters): 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves, with 30 seconds added per move from the start.

The top 20 participants in the Masters section follow:

GMCaruanaFabianoUnited States2808
GMNakamuraHikaruUnited States2789
GMSoWesleyUnited States2782
GMViditSantosh GujrathiIndia2669
GM HouYifanChina2658
GMGranda ZunigaJulioPeru2648

Check out the rest of the Masters participants here.

Official website.

Update: Check out this page for the latest news about: Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2016.

Tal Memorial 2016

Another strong tournament is happening beginning this weekend. It is still strong, with an average rating of 2760, despite the absence of the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, and the Americans (you know who).

See line up in the press release below:


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The Rapports

Chess24 had a great interview with the Rapport couple. Richard Rapport (ELO 2752) played Board 1 for Hungary Open team, while his wife Jovana is a WGM (ELO 2318) and also played Board 1 for Serbia Women’s team, in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

I think they’re a great chess couple:

The Rapports. Photo by: Camilla Jovard
The Rapports. Photo by: Camilla Jovard

And I wonder what Mr. Sinquefield has to say about bringing the Rapports to the U.S.?

Magnus Carlsen on the Olympiad

Norway, the country and team represented by the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, finished strong at fifth place in the last Olympiad.

But the tweets from Carlsen right after the conclusion of the event drew interests and intrigues among chess fans:

World Champion Magnus Carlsen tweets on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

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