After winning the Fischer Random championship, a bottom dweller in the next tournament. Indeed, you can’t bake your cake and have it.

The major problem is corruption. It’s hard for athletes to get financial assistance to compete abroad, especially if they don’t have connections. For example, we would send teams to the Asian Games and there would be more officials on the plane than athletes.
— Wesley So

Wesley So, in an interview with, describes corruption, particularly in sports, in the Philippines.

Top 20 Best Chess Players Ranking History (2000-2019)

Amazing to see just how Magnus Carlsen held on to the No. 1 spot since July of 2011, almost 8 years now, and never looked back since then. I wonder how this kind of video will pan out in the future.

Aeroflot Open Round 1 Called Off After Bomb Threat

Shortly after the start, the first round of the Aeroflot Open has been canceled due to a bomb threat at the venue, Hotel Cosmos in Moscow. The round has been postponed until tomorrow.

Scary! Now, even chess tournaments — at high levels that is — are subjects of bomb threats.

Grand Chess Tour 2019

Confirmed participants:

Tournaments and Dates:

  1. Cote d’Ivoire Rapid & Blitz, May 6 – 13, 2019, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
  2. Croatia GCT (Classical), June 24 – July 9, 2019, Zagreb, Croatia
  3. Paris Rapid & Blitz, July 26 – August 2, 2019, Paris, France
  4. St Louis Rapid & Blitz, August 8 – 15, 2019, St. Louis, Missouri USA
  5. Sinquefield Cup (Classical), August 15 – 30, 2019, St. Louis, Missouri USA
  6. Superbet Rapid & Blitz, November 4 – 11, 2019, Bucharest, Romania
  7. Tata Steel India Rapid & Blitz, November 20 – 27, 2019, Kolkata, India

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Tata Steel 2019

The 81st edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament is happening on the 11th of January until the 27th, 2019, in Wijk aan Zee (among others). Who are vying for the crown in the Masters category?

How WCC’18 Round 12 Could Have Ended?

A lot of people have been heavily criticizing Magnus Carlsen for offering a draw in a clearly winning position in Round 12 of the World Chess Championship 2018 against Fabiano Caruana. Others are mum and reserved their opinion after the tiebreaks.

But how “winning” Carlsen really was if he opted to continue with the play? ran the position among 8 engines, led by Stockfish and Komodo, for 56 games — double round robin, each engine playing both colors against every other engine. The results follow:

  • White wins: 3 games
  • Black wins: 27 games
  • Draw: 26 games

Of course, the 3 white wins were games between some of the weakest engines as black and the strongest engines for white. These were:

  • Stockfish–Laser
  • Ethereal–Laser
  • Stockfish–Fire

From these results, I’d say Magnus Carlsen, playing as black, and at his caliber, had an 80:20 chance of winning this game. The tiebreak games would not have been necessary. And the Carlsen victory would have been more convincing.