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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, ...
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 ...
Magnus Carlsen won the rapid tie-break of the 2018 World Chess Championship 3-0 to retain his\r\ntitle for another two years. This was a dominant performance that justified his decision to\r\nsteer for the tie-breaks probably as early as just after the opening of game 11. \r\n\r\n\r\nGame 1 Carlsen gained a large and according the computers, winning, advantage in an English\r\nwhere he played an interesting new idea. Carlsen thought for 10 minutes over 24.Bxe6+\r\nbut didn\'t find the best (instead (24. Rxd4 Kf7 ...
The World Chess Championship took place in \"The College\" in central\r\nLondon (WC1B 4AF) Friday 9th Nov to Wednesday 28th Nov 2018. Defending Champion\r\nMagnus Carlsen faces Fabiano Caruana as his challenger.\r\n\r\nThe 12 game match was drawn 6-6, all draws. Carlsen then won the rapid tie-break 3-0.
The World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana finished\r\nin a 6-6 tie all drawn. In the final Sicilian line Carlsen chose seemed to catch Caruana off-guard.\r\nCaruana turned down a draw by repetition and started consuming time on the clock. \r\nThen on move 31 Carlsen offered a draw which was accepted by Caruana. Given the computer\r\nassessment and large time advantage people thought Carlsen was pressing for a win in this\r\nposition but after the game Carlsen said he \"didn\'t ...
The 11th game of the World Chess Championship was a damp squib as Magnus\r\nCarlsen couldn\'t show anything dangerous against Fabiano\'s Petroff Defence.\r\nThey followed a line that seemed to have been mentioned in the video leak\r\nat the start of the championship (the video says 4.Nc3 instead of 5.Nc3\r\nbut that probably is a typo) and Carlsen showed nothing. He did think\r\nfor quite some time over his moves starting with 11.Rhe1, it is impossible\r\nto believe he hadn\'t prepared the line, perhaps he intended ...
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 ...
The tenth game of the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana\r\nin London was a tense thriller that finished in a draw in 54 moves. The game again was a \r\nSveshnikov Sicilian following game 8 where Caruana was close to winning and again he innovated\r\nfirst. It isn\'t completely clear to me whether Carlsen knew of this move or not, but his next\r\nfew moves were all supremely accurate and in the end it was he who ended up ...
Magnus Carlsen finally got a promising position with white in game\r\n9 of his match against Fabiano Caruana. Carlsen found a tricky position\r\nin the English that hadn\'t been investigated by his opponent and\r\nafter the pragmatic 17...Bxf3 Caruana would have expected a long defence.\r\nThe position was far from winning but after Carlsen\'s 25. h5?! \r\nCaruana found 25...gxh5 26. Qc4 f5! and the position was\r\nagain about equal -the game was drawn in 56 moves. \r\n\r\n\r\nScore Carlsen 4.5 Caruana 4.5 just three games to ...
The World Chess Championship in London still remains deadlocked at 4-4 after 8 of the\r\n12 games. Fabiano Caruana played very sharply against Magnus Carlsen\'s Sicilian Defence\r\nand it seems that he had deeper preparation. Carlsen\'s preparation ran out, probably between the \r\nsharp 14...e4 novelty and 18...g5 which isn\'t objectively very good. \r\nIt\'s harder to say where Caruana\'s preparation ran out, he\r\nstill was playing quickly up to and including 20.Bc3. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHere there was a lot of excitement as the Supercomputer Sesse \r\n(and ...