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Ding Liren (China) is the World Champion 2023 (classical chess)!

Chess news 2023/5/9, Minister
Ding Liren (China) is the World Champion 2023 (classical chess), after winning the World Chess Championship Match 2023 against Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia, under FIDE flag).

After 14 classical games in the World Chess Championship Match 2023, the result was 7-7. There were 6 decisive games in total in the classical games, but the final result was 7-7!

By the rules, if the result is equal after 14 classical chess games, there would be a tiebreak. First, 4 rapid chess games should be played. After 3 draws, the Chinese Ding Liren managed to win the last 4th rapid game, winning the chess title.

Ding Liren is the first Chinese male to become World Chess Champion (classical chess)!
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World Chess Championship 2023: Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren

Chess news 2023/4/13, Minister
The World Chess Championship 2023 match takes place in Astana (Kazakhstan) between April 7 and May 1, 2023. There are 2 contenders fot the title: Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia, under FIDE flag) vs Ding Liren (Cnina).

Current world chess champion Magnus Carlsen abdicated and decided not to defend it's title, so there are 2 contenders for the title.

Total 14 games would be played. If the result is equal, there would be a tiebreak day for rapid and blitz games.

After the first 4 games, the result is 2:2, but it wasn't boring at all!!

Ian Nepomniachtchi had won game 2 with black pieces. However, today he made a blunder in game 4 and Ding managed to win the game.
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Magnus Carlsen has defended his world chess championship title 2021

Chess news 2021/12/10, Minister
Magnus Carlsen has defended his world chess championship title in 2021 in Dubai. Today Carlsen scored 4th win from 11 games. The result from the match is now decisive: 7.5:3.5, with only 3 games left, which means the world champion defended hit title with a class ahead of his opponent Ian Nepomniachi!

Congratulations to the champion Magnus Carlsen!!!

You can review the final 11th game of the match on LICHESS:

https://lichess.org/blog/YbPjBREAACQAXWdL/carlsen-versus-nepomniachtchi-fide-world-championship-round-11
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The World Champion Magnus Carlsen wins game 6 against Ian Nepomniachtchi

Chess news 2021/12/3, Minister
On December 3, 2021, the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen wins against Ian Nepomniachtchi in game 6 of their WCC Match in Dubai.

Carlsen (white) accepted the offered exchange of his queen for 2 rooks on move 26. This created equal position, but imbalanced and fragile (if someone makes a mistake).

Such imbalanced position was very exciting to watch and analyze for all the chess fans and us on Chessfish.com. Both players had better options, but they are humans and haven't played the best moves.

Tha game was long, very long... Playing over 100 moves on the chess board and the position was still equal and still imbalanced.

At some point, after few exchanges, Magnus had a rook, a knight and 2 pawns VS a queen for Ian. The strategy was: to advance the pawns and to protects the king from checks.

Carlsen started to move his pawns and Ian followed a wrong plan on move 130 (!). Few moves later Magnus was winning and Ian Nepomniachtchi resigned on move 136.

It was the longest chess game in a World Chess Championship match so far!

You can review the game here:
https://lichess.org/broadcast/world-chess-championship-2021/game-6/h7a3P5YF

There are 8 games left, except someone gets few points lead...
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WCC 2021 in Dubai: Magnus Carlsen (NOR) vs Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) for the chess championship title

Chess news 2021/11/25, Minister
Today starts World Chess Championship 2021 in Dubai. Reigning chess champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) plays against Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russian: Ян Алекса́ндрович Непо́мнящий) in the FIDE World Championship 2021.

First game starts in 12:30 UTC time on November 26, 2021.

You can watch live here:

https://lichess.org/broadcast/world-chess-championship-2021/game-1/olFFWcs6
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Carlsen defeated Nakamura to win the 1st Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2020 online chess super-GM tournament

Chess news 2020/5/3, Minister
Magnus Carlsen have just defeated Hikaru Nakamura to win the 1st Magnus Carlsen Invitational online chess super-GM tournament, which was held online April 18 - May 3, 2020.

In the final Carlsen managed to win 2 games with white pieces, while Nakamura won his first game with white and drew the last game, resulting in 2.5:1.5 for Carlsen.

Semifinals

While the final was interesting, the semifinal between Liren Ding and Magnus Carlsen was even more dramatic and interesting. First game was a draw. Carlsen blundered in the 2nd game, thus having to win at least one game from the next 2 games.

In game 3, Carlsen has chosen quite passive variation for white and he was pressed to the wall to find a way to at least draw the game. He managed to complicate the game and with some minor mistakes from Ding, he came back with a decisive attack and won the 3rd game, drawing the match: 1.5:1.5.

The 4th game was almost a draw, but in the last minute (exactly last minute on the clock) Ding decided to decline the draw (by moves repetition) and go for an attack in blitz-mode, thus trying to avoid going to blitz games. Carlsen defended well and after a blunder by Ding, he managed to win this 4th game and qualified for the final.

In the other semifinal, Nakamuka played against Caruana. After 2 draws, Nakamura won the 3rd game with black pieces and needed a draw in the 4th to continue to the final.

However, having the white pieces and initiative, Nakamura blundered and lost a pawn in 2-moves combination. Caruana had a good chance and won the game to draw the result 2:2, thus the match continued with 2 blitz games. Both blitz games was won by Nakamura and he qualified to the final.


We can hope to see another super-GM online chess tournament in June and/or July 2020.
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Carlsen, Caruana, Nakamura and Ding on semifinal - Carlsen invitational 2020

Chess news 2020/4/30, Minister
Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Liren Ding on semifinal on Carlsen invitational 2020.

Today is the last round of the first stage of the tournament with all top-4 players qualified.

Official web site:
https://www.magnuscarlsen.com/en/invitational
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Magnus Carlsen invites top chess players in an online chess super-tournament, starting April 18, 2020

Chess news 2020/4/2, Minister
The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen invites top-8 in online chess super-tournament, which starting April 18, 2020 and ending May 3rd, 2020.

Due to coronavirus Covid-19 spread in 200 countries so far, almost all sports events and tournaments are now cancelled, even Olympic games 2020 in Tokio was postponed. It seems this is really boring for the champion Carlsen, who invited/challenged the top-8 chess players in the strongest online chess tournament ever...
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Magnus Carlsen defeated Fabiano Caruana (USA) to retain World Chess Championship title (classical chess)

Chess news 2018/11/29, Minister
Magnus Carlsen defeated Fabiano Caruana (USA) in tie-breaks to retain World Chess Championship title (classical chess).

On 28 november 2018, tiebreaks on rapid chess was played, to decide the world chess championship title (classical chess), after 12 draws in classical games.

The tiebreak has started with 2 victories for Carlsen - with white and black pieces. There was 2 more games and Caruana had to score 2 victories to get back in the match.

In the 3rd game Carlsen had white and after exchanges it was heading to a draw. For Caruana a draw was equal to a lost game, so he just tried to play few more moves, waiting for a miracle..., but miracles happen quite rare in chess and Carlsen managed to score another victory for the final results:
3-0 for Carlsen in the tie-breaks (rapid chess).

Congratulations to Carlsen - the World Chess Champion (classical chess)!
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Magnus Carlsen (NOR) vs Fabiano Caruana (USA) in World Chess Championship title match

Chess news 2018/11/12, Minister
Magnus Carlsen (NOR) is defending his World Chess Championship title against Fabiano Caruana (USA) in WCC match. The chess match takes place in London between 9-28 November 2018. Total 12 games would be played and if the result is equal, there would be a tiebreak day for rapid and blitz games.

After first two games, which finished in draws, the result is 1-1.

You can watch the games live from the official website:
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