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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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Grenke Chess Open 2018 and Grenke Chess Classic

Chess news 2018/3/28, Minister
Grenke Chess Open 2018 and Grenke Chess Classic will be held from 29 March to 09 April, 2018.

The classic GM tournament starts on 31st of March. The strongest grandmasters in the event are: Magnus Carlsen, Caruana, Anand and Aronian.

Two different venues would be used: Schwarzwaldhallte Karlsruhe (Round 1 to 3), Kulturhaus LA8 Baden-Baden (Round 4 to 9).

More than 1500 chess players confirmed their participation in the Open section, with the top rated: Etienne Bacrot (France), Richard Rapport (Hungary), Wang Hao (China), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan).

More information from the official website: http://grenkechessclassic.de/en/
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Chess news and Blindfold Chess training (trainer) section

Chess news 2017/10/27, Minister
We haven't posted news in the past years, due to our busy schedule and rearranged priorities...
However our website continue to receive traffic from chess fans from all over the World, most of them going to our past news reports or our Chess training section - Blindfold Chess training (trainer).

We'll do our best to keep it up for few more months and possibly years! The managed hosting services and website support are provided by Gradivnite.com. Thank you, G-team!
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Bulgaria officially applied to host the WCC match between Topalov and Anand

Championship between Bulgarian GM Vesselin Topalov and World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India).
Bulgaria's bid is to host the FIDE World Championship Match from 5th to 24th 2010 in Sofia. Bulgaria is not the only candidate for hosting the event. Until this moment there are two official bids – from Singapore and Turkey.

The deadline for submitting bids for the match is 30th September 2009.
On 1th October, FIDE will open all bids and on 9th October will announce the winner.

Topalov and Anand will play 12 matches for the title. In case of a draw the winner will be decided in a tie-break of four rapid games.
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Vladimir Kramnik won the Zurich Rapid Tournament

Vladimir Kramnik won the Zurich Rapid Tournament, finishing with 5/7 points, half a point ahead of the reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand. Topalov and Ponomariov shared the third place with 4 points. Local favourite Werner Hug managed to draw with Khalifman, Topalov, Kramnik, Karpov and Polgar. This event marked the 200-years anniversary of the first Zurich chessclub. In the champions’ simultaneous exhibition 200 amateur chess players played against eight chess grandmasters - Viswanathan Anand, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, Viktor Kortchnoi, Vladimir Kramnik, Boris Spassky, Ruslan Ponomariov and Veselin Topalov. Of the 200 games played, four games ended with wins and 35 games ended in a draw.
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Vassily Ivanchuk won the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Jermuk

GM Vassily Ivanchuk from Ukraine won Jermuk 2009 tournament. He won his final game against Vladimir Akopian and take overall victory with 8.5 /13 points. This is his 5th GP win. Levon Aronian beat Ernesto Inarkiev and finished second (together with Gelfand who beat in last round Peter Leko). So Armenian grandmaster has won the overal FIDE Grand Prix Series with one tournament still to be played.

The event was a memorial to former world champion Tigran Petrosian, who held the title from 1963–1969 and would have turned 80 on June 17th this year.

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