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Skilling Open QF1: Naka, Giri, Nepo & So in danger

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Wesley So must all win on Thursday or they’re out of the Skilling Open after they lost on Day 1 of the quarterfinals. Magnus Carlsen described his victory over Giri as a case of “winning ugly” after he’d struggled for the first three games. MVL toppled Nakamura’s Berlin Wall in the first game of the day, while Teimour Radjabov twice struck with the black pieces to blow Wesley So away in three games. Levon Aronian’s victory over Nepo was an enjoyable slugfest.

Skilling Open 3: Firouzja heartbreak as Carlsen wins prelims

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Magnus Carlsen survived a blunder against Hikaru Nakamura in the first round of the day to win the Skilling Open prelims, but the main drama was elsewhere. 17-year-old Alireza Firouzja seemed to have wrapped up a quarterfinal spot with a stunning three wins in a row, but losses in the last two rounds meant heartbreak. After leading for two days, Anish Giri only scraped into the quarterfinals in 8th place and now faces Carlsen, while world no. 2 Ding Liren, who went into the day in 2nd place, is also out.

Skilling Open 2: Giri still leads after Karjakin beats Carlsen

Monday, November 23, 2020

Anish Giri drew all five games on Day 2 of the Skilling Open, but that was enough to retain the sole lead after Sergey Karjakin took down Magnus Carlsen in the final round of the day. Of the eight highest classically rated players only Levon Aronian would currently miss out on the knockout stage, with his replacement a certain Hikaru Nakamura. Hikaru fell to a tactical blow from Liem Quang Le in the first game of the day but beat Ian Nepomniachtchi in the last, after karma came back to bite Nepo for three 14-move draws in a row with the white pieces.

Skilling Open 1: Giri leads mouse-slipping Carlsen

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Anish Giri is sole leader of the Skilling Open after scoring 4/5 on Day 1, and it could have been more, since he took a draw in a winning position against Hikaru Nakamura. Magnus Carlsen feared “a very, very long day” after blundering his queen against Ian Nepomniachtchi and letting a win slip against MVL, but he needn’t have worried. He bounced back to win the next three games, including against Alireza Firouzja, saying, “It’s always nice to beat him while I still can!” The surprise was bottom seed David Anton, who beat Svidler, Nepo and Radjabov to tie Magnus for 2nd place.

Introducing the new Skilling Open commentary teams and our slick TV studio

Saturday, November 21, 2020

The $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour kicks off on Sunday with the first event, The Skilling Open, featuring 16 of the world's top chess stars. The event will have commentary in 8 languages, with 4 broadcasts in English. For the first time, one of them includes a state-of-the-art live studio in Oslo!

Magnus Carlsen on The Queen's Gambit: 'I would say it's a 5/6'

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Netflix hit series The Queen's Gambit has taken the (chess) world by storm. Even World Champion Magnus Carlsen enjoyed it - but he did have some reservations.

Nakamura and Firouzja complete Skilling Open line-up

Friday, November 20, 2020

Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour runner-up Hikaru Nakamura and the world’s most exciting junior Alireza Firouzja are the final players to be confirmed for the Skilling Open, the first event on the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour. The action kicks off at 18:00 CET on Sunday, with the 16 players battling over the first three days for a place in the 8-player knockout on the final six days. The top 8 will also automatically be invited back for the next $200,000 event to be held in December.

Carlsen, Giri, Aronian, Svidler & more stars in action

Thursday, November 19, 2020

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen will play Banter Blitz at 16:00 on Friday, but that’s just one of a host of events taking place around the Skilling Open, the first event on the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour. The tournament starts on Sunday at 18:00 CET, but today and tomorrow alone we have shows with Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Levon Aronian, Peter Svidler, Liem Quang Le, Sergey Karjakin, Vidit and Wesley So.

Ivanchuk, Gelfand & co. play today on chess24!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Vasyl Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Leinier Dominguez, Sam Shankland, Paco Vallejo, Sethuraman, Eduardo Iturrizaga and Alan Pichot make up for the field for the Ayelén Invitational, an 8-player rapid round-robin taking place today with a top prize of $2,000. The tournament is named after chess24's WIM Ayelén Martínez, who was instrumental in putting together this fun tournament to test out a few things before the upcoming Skilling Open.

Peter Svidler plays the Skilling Open

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

8-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler is the 14th player to be confirmed for the Skilling Open, the 16-player opening event of the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour that starts on November 22nd. Peter won the right to play in the tournament by qualifying through the chess24 Banter Series and Chessable Qualifier, and will be missed as a commentator! You have a chance to take him on as he plays chess24 Premium members in a Banter Blitz session starting on Thursday November 19th at 19:00 CET.

Netflix series sparks global chess interest

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Netflix hit series The Queen’s Gambit has taken the world by storm and is currently the most watched show globally, topping the lists in at least 50 countries and receiving widespread praise all over the world. Now Beth Harmon seems to be contributing to a chess boom which has led to a dramatic increase in chess interest, sale of chess products and people playing online. Will it last?

Ian Nepomniachtchi plays the Skilling Open... and Banter Blitz

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Russian no. 1 Ian Nepomniachtchi is the 13th player to be confirmed for the Skilling Open, the 16-player opening event of the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour that starts on November 22nd. Ian is at a career high world no. 4 and co-leads the virus-interrupted Candidates Tournament to decide Magnus Carlsen's next World Championship challenger. You have a chance to take him on as he plays chess24 Premium members in a Banter Blitz session starting on Wednesday November 18th at 22:00 CET.

Carlsen casts doubt on future of classical chess

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

In a lengthy interview with Jonathan Tisdall for the Norwegian Chess Federation and published on Chesslife Online, Magnus Carlsen casts doubt on the future of classical chess and suggests more classical Fischer-Random events. The World Champion also spoke about his business empire, the rivalry with Hikaru Nakamura and several other topics.

Artemiev defeats Giri to set up Carlsen showdown

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

When Magnus Carlsen beat Parham Maghsoodloo he responded to the question of who he’d like to meet in the Speed Chess quarterfinals: “I would rather play Artemiev - I think he’s by far the stronger blitz player of those two!” Well, Magnus got his wish after Vladislav Artemiev was the second 22-year-old in two days to go into the bullet section with a one-point lead before blowing his more experienced opponent away. Vlad won four games without reply and eventually cruised to a 15.5:11.5 victory.

Is Magnus Carlsen the greatest chess player ever? Not according to chess24's Hall of Fame

Monday, November 16, 2020

The reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen has been ranked only second behind Garry Kasparov, while Bobby Fischer is third in the full Hall of Fame that is revealed on chess24 today. The complete list of the 50 greatest players of all times comes as the Norwegian World Champion prepares to play in the Skilling Open, the first event on the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour. That action kicks off next Sunday, November 22nd.