2018-12-18

GAWAIN JONES WINS 2018 BRITISH KNOCKOUT CHAMPIONSHIP IN DOUBLE-QUICK TIME









LONDON (December 17, 2018) – Gawain Jones on Monday ensured his victory in the British Knockout Championship with 2 Rapid wins over fellow English GM Luke McShane, taking him to an insurmountable 17-3 lead without any need for points in the Blitz portion of the match.


In the first Rapid game, McShane – desperately needing a win to get back in contention, played an unsound knight sacrifice in the hopes of levering open the kingside. Jones refuted the sacrifice, wrapping up efficiently, and despite some nervy play in the second game, only once looked in danger when McShane could have tried to mix it up by opening files against the king.


The remainder of the games were played out in exhibition style, even though the match was decided, as per the tournament rules. The final score, after all 8 games, was 21-7.


In the Third Place Playoff match, Mickey Adams eventually triumphed 16-12, winning the second Rapid game and the last two Blitz games. The fact that the match was in doubt until the last Blitz game underscored that Adams appeared to be struggling to find his best form.


The British Knockout was run alongside the London Chess Classic, the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour, and provided welcome excitement during some of the Classical GCT games, where high-level endgame technique and subtle defensive resources led to drawn games without many thrills and spills for the average chess fan to appreciate.


Jones takes home a first prize of £15,000 and McShane, as runner-up, wins £10,000. Adams received £6,000 for his third-place finish, and Howell picked up £4,000 for fourth.


Gawain Jones more effectively took his chances in his match with Luke McShane, who had a mountain to climb after losing Classical Game 2 on Sunday. (Photo: Lennart Ootes)


For media enquiries related to the London Chess Classic and the British Knockout Championship, please contact: Tim Wall – press@londonchessclassic.com


The London Chess Classic is the final leg of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour. It is the flagship event of Chess in Schools and Communities and includes a range of amateur and age-grade competitions for 1,000s of children from the charity initiative nationwide.

2018-12-17

10th London Chess Classic 2018

The London Chess Classic is the final stage of the Grand Chess Tour held in London from 11th to 17th of December 2018, with a rest day on December 14.

Official site

Players:
-  Fabiano Caruana (Classical #2, 2832; Rapid #10, 2789; Blitz #16, 2767)
-  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Classical #6, 2778; Rapid #11, 2786; Blitz #2, 2937)
-  Levon Aronian (Classical #11, 2765; Rapid #7, 2802; Blitz #3, 2889)
-  Hikaru Nakamura (Classical #17, 2746; Rapid #2, 2844; Blitz #4, 2858)

After two Classical games on December 11-12, games of rapid and blitz will be played on Dec. 13. The winners then go through to the 3-day Final, held at the traditional Olympia London venue on December 15-16 (Classical) & 17 (Rapid & Blitz). There will also be a Third Place Playoff.

The 1st prize is $120,000,  $80,000 for 2nd, $60,000 for 3rd and $40,000 for 4th

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1 Classic                 Dec 11, 2018    14:00 
Round 2 Classic                 Dec 12, 2018    14:00 
Round 1 Rapid                   Dec 13, 2018    14:00 
Round 2 Rapid                   Dec 13, 2018    15:30 

Round 1 Blitz                     Dec 13, 2018    17:00 
Round 2 Blitz                     Dec 13, 2018    17:30 
Round 3 Blitz                     Dec 13, 2018    18:00 
Round 4 Blitz                     Dec 13, 2018    18:30 

Round 1 Classic                 Dec 15, 2018    14:00 
Round 2 Classic                 Dec 15, 2018    14:00 

Round 1 Rapid                  Dec 15, 2018    14:00 
Round 2 Rapid                  Dec 16, 2018    15:30 

Round 1 Blitz                    Dec 17, 2018    17:00 
Round 2 Blitz                    Dec 16, 2018    17:30 
Round 3 Blitz                    Dec 17, 2018    18:00 
Round 4 Blitz                    Dec 17, 2018    18:30

Watch the games of the London Chess Classic 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb and
on https://www.chess.com/events/2018-london-chess-classic via Chess.com with commentary by GMs Yasser Seirawan, Cristian Chirila, Alejandro Ramirez and WGM Jennifer Shahade.

Read Mike Klein's comments at Chess.com
Caruana Back In Action For 4-Man London Chess Classic

Read PeterDoggers's comments at Chess.com
London Chess Classic: Jones Scores With Bishop Sac
Carlsen, Anand To Defend Rapid, Blitz Titles In St. Petersburg
MVL, Nakamura To Play London Grand Chess Tour Final
London Grand Chess Tour Semis To Be Decided Tomorrow
London Grand Chess Tour Takes Off With Fighting Draws

Read the Grand Chess Tour recaps
2018 London Chess Classic – Recap Day 5
2018 London Chess Classic – Recap Day 4
2018 London Chess Classic – Recap Day 3
2018 London Chess Classic – Recap Day 2
2018 London Chess Classic – Recap Day 1

Watch the Grand Chess Tour Video Recaps of the 2018 London Chess Classic
Video Recap Day 1Video Recap Day 2Recap Day 3Recap Day 4Recap Day 5;



2018 London Chess Classic – Recap Day 5

After another peaceful day in London, the rapid and blitz portion will determine who will be crowned as the new Grand Chess Tour winner. Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will battle it out tomorrow for all the marbles, and as neither player has won the series before, we’ll have a new champion crowned on Monday. The winner will also take home $120,000. As the top three players are automatically seeded into the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, the winner of the Fabiano Caruana-Levon Aronian match will determine the third qualifier. Tomorrow, the 2018 Grand Chess Tour will be officially concluded.
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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Hikaru Nakamura ½-½

The players entered a theoretical battle in the Berlin- one of the most popular openings at the elite level. Nakamura was not familiar with his opponent’s 18th move and had some serious problems to solve over the board. He showed very creative defensive skills to draw the game which were praised by the commentators, who believed the game would be featured in instructional endgame books. Vachier-Lagrave expressed regret and disappointment for playing too quickly at the critical moment and missing a key resource, which happened to be the same thing that Aronian did against him in the same opening during the semi-finals (can i make this sound better). Still, one cannot accuse him of not giving his all, as a draw was agreed upon only when only kings were left on the board.
The pre-game handshake
Levon Aronian vs Fabiano Caruana ½-½ 

This game ended in a quick draw in less than an hour. Levon Aronian did not seem to try too hard with the white pieces, and was comfortable entering the rapid and blitz portion with the score tied. When asked, he admitted that he’s not one to make a quick draw with the white pieces normally.  As a practical player, however, he liked his chances in the faster time controls where he outrates his opponent significantly. On the other hand, Caruana did not feel as though this is a tactic his opponents use, even though he has suffered two major losses in rapid and blitz in London alone.
Fabiano Caruana playing his favorite opening, the Petroff
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Watch the games of the London Chess Classic 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb and
on https://www.chess.com/events/2018-london-chess-classic via Chess.com

Read Mike Klein's comments at Chess.com
Caruana Back In Action For 4-Man London Chess Classic

Read PeterDoggers's comments at Chess.com
London Chess Classic: Jones Scores With Bishop Sac
Carlsen, Anand To Defend Rapid, Blitz Titles In St. Petersburg
MVL, Nakamura To Play London Grand Chess Tour Final
London Grand Chess Tour Semis To Be Decided Tomorrow
London Grand Chess Tour Takes Off With Fighting Draws


Watch the Grand Chess Tour Video Recaps of the 2018 London Chess Classic
Recap Day 5

2018-12-16

Nutcracker Battle of the Generations 2018

The 2018 Nutcracker tournament is held between 17th and 22nd December in the Botvinnik Central Chess Club in Moscow.
The traditional Christmas Nutcracker tournament consists of two Scheveningen matches: Kings vs. Princes and Queens vs. Mastres like Gelfand, Leko, Short and Najer take on Paravyan, Sarana, Esipenko and Lomasov.

Each player first plays a classical game against each member of the opposing team. They then play two rapid games against each opposing player. The classical games are worth double - 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:
Round 1    Dec 17, 2018    12:00 
Round 2    Dec 18, 2018    12:00 
Round 3    Dec 19, 2018    12:00 
Round 4    Dec 20, 2018    12:00 
Round 5    Dec 21, 2018    12:00 
Round 6    Dec 21, 2018    13:15 
Round 7    Dec 21, 2018    14:30 
Round 8    Dec 21, 2018    15:45 
Round 9    Dec 22, 2018    12:00 
Round 10    Dec 22, 2018    13:15 
Round 11    Dec 22, 2018    14:30 
Round 12    Dec 22, 2018    15:45

Watch the games of the 2018 Nutcracker tournament with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.

You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
2017 Nutcracker tournament


2018 London Chess Classic – Recap Day 4

The second half of the Grand Chess Tour Finals kicked off today at the Olympia Exhibition Center in London. The two finalists, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, drew in an endgame after 50 moves. In the battle for third place, the game between Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian ended in a perpetual in less than 30 moves. Tomorrow, the final classical game of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour will be played before the players move on to rapid and blitz.

Read more >
Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½-½

With the white pieces, Nakamura played into Vachier-Lagrave’s favorite opening, the Grunfeld. A theoretical battle ensued, where Nakamura was not familiar with his opponent’s 15th move. He chose what he thought was a safe continuation, but it was based on miscalculation. He had the option of sacrificing a pawn to go into a sharp variation, but did not want to take too many risks in game one. He found himself in a pawn down endgame, but defended it adeptly, securing the half point in a swift manner.
Making the ceremonial first move
Fabiano Caruana vs Levon Aronian ½-½ 

Levon Aronian unknowingly played a novelty on move 10 because he could not remember his preparation. Up until that point, they were following Caruana’s game against Sergey Karjakin from last year’s Sinquefield Cup. Fabiano had some problems to solve over the board, as he couldn’t quite finish his development or get his king to safety. As they exchanged more pieces, Aronian’ advantage fizzled out and the game ended with a perpetual check. So far in the tournament, Aronian has had a superior position in every classical game, but hasn’t been able to score a full point. He’ll get one final chance tomorrow, as he will have the white pieces against Fabiano in the last classical game of their encounter.
Levon Aronian and Fabiano Caruana
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Watch the games of the London Chess Classic 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb and
on https://www.chess.com/events/2018-london-chess-classic via Chess.com

Read Mike Klein's comments at Chess.com
Caruana Back In Action For 4-Man London Chess Classic

Read PeterDoggers's comments at Chess.com
Carlsen, Anand To Defend Rapid, Blitz Titles In St. Petersburg
MVL, Nakamura To Play London Grand Chess Tour Final
London Grand Chess Tour Semis To Be Decided Tomorrow
London Grand Chess Tour Takes Off With Fighting Draws


Watch the Grand Chess Tour Video Recaps of the 2018 London Chess Classic
Recap Day 4

MVL & Nakamura Tied After Hard-fought Draw in Game 1 of Final



PRESS RELEASE

  • France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and American Hikaru Nakamura split the honours in a keenly contested Main Line Grunfeld in Game 1 of the London Chess Classic Final, the concluding event of the Grand Chess Tour, which was played at the Olympia Conference Centre.
  • The result ratchets up the tension for Game 2, which will be broadcast live from 14:00 UTC on Sunday, as a win would give a lead of 6 points going into the Rapid and Blitz portion of the match on Monday.
  • In the Third Place Playoff match, Levon Aronian challenged Fabiano Caruana strongly in an Italian Game, but the players acquiesced to a draw by repetition as Caruana neutralized Aronian’s initiative.
  • Game 1 in the British Knockout Final and Third Place Playoff matches also finished in well-contested draws.



LONDON (December 14, 2018) Hikaru Nakamura took on Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a main line of his favourite Grunfeld Defence in Game 1 of the London Chess Classic on Saturday but failed to achieve any advantage. After Nakamura’s far advanced passed d-pawn fell, MVL emerged with a small endgame edge, but was unable to convert it and a draw was agreed in 50 moves.


The result leaves the players on 3 points each going into Game 2. In total, the Grand Chess Tour Final will be decided over 2 Classical, 2 Rapid and 4 Blitz games, with a total of 28 points at stake. The winner of the Grand Chess Tour Final will pocket $120,000, while the runner-up will take home $80,000.


In the Third Place Playoff match, Levon Aronian caused Fabiano Caruana some awkward moments with a sharp pawn sacrifice for the initiative in an Italian Game, but Caruana was able to neutralize Aronian’s play and the players opted for a repetition after a series of checks against Caruana’s uncastled king.


In the British Knockout Final, Gawain Jones managed to neutralize Luke McShane’s Italian Game, rounding up an insufficiently defended extra kingside pawn to force a drawn king and pawn ending.
In the British KO Third Place Playoff, Mickey Adams pressed David Howell strongly in an offbeat Two Knights Caro-Kann. The game was drawn in 41 moves, when Adams was the exchange up for a pawn in the ending.






Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime-Vachier Lagrave contest a Main Line Grunfeld in Game 1 of their Grand Chess Tour Final at Olympia Conference Centre in London. The game was drawn in 50 moves. (Photo: Lennart Ootes)


The London Chess Classic is the final leg of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour. It is the flagship event of Chess in Schools and Communities and includes a range of amateur and age-grade competitions for 1,000s of children from the charity initiative nationwide.

2018-12-15

German Bundesliga 2018/2019



The German Bundesliga season 2018/19 is held in different cities across Germany from November 2018 to April 2019.
Schachbundesliga was founded by the German Chess Federation in 1973. In the 1974/75 season it started with four regional groups of eight teams. In the end, the four group leaders determined the champions. The present form of the Budesliga - group of 16 teams, started in 1980. The Bundesliga is the world’s top chess league, and although the 16 teams compete for the German Championship it attracts the world’s best players. The teams play with each other  in a round robin formatover a season. Each team consists of 8 players from a starting list of 18. A match win earns two team points, while a draw wins one.
Time control is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves and 50 for the rest of the game with a 30-second increment.
The season is split into seven weekend double rounds, starting on Saturdays at 2 pm and on Sundays at 10 am. The Bundesliga is plaied in four changing venues around Germany.

Official site

Schedule (UTC):

Round 1      Nov 10, 2018    13:15 
Round 2      Nov 11, 2018    09:15 
Round 3      Nov 24, 2018    13:15 
Round 4      Nov 25, 2018    09:15
 
Round 5      Dec 15, 2018    13:15 
Round 6      Dec 16, 2018    09:15

Round 7      Feb 2, 2019    13:15 
Round 8      Feb 3, 2019    09:15

Round 9      Mar 1, 2019    13:15 
Round 10    Mar 2, 2019    13:15 
Round 11    Mar 3, 2019    09:15 
Round 12    Mar 9, 2019    13:15 
Round 13    Mar 10, 2019    09:15

Round 14    Apr 6, 2019    13:15 
Round 15    Apr 7, 2019    09:15


Watch the games of the German Bundesliga 2018/2019  with computer analysis on ChessBomb.

Watch back the games of  German Bundesliga 2017 and the German Bundesliga 2016  with computer analysis on ChessBomb.


2018-12-14

Carlos Torre Memorial 2018

Carlos Torre Memorial is a 9-round Swiss open held in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico from 14-19 December.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:
Round 1    Dec 14, 2018    16:00 
Round 2    Dec 14, 2018    23:00 
Round 3    Dec 15, 2018    23:00 
Round 4    Dec 16, 2018    16:00 
Round 5    Dec 16, 2018    23:00 
Round 6    Dec 17, 2018    16:00 
Round 7    Dec 18, 2018    16:00 
Round 8    Dec 18, 2018    23:00 
Round 9    Dec 19, 2018    16:00   

Watch the games of the Carlos Torre Memorial 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.

5th Sunway Sitges 2018

The 5th Sunway Sitges is a 10-round Swiss open tournament held in Sitges, Barcelona Spain from 14 th 23 December 2018. The main tournament that we are hosting is a 10-round Swiss Open Tournament (with 34 GMs) featuring GM Andreikin, GM Ivanchuk, GM Inarkiev, GM Sasikiran among other. There are also world number one players in their age group, like Praggnanandhaa, Nihal Sarin, Gukesh D or Raahil Mullick.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:
Round 1    Dec 14, 2018    15:30 
Round 2    Dec 15, 2018    15:30 
Round 3    Dec 16, 2018    15:30 
Round 4    Dec 17, 2018    15:30 
Round 5    Dec 18, 2018    15:30 
Round 6    Dec 19, 2018    15:30 
Round 7    Dec 20, 2018    15:30 
Round 8    Dec 21, 2018    15:30 
Round 9    Dec 22, 2018    15:30 
Round 10    Dec 23, 2018    08:30 

Watch the games of the Sunway Sitges 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.



Sharjah Women's Cup 2018

The 9th International Chess Championship Cup for Women 2018 is a 9-round Swiss tournament held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates from 13th to 21st December 2018.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:
Round 1    Dec 14, 2018    15:00 
Round 2    Dec 15, 2018    06:00 
Round 3    Dec 15, 2018    13:00 
Round 4    Dec 16, 2018    13:00 
Round 5    Dec 17, 2018    06:00 
Round 6    Dec 17, 2018    13:00 
Round 7    Dec 18, 2018    13:00 
Round 8    Dec 19, 2018    13:00 
Round 9    Dec 20, 2018    12:00

Watch the games of the Sharjah Women's Cup 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.

Latvian Teams Championship Higher League 2018

The Latvian Teams Chess Championship Higher League 2018 is a 12 team round robin tournament taking place in Riga Chess School, Riga, Latvia. The teams consist of 5 players and on the 5th board is playing a woman.
Time control: the players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus 30-second increments starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:
Round 8          2018/12/15        10:00
Round 9          2018/12/15        15:00
Round 10        2018/12/15        09:00
Round 11        2018/12/15       14:00


Watch the games of the Latvian Teams Championship Higher League 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.


25th Zadar Open 2018

The 25th Zadar Open is 9 rounds swiss tournament taking place from 15th to 22th of December in Zadar, Croatia.
The International tournament Zadar Chess Open has been held since 1994. It is one of the biggest and most important chess events in Croatia.
Time cotrol: the players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.
Prize fund: 10 000 €

Official site

Schedule in UTC:
Round 1    2018/12/15    15:00
Round 2    2018/12/16    08:00
Round 3    2018/12/16    15:00
Round 4    2018/12/17    15:00
Round 5    2018/12/18    15:00
Round 6    2018/12/19    09:00
Round 7    2018/12/20    15:00
Round 8    2018/12/21    15:00
Round 9    2018/12/22    09:00

Watch the games of the 25th Zadar Open 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.

You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
24th Zadar Open 2017 (Winner IM Piotr Nguyen);
23rd Zadar Open 2016 (Winner  GM Bai Jinshi);
22nd Zadar Open 2015 (Winner  GM Ko┼żul Zdenko);

2018 London Chess Classic – Recap Day 3

After a full day of rapid and blitz chess, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France and American Hikaru Nakamura qualified to the finals by defeating Levon Aronian and Fabiano Caruana respectively. The two finalists will slug it out for the title of “Grand Chess Tour Champion” as well as $120,000, while the loser of the final will receive $80,000 for his efforts.   Caruana and Aronian will be vying for third place and a total prize fund of $100,000. The format will be the same as in the semifinals, starting out with two classical games followed by a day of rapid and blitz. The event will resume on Saturday at the Olympia Exhibition Center in London.

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Hikaru Nakamura vs Fabiano Caruana 

Nakamura took the early lead by defeating Caruana in game two of the rapid, earning four points after his opponent seemed to have forgotten his preparation. Caruana made a comeback in the first blitz game, bringing the score to 4-2. However, Nakamura once again proved to be one of the best blitz players in the world by winning the rest of the blitz games and securing his qualification with one round to spare.
Hikaru Nakamura 
Levon Aronian vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 

The Armenian had a big edge in the first rapid game, but due to little time on his clock was unable to convert. In turn, when Vachier-Lagrave had the advantage, he was far less forgiving and his opponent’s Berlin simply didn’t hold. Maxime was ruthless in the next two games, winning both and guaranteeing his spot in the finals with two rounds to spare. As icing on the cake, the even score in the remaining games allowed him to capture the number one spot on the live blitz rating list, leapfrogging none other than current World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
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Watch the games of the London Chess Classic 2018 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb and
on https://www.chess.com/events/2018-london-chess-classic via Chess.com

Read Mike Klein's comments at Chess.com
Caruana Back In Action For 4-Man London Chess Classic


Read PeterDoggers's comments at Chess.com
MVL, Nakamura To Play London Grand Chess Tour Final
London Grand Chess Tour Semis To Be Decided Tomorrow
London Grand Chess Tour Takes Off With Fighting Draws


Watch the Grand Chess Tour Video Recaps of the 2018 London Chess Classic
Recap Day 3