Mamedyarov seems to be a man on the mission to win the tournament as he beat Caruana in Round 7 of Superbet Chess Classic 2021. He scored a hat-trick of wins, took a sole lead and is now a full point ahead of the competition 5.0/7. Aronian and Giri scored their first victory of the tournament against Grischuk and Vachier-Lagrave respectively. While Aronian launched a devastating attack which the Russian did not respond correctly, Giri made a good use of his opponent's mistake in the opposite color bishop endgame. Round 8 starts today at 5:30 p.m. IST and it will be Mamedyarov vs. Giri. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour
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It would not be an understatement to say Praggnanandhaa stole the show in Day 2 of Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour - Gelfand Challenge. Pragg went through all of his opponents and emerged victorious. Thus jumping at the top of the table in a shared lead with Abdusattorov 8.0/10 each respectively. Gukesh earlier in the day shared the news of him getting a Wild Card in the FIDE World Cup 2021, played fantastic and scored 4.0/5, thus moving towards shared third place 7.0/10. Nihal and Leon had a tough day. They are at 5.0/10 and 4.5/10 each, respectively. The tournament continues today with Round 11 starting from 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Niklesh Jain
Both Mamedyarov and Grischuk won their respective games in Round 6 of Superbet Chess Classic 2021. Thus, they maintained their shared lead 4.0/6. So was unable to break Giri's staunch defense and had to settle for a draw after almost 4.5 hour-long battle. He is now at sole third place 3.5/6. However, the most exciting game of the round was played between Vachier-Lagrave and Caruana. It might have ended up in a draw, but there were a lot of great moments. Round 7 starts today at 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour
Awonder Liang dominated the first day of the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour Gelfand Challenge. He won all five of his games and took sole lead 5.0/5. Abdusattorov is currently at sole second position 4.0/5. Praggnanandhaa, Nihal and Gukesh scored 3.0/5 and Leon made 2.5/5. Pragg had Liang on the ropes in the very first round but somehow he managed to escape his grasp. Both Pragg and Nihal lost against Abdusattorov. Gukesh suffered his sole loss against Yoo in the final round of the day. Round 6 continues today from 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes
Mamedyarov scored his first victory of Superbet Chess Classic 2021 in Round 5 against Lupulescu. The Romanian did not anticipate the world no.8's onslaught correctly which caused his kingside to be completely broken and eventually cost the game. So and Grischuk made solid draws with Deac and Radjabov respectively. Aronian made his fifth consecutive draw, in another well contested game with Vachier-Lagrave. Today is a rest day. Round 6 starts tomorrow Friday 11th June from 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour
The second event of Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour - Gelfand Challenge starts today with the same lineup of 20 players as the previous event. Ten under-18 male and ten under-24 female players are taking part. Apart from the four Indian talents - Nihal Sarin, R Praggnanandhaa, Gukesh D and Leon Luke Mendonca fighting for the top spot, two more Indian players - IM Aditya Mittal and WGM Vaishali R got added as a Reserve player for Team Polgar and Team Kramnik respectively. Total prize fund for the event is US$100,000. Not only that, the participants get to learn from Ju Wenjun, Surya Ganguly and Arthur Kogan, mentored by Judit Polgar. Team Kramnik gets to enrich themselves by Hou Yifan, Boris Gelfand and Anna Muzychuk, mentored by Vladimir Kramnik. Photo: Challengers Chess Tour
Wesley So and Alexander Grischuk scored their first victory of Superbet Chess Classic 2021 in Round 4. They won against the previous round leaders Caruana and Deac respectively to claim their own shared lead at 2.5/4. While So showcased his better understanding of the position and pieces, Grischuk grinded a relatively equal endgame by applying correct technique and eventually forcing the 19-year-old to succumb to his masterful play. The Romania no.2 will face So and Grischuk will face Radjabov in the next round. Radjabov explained his quick draws in an interview. The chess universe is still divided about it. Round 5 starts today from 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour
Humpy will be joined by Harika and Vaishali in the Main Event of Women's Speed Chess Championship which will start from this Thursday 10th June. Humpy is already seeded in the Main Event along with Hou Yifan, Kateryna Lagno, Anna Muzychuk, Lei Tingjie, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova and Irina Krush. These eight players will be seeded according to May 2021 FIDE Blitz rating list. The remaining eight will be the winner of each Qualifier. Harika won the Qualifier #1 and Vaishali won the Qualifier #2. The Knockout Stage of the Round of 16 will begin tomorrow and go on till 20th June, one match taking place everyday. Photo: chess.com
There is nothing to be afraid of the Romanians unless you are facing them in a chess tournament. Both Romania no.1 and 2 have been absolutely on fire in Superbet Chess Classic 2021. Lupulescu made a fantastic comeback after losing to Caruana in Round 2 as he beat Giri in Round 3 by capitalizing on his opponent's blunder. The Romania no.1 scored the sole victory of the round. 19-year-old Romanian sensation Bogdan-Daniel Deac made a solid draw with Mamedyarov. He is yet to show a chink in his armor in this event. Round 4 starts today from 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour
Chess is a sport where innumerable books have been written about the different phases of the game and personalities who have played it over the years. One of the most sought after questions is to which books to read. India no.3 and World no.22 GM Vidit Gujrathi decided to do a small vlog on his youtube channel where he recommends few chess books and shares some important info about those books. If you have been wondering where to start then this article is the right place for you and if you want to hear it straight from the master himself, check out the video. Photo: Vidit Gujrathi's youtube channel
19-year-old Romania no.2 GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac continues his impressive run at the Superbet Chess Classic 2021 as he beat Vachier-Lagrave in Round 2. The Frenchman tried to launch an attack on the kingside which at a first glance seems outrageous but it was actually a good idea, Deac did not get rattled and handled it very well and grabbed a few pawns which eventually turned out to be the deciding factor in his victory. Caruana scored a clinical victory over Lupulescu. Both Deac and Caruana took early lead 1.5/2, followed by six players at 1.0/2. Round 3 starts today from 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour
The year 2021 is getting stacked with official tournaments. We had Candidates in April, we will have World Cup between 10th July and 3rd August, World Championship is also slated to take place in November. A few days ago FIDE announced that World Women's Team Championship will take place in Sitges, Spain from 26th September to 3rd October 2021. It will be the first time Sitges will host an official FIDE event. Twelve teams will take part in this event and the eligibility criteria for those teams are also revealed. Photo: FIDE
The 2021 season Grand Chess Tour is off to a good start. The first round of the Superbet Chess Classic 2021 had five draws. When most of the players were playing safe and solid, Giri tried to create some imbalances which suddenly turned things into Romania no.2 and last minute replacement of Rapport, 19-year-old Bogdan-Daniel Deac's favor. However the youngster was unable to capitalize on his opportunity and convert it into a win. Giri managed to salvage a draw. Thus all ten players now have a half-point at the end of Round 1. Round 2 starts today from 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour