The Candidates 2020 will take place in the city of Yekaterinburg, Russia from the 17th of March to the 3rd of April 2020. Eight players - Fabiano Caruana, Ding Liren, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wang Hao and Kirill Alekseenko will fight it out to win the tournament and earn the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen. On this page you will find the Live games, commentary as well as real time updates by the ChessBase India team. Games begin each day at 4.30 p.m. Indian time. We hope you will enjoy our coverage of this mega event.
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Avetik Grigoryan was rated 2600+. He is a strong GM and was also the former national champion of Armenia. However, a couple of years ago, he made an important decision in life. He decided to give up playing chess, and develop a community called ChessMood. What started as just a Facebook Group, is now a full blown website with over 100 hours of training from some of the best grandmasters of Armenia. How did Avetik manage to create something so valuable as the ChessMood? What is the secret of inimitable enthusiasm and energy? We find out in this interview! ChessMood has opened up its website for 7 days due to the Corona virus outbreak and all of the premium content is now freely viewable until the 29th of March 2020.
What is the one thing that is common among the Grunfeld, the Slav and the Najdorf? Well, apart from being the elite's most common choice of openings, they are lines where it is very difficult for both sides to find radical improvements! Why is this so? Well when you take any one of these venerated defenses, the amount of time and effort poured into analyzing each and every variation over the years has resulted in a mass of theory that has established clear guidelines, and before the advent of NN engines it seemed impossible to find new ideas. Today however, this is not the case. Tanmay Srinath in this article analyzes openings of the Candidates in these very lines with Fat Fritz and suggests improvements which players of all levels can use in their games.
The sixth round at the Candidates 2020 was filled with tremendous excitement. Ian Nepomniachtchi scored his third win at the event and is now leading with a score of 4.5/6, a full point ahead of MVL. Although Ian's health is not the best, it didn't stop him from beating Ding Liren with the white pieces. The big news of the round was also Anish Giri getting the better of Kirill Alekseenko to register his first victory ever at the Candidates 2020. Wang Hao missed a certain win against MVL and Caruana could have pressed better in a plus position against Grischuk. We bring you game analysis, videos, pictures and all the drama from Yekaterinburg in Russia.
The response for the first ChessBase India Saturday online blitz was huge! We had 191 participants with 16 GMs, 24 IMs, 3 WGMs and 3 WIMs participating from 12 countries! It was the biggest ever online tournament held at ChessBase India. GM R. Praggnanandhaa won the event taking home not just Rs.5000 but also valuable 10 Grand Prix points. GM Elshan Moradiabadi, who was one of the participants at the event, played from USA and had a great time fighting it out against some of the talented Indian youngsters. He writes this article sharing with you his experience of playing in this blitz event! Mind you, this weekend we have two more blitz events coming up - the second edition of Saturday online blitz on 28th March and the March Masters event on 29th March which has a prize fund of Rs.50,000!
The big news of Round 5 at the Candidates 2020 was Ian Nepomaniachtchi winning his game against Wang Hao and taking the sole lead with 3.5/5. It was a game where you can learn a lot about how symmetry doesn't really result into equality every time. Amidst MVL taking the sole second spot and Ding Liren changing his hotels to get fresh air, the most important news is that players are not feeling the most comfortable continuing the event. Grischuk said, "Earlier, I didn't have a clear opinion but now from the last several days I have a strong opinion, I think this tournament should seriously be stopped." Caruana mentioned, "The US State department said that the American citizens have to come back to the US or won't be able to come back later."
When a top player thinks for 53 minutes, you begin to wonder what exactly are they doing? What are they thinking about? Why did they take so much of time to decide on their move! And when you realize that the move they came up with has already been played before, you become all the more bewildered! That's what happened in the fourth round game between MVL and Grischuk. Alexander had one of the worst time management bouts of his career, landed in a lost position but managed to save himself by the skin of his teeth. IM Sagar Shah analyzes this and other three games and also tells you what is the similarity between a Christopher Nolan movie and top level chess!
Missed out on the opportunity to play against India and the World's strongest on 21st March? No need to repent because we bring you the second edition this Saturday on 28th March 2020. We already have 11 GMs, 23 IMs, a WGM and 2 WIMs taking part in what is shaping up to be another strong line up. Players from India, Algeria, Colombia, England, Sri Lanka, Singapore and USA have already confirmed their participation. The entry fee to the tournament is *FREE, however you need an active ChessBase Premium subscription. There are prizes worth ₹10000 to be won for the top three finishers. That's not all, the circuit winner at the conclusion of five Saturday Blitz event will win an additional ₹10000. Photo: Various sources
The most important game of round three was between Ding Liren and Caruana. On our newspage we covered this game extensively, but the other games were not uninteresting. In fact Alekseenko was quite close to beating Nepomniachtchi and so was Grischuk against Wang Hao. Giri played a solid draw against MVL. We bring you in this article not just the analysis and pictures, but also post-game interviews and most importantly, high class analysis by GM Vidit Gujrathi. Checking them along with the questions posed to you will surely improve your chess understanding.
As the Candidates headed into the rest day, one thing that is obvious is how each player is fighting unto their very last reserves for that extra half point! We have seen decisive games in all the 3 rounds till now, and with such zest it is impossible to pick a clear favourite. One thing that stands out however, is the high level of opening preparation. Out of the 12 games played, 10 games have witnessed the absolute peak as far as homework is concerned. However, Tanmay Srinath set out to beat the preparation of the Candidates with the help of Fat Fritz and come up with some really deep ideas that can be used by any player in their future games.
Aditya Mittal is one of India's finest up-and-coming chess talents. He is just thirteen years old but is already an IM rated 2438. One of the reasons why Aditya is so strong at the game is that he closely follows all the elite level events of the world. The boy's knack for annotating games is really quite special and is certainly something that sets him apart from the rest. In this article he analyses one of Fabiano Caruana's recent games from the ongoing Candidates 2020 in detail. If you haven't gone through Aditya's annotations before then you are in for a treat. The thoroughness of the work the youngster does will absolutely surprise you!
ChessBase India presents the first edition of five series of Saturday Online Blitz Tournament on 21st March at 8 p.m. IST (2:30 p.m. GMT). It will witness the participation of 16 GMs, 22 IMs, 3 WGMs and 3 WIMs from all across the globe. For the first time we have opened the tournament to players from all over the world and currently we have players India, Armenia, Azerbaijain, Bangladesh, Colombia, England, Ireland, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore and USA. Total Prize fund for each of the five tournaments will be ₹10000, with a first prize of ₹5000. The winner of the five events, the Circuit Champion will win an extra ₹10000. Last few hours to go to register if you haven't yet. Photo: Various sources
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand!" - This famous proverb is true for all chess players. Hence, with this article we would not only like you to see, or hear or read, but to actually experience what happened with Ding Liren in the third round of the Candidates 2020. We want you to put yourself in Ding Liren's shoes and sit against one of the greatest opening innovators of our era - Fabiano Caruana. What must have gone through the Chinese number one's mind. What must he be thinking when Caruana unleashed a beast like novelty on him. We try to take you through the entire action in this novel article written by IM Sagar Shah along with the pictures provided by Lennart Ootes and Maria Emelianova.
Charlie Storey is an FM from England, English Chess Federation Academy Coach and Under-18 Team Coach. His second FritzTrainer is a follow-up to the popular release "The Sniper" a club player's weapon for Black. The White Sniper is characterized by three moves against any black setup: 1.g3, 2.Bg2 and 3.c4 though not necessarily in that order. Think of The White Sniper as a Hyper-Accelerated Sicilian Dragon against anything that Black plays. If you are looking for a way to spice up your opening repertoire and add a new arsenal to your element of surprise, look no further. Charlie Storey is back and this time it is a follow-up from the White's side. Photo: ChessBase
Bosnian GM Predrag Nikolic won the 'Old Masters' section of the 80th edition of Noteboom, organized by Leidsch Schaakgenootschap (Leidsch Chess Society) from 28th February to 1st March at Leiden, Netherlands. Nikolic beat Timman twice and Karpov once in the double round-robin event. Total 270 players participated combining Group A, B and C. The tournament is organized in memory of Daniel Noteboom who was a contemporary of the only World Champion from Netherlands, Max Euwe. A report of the 'Old Masters' section with a couple of games from the event. Photo: Harry Gielen