Magnus Carlsen suffered his second consecutive match loss in the penultimate round of Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals. The loss against Aronian is overall Carlsen's third winless match loss of the event. It is quite obvious that the world champion would prefer to save his energy now, considering his world championship defense is a little over a month away, however he would definitely like to finish the event on a high note. So, Radjabov, Giri and Nakamura are the other victors of the round. Nakamura scored his sixth tie-break win of the event. Round 9 will start today at 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Amruta Mokal
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Magnus Carlsen won the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals and the entire Tour despite losing the seventh round match against Radjabov. The FIDE World Cup 2019 winner showed the world his true strength when he faced the world champion as he won the match without losing a single game. Radjabov is now aiming for second place finish as So lost his second consecutive match. Duda ended Artemiev's great momentum. Mamedyarov and Aronian won their respective matches against Giri and So in minimum number of games. Speed King Nakamura won his fifth tie-break and second Armageddon of the event. Round 8 will start today at 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Champions Chess Tour
Indian women won the ever alluring medal at the World Women's Team Championship 2021. While India was not favorite to win the event or know the complete lineup until few days before the event, they braved all odds, made the most out of it and played some inspirational chess. Harika, Vaishali, Tania, Bhakti and Mary everyone contributed to the team whenever required. Coaches Abhijit Kunte and Shyam Sundar provided crucial support and made critical decisions. CFR Team was dominant throughout the tournament as they won all eleven matches in this event. Apart from Ukraine, India is the only other team who lost a match against CFR Team by narrow margin in the entire tournament. Photo: Niki Riga/FIDE
Magnus Carlsen seems unstoppable as he beat Anish Giri in the sixth round of Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals. The world champion exchanged his queen for three minor pieces as early as move no.7 and went on to win the game, showcasing his prowess. He is now at 28.5 points, his nearest rival Wesley So got decimated by Radjabov and he is at 21.5 points. The Azerbaijan no.2 is threatening to take the second place as he moves to 18 points. Artemiev scored his third consecutive match victory. Duda checkmated Aronian in just 18 moves after the latter blundered a mate in one. Only three rounds left. Round 7 will start today at 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Champions Chess Tour
Indian women have done it again. They eliminated Georgia to advance to the Finals of the FIDE World Women's Team Championship 2021. Indian women have never won a medal at this event, until now. Qualifying to the Finals of the first-ever knockout format of this event has assured a Silver, however we all want our women to go for Gold. The entire team effort brought India to this historic Final. While everyone wanted an India-Russia Final at the Online Olympiads last month, now it will happen over the board at Sitges, Spain. India will face CFR Team (Russia) in the Semifinals today. Duel 1 starts at 3 p.m. CET (6:30 p.m. IST) and Duel 2 is from 6 p.m. CET (9:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Niki Riga/FIDE
IM Bharath Subramaniyam H is terrific from at Junior U21 Round Table Open. He prevented the tournament leader, GM Alexey Sarana 5.5/6 from making a double hat-trick. Bharath is at 4.5/6 along with GM Abhimanyu Puranik, GM Hans Niemann, GM Vugar Asadli, IM Muradli Mahammad and IM Nail Bashirli. Arjun Erigaisi 5.0/6 will face Sarana in the seventh round. Gukesh, Praggnanandhaa and Iniyan suffered a loss in the sixth round against Arjun, Muradli and Bashirli respectively. A total of 57 players including 9 GMs, 8 IM, a WGM and 4 WIMs are taking part from 14 countries across the world, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Total prize fund is €20000, first prize being €10000. Round 7 starts today at 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE
India eliminated Kazakhstan in the Quarterfinals to advance to the Semifinals of FIDE World Women's Team Championship 2021. This triumph ensured India's first ever medal in this event. Mary Ann Gomes played a key role as she won both of her games in the Quartefinals. Harika after missing out a win in the first Duel, managed to convert her advantage and score a convincing win in the second Duel. Vaishali drew both of her games. Tania lost a completely winning game and Bhakti also had a good position in her game. India will face Georgia in the Semifinals today. Duel 1 starts at 3 p.m. CET (6:30 p.m. IST) and Duel 2 is from 6 p.m. CET (9:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Niki Riga/FIDE
It is well-known by now that whenever Carlsen loses a game, he makes a fierce comeback. Nakamura faced the wrath of the world champion who defeated him 2.5-0.5 in fifth round of Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals. Vachier-Lagrave also took the minimum number of games to defeat Duda. Artemiev and Radjabov defeated Mamedyarov and Aronian 2.5-1.5 each respectively. Carlsen once again extended his lead to 26.5 points, So seems to be the only one who is remotely close at 21.5 points. Aronian and Radjbov are at 15 points each. Only four rounds left. Today is a rest day. Round 6 will start tomorrow 1st October at 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE
Nihal Sarin scored 3.0/7 to finish at shared sixth place in TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2021. It goes without saying that Nihal was not in his best form in this event. He managed to make a draw with the legendary Nigel Short in the final round. Gawain Jones became the only player to beat the tournament champion, Jorden van Foreest, still the Netherlands no.2 managed to finish a full point ahead of the field. Short, Jones and Keymer shared the second place 4.0/7. Nils Grandelius finished at sole fifth place 3.5/7, Nihal and Bacrot shared sixth position and Jonas Buhl Bjerre had a tough tournament 1.5/7. Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament
India defeated France 3-1 in the fifth round of FIDE World Women's Team Championship 2021 to finish second in Pool A. They will face the third place finisher of Pool B, Kazakhstan in the Quarterfinals today. India has an advantage that they can bring an element of surprise with the board order which their opponent team cannot, as they have only four members and no reserve player. Harika and Mary have remained unbeaten in the Pool stage. Knockout stage is a best of two matches, named 'Duel'. Quarterfinals Duel 1 starts today at 3 p.m. CET (6:30 p.m. IST) and Duel 2 is from 6 p.m. CET (9:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Niki Riga/FIDE
IM Sankalp Gupta scored an unbeaten 7.0/9 to win Joytu Sheikh Hasina International GM 2021. He finished a half point ahead of the competition. Five players finished at 6.5/9 and they were placed second to sixth respectively. They are - IM Mitrabha Guha, IM Aronyak Ghosh, IM Sayantan Das, GM Ziaur Rahman and GM Masoud Mosadeghpour. Sankalp won US$ 4000 (approx ₹297000), Mitrabha received US$ 2500 (approx. ₹185000) and Aronyak got (₹111000). Sankalp gained 13.4 Elo rating points, Mitrabha 11.6 and Aronyak increased 5.4 rating points. Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation
Vladislav Artemiev handed Magnus Carlsen his first match defeat of the event in the fourth round of Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals. The Russian remained undefeated and did not require tie-breaks. Radjabov, Aronian, Nakamura and Mamedyarov are the remaining victors of the round with only Nakamura playing the sole tie-breaks of the day as he drew all four Rapid games against So. Carlsen is still in the lead 23.5 points followed by So 19.5 points, Aronian 15 points. Radjabov and Nakamura at 12 points each respectively. Round 5 starts tonight at 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE
Jorden van Foreest defeated Jonas Buhl Bjerre to win TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2021 with a round to go. He is now 5.0/6 and there is no possibility for anyone to catch him even if he loses his last round game against Gawain Jones. Nigel Short and Nils Grandelius are at 3.5/6, Jones and Keymer are at 3.0/6 each respectively. Nihal Sarin had a good initiative against Etienne Bacrot, but he was unable to seize his chance. Both are now at 2.5/6. Jorden has crossed 2700 once again as his live rating is now 2705.7, and he is currently world no.33. Round 7 starts today at 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament
India has advanced to the Quarterfinals at FIDE World Women's Team Championship 2021. They defeated Armenia 2.5-1.5 in the third round and lost to CFR Team (Russia) 3-1 in the fourth round. Harika played solid and drew both of her games, Tania and Bhakti scored important victories to ensure India's victory against Armenia, Vaishali lost both of her games, Mary drew her only game. Both Vaishali and Mary had good chances against Kosteniuk and Shuvalova respectively. India may have lost the Pool stage match against Russia, but a potential rematch in the knockout stage will definitely be an interesting one. Round 5 starts today at 3 p.m. CET (6:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Niki Riga/FIDE
The Chess Super League is a grand event which will be held online from the 11th to the 17th of October 2021. Samay Raina, ChessBase India and Nodwin Gaming have come together to launch the league which will be known as the Chess Super League. Each team will be owned by a well-known celebrity and will consist of Top International players, top Indian players and top Indian juniors. The total prize fund of the event is Rs.40 lakh (US$54,000). Well known players who have confirmed their participation are Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Hikaru Nakamura, Hou Yifan, Muzychuk sisters, Koneru Humpy, Vidit Gujrathi, D. Harika, Gukesh, Raunak Sadhwani and many more.