Anish Giri: „I can see my way to the World Championship match.“

Anish Giri didn’t take the qualification for the Candidates Tournament by storm, on the contrary. If the rating spot hadn't opened up after Ding Liren reached the final of the World Cup, Anish Giri would be a mere spectator. Now he has set himself the only possible goal for a tournament in which one player … Anish Giri: „I can see my way to the World Championship match.“ weiterlesen

Kirill Alekseenko: „I’m a regular World Championship Candidate and I’ll fight for first place.“

Should there be a wildcard nominee for the Candidates Tournament? The obscure tug of war for the eight places in the most important chess tournament sparked the debate again. The vast majority of those discussing on social media argue that a wildcard is not appropriate. "Just see what it lead to," they say: While three … Kirill Alekseenko: „I’m a regular World Championship Candidate and I’ll fight for first place.“ weiterlesen

No Persian spring: Iran pulls its players from the World Rapid and Blitz / Firouzja playing nevertheless under FIDE flag

Iran has banned its top players from participating in the Rapid and Blitz World Championship in Moscow in late December. Iranian superstar Alireza Firouzja will compete nevertheless under the official FIDE flag. The newest verdict by the Iranian Ministry of Sports is a response to an incident in mid-December during a tournament in Spain. Grandmasters … No Persian spring: Iran pulls its players from the World Rapid and Blitz / Firouzja playing nevertheless under FIDE flag weiterlesen

News magazine DER SPIEGEL and its chess reporting: „An overwhelming success.“

The even years are chess years: Candidates tournament, Chess Olympiad, World Championship match. For some time now, the editors of SPIEGEL ONLINE have covered events like these extensively. Also in between the big events SPIEGEL ONLINE reports on chess, be it Magnus Carlsen’s beef with the Norwegian federation or Vincent Keymer’s eagerly awaited Grandmaster title. … News magazine DER SPIEGEL and its chess reporting: „An overwhelming success.“ weiterlesen

Gata Kamsky: „I wonder if my life is repeating itself.“

As a twelve-year-old he defeated the former World Championship Candidate Mark Taimanov. That was in 1986, the onslaught of the prodigy from southwestern Siberia on the chess throne had begun. Ten years later he faced Anatoly Karpov in a match over 20 games. At stake was nothing less than the world title. Kamsky lost – … Gata Kamsky: „I wonder if my life is repeating itself.“ weiterlesen

FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg: No complaints, for two days at least

The Grand Prix in Hamburg had not begun yet when the FIDE president started complaining about his unloved organizer WorldChess, better known as "Agon". Because WorldChess had gotten into time trouble in the weeks leading up to the event, Arkady Dvorkovich once again announced publicly that he will keep this company in line as best … FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg: No complaints, for two days at least weiterlesen

Gens una sumus? Not in chess960

"Wesley So, first World Champion in Fischer Random." The American’s 13.5:2.5 victory over Magnus Carlsen made many headlines like this one. Start of a new era? Magnus Carlsen looks sceptical, Wesley So seems happy while Arkadi Dvorkovich plays a no look move. (Foto: Lennart Ootes | chess.com) First World Champion? Nah. Already in 2001 there … Gens una sumus? Not in chess960 weiterlesen

Pavel Eljanov: „I thought I could do something different for a change“

Without Pavel Eljanov the Ukraine had a quite a run in Batumi at the European Team Championships. After two wins in round seven and eight, one of them against Germany, it looked as if the Ukrainians went for gold even without the former number six in the world among them. Pavel Eljanov followed their effort … Pavel Eljanov: „I thought I could do something different for a change“ weiterlesen

„It should have come earlier“: 14 year old Vincent Keymer and the Grandmaster title

It took Vincent Keymer 15 months to secure his third and final Grandmaster norm. "It should have come earlier," says Vincent. But several times he was very close and failed, nothing to blame himself for. "That was just bad luck." On Saturday night on the Isle of Man, it was finally done. With a draw … „It should have come earlier“: 14 year old Vincent Keymer and the Grandmaster title weiterlesen