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GM Benjamin recaps the first 4 rounds of Tata 2022

Added on 01.19.2022

  As an important part of our coverage for Tata 2022, we have GM Joel Benajmin recap the rounds on the rest days. After four rounds, Indian Vidit is in the sole lead, followed by a 5-man pack with Carlsen, Mamedyarov, Rapport, Esipenko, and Van Foreest. GM Joel, in this video, shows the games he found to be more interesting and commentates on the tournament. You can download the PGN file with Joel's annotated games HERE.

Tata Steel 2022 - Round 4

Added on 01.18.2022

GM Ronen Har-Zvi commentates on Round 4.   Today, in Round 4, we have at least three Games of the Day. Magnus and Jorden drew, but the game was a rollercoaster. Korden sacrificed two pawns for positional advantage, and his strategy seemed to work, at least for a while. Then Jorden played a couple of blunders; Magnus had not one, but two fat chances to win the game but missed. The Norwegian had to settle to a draw, but he surely won't be happy when the engine will show him that he had a...Full Story

Tata Steel 2022 - Round 3

Added on 01.17.2022

GM Ronen Har-Zvi commentates on Round 3.   After three rounds, we have a sole leader: Indian super-GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi.  Photo credit Lennart Ootes Tata Steel Chess official  website Today, playing a brilliant game, Vidit defeated Daniil Dubov. The Indian strong GM played what he defined "modern chess" in an interview: he didn't castle and launched a pawn storm on the kingside. Not only that, but then Vidit attacked with... his King! Here is the final position (Vidit is...Full Story

Tata Steel 2022 - Round 2

Added on 01.16.2022

GM  Ronen Har-Zvi commentates on Round 2   In sport, as in life, the best way to shut criticism down is to win. And Magnus today won his game against one of the strongest opponents: Anish Giri. It is the first time Carlsen defeats Giri in a classical game in Tata Steel history. Photo credit Lennart Ootes Tata Steel Chess official  website The Champion played a quasi-perfect game with a great exchange sacrifice, and Anish had to surrender. Photo credit Lennart Ootes Tata Steel Chess...Full Story

Tata Steel 2022 - Round 1

Added on 01.15.2022

The "Game of the Day" between Andrey Esipenko and Magnus Carlsen ended in a draw. Photo credit Tatasteelchess It's an improvement for Magnus, who last year in Wijk aan Zee lost to the young Russian. Seriously, Magnus said after the game: "You can't expect to beat Esipenko every other day: he's an extremely good player." It looks like Magnus missed an excellent chance to get some advantage during his game, but he missed 17...d4. The World Champion said, in an interview after e game:...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2022

Added on 01.13.2022

As we are now two days away from the start of the Tata Steel 2022, it would make sense to share some thoughts and facts about this tournament and the unique and unparalleled tradition that it represents. None of all the top tournaments in the chess world have run longer nor have had as much prestige as Tata Steel. The Dutch tournament has historically gone by other names before 2011, such as Hoogovens and Corus, but is now better known by Wijk aan Zee, where it now takes place. Since WW2, save...Full Story

GM Ronen Har-Zvi on the World Blitz Championship 2021

Added on 12.31.2021

GM Ronen Har-Zvi Chess, COVID, and Drama—a lot of drama and quite a bit of COVID! The 2021 World Rapid and Blitz Championship has truly turned out to be one of the most memorable chess events in recent history. Starting with the surprise of the century, the win in the Rapid by the very young and promising Nodirbek, and then the drama in the Blitz. To explain the drama in the Blitz tournament, you need just one sentence to explain everything. The champion for the last three tournaments, 2019,...Full Story

FIDE WORLD Rapid & Blitz CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP - Day 2 Blitz

Added on 12.30.2021

DAY 1 Rapid DAY 2 Rapid DAY 3 Rapid DAY 1 Blitz DAY 2 Blitz   GM Ronen Har-Zvi reviews the World Blitz Championship You can find the whole story in the article written for the ICC by GM Ronen Har-Zvi. CHECK IT OUT   COVID played the villain part on this last day in Warsaw. Hikaru Nakamura tested positive and had to withdraw from the Blitz tournament. The 5-time US Champion tweeted his disappointment. The organizers postponed the start of the games by an hour while...Full Story

FIDE WORLD Rapid & Blitz CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP - Day 1 Blitz

Added on 12.29.2021

DAY 1 Rapid DAY 2 Rapid DAY 3 Rapid DAY 1 Blitz DAY 2 Blitz   GM Ronen Har-Zvi reviews the World Blitz Championship You can find the whole story in the article written for the ICC by GM Ronen Har-Zvi. CHECK IT OUT   Blitz is madness. The time control for the World Championship is 3 minutes plus a 2-second increment. Today, Magnus had three losses, eight wins, and a draw in the last round. The reigning Champion started with a bang, winning the first four games. In doing so,...Full Story

GM Ronen Har-Zvi commentates and analyzes games of the World Rapid championship 2021

Added on 12.29.2021

GM Ronen Har-Zvi The 2021 World Rapid Championship (15 min +10 seconds increment per move) has made history and become a retelling of Cinderella! When planning to write this article, I had already prepared to write about Carlsen's wins over Alireza and Duda as key games to win the World Rapid title again, but the last tournament day changed everything. One of the youngest players in the tournament, the only 17 Nodirbek Abdusattorov, shocked World Champion Magnus Carlsen and the entire chess...Full Story

FIDE WORLD Rapid & Blitz CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP - Day 3

Added on 12.28.2021

DAY 1 Rapid DAY 2 Rapid DAY 3 Rapid DAY 1 Blitz DAY 2 Blitz   GM Ronen Har-Zvi reviews the World Rapid Championship You can find the whole story in the article written for the ICC by GM Ronen Har-Zvi. CHECK IT OUT   In the first round of the third day, the shocker. 17-year-old Uzbek Abdusattorov trashes the Champion! In a thrilling endgame with a pawn on the seventh and a few seconds on the clocks, Abdu kept pressing until Magnus was forced to blunder. It sounds...Full Story

FIDE WORLD Rapid & Blitz CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP - Day 2

Added on 12.27.2021

DAY 1 Rapid DAY 2 Rapid DAY 3 Rapid DAY 1 Blitz DAY 2 Blitz   GM Ronen Har-Zvi reviews the World Rapid Championship You can find the whole story in the article written for the ICC by GM Ronen Har-Zvi. CHECK IT OUT   Tough day at the office in Warsaw. The second day, with the Swiss system, saw some top clashes. Magnus Carlsen had to deal with Jobava, Firouzja, Grischuk and Duda! All these players are to be considered possible winners of the Rapid Championship. Carlsen...Full Story

FIDE WORLD Rapid & Blitz CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP - Day 1

Added on 12.26.2021

DAY 1 Rapid DAY 2 Rapid DAY 3 Rapid DAY 1 Blitz DAY 2 Blitz   GM Ronen Har-Zvi reviews the World Rapid Championship You can find the whole story in the article written for the ICC by GM Ronen Har-Zvi. CHECK IT OUT   First round of 13. Magnus Carlsen is white against Gagunashvili. The game is drawn; it looks impossible to convert a position like that. But Carlsen is the king of squeezing orange juice out of a rock. Magnus can convert any position, and we know that. And...Full Story

FIDE World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship 2021

Added on 12.25.2021

And we have a brand-new World Rapid Champion! GM Ronen Har-Zvi reviews the World Rapid Championship You can find the whole story in the article written for the ICC by GM Ronen Har-Zvi. CHECK IT OUT   17-year-old Uzbek Abdusattorov stunned the chess world by storming the playing hall in Warsaw to win the playoffs against Ian Nepomniachtchi. photo credit to Lennart Ootes (https://lennartootes.com/) It was an intense and exciting - if not crazy - day, starting with the greatest upset of...Full Story

GM Joel’s World Championship recap - G11 and final thoughts

Added on 12.11.2021

GM Joel Benjamin   The 2021 World Championship ended with a whimper on one side and a bang on the other. Unable to get anywhere with what was expected to be his last White, Nepomniachtchi fell on his sword, giving Carlsen a match victory by the score of 7.5-3.5. GAME 11  0-1 MAGNUS WINS The flank opening from round 9 had produced a more unconventional position than Nepo’s other games with White, but the horrific blunder may have killed Ian’s desire to repeat.  So it was back to 1.e4, this...Full Story

2021 World Chess Championship - Game 11

Added on 12.10.2021

  MATCH OVER! 7.5-3.5 Magnus wins the 11th game and reaches the half-plus-o-five points needed to retain the title. Today Ian went for an Italian game, a.k.a. Giuoco Piano. Piano in Italian means – in this case – "quiet." Incredibly enough, the Italian Game has only been played six times in World Championship history, the last time being 1981, and 3...Nf6 hasn't been played since 1892.We all were expecting a long, excruciating game, with Ian trying his best to crack Magnus, who defended...Full Story

GM Joel’s World Championship recap - Games 9-10

Added on 12.09.2021

GM Joel Benjamin   The big news of the off day was the arrival of Sergey Karjakin in Dubai. It doesn’t seem such a big deal as Karjakin was helping Nepo before, but the timing hints at a directive from the Kremlin. In 2016 Karjakin had pressed Carlsen into mistakes after a frustrating series of draws, but he had no experience in overcoming a deficit against Magnus. I don’t think there is a player out there than can teach you how to do that. If we thought Nepo had hit rock bottom, we learned...Full Story

2021 World Chess Championship - Game 10

Added on 12.08.2021

  GM Joel Benjamin reviews games 9 & 10 Should we be afraid now? Five games into the World Championship we have not seen a decisive game, after the two games since the break, games four and five, ended in fairly short draws. CHECK IT OUT   Sergey Karjakin, sporting a pair of dark shades and a yellow hoodie, was interviewed at the beginning of the game. The strong Russian GM, second to Ian, said, “It’s not about chess,” and went on explaining that Magnus has an immense experience being...Full Story

2021 World Chess Championship - Game 9

Added on 12.07.2021

  GM Joel Benjamin reviews games 9 & 10 Should we be afraid now? Five games into the World Championship we have not seen a decisive game, after the two games since the break, games four and five, ended in fairly short draws. CHECK IT OUT   The great Vishy Anand was interviewed before the game, and to the question "Can Ian do this?" "He HAS to do it! It's, of course, a gamble, but Ian needs to try something" --Vishy Anand And this is the feeling that more or less everyone had with...Full Story

GM Joel’s World Championship recap - Games 6-8

Added on 12.06.2021

GM Joel Benjamin   Fans, be careful what you wish for. After five games we worried about a repeat of 2018, where all the regulation games between Carlsen and Caruana were drawn. Three games later our blood lust has been satisfied, but now the drama of the ultimate outcome has been largely drained from the match.     GAME 6  1-0 MAGNUS WINS Carlsen grabbed the lead in the longest game in World Championship history, 136 moves.  There is a lot to unpack here, with quite a number of critical...Full Story

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