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The Week in Chess


  • 36th European Club Cup 2021 – Games and Results
    The 36th European Club Cup takes place in Struga, North Macedonia 18th-24th September 2021. World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Grischuk, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov are the top players. The women’s event is in the same town but different venue.
  • 9th EY Norway Chess 2021 – Games and Results
    The 9th Norway Chess tournament, this year sponsored by EY, took place 7th to 17th September. As in the last edition an Armageddon game was played if the main classical game is drawn. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Richard Rapport, Sergey Karjakin, Alireza Firouzja and Aryan Tari. The event was a 6 player 10 round event. Magnus Carlsen scored 4/4 in a run from the 6th to 9th round and this was enough to take him to first place. Conventional scoring would have had him in first place on tie-break from Alireza Firouzja with them both on 6.5/10, as it was Carlsen was in clear first place, in fact the order of all the players would have been completely the same with conventional scoring.
  • FIDE Online Olympiad 2021 – Games and Results
    The FIDE Online Olympiad took place Fri 20th Aug 2021 to Wednesday 15th Sep 2021. 153 teams entered. The event had various qualification stages – as the event progresses stronger teams join the tournament running from Division 4 up to the top division before the final KO where the medals were decided. The event was hosted by chess.com. Russia defeated the USA in the final – China and India were eliminated in the semifinals.
  • Champions Showdown 9LX 2021 – Games and Results
    The Champions Showdown 9LX is a rapid Fischer Random/Chess960 event that takes place 8th to 10th September 2021. Players: Garry Kasparov, Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Peter Svidler and Sam Shankland. I don’t have the ability to display the games.
  • European Individual Chess Championship 2021 – Games and Results
    The European Individual Chess Championship took place in Reykjavik 26th August to 5th September. Leading players: Gawain Jones, Gabriel Sargissian, David Navara, Matthias Bluebaum, Dieter Nisipeanu Liviu, Nils Grandelius, Constantin Lupulescu, Alexander Donchenko, Nijat Abasov etc 34 year old Anton Demchenko edged out 16 year old Vincent Keymer on tie-break after both scored 8.5/11.
  • Aimchess US Rapid 2021 – Games and Results
    The Aimchess US Rapid was the last qualifying event of the 2021 Meltwater Chess Tour before the final starting September 25th. A 9 event 2022 series has already been announced starting in February. This rapid took place 28th August to 5th September 2021. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Alireza Firouzja, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Santosh Gujrathi Vidit, Quang Liem Le, Vladislav Artemiev, Jorden Van Foreest, Daniel Naroditsky, Eric Hansen and Awonder Liang.

    Magnus Carlsen won both days of the final against Vladislav Artemiev but the latter got enough points to make it to the tour final. The top 8 in the Grand Prix are: Carlsen, So, Aronian, Radjabov, Giri, Nepomniachtchi, Nakamura and Artemiev. There are two wild card places for the tour final starting on September 25th.

  • 21st European Women’s Championship 2021 – Games and Results
    The 21st European Women’s Championship took place in Iasi, Romania Mon 9th Aug to Fri 20th Aug 2021. Elina Danielian was the clear winner with 9/11 half a point clear of Iulija Osmak. Oliwia Kiolbasa edged out Nataliya Buksa on tie-break after both scored 8 points. This is one of Danielian’s best ever results – her previous best finish in this event was third place in 2011.
  • 8th Sinquefield Cup 2021 – Games and Results
    The 8th Sinquefield Cup takes place 17th (Round 1) to 28th August 2021. This is the final event of the Grand Chess Tour. Players: Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wesley So, Richard Rapport, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Peter Svidler, Jeffery Xiong, Sam Shankland and Dariusz Swiercz.
  • Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2021 – Games and Results
    The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz took place 11th to 15th August 2021 ahead of the Sinquefield Cup. Players: Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wesley So, Richard Rapport, Leinier Dominguez, Quang Liem Le, Jeffery Xiong, Hikaru Nakamura, Sam Shankland and Peter Svidler. Hikaru Nakamura won the combined standings ahead of Fabiano Caruana and Richard Rapport. After a very poor last place in the Rapid Le Quang Liem finished third in the blitz.
  • Kramnik Challenge 2021 –
    The Kramnik Challenge was the latest event in the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour. Vincent Keymer edged out Awonder Liang on tie-break (he beat him in their individual game) after both scored 11.5/15. Keymer qualifies for the next Champions Chess Tour online event.
  • FIDE World Cup 2021 – Games and Results
    The FIDE World Cup took place in Krasnaya Polyana 12th July to 8th August. The venue which is close to Sochi and which hosted events in the 2014 Winter Olympics is high in the mountains. Jan-Krzysztof Duda beat Magnus Carlsen in the Semi-finals and Sergey Karjakin in the final to take the title and win a Candidates place. Carlsen beat Fedoseev in the 3rd – 4th tie-break. The finalists will both play in the Candidates tournament. Alexandra Kosteniuk beat Aleksandra Goryachkina in the final to win the women’s event.
  • Chessable Masters 2021 – Games and Results
    The Chessable Masters took place Sat 31st Jul to Sun 8th Aug 2021. The online rapid Meltwater Champions chess tour event was held on Chess24. Magnus Carlsen was missing as he remained in the FIDE World Cup. Wesley So beat Le Quang Liem in the final. Players: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Alireza Firouzja, Hikaru Nakamura, Pentala Harikrishna, Quang Liem Le, Vladislav Artemiev, Jorden Van Foreest, David Anton Guijarro, Baskaran Adhiban, Aryan Tari, Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli, Humpy Koneru, Wenjun Ju and Abhimanyu Mishra.
  • 54th Biel Chess Festival 2021 – Games and Results
    The 54th Biel Chess Festival took place 24th July to 4th August 2021. The main event was what they called a Triathalon with a Rapid, Standard and Blitz element. Gata Kamsky was the clear winner with 36 points in the combined standings 5 points clear of Kiril Alekseenko. Full final standings below.
  • 34th Leon Chess 2021 – Games and Results
    The 34th Leon Chess tournament took place Wed 30th Jun to Sun 4th Jul 2021.This was a four player rapid knockout with Leinier Dominguez Perez, Boris Gelfand, Ju Wenjun and Jaime Santos Latasa. The event again – like last year – took place on Chess.com rather than in Leon over the board. There was a slightly unusual schedule with the first semi-final match taking place a little early on Wednesday 30th, the second semi-final match took place on 3rd of July and the final on Sunday 4th. The two favourites met in the final where after trading wins in the four game rapid match Boris Gelfand won a second tie-break game against Leinier Dominguez Perez to win the event. Following the flagship event there was an open which finished with an 8 player knockout and then a Young Talents tournament. Both were won by Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara who plays and does well in a lot of the blitz events on the chess.com platform.
  • San Fermin Masters Final 2021 – Games and Results
    The San Fermin Masters Final was a Chess24 blitz event that took place 10th to 11th July 2021. Four players (Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli, Le Quang Liem, Jaime Santos Latasa and Nodirbek Abdusattorov) qualified in events broadcast on Chess24’s Spanish service and they were joined by World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So, Ding Liren and Levon Aronian. 8-player knockout tournament, each match consists of eight 3+2 blitz games plus tie-breaks if tied 4-4. Magnus Carlsen beat Levon Aronian 5-3 in the final.
  • Croatia Grand Chess Tour Rapid and Blitz 2021 – Games and Results
    The Grand Chess Tour Rapid and Blitz in Croatia takes place 5th to 12th July 2021. Wild card Ivan Saris plays the rapid and Garry Kasparov, the blitz. Viswanthan Anand also plays the tour for the first time this year. Play starts on July 7th with the rapid. Players: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Anish Giri, Garry Kasparov, Jorden Van Foreest, Viswanathan Anand, Ivan Saric, Anton Korobov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda.
  • Goldmoney Asian Rapid 2021 –
    The Goldmoney Asian Rapid took place Sat 26th Jun to Sun 4th Jul 2021. This Champions Chess Tour event featured a number of Asian qualifiers and invitees. Goldmoney is an online company that facilitates the purchase of precious metals. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So, Anish Giri, Levon Aronian, Alireza Firouzja, Vidit Gujrathi, Ding Liren, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Vladimir Artemiev, Saleh Salem, Hou Yifan, Arjun Erigaisi, Adhiban Baskaran, Gukesh D, Daniil Dubov and Peter Svidler.

    Levon Aronian defeated Magnus Carlsen in the semifinals and went on to dominate Vladislav Artemiev in the final. Artemiev hasn’t had a lot of chances on the tour in spite of being one of the better speed chess players in other events, his appearance in the final ought to get him more chances. Magnus Carlsen won a tie-break against Ding Liren on the final day after losing the second set of rapid chess 3-0. The next event on the tour takes place July 31st – August 8th 2021, it has yet to be announced what it will be called.

  • FIDE Chess.com 2021 Women’s Speed Chess Championship 2021 – Games and Results
    The finals of the FIDE Chess.com 2021 Women’s Speed Chess Championship took place 12th June to 3rd July 2021. The final stage had 8 invitees and 8 qualifiers established in events that took place 28th May to June 6th. Players: Humpy Koneru, Bibisara Assaubayeva, Kateryna Lagno, Valentina Gunina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Harika Dronavalli, Antoaneta Stefanova, Deysi Cori, Irina Krush, Nana Dzagnidze, Lei Tingjie, Vaishali R, Anna Muzychuk, Iulija Osmak, Hou Yifan and Gulnar Mammadova.

    Former Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan beat Dronavalli Harika 15-13 in the final.

  • 2nd Katara International Bullet Tournament 2021 – Games and Results
    The final of the 2nd Katara International Bullet Tournament took place on Lichess on 23rd June. Vladislav Artemiev survived a strong comeback from Andrew Tang to win the final 7.5-6.5. Tang had earlier defeated defending champion Magnus Carlsen in the Semifinals, Artemiev saw off Alexander Grischuk convincingly. The event was a 16 player knockout.
  • French Team Championship Top 12 2021 – Games and Results
    The French Team Championship Top 12 takes place in Chalons en Champagne Thu 24th Jun to Sat 17th Jul 2021. Mamedyarov, Navara, Bacrot, Giri, Grischuk, Wang Hao, Topalov, Adams, Korobov, Jones, Firouzja, Ivanchuk, MVL, Harikrishna, etc are in the team rosters although there are no guarantees as to who of these may actually play. 12 teams 11 rounds,

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