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  • Chess24 Banter Blitz Cup 2019-20 – Games and Results
    Chess24 Banter Blitz Cup started on 25th September 2019 and will be completed most likely in April 2020. 128 players started the knockout event which has reached the quarter final stages. Time control 3 minutes a game.

    Quarter Final Pairings: Carlsen 9-1 Grandelius, Sjugirov 8.5-5.5 Robson, Firouzja 8.5-2.5 Meier, Narayanan 8.5-6.5 Iturrizaga.

    Semi-Finals: Carlsen-Sjugirov (7th April) and Firouzja-Narayanan/

  • Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2020 – Games and Results
    The Magnus Carlsen Invitational is an online tournament hosted by chess24 which takes place April 18th to May 3rd 2020. With over the board chess suspended for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus crisis this is a welcome new event. The concept is one similar to one Carlsen advocated in 2018 for the World Championship – a number of rapid games in one day rather than a single classical game. The format is a Match Round Robin of 8 players meeting each other once over four 15 minute + 10 seconds a move games, if this mini-match is tied 2-2 there will be a single decisive Armageddon game. The top 4 will play in a knockout final stage to decide the winner. The prize fund is $250,000 and a star studded field will compete alongside Carlsen – the remaining players are yet to be announced but it looks to me like Anish Giri will be one of them.

    Magnus Carlsen Invitational Announcement on Chess24

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  • FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament 2020 – Games and Results
    The FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament took place in Yekaterinburg, Russia Sun 15th to Wednesday 25th March 2020 before being halted at after seven of the scheduled fourteen rounds due to the coronavirus crisis. It is expected the event will be completed later in the year at the same venue. Players: Fabiano Caruana, Ding Liren, Wang Hao, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Anish Giri, Kirill Alekseenko and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

  • FIDE halts the Candidates tournament at the half way stage – Postponed
    The FIDE Candidates tournament in Yekaterinburg has been suspended after 7 of the 14 rounds. The decision was made overnight by the FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich in response to the deteriorating Coronavirus situation in Russia. Vladimir Putin announced a series of emergency measures in response the ongoing Coronavirus crisis asking all but essential workers to stay home next week. FIDE’s message at that point was that the event would continue but later a suspension of international flights from Friday 17th March was announced and this proved to be the final straw. It had previously been announced that if the Candidates had to be halted, it would resume at a later date from the point that it stopped.

    The players were mostly on flights to Moscow and out of the country this morning. More news on the fallout from this decision and especially the argument that the event should not have started in the first place will no doubt follow.

    Already the discussion has started as to whether Teimour Radjabov’s exclusion over not wanting to play under these circumstances should be reviewed as to an extent he was proved right. Rajdabov has asked to be reinstated as a ninth player in the event.

    At the moment FIDE’s hope is that the Candidates tournament will be completed in Yekaterinburg in the next few months and the World Championship Match between the winner and Magnus Carlsen will take place at the end of the year as scheduled. It will of course be highly reliant on the Coronavirus crisis being brought under control and no-one can know what’s going to happen yet.

    Links to further news stories:

    FIDE stops the Candidates Tournament [FIDE]

    Arkady Dvorkovich: ”We are ensuring the safe return of players to their homes” [FIDE]

    FIDE Candidates Tournament stopped at halfway [Chess24]

    FIDE Candidates Tournament Postponed [ Peter Doggers]

    Teimour Radjabov Reacts to Candidates Tournament Postponement [YouTube]

  • Vachier-Lagrave defeats Nepomniachtchi to catch him on 4.5/7 – 7
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Ian Nepomniachtchi in the seventh round of the FIDE Candidates in Yekaterinburg and in doing so is leading on tie-break from his opponent at the half way stage of the 14 round event. Both players have 4.5/7 a point clear of the chasing pack of Caruana, Grischuk, Giri and Wang Hao.

    MVL scored a convincing win on the white side of a French Winawer Variation and after the game was critical of his opponent’s committal 18…c4? (18…Ke8 or 18…Rxb1 both seem better) 20…Rh8 also seems a waste of time in retrospect, white was much better at this stage and clearly winning around move 32. Perhaps 33…g6 was the last chance to set problems.

    The remaining games were drawn. Anish Giri surprised Alexander Grischuk with 10.Ne3 in an English Opening but Grischuk reacted well with 10…h5! and 12…Qd4. Perhaps 18…Be6 was not the most accurate but black still seemed fine and the final precise move 26…Rc8 ensured a draw. Fabiano Caruana was not pleased to see the variation of the Petroff played today by Wang Hao ”it’s not the most popular line but it’s a very good one” he said afterwards and admitted that he had to go for the endgame as he couldn’t remember the sharp lines starting with 12.Bg5. 21…Kf7! and 22…c4! 23.Bf1?! left Caruana perhaps slightly worse but the game was drawn on move 41 without too many adventures.

    Ding Liren against Kirill Alekseenko was a Catalan that could have become very complicated at various stages before they exchanged into a drawn rook endgame. 15.Ne5 was new, after 21…c5 it seems Alekseenko had equalised 26…Bd5 (26…Nxe2!?) steered the game to a draw.

    Today Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared on TV and asked people to stay at home due to the Coronavirus from Saturday, 28th March to 5th April. It was quickly made clear following this that the Candidates tournament will not be affected and will continue tomorrow. There are few spectators and very few other people allowed in the venue which can followed online in many places and languages. In the UK at least the Coronavirus situation seems to become more serious by the day so I am still not confident about the Candidates being completed. If any of the players get sick for instance that will be the end of the event but there are surely other scenarios too. I’m grateful to have such an important event to watch and cover on the web site when pretty much all other chess activity has ceased.

    Round 7 Standings: 1st-2nd  MVL, Nepomniachtchi 4.5pts 3rd-6th  Caruana, Giri, Wang Hao, Grischuk 3.5pts, 7th-8th  Ding Liren, Alekseenko 2.5pts.

    Round 8 Pairings Thursday 26th March 2020 11am GMT: Caruana-MVL, Wang Hao-Ding Liren, Nepomniachtchi-Giri, Alekseenko-Grischuk.

  • Nepomniachtchi beats Ding to move a point clear on 4.5/6 in the Candidates – 6
    Ian Nepomniachtchi moved into a very strong position a point clear of the field after a win in the sixth round of the FiDE Candidates tournament in Yekaterinburg. The tournament lasts 14 rounds and there is a second rest day tomorrow.

    Nepomniachtchi beat Ding Liren in a line of the Ruy Lopez Ding had previously used to draw comfortably against Maxime Vachier Lagrave. Nepomniachtchi said he believed 13…Qd7 was a strategically risky variation compared to 13…Nd7 or 13…Ng4 and his improvement 16.Rb2 set Ding new problems. 20…Re8 wasn’t necessarily wrong but 20…c6 might have been easier to play for black. 26…h5 was an aggressive option which might be OK but after 28…h3? black seemed to struggle for the rest of the game. White was winning around move 30 although the computer found resources in reality black probably wasn’t going to find them. 33…Rxb6= was an amazing line but Ding of course didn’t find it and lost quickly. Nepomniachtchi had an alarming cough today (2 tests cleared him of having the Coronavirus) and said he might have settled for a draw early on. One can’t help feeling this is the end of Ding Liren’s Candidates hopes this time. The suspicion has to be that his preparation has been severely disrupted by the Coronavirus crisis which started in China, his openings in particular seem to be causing him problems.

    Anish Giri scored his first Candidates win in his 20th game at this high level. Giri beat Kirill Alekseenko deep in an endgame that looked very drawn. The final losing blunder occurred with 89.Nd3? when 89.Nh1+ was a fairly easy draw.

    The other games were interesting draws. Alexander Grischuk was surprised by Caruana using the rare move 12…Re8 in a Bc5 Ruy Lopez but the variation was very sharp and Caruana whilst he knew it was not particularly happy with his position. Grischuk used a lot of time and after allowing 35…c5 was in severe danger of losing but just by one tempo white was saving himself and the game was drawn. Wang Hao pressed long and hard against Maxime Vachier Lagrave but couldn’t quite break through. MVL described this as his worst game of the tournament one in which he missed a lot of ideas and he was pretty relieved to draw.

    Round 6 Standings: 1st Nepomniachtchi 4.5pts, 2nd MVL 3.5pts, 3rd-6th Caruana, Giri, Wang Hao, Grischuk 3pts, 7th-8th Ding Liren, Alekseenko 2pts

    Rest day Tuesday 24th March

    Round 7 Wednesday 25th March 2020 11am Caruana-Wang Hao, MVL-Nepomniachtchi, Ding Liren-Alekseenko, Giri-Grischuk.

  • Nepomniachtchi beats Wang Hao to lead the Candidates with 3.5/5 – 5
    Ian Nepomniachtchi took the sole lead of the FIDE Candidates in Yekaterinburg by beating Wang Hao in Round 5.

    Nepomniachtchi chose a line against Wang Hao’s Petroff that has been fairly popular at the top level, his new move 13.h4 led to a position with a nagging edge, Wang never felt entirely comfortable and things just got harder and harder, 32…Qd7 loses, 32…Qe7 was only a little better, 32…Nxd4 is equal according to the computer but neither player seemed to have seriously considered it. Wang resigned in a lost position but almost certainly he should have had Nepomniachtchi to play some more moves to prove it.

    Anish Giri seemed on course to beat Fabiano Caruana on the white side of a Slav but as he commented after he just ”couldn’t quite calculate a winning line till the end” and perhaps that was really the problem, the attack had to be played a little more intuitively than he was prepared to do. Pre-event favourite Caruana is not playing very well right now and a loss today would have put him a long way behind.

    The remaining two games were drawn.

    Kirill Alekseenko vs MVL was a sharp Najdorf that followed a game between Magnus Carlsen and MVL in London 2019 until the new move 16…g6. Alekseenko knew that sacrificing with 17.Rxg6 was the correct move from having looked at this game but didn’t know the details, and after the reply 17…Rxc3 he had a 50 minute think before he played 18.Nxe6 – all this was expected by MVL but Alekseenko continued to make good decisions on his own. After sharp play the game finished in a draw by repetition. Seemed like a well played game.

    Grischuk said of his draw against Ding Liren ”I think it was a very good game, but not a very interesting one.” and Ding himself seemed happy with his play where he drew relatively comfortably on the black side of a Ruy Lopez Anti-Marshall.

    Afterwards Grischuk said he was very much of the opinion that the tournament should be halted now. The full quote is below in the main text. If the tournament has to be stopped it has already been said that the event will resume later with the players on whatever score they have at the time.

    Round 5 Standings: 1st Nepomniachtchi 3.5pts 2nd Vachier-Lagrave 3pts 3rd-5th Caruana, Wang Hao, Grischuk 2.5pts 6th-8th Ding Liren, Alekseenko, Giri 2pts.

    Round 6 23rd March 2020 11am GMT Grischuk-Caruana, Alekseenko-Giri, Nepomniachtchi-Ding Liren, Wang Hao-MVL.

  • Candidates Round 4 – all the games drawn following the rest day – 4
    All the games of the fourth round of the FIDE Candidates in Yekaterinburg on Saturday 21st March were drawn leaving Ian Nepomniachtchi, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Wang Hao tied for the lead on 2.5/4.

    MVL had the best winning opportunity of the day against Alexander Grischuk. Grischuk again defended the Ruy Lopez Berlin, an opening he knows extremely well, but his 50 minute think over the move 18…Ne7, where he did not even guess his opponents reply (he expect 19.g4 and got 19h4), put him in time pressure for the rest of the game. Later his quick 29…Nxa4? (29….Be6 is forced but he only had 1m:40s left) is a losing move against the best, 30.Re4! With an hour left on his clock MVL only spent 2 minutes on 30.Ba3 and his chance was more or less gone. MVL said afterwards he thought his continuation was very strong at the time but that he was proven wrong.

    Fabiano Caruana played 7.Bc4 vs Ian Nepomniachtchi’s Gruenfeld, this has been a main line at various times in history but today it came as a small surprise. Nepomniachtchi said that black has to be accurate to equalise but he hadn’t looked at the detailed lines recently so he had to rely on general ideas. Caruana was frustrated that he wasn’t much better after 30…Kf8 and played 31.Qf3? after which if anyone was worse it was him, even the superior 31.Qd4, whilst dangerous, does not appear to be winning either. Caruana dealt with his difficulties well and after 37.f3! a draw was all but assured.

    Wang Hao got nothing against a solid opening from Kirill Alekseenko but with 13…Ra6?! Alekseenko made life difficult for himself. In the end the very solid nature of the position produced a draw. Anish Giri was again well prepared. Against Ding Liren’s Catalan he played a somewhat positionally risky idea but with his kingside demonstration 15…h5 he had enough play to hold the draw quite comfortably.

    Round 4 Standings: 1st-3rd Nepomniachtchi, MVL, Wang Hao 2.5pts, 4th-5th Caruana, Grischuk 2pts 6th-8th Ding Liren, Alekseenko, Giri 1.5pts.

    Round 5 Pairings 22nd March 2020 11am GMT: Giri-Caruana, Grischuk-Ding Liren, Alekseenko-MVL, Nepomniachtchi-Wang Hao.

  • Ding Liren shows his mettle in defeating Caruana in Round 3 of the FIDE Candidates – 3
    Ding Liren finally got on the scoreboard by defeating Fabiano Caruana in the only decisive game of the third round of the FIDE Candidates in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Caruana and then Ding were commonly regarded as the favourites before the event started but two losses placed Ding’s challenge on life support barely out of the starting gate.

    Ding was briefly tempted to play for a draw against Caruana’s Slav Defence with the exchange variation before pulling himself together and saying to himself ”it’s not my style and I have to play for the most critical line.”

    Caruana blitzed out his moves producing a dangerous pawn sacrifice with 9…e5 and giving a second pawn away with 14…c4 and was still playing fast up to 17…Ng6 after which the top computer suggestion is 18.Qc1, Ding played 18.Qf5 Caruana slowed a bit, but not that much and was doing fine until 22…h6? (played in only about 1 minute) after which suddenly his compensation for two pawns disappeared (22…Re5 was full compensation for black). Ding wasn’t certain he was better until 27.Qg3 when it was really clear to him things had gone badly wrong for Caruana and in spite of relative time shortage Ding made it comfortably to move 40 with a winning advantage – converted only a few moves later. Ding stayed very strong in the face of fast, confident looking play and really deserved his win.

    The other games were drawn. Kirill Alekseenko and Ian Nepomniachtchi drew a very wild French Defence where 25…g6 allowed a sacrifice 26.Bxg6 that was objectively great for white but with only 3 minutes left on the clock Alekseenko had to turn it down, this messy game was eventually drawn on move 40. Alexander Grischuk got a nasty endgame advantage against Wang Hao before allowing a sacrificial idea to equalise the position. Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave drew a Gruenfeld where white was somewhat better but neither player thought it was very much.

    Round 3 Standings: 1st-3rd  Nepomniachtchi, MVL, Wang Hao 2pts, 4th-5th  Caruana, Grischuk 1.5pts 6th-8th  Ding Liren, Giri, Alekseenko 1pt.

    Rest day Friday 20th March 2020.

    Round 4 Saturday 21st March 2020 11am GMT: Caruana-Nepomniachtchi, Wang Hao-Alekseenko, MVL-Grischuk, Ding Liren-Giri.

  • Four lead the FIDE Candidates on 1.5/2 – 2
    The FIDE Candidates has got off to a decisive start with half the games being decisive in the first two rounds. There are four leaders on 1.5/2; Fabiano Caruana, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Wang Hao.

    Fabiano Caruana had a fairly smooth win against Kirill Alekseenko. Caruana, as white, chose a sharp variation of the f3 Nimzo-Indian which he hadn’t played before and he just seemed better prepared, Alekseenko soon had to give up material and in time trouble his position collapsed. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave also scored his first win beating Ding Liren in an Anti-Marshall where Ding’s 14…c5 followed by 15…f5 seems to be just bad, certainly after 18.c4! white has a large advantage and after the desperate 19…g5 black’s position was busted. Wang Hao was close to winning against Anish Giri at first time control having an extra pawn but his technique let him down and he had to settle for a draw. Ian Nepomniachtchi took on Alexander Grischuk’s Berlin Defence with a novel idea that didn’t turn out well. Grischuk berated himself for falling asleep for an hour and thus not having the time to try and exploit his advantage.

    Round 2 standings: 1st-4th Caruana, Nepomniachtchi, Vachier-Lagrave, Wang Hao 1.5pts, 5th Grischuk 1pts, 6th-7th Giri, Alekseenko 0.5pts, 8th Ding Liren 0pts.

    Round 3 19th March 2020 11am GMT Ding Liren-Caruana, Giri-Vachier-Lagrave, Grischuk-Wang Hao, Alekseenko-Nepomniachtchi

  • FIDE World Chess Championship Candidates start in defiance of the Coronavirus crisis – 1
    The first round of the FIDE World Chess Championship Candidates tournament got under way in Yekaterinburg, Russia on Tuesday the 17th March 2020. As Caruana put it, this is ”one of the last sporting events in the world not to have been cancelled. We’ll see if it’s the right decision at the end of the tournament.”

    The players are under strict medical supervision and testing, they barely have to interact with anyone, perhaps they will be safer playing than they would be at home. Teimour Radjabov questioned whether the event should take place at all during the current crisis, a question that ultimately cost him his place in this tournament, I’m not at all sure it would have gone ahead if the organisers had known a few weeks ago what we know now. I know my opinion has changed. Even if the event is concluded without incident it’s very unclear when the winner will be able to play the champion Magnus Carlsen. But the event is on, the players seem mostly subdued but determined, and chess fans can perhaps be thankful for the distraction.

    The first round saw Fabiano Caruana put Maxime Vachier-Lagrave under pressure but he couldn’t find anything substantial and the game finished in a draw. Alexander Grischuk let a very good position drift away to a draw in time trouble against Kirill Alekseenko. Ding Liren over pressed against Wang Hao, even after he did he missed a late chance to hold. Anish Giri set a difficult opening problem for Ian Nepomniachtchi but when his opponent reacted well Giri, by his own admission, played poorly and went down to a loss in 73 moves in the final game to finish.

    Round 1 Standings: 1st= Nepomniachtchi, Wang Hao 1pt, 3rd= Caruana, Grischuk, MVL, Alekseenko 0.5pts 7th= Ding Liren, Giri 0pts.

    Round 2 18th March 2020 11am GMT: Caruana-Alekseenko, Nepomniachtchi-Grischuk, Wang Hao-Giri, MVL-Ding Liren.

  • PRO Chess League 2020 – Games and Results
    The PRO Chess League takes place 7th January to 5th May 2020. Teams from all over the world play online hosted by Players including: Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Rados?aw Wojtaszek, Wei Yi, Harikrishna Pentala, Alireza Firouzja, Quang Liem Le, David Navara, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Li Chao, Alexei Shirov, Dr Bassem Amin, Sam Shankland, Gawain Jones, Nils Grandelius, Luke McShane, Wang Yue, Ray Robson, Vladimir Fedoseev etc
  • Speed Chess 2019 – Games and Results
    The Speed Chess tournament started 2nd September 2019 and finished 21st February 2020. MVL, Ding Liren, Nakamura, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Wesley So and Giri (already eliminated) are just some of the leading players competing. The event has reached the second round with Artemiev beating Aronian 16-9 on November 14th. Nepomniachtchi beat Ding on 18th Nov, So beat MVL on 19th November. Nakamura beat Duda on December 4th. In the Semifinals So beat Artimiev 17.5-11.5 and Nakamura beat Nepomniachtchi in the other semi-final. Hikaru Nakamura beat Wesley So 19.5-14.5 in the final.
  • 2nd Prague International Chess Festival 2020 – Games and Results
    The 2nd Prague International Chess Festival took place Tue 11th Feb to Sat 22nd Feb 2020. In the Gujrathi Vidit Santosh, Alireza Firouzja (the top two on tie-break). Jan-Krzysztof Duda and David Anton Guijarro all scored 5/9. Firouzja beat Vidit 2-0 in a tie-break match to win the event.
  • 2nd Cairns Cup 2020 – Games and Results
    The 2nd Cairns Cup took place in Saint Louis Thursday 6th Feb (Opening Ceremony) to Mon 17th Feb 2020. Cairns Cup is a women’s tournament named in honor of co-founder Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield’s maiden name. Players: Wenjun Ju, Humpy Koneru, Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Dronavalli Harika, Nana Dzagnidze, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Carissa Yip and Irina Krush, Humpy Koneru won the event with 6/9 half a point clear of Women’s World Champion Wenjun Ju.
  • German Bundesliga 2019-2020 – Games and Results
    The German Bundesliga takes place 23rd November 2019 to 2nd May 2020. Sadly for the second year running a team has had to drop out. SV Lingen withdrew before the third weekend of play having failed to secure funding for the rest of the season.
  • Gibraltar Chess Festival 2020 – Games and Results
    The Gibraltar Chess Festival took place 19th to 30th January 2020. 21-year-old, Russian star David Paravyan won the event after a tie-break involving the top four finishers. 7 players finished on 7.5/9, only four qualified a final knockout to win the title. Andrey Esipenko had led for most of the final half of the event but he lost a final decisive Armageddon tie-break to the eventual winner Paravyan.
  • Fabiano Caruana wins the Tata Steel Masters with 10/13 after beating Artemiev in the final round – 13
    Fabiano Caruana was the only winner in the final round of the 82nd Tata Steel tournament to finish on a score of 10/13. This was Caruana’s first victory in the Masters Group in Wijk aan Zee although he had previously won the B and C Groups.

    Caruana’s performance was one of the best in this tournament’s history going back to 1939. The top group has been 13 rounds since 1980 (but for a couple of years) and Caruana equalled the record score since then with 10/13 previously achieved by Garry Kasparov in 1999 and Magnus Carlsen in 2013. The margin of victory over Carlsen was two points, the largest ever in a 13 round event here. Records going further back show Korchnoi won with 12/15, 3 points clear of Portisch, Tal and Hort in 1968 and that Olafsson (1959) and Euwe (1952) won 9 round events by 2 points.

    Caruana was again the last to finish. Artemiev certainly had drawing chances until near the end but it was a long defence for him and eventually he erred. All in all a fantastic 6.5/7 finish after a slow start but it did include a win against Anand where he was lost at one stage.

    Wesley So played a drawish Four Knights against Magnus Carlsen and they rattled out over 40 moves extremely quickly and the game was agreed drawn after 52 moves, this meant Carlsen finished in second place and eventually confirmed So in sole 3rd place. Anish Giri against Jorden Van Foreest was a competitive game to decide who was the top finishing player from the Netherlands, Van Foreest won this battle by half a point and finished tied in fourth place. Duda-Anand, Firouzja-Dubov and Kovalev-Vitiugov were all short draws. On another day Yu Yangyi might have converted what looked like a sizable advantage against Jeffery Xiong but this too was drawn.

    Carlsen was disappointed with his performance here and in classical chess for the last few months. Still according to Tarjei J. Svensen (@TarjeiJS on twitter) ”Carlsen has now played 168 classical games since January 2018 scoring +53 =113 -2 against an average rating of 2748. His only two losses came within two months in 2018 against So and Mamedyarov.” His draw vs Wesley So was his 120th game undefeated. Carlsen next plays in the GRENKE Chess Classic in Karlsruhe/Baden Baden from 11th-20th April 2020.

    In the Challengers Group David Anton Guijarro’s draw was sufficient to qualify him for the Masters Group next year. He was half a point clear of Abdusattorov, Eljanov and L’Ami.

    1st Caruana 10pts, 2nd Carlsen 8pts, 3rd So 7.5pts, 4th-5th Van Foreest, Dubov 7pts, 6th-9th Giri, Anand, Duda, Firouzja 6.5pts, 10th-11th Xiong, Artemiev 6pts, 12th Vitiugov 5pts, 13th Yu Yangyi 4.5pts, 14th Kovalev 4pts.

  • 82nd Tata Steel Chess 2020 – Games and Results
    The 82nd Tata Steel Chess tournament took place in Wijk aan Zee 11th to 26th January 2020. World Champion Magnus Carlsen was the top seed in the Masters Group ahead of his last challenger Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Viswanathan Anand and a generally very young and ambitious field. Fabiano Caruana won the tournament for the first time with a score of 10/13, two points clear of Magnus Carlsen.

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