Chess

Levon Aronian (pictured) advanced to the finals of the Airthings Masters, where he’ll battle Teimour Radjabov for the title. (Image: Niki Riga)

Airthings Masters: Radjabov, Aronian Sweep Their Way Into Finals Showdown

Teimour Radjabov and Levon Aronian dominated their respective semifinal matchups at the Airthings Masters, leaving no doubt as to which two players deserved to compete for the first major title on the Champions Chess Tour. Radjabov won the first two games of the second match to finish off Daniil Dubov, […]

Wesley So (left) seeks a second straight Champions Chess Tour title at the Airthings Open, though he’ll have to contend with Magnus Carlsen (right) and others. (Image: Nick Barton/Manila Bulletin)

Airthings Masters Delivers Christmas Cheer for Champions Chess Tour Fans

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, Speed Chess Championship winner Hikaru Nakamura, and Skilling Open winner Wesley So lead the field of 12 grandmasters who will compete in the Airthings Masters beginning on Dec. 26. The Airthings Masters is the second event and the first major of the Champions Chess Tour, […]

Hikaru Nakamura (left) will face Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (right) in the final of the 2020 Speed Chess Championship on Saturday. (Image: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com)

MVL Upsets Carlsen, Faces Hikaru Nakamura in Speed Chess Championship Final

French grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave pulled off a major upset in the Speed Chess Championship on Friday, defeating World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen 13-11 to reach the finals of the online blitz and bullet tournament. Vachier-Lagrave outscored Carlsen in both the five-minute and three-minute portions of the match, then held on […]

Magnus Carlsen (left) and Hikaru Nakamura (right) will enter their respective Speed Chess Championship quarterfinals as heavy favorites. (Image: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com)

Carlsen, Nakamura Heavy Favorites in Speed Chess Championship Matches

Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen came into the Speed Chess Championship as the top two seeds and the prohibitive favorites to reach the final. On Thursday, both will get the chance to prove their dominance and move into the semifinals, though they’ll face dangerous Russian opponents gunning for upsets. Carlsen […]

Wesley So defeated Magnus Carlsen to win the Skilling Open final on Monday. (Image: Spectrum Studios/Grand Chess Tour)

Wesley So Upsets Magnus Carlsen in Final to Win Skilling Open

Magnus Carlsen won three of the four regular-season events on his namesake online chess tour earlier this year, along with the Grand Final. But Wesley So showed that it may not be as easy this time around, upsetting the World Champion to win the Skilling Open. After two days of […]

Magnus Carlsen moved into the Skilling Open semfinals after turning back a strong challenge by Anish Giri. (Image: Maria Emelianova/FIDE)

Skilling Open Semifinals: Carlsen Battles Nepomniachtchi, Nakamura Faces So

Hikaru Nakamura came back from down a set, and then again down a game in blitz tiebreakers to get past Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and advance to the semifinals of the Skilling Open online chess tournament. Nakamura moved on to face fellow American Wesley So, while World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen will […]

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Beth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit, the breakout Netflix series about a young woman’s journey in the chess world. (Image: Charlie Gray/Netflix)

Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Adds Momentum to Online Chess Boom

Chess – particularly online chess – was already experiencing one of its best years in decades in 2020 as the game thrived while people spent more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, Netflix released “The Queen’s Gambit” on Oct. 23, and the brilliant series did more than take […]

Top-seeded Hikaru Nakamura comes in as an overwhelming favorite to win his first-round match in the Speed Chess Championship. (Image: Getty)

Speed Chess Championship Odds: Aronian, Caruana, Giri First-Round Underdogs

Many of the world’s top chess players are competing in the 2020 Speed Chess Championship on Chess.com, a $100,000 online knockout competition that pits grandmasters against each other in a series of blitz and bullet games. While Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura are heavy favorites to get through the early […]

Magnus Carlsen (left) will enter the Champions Chess Tour as the favorite, just as he has in every online and live chess event in 2020. (Image: Lennart Ootes/Altibox Norway Chess)

Play Magnus Group Launches 10-Event, $1.5 Million Champions Chess Tour

The Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour burst on the scene earlier this year to provide world-class chess players with big money online tournaments throughout the spring and summer. Now, the Play Magnus Group is expanding on that idea with the Champions Chess Tour, a 10-event series beginning later this month. The […]

At least one bettor scored big when World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen lost to Jan-Krzysztof Duda in Round 5 of Norway Chess. (Image: Lennart Ootes/Altibox Norway Chess)

Chess Betting Flourishes Alongside Online Events During COVID-19 Pandemic

When Jan-Krzysztof Duda defeated World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the fifth round of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament on Oct. 10, it caused a sensation in the chess world. The victory ended Carlsen’s 125-game unbeaten run in classical play, the longest known streak in chess history. The result also […]