Magnus Carlsen (left) and Hikaru Nakamura (right) will face off in the final of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational. (Image: Emelianova)

Magnus Carlsen Invitational: Nakamura, Carlsen Overcome Adversity to Reach Finals

The two most prolific speed chess players in the world will meet in the finals of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, as Hikaru Namakura and Magnus Carlsen each advanced after tightly contested semifinal matches. Both players dealt with frustrating moments in their semifinals matches before advancing. Nakamura Prevails in Blitz Tiebreaker […]

The Magnus Carlsen Invitational semifinals begin on Friday, starting with a matchup between Americans Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana. (Image:

Hikaru Nakamura Leads Final Four into Magnus Carlsen Invitational Semifinals

American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in an Armageddon tiebreak to secure the top seed heading into the semifinal round of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational. Nakamura will next face off against countrymate Fabiano Caruana, who lost to Anish Giri 2.5-1.5 in his Round 7 matchup. Carlsen Punished for Offbeat […]

Eight world class chess players are participating in the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, an online tournament with a $250,000 prize pool. (Image:

Field, Odds Set for Magnus Carlsen Invitational Online Chess Tournament

Eight of the world’s best chess players will collide online starting Saturday in the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, with the tournament namesake coming in as the clear favorite to win the event. Magnus Carlsen leads a field that includes the top five players in the world, as well as the world’s […]

Ian Nepomniachtchi ponders a difficult position in Round 7 of the Candidates Tournament, which FIDE postponed on Thursday before Round 8. (Image: Maria Emelianova/FIDE)

Chess: FIDE Postpones Remainder of Candidates Tournament Before Round Eight

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has postponed the remainder of the Candidates Tournament, citing new Russian travel restrictions put into place due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, Russian officials announced a prohibition on international air travel beginning on Friday, March 27, with no prescribed end date for that restriction. […]

Magnus Carlsen has signed a two-year sponsorship deal in Unibet, but he won’t be able to represent the gaming firm in Norway. (Image: Kindred Group)

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Signs Controversial Sponsorship with Unibet

Unibet continued strengthening its ties to the chess world, announcing Thursday that it had partnered with World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen on a two-year sponsorship deal. The agreement makes the Kindred Group – parent company of Unibet – Carlsen’s primary sponsor for the next two years. Carlsen will act as […]