Tag: Magnus Carlsen

Four players share the lead at the Tata Steel Masters, but Magnus Carlsen is not among them after drawing for the sixth straight round on Saturday. (Image: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2021)

Tata Steel Masters: Four Share Lead as Carlsen Limps to Sixth Straight Draw

Five of seven games provided decisive results on Saturday in a bloody seventh round of play at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. The results knocked Nils Grandelius out of the lead and left four players tied for first, while World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen continues to struggle to find points […]

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 […]

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 […]

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alireza Firouzja in Round 9 to win Norway Chess with a full round to spare. (Image: Lennart Ootes/Altibox Norway Chess)

Chess Bets: Carlsen Wins Norway Chess, Firouzja Takes Second

Magnus Carlsen tricked Alireza Firouzja in a theoretically drawn endgame to win their Round 9 encounter and clinch first place at Norway Chess with a round to spare. Carlsen would go on to lose his final game to Levon Aronian – his second classical loss of the tournament, after his […]

Alireza Firouzja (left) defeated Levon Aronian (right) in an Armageddon tiebreaker in Round 7 to maintain his lead at Norway Chess. (Image: Lennart Ootes/Altibox Norway Chess)

Chess Bets: Can Alireza Firouzja Really Win Norway Chess?

Seventeen-year-old Alireza Firouzja picked up another 1.5 points at Norway Chess on Monday, knocking off Levon Aronian in an Armageddon game after they drew their classical encounter. The result kept Firouzja on top of the Norway Chess standings with 14.5 points, one point ahead of Magnus Carlsen. Last Time on […]