Lagno to battle Ju Wenjun for women’s title

Lagno to battle Ju Wenjun for women’s title

There are few things harder in chess than defending a World Championship title in a big knockout, but current Chinese Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun has now earned herself a 4-game match to retain her title after beating Alexandra Kosteniuk in the semi-final. Her...

Shenzen Masters: Vachier-Lagrave Wins, Ding’s Streak Ends

A plus-one score was enough for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to win the 2018 Shenzen Masters in China. The French GM edged out Anish Giri and Ding Liren on tiebreak after all finished on 5.5/10. It was Vachier-Lagrave’s victory over Ding Liren, from round six, that...
Carlsen-Caruana 6: Fabi close in 80-move thriller

Carlsen-Caruana 6: Fabi close in 80-move thriller

Fabiano Caruana outplayed Magnus Carlsen from a seemingly dead position in Game 6 to come within a whisker of scoring the first full point of the match. Computers, and some chess fans, were screaming mate-in-36 for the US challenger, but the endgame win was one Peter...
Carlsen-Caruana 5: Magnus can’t match his idol

Carlsen-Caruana 5: Magnus can’t match his idol

The first five games of the 2018 World Chess Championship match in London have now been drawn, after Magnus Carlsen turned out to be well-prepared for some Fabiano Caruana aggression in the opening. Magnus slow-played that stage of the game, which Alexander Grischuk...

Vishy! MVL! Abdumalik!

Vishy Anand didn’t win a game in the rapid section of Tata Steel Chess India, then started with two draws and a loss in blitz. His local fans in Kolkata may have been losing hope, but suddenly he won the next 3 games, qualified for a playoff against Hikaru Nakamura...