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FIDE Candidates 2022 - GM Illescas recaps rounds 13 and 14

Added on 07.05.2022

The most-awaited tournament of the year took place in Madrid, Spain. Check our ARTICLE to learn more about the participants and the background of the tournament. During the rest days, ICC will have GM Illescas and GM Yermolinsky recap the rounds. The Tournament is over and the winner is Ian Nepomniachtchi, for the second time in a row. Ian won with one round to spare, drawing Richard Rapport and securing his leadership. In the last round, all eyes were pointed to the game Ding vs. Nakamura....Full Story

FIDE Candidates 2022 - GM Yermolinsky recaps Rounds 10-12

Added on 07.02.2022

The most-awaited tournament of the year is taking place in Madrid, Spain. Check our ARTICLE to learn more about the participants and the background of the tournament. During the rest days, ICC will have GM Illescas and GM Yermolinsky recap the rounds. Two rounds to go, and Ian Nepomniachtchi is two points ahead, in the sole and strong leadership of this super-important event. All Ian needs is a draw in one of the remaining two rounds, to clinch the second Candidates tournament in a row, and be...Full Story

FIDE Candidates 2022 - GM Yermolinsky recaps Rounds 7-9

Added on 06.28.2022

The most-awaited tournament of the year is taking place in Madrid, Spain. Check our ARTICLE to learn more about the participants and the background of the tournament. During the rest days, ICC will have GM Illescas and GM Yermolinsky recap the rounds. Three more rounds and the super-strong Ian Nepomniachtchi is still up there, on top of the list, more alone than ever. The last three rounds have shown Ian as the stronger player in the lot. He's been able to defend strenuously and attack...Full Story

FIDE Candidates 2022 - GM Illescas recaps rounds 4-6

Added on 06.24.2022

The most-awaited tournament of the year is taking place in Madrid, Spain. Check our ARTICLE to learn more about the participants and the background of the tournament. During the rest days, ICC will have GM Illescas and GM Yermolinsky recap the rounds. After six rounds, there is a sole leader at +3, an amazing feat in this first part of the tournament. Ian Nepomniachtchi, the latest challenger, is at it again, playing brilliant chess and leading the group of eight with half a point advantage...Full Story

FIDE Candidates 2022 - GM Illescas recaps the first three rounds

Added on 06.20.2022

The most-awaited tournament of the year is taking place in Madrid, Spain. Check our ARTICLE to learn more about the participants and the background of the tournament. During the rest days, ICC will have GM Illescas and GM Yermolinsky recap the rounds. After three rounds, Fabiano Caruana and Ian Nepomniachtchi lead the tournament, with 2 points (+1). Nakamura, after losing round 1, bounced back immediately, and now is part of the numerous group that follows the leaders, with Firouzja, Rapport,...Full Story

FIDE Candidates 2022

Added on 06.14.2022

In 2020, the Candidates' had to be stopped because of the pandemic breaking out in Russia, as in the rest of the world.  Radjabov had renounced participating in the 2020 tournament after he asked for it to be postponed due to Covid-19, and when FIDE had to send the eight players home, Radjabov asked to be reinstated into the event when it would have been resumed. FIDE decided that the best thing to do was to give Radjabov a seat to the following Candidates, the tournament that is going to start...Full Story

1st American Cup - FINALS

Added on 04.29.2022

    The St. Louis Chess Club organized a very interesting tournament, with a rare format: a double-elimination. The format allows a player to lose a KO match but then play in the Elimination bracket with chances to get back in the main bracket. Here are the brackets: As you can see, the best American players participated in the $300,000 event! Nakamura was the only absent, as he is preparing for the Candidates' tournament. Caruana didn't lose any match and arrived in the finals with an...Full Story

Joel Benjamin recaps the Finals of the 3rd FIDE GP

Added on 04.04.2022

The FIDE Grand Prix series of tournaments are over. The third one just finished in Berlin, Germany, and the two finalists, Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura, had to play an extra day after the first two classical games of their match couldn't decide the winner. The second classical game even raised a wave of polemics over the socials! GM Benjamin talks about this particular fact in the video. But today it was an exciting day, with games keeping the watchers nailed to their chairs. When it comes to...Full Story

3rd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Finals - Game 2

Added on 04.03.2022

30 minutes, 14 moves. The infamous draw line of the Berlin (Qe4-Qe6) hit once again, and we're here with nothing to say about today's game. Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So deliberately chose to go to the rapid/blitz tiebreaks to decide who's the winner of the 3rd and last leg for the FIDE Grand Prix. Both players are extremely strong at rapid, though it's undeniable that Nakamura is the strongest in the world, at least at the moment. As for the Blitz, Nakamura is known for being the strongest...Full Story

3rd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Finals - Game 1

Added on 04.02.2022

As you surely know, Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura are the two finalists of the 3rd FIDE Grand Prix 2022. GM Joel Benjamin's video recap shows how the two talents got there, disputing the final win of the tournament. Photo credit: Niki Riga The first game was not exciting, as the two players decided not to risk anything, and it ended in a peaceful draw after just 70 minutes of play....Full Story

Joel Benjamin recaps the semis of the 3rd FIDE GP

Added on 04.01.2022

The 3rd leg of the FIDE Grand Prix is at its final stage! The semifinals saw four players emerge victorious from the pools: Nakamura, Mamedyarov, Wesley So, and Tabatabaei. Nakamura lost his first game of the pools with Levon Aronian, and he needed to get revenge the second time around of the double round-robin. Then he defeated Oparin and Esipenko to win his group with 4.0/6. Wesley So went to the tiebreaks and defeated his fellow American Sam Shankland. Mamedyarov also had to play the...Full Story

3rd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Semifinals Day 2

Added on 03.31.2022

The surprises never end in this 3rd leg of the FIDE Grand Prix. While we all expected a draw between Mameryarov and Nakamura, which punctually happened, nobody expected Wesley So to lose to the young Iranian talent Tabatabaei! Mame and Naka didn't risk anything, after the draw they had yesterday. The game flowed without any bumps, and the two agreed on a draw at move 51, with three pawns and a knight each on the board....Full Story

3rd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Semifinals Day 1

Added on 03.30.2022

With Nakamura and Rapport already qualified for the Candidates, the tournament has lost most of the thrill, but there is money at stake, and obviously prestige. Today the four musketeers played the first game of the semifinals. Nakamura had White against Mamedyarov, and Welsey So had White against Tabatabaei. Nakamura and Mamedyarov played a Petrov, exchanging queens very early in the game. the exchanges continued and by move 22 the players were already into a drawish endgame. It was clear...Full Story

3rd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Pools Tiebreaks

Added on 03.29.2022

Today the other two semifinalists were decided, in the tiebreaks. Wesley So needed two rapid games to advance. Wesley won the first game and was actually losing the second one when Sam Shankland agreed to a draw. It's Rapid play, then it's easy for us sitting with an engine and scream "c'mon Sam, you were winning!". But the position didn't look so easy, and the clock was running down.  Pool B Tiebreaks R1 R2 PTS Wesley...Full Story

3rd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Round 6

Added on 03.28.2022

The pools are over, and we know two of the four players who will play in the semifinals. In Pool A, the unthinkable happened. We all were ready to witness tiebreaks between Aronian and Nakamura. The standings indicated that a couple of short and uneventful draws would have led to a rematch of the 1st leg finals. But Oparin, who even with ups and downs played a great event, wasn't to allow the happy ending. Aronian went for an aggressive variant of the Catalan, extending his pawn formation on...Full Story

3rd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Round 5

Added on 03.27.2022

Round five, four decisive games, but all very important for the situation in the pools, with one round to go. In Pool A, Aronian won relatively easily with Esipenko, who is not having a good tournament. Surprisingly, Esipenko played wrongly his opening, a Nimzo-Indian. By move 13, the Russian was lost, and nobody can give Aronian +4 and hope to survive. Oparin, who instead is playing good chess, seemed to hold Nakamura in a drawish territory, but the American wizard pulled off a Carlsen-like...Full Story

3rd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Round 4

Added on 03.25.2022

We were almost complaining after 16 games with only one decisive result in the last two rounds and BAM! The players today went all-out and produced FIVE decisive results out of eight games. In Pool A, Naka's back. The American won a great game against Levon Aronian. A great feat by Hikaru, that with this win catches Levon at 2.0/4. But they don't lead the Pool! Oparin, who so far is having a great tournament, defeated the higher-rated Esipenko, and now leads the group with...Full Story

3rd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Round 3

Added on 03.24.2022

Round 3 was again an apparently calm round, with only one decisive game. In Pool A, Nakamura had to fight hard to survive after finding himself in dire straits against Grigoriy Oparin, the Russian GM playing under the FIDE flag. Nakamura was able to take advantage of some imprecise moves played by his younger opponent and equalized a game that looked lost. Aronian and Esipenko drew in a Berlin defense. An interesting but basically uneventful game. After the first of the two round-robin in the...Full Story

3rd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Round 2

Added on 03.23.2022

For the first time since the FIDE Gran Prix started with its first leg, we had eight draws today. But it was not an easy day, at least for some of the talents gathered in Berlin. In Pool A Oparin, held to a draw the on-form Aronian, which is not an easy task, these days. Nakamura has to fight hard to survive against the young Esipenko, who is showing he belongs to the elite.    Pool...Full Story

3rd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Round 1

Added on 03.22.2022

Back in Berlin for the third and last leg of the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix. The three tournaments decide who will fill the last two free spots in the Candidates' tournament. GM John Burke penned for us a preview article. It's not super-easy to understand the chances of the top players, but John makes it simple in his article. check it out! The 3rd leg started with a bang today: four decisive games, a couple of which were extremely important. In Pool A, which sees two of the major contenders -...Full Story

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