Archive for the 'World Championships' Category

The 2018 World Rapid and Blitz Championships ended a couple of weeks ago. World Champion Magnus Carlsen was in the field facing many of the elite players. It is his first event since successfully defending his title against Fabiano Caruana. While he lost his rapid title, he totally dominated the blitz event with a +13 […]

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Only a month after the World Championship (classical) was decided, the 2018 Rapid & Blitz was held in St. Petersburg to determine the world championship in the two disciplines. Indeed the raging debate on how to determine a classical World Champion to include rapid and blitz tiebreakers has its merits, but of course the main […]

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GM Pontus CarlssonPhoto by Daaim Shabazz GM Pontus Carlsson has been a regular on the Drum during the latter part of 2018 after launching his “ChessBiz” initiative and appearing on the Perpetual Podcast recently. He closes out the year competing in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships currently being held in St. Petersburg, Russia. This […]

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When I was at the Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia, GM Amon Simutowe was part of many conversations about the future of African chess, particularly Zambia. While the country seeks to raise another GM, the comparisons with the Zambian Grandmaster are unavoidable. He is indeed an iconic figure on the landscape of Pan-African chess and history […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Tiebreaks   1 2 3 4 pts. Carlsen 1 1 1 – 3 Caruana 0 0 0 – 0 Match Score: 9-6 (6-6, 3-0) Magnus Carlsen, World Champion 2018 World Chess Championship: TIEBREAKS Wednesday, 28 November 2018 Magnus Carlsen retains world title! Chess fans and commentators were […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 12 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 6-6 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 12 Monday, 26 November 2018 Carlsen faces scathing criticism after offering draw in better position.The title will be decided via tiebreaks! Carlsen offered a draw in this position. Notice the times […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 11 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 5½-5½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 11 Saturday, 24 November 2018 Match still drawn after 11 games… Will tomorrow bring us a fierce battle or peaceful draw?? Today was a slow day and had the fans and […]

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2018 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipNovember 8th-28th, 2018 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) FINAL (Ju Wenjun vs. Kateryna Lagno)   Flag 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 pts. Ju 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 – – – 4½ Lagno 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 – – – 2½ […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 10 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 5-5 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 10 Thursday, 22 November 2018 Brutal battle in London… neither side breaks Fabiano Caruana pondering after 21…b5!Photo by World Chess. Everyone weighed in on the fascinating battle at The College in […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 9 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 4½-4½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 9 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 A record 9th draw with three remaining…games, not draws Carlsen was the subject of jokes and puns after tweeting a selfie of his black eye from […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 8 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 4-4 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 8 Monday, 19 November 2018 Caruana misses another opportunity… 12 draws? The press room was buzzing after Fabiano Caruana was pondering over his 21st move. Then it happened… After 34 minutes […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 7 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 3½-3½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 7 Sunday, 18 November 2018 Another draw… black is still good! Todays’ battle in Holburn, London certainly didn’t create a “Fire on Board,” but there is still a psychological battle going […]

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Play resumes today after a much-analyzed ending in game 6. The chess world was astounded by the complex ending and its intricacies were featured on multiple websites (See Danny King’s on site analysis). The lesson from that game is that there is such a small margin for error that even in calm positions there may […]

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2018 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipNovember 8th-28th, 2018 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) FINAL (Ju Wenjun vs. Kateryna Lagno)   Flag 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 pts. Ju 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 – – – 4½ Lagno 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 – – – 2½ […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 6 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 3-3 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 6 Friday, 16 November 2018 Carlsen reeling… Caruana misses mate in 36! No one knows why Fabiano Caruana didn’t see 68…Bh4!! with mate in 36 moves. It may be because he’s […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 5 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 2½-2½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 5 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 Caruana misses with “Wing Gambit” After the second rest day, it was clear that playtime was over. We were going to see some swingin’… that’s exactly […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 4 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 2-2 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 4 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 “Screen Gate” dominates match news The main story of the fourth game of the Carlsen-Caruana match was not the 34-move draw, that occurred, but a video […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 3 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 1½-1½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 3 Monday, 12 November 2018 Caruana gets nothing against Sicilian… another draw Weather has been awful in London since the match began, but hopefully there would be some light shone on […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 2 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 1-1 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 Carlsen struggles, but holds draw Grinding chess. That may be the new term to describe what’s going on in Holburn. Both Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 1 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: ½-½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 1 Friday, 9 November 2018 Match already intense after 115-move draw The first game of the 2018 World Championship match between defending World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana was officially […]

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