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No Fireworks Yet @ Chennai World Chess Championship Game 2: Anand – Carlsen 1/2 – 1/2

The second game of the FIDE World Championship Match saw another repetition of moves and the draw was agreed on move 25. Defending champion Viswanathan Anand started with 1.e4 and the challenger Carlsen responded with Caro-Kann defence, which was a slight surprise as Anand said in the press conference. Carlsen rarely uses Caro-Kann. The last time being back in 2011. Anand had recent experience in this line as he won a nice game against GM Ding Liren, but this time he deviated on move 14 by choosing the seemingly sharper 14.0-0-0. Replay the game with Chess King. You will find more news updates on our Chess Blog and the official website.
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World Chess Match Chennai Game 1: Carlsen applies “emergency brakes,” settles for 16-Move Draw with Anand

World Chess Match 2013 Game 1 no fireworks. World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen went for 1.Nf3 flowing into an offbeat double fianchetto, but by the 16th move, as he confessed at the press conference, had to “apply the emergency brakes” and accept World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand’s draw by repetition. Chess fans worldwide, a tad disappointed, still viewed it as a moral victory for the World Champion as Vishy Anand held an easy draw with Black. Viswanathan Anand plays White in the second game on Sunday tomorrow. Meanwhile, replay the game below with Houdini analysis. More news reports on the World Chess Championship are up on Chess Blog.
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Sunday Chess Tactic: Magnus Carlsen – P Harikrishna 1-0

Here’s an endgame position from the game Magnus Carlsen – Pentala Harikrishna, Tata Steel Chess, 2013. White’s a pawn up, but better still, has a winning shot. How did White win immediately? (While on the subject, hope you have been following all the updates on the upcoming World Chess Championship between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen at Chess Blog.)

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GM Varuzhan Akobian Annotates Magnus Carlsen – Levon Aronian 1-0 (Round 6) at Sinquefield Chess Cup 2013

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen has won the inaugural Sinquefield Chess Cup in Saint Louis a full point ahead of the field of star Grandmasters like Levon Aronian, Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura. Here is the last-round game in which both Carlsen and Aronian offered a draw to each other at various points and both rejected the offer to play on. Eventually, Carlsen won. All annotations are by Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian (official website). Read a report on Chess Blog.
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GM Ian Rogers Annotates Sinquefield Chess Cup Round 2: Levon Aronian – Magnus Carlsen 1/2 – 1/2

Perfect Jam: Levon Aronian – Magnus Carlsen 1/2 – 1/2

Grandmaster Ian Rogers annotates the very interesting clash between World No. 1 and World No. 2 Levon aronian that ended as a draw in the second round of the Sinquefield Chess Cup (official website) in Saint Louis. Read a full report on Chess Blog.

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Sinquefield Chess Cup 2013 Round 1: Magnus Carlsen – Gata Kamsky 1-0

Chess World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen is playing a tournament in the US – the Sinquefield Chess Cup – less than two months before he is to take on World Champion Viswanathan Anand for the World title. In the first round in Saint Louis, Carlsen broke down Gata Kamsky’s defences. Here is the game. Read a report on the round at Chess Blog.

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8th Tal Chess Memorial 2013 Round 5: Magnus Carlsen – Viswanathan Anand 1-0

The fifth round at the 8th Tal Chess Memorial is the last time World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen and World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand meet across the board before the 2013 World Chess Championship. Not just Moscow, most of the chess world had an exciting Tuesday as the Challenger beat the World Champion who played a passive game. Carlsen played a rare variation in the Nimzo-Indian and said: I thought I’d play a line that he hasn’t faced in a long time and I thought that hopefully he wouldn’t be too prepared for that. For a full report on the round, read Chess Blog.
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Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Hikaru Nakamura – Magnus Carlsen 1/2-1/2

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Magnus Carlsen and Hiraku Nakamura are never scared of stepping out of opening theory books. There game had an an unexpected start with 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Na5 5.Nge2, and within very few moves more left the theory books completely. As Carlsen later took on c4, Nakamura true to his principles about ignoring his pawn structures took back with the d-pawn and went for a Kingside attack with f4-f5. An exciting game followed, but it ended in a draw. Read a report on the round at Chess Blog.
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Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: Magnus Carlsen – Viswanathan Anand 1/2-1/2

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: World Champion Viswanathan Anand playing black against his challenger Magnus Carlsen, in what might well be their only meeting before the World Championship match in November, drew the game. The Sicilian (Moscow Variation) left Black with a backward pawn on d6, but with compensation in active pieces. Black got the pair of bishops, but controlling the d5 square with his knight white still held a slight edge in the early middle game. The positional game ended peacefully. Read a report on the round at Chess Blog.
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Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: Magnus Carlsen – Veselin Topalov 1/2-1/2

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, playing in his home country, attracted more than regular attention. His first round game versus former World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov was a positional battle. Having played d5 and exchanged the queens at d1 before 10 moves, Topalov equalized as black without any difficulties. Carlsen played on and the game had to be declared a draw despite an isolated d5 pawn. The Round 1 report from the Norway Chess Super Tournament is up at Chess Blog.
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Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R14: Magnus Carlsen – Peter Svidler 0-1

World No. 1 Magnus Carlen had not lost a game since September, 2012. What were the chances that he would lose two games with White within a span of three rounds? That “statistically almost-impossible” event happened in the last round (14th) of the Fide Chess Candidates 2013 in London on Monday. Magnus Carlsen got into time trouble, botched a seemingly balanced position and Peter Svidler kept his cool to take home a fine victory. Earlier, Carlsen had lost his game with White to Vassily Ivanchuk in the 12th round. Read a full report in Chess Blog and replay the game with Chess King.
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Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R13: Teimour Radjabov-Magnus Carlsen 0-1

The Fide Chess Candidates 2013 witnessed a crucial game in the 13th round. World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen had to win his game against Teimour Radjabov to take the tournament to the last round. Else, the tournament victory would have gone to Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the penultimate round itself. Here is the crucial game where Carlsen struggles and struggles and is rewarded with a victory in a game where essentially there existed only a draw. Read a full report on the event at Chess Blog.
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Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R12 Drama: Magnus Carlsen-Vassily Ivanchuk 0-1

Round 12 at the 2013 Fide Chess Candidates 2013 witnessed World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen’s shock defeat (first in several months at that) at the hands of the “very unpredictable” Vassily Ivanchuk. Chucky beat the planet’s highest-rated human in a Taimanov Sicilian game. Carlsen, at the press conference, was very critical of his play. “First of all I think I played absolutely disgracefully, from move one.” Read a full Round 12 report on Chess Blog. Replay this game with Chess King.
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Fide Candidates 2013 R6: Peter Svidler-Magnus Carlsen 0-1

Six-time Russian champion Peter Svidler pulled the self-destruct switch with a doomed d3-pawn weakness and went down fighting to World No. 1 Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in Round 6 at the Fide Chess Candidates in London 2013. Here is the nice game that you can replay with Chess King. A full report on all the games of the round and the tournament is up at Chess Blog.
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Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R4: Magnus Carlsen-Alexander Grischuk 1-0

Round four at the London Chess Candidates 2013 witness just one decisive game: Magnus Carlsen-Alexander Grischuk 1-0 in Round 4. This allowed the World No. 1 to catch up with Levon Aronian in the lead at the tournament. The Russian GM was doing fine with Black and did have an exchange sacrifice plus a ballistic Kingside onslaught planned that should have given him enough chances to stay in the game. However, time trouble and White’s steady hold turned the result in favor of White. Replay the game with Chess King and read a full round report on Chess Blog.
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Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R3: Boris Gelfand-Magnus Carlsen 0-1

London Chess Candidates 2013 Round 3: Magnus Carlsen gained his first victory at the tournament squeezing out a win from a drawish position against former World Title Challenger Boris Gelfand. Thanks to Queenside double passer-pawns, the World No. 1 was able to showcase a delightful endgame for his fans. Check out a full report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King below.
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75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R13: Anish Giri Lets Magnus Carlsen Escape with Draw!

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen had won the 75th edition of the Tata Steel Chess 2013 with a round to spare. However, the No. 1 was a bit lucky when his last-round opponent Anish Giri allowed a drawing combination after reaching a nearly winning position: After 28.Qa3 Black would be in big trouble, but with 28.Qd6? White allows 28…Bxb3. However, Carlsen apparently was not satisfied with a draw and tested his luck one more time with 28…Ne8?!. Even though 29.Qa3 is still much better for White, Giri chose to force Carlsen to execute a drawing combination: 29.Qa6? Bxb3! 30.Qxf6 Nexf6 31.axb3 Rxb3 32.Rc2 Rb1 33.Ka2 R1b4 34.Ka2. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game comments by both the players, and read a final-round report on Chess Blog.

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75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R12: Magnus Carlsen – Hikaru Nakamura 1-0

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen has won the 75th edition of the Tata Steel Chess 2013 in Round 12 – with a round to spare. He destroyed US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura in an attacking game that left Nakamura struggling for breath. Replay the game with Chess King, watch post-game video comment by Carlsen, analysis video of the game with Carlsen, and read a report on the games of Round 12 at Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R11: Wang Hao – Magnus Carlsen 1/2-1/2

Round 11 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013: Magnus Carlsen was put to the test by Wang Hao who managed to reach a better endgame in a Sicilian Rossolimo. Just when the squeeze seemed to be on, the Chinese Grandmaster traded his active knight for the passive black bishop, missing a clever defence that allowed Carlsen to completely equalize in the ensuing rook endgame. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video comments, and read a report on Chess Blog.
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75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R10: Magnus Carlsen – Erwin L’Ami 1-0

In round 10 of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament Magnus Carlsen increased his lead to 1,5 points by defeating Erwin l’Ami in a hard-fought Caro Kann. l’Ami threw up a barricade early on and toughly defended for many hours, only to falter in the final hour of play! Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video comment, and read a full report about Round 10 at Chess Blog.
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