Monthly Archives: June 2022

“MVL” on the Candidates, Chennai and Carlsen

It has been more than a year since Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) finished second in the Candidates tournament. Ideally, the French Grandmaster should have been playing in this year’s edition too. However, he missed out following disappointing performances in the Fide Grand Prix events. With the 2021 Candidates tournament relatively fresh in mind, Dhananjay Khadilkar spoke […]

Amin Tabatabaei clinches title at the Stepan Avagyan Memorial

Thanks to a remarkable final-round victory, Amin Tabatabaei grabbed clear first place at the third edition of the Stepan Avagyan Memorial. The Iranian GM entered the final round sharing first place with Shant Sargsyan. The co-leaders had two players standing a half point back — namely Haik Martirosyan and Alexander Donchenko. The four players were […]

Announcing ChessFest 2022

Britain’s first-ever outdoor chess festival, ChessFest, attracted thousands of visitors at London’s Trafalgar Square, and featured a varied programme of fun activities, including live chess games with actors, grandmaster simuls, mass teach-ins and video shows. ChessFest is a fun-filled outdoor event, entirely free, open to all. This year it will be staged in London and […]

Candidates R9: Maiden wins

Round 9 of the Candidates Tournament saw three players scoring their first wins of the event. The one drawn encounter was the showdown between Fabiano Caruana and Ian Nepomniachtchi, in which Caruana tried an offbeat line against his opponent’s Petroff but could not make the most of the small advantage he got in the middlegame. […]