World Championships ...

30 June 2020

The World Championship match due to be played later this year in Dubai has now been postponed and planned to take place sometime during 2021. The Candidates tournament, to decide who will take on Magnus Carlsen for the World title, had already been suspended midway through the competition. Although it is hoped to finish that event later this year it will not take place in Russia, as were the opening seven matches.

The scores in the Candidates tournament, with 7 matches remanining, are as follows ...

4.5 Maxime Vichier-Legrave, Ian Nepomniachtchi
3.5 Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Wang Hao, Alexander Grischuk
2.5 Ding Liren, Kirill Alekseenko

24 January 2020

Defending champion Ju Wenjun of China has retained her women's World Championship title by defeating Russia's Aleksandra Goryichkina in a rapiplay tie-break after the pair had drawn 6-6 durig the regular series of games.

The tie-break was of four rapidplay games but while three were drawn Wenjun gained victory in the third game to stay top of the women's game.

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30 December 2019

The World blitz event went to a tie-break in which Magnus Carlsen defeated Hikaru Nakamura to claim the title and thus become World Champion at all three disciplines of the game - standard, rapid, blitz.

The women's World blitz champion is Kateryna Lagno of Russia who retained the title she had won in 2018.

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29 April 2019

FIDE has approved the regulations for the World Championship Match in November 2020, as well as for the Women's World Championship match in January 2020.

For the open event the length of the match has been extended, from 12 games to 14. This change reflects the general opinion that the match should be slightly longer. To keep the event within a reasonable time frame, the rest days have been reduced from 6 to 5. This is a more dynamic schedule that will allow having all Saturdays and Sundays as playing days.

FIDE has established restrictions on the draw by mutual agreement: the players cannot settle for a draw before black's 40th move. A claim for a draw before black's 40th move is permitted only through an Arbiter in case of threefold repetition.

The time control has also been changed to the "Classical" format: the players will have 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. There is no increment whatsoever during the first 60 moves of the game.

As for the Women's World Championship, the knock-out system is abandoned and this competition adopts now the same format of a Candidates Tournament followed by a title match. In this case, the final will be decided at the distance of 12 games.


On the same day Magnus Carlsen won the 2018 World Championship, two players from 3Cs were also victorious for the club's second team in their Manchester League game against Altrincham - namely Mitchell Burke and Kevin Ye.

Why particularly mention these two players from the team of seven ?

Magnus, Mitchell and Kevin all celebrate their birthday on the same date - 30 November.

The 2018 World Championship contestants facing each other at another event earlier in the year.



All twelve games in the 2018 World Championship were drawn resulting in a rapid play tie-breaker

A record (maybe unwanted) was achieved by this being the first ever World Championship match that had started with more than 8 consecutive draws.

Four rapidplay games were scheduled for the tie-break, with blitz games to follow if the players were still level.

However, defending champion Magnus Carlsen won the first three rapidplay games to retain the Championship

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26 March 2020

FIDE have suspended the Candidates tournament currently taking place in Yekaterinburg, Russia due to new air traffic restrictions in the country. The event is to decide the challenger to Magnus Carlsen for the world championship later this year but which is now also in doubt.

Eight players were involved each facing their opponents twice and thus creating a total of 14 matches for each player.

Seven rounds had so far been played after which the standings are:
4.5 Nepomniachtchi, Vichier-Legrave.
3.5 Caruana, Giri, Grischuk, Wang.
2.5 Alekseenko, Ding.

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28 December 2019

Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Humpy Kuneru of India are the winners of the 2019 World rapid chess championship which ended on Saturday evening in Moscow. With eight wins, seven draws, and no defeats, the Norwegian grandmaster comfortably won the Open Rapid and his third rapid title.

In the Women’s Rapid, the winner was determined in a playoff between the first two of three players sharing first place. Humpy Koneru of India won the dual after defeating China’s Lei Tingjie in a dramatic “Armageddon” battle.

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29 December 2018


Magnus Carlsen (Norway) defended his title of the world's strongest blitz player by dominating the 2018 World championship with 17/21. Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland) finished second with 16.5 points. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) took third with 14.5 points.

Kateryna Lagno (Russia) won the Women's Section and repeated her success of 2010. She collected 13.5 points. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) won the silver with 13 points. Lei Tingjie (China) got the bronze with 12.5 points.

28 December 2018


The World Rapid Championship ended in St.Petersburg on December 28 with the title in the Open Section going to Daniil Dubov (Russia), who collected 11 points in 15 games.

Daniil Dubov: “I cannot say I played very well, but the luck was on my side. The game against Anton Korobov was perhaps critical for my success. I thought it will end in a draw, but he kept pressure until the very end, and then made a blunder. Such a gift can give a real boost to the overall winning chances. All in all, I think this victory is my biggest achievement to date.”

Half a point behind him were Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Vladislav Artemiev (Russia), and Magnus Carlsen (Norway). Superior tie-break score gave Mamedyarov the silver, and Nakamura got the bronze.

Ju Wenjun (China), who had defended her Women's World Champion's title a month ago also managed to defend her champion's title in rapid chess as well with 10 points in 12 games.

Ju Wenjun said that she played really well on the first two days, which gave her confidence for the remaining rounds. Another important factor in her success: her trainer grandmaster Ni Hua was present in St. Petersburg and helped her a lot. Finally, Ju Wenjun said that she is already a very experienced player, and called rapid a more interesting and even funny form of chess compared to the classical form.

Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) and Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia) tied for second place a full point behind the winner. Khademalsharieh's superior tie-break secured her second place, Goryachkina got the bronze

23 November 2018


Ju Wenju (China) has successfully defended her womens' World Championship title with a 5-3 win in the final of the competition against Kateryna Lagno (Russia).