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14 June 2019

Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia has won the womens' Candidates Tournament and will therefore challenge current World Champion Ju Wenjun (China) for the title later in the year.

The Candidates Tournament tok place in Kazan, Russia, with details via the following link ...


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

The 2018 World Championship opponents shown playing each other in a tournament earlier that year.



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 30 November !!!

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.

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29 April 2019

FIDE has approved the regulations for the World Championship Match 2020, as well as for the Women's World Championship match 2019-2020.

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.

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).

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