Freestyle G.O.A.T. Challenge - Live!

by ChessBase
2/16/2024 – A new super-tournament is taking place on February 9-16 at the Weissenhaus Luxury Resort in Germany. The Freestyle Chess G.O.A.T. Challenge is an 8-player, innovative event featuring, among others, Magnus Carlsen and world champion Ding Liren. The final day of action sees the two highest-rated players in the world, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, fighting for the title. | Follow the games live with expert commentary starting at 13.00 CET (7.00 ET, 17.30 IST)

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Final match - Game 2

A single round-robin with a rapid time control will be followed by a knockout with classical time control. The rapid event determines the pairings for the knockout.

Time controls

  • Quarter-, semi- and finals: 2 games with a standard time control of 90 min/40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game additional + 30 seconds per move
  • In case of a tie in the knockout (to take place in the evening after game 2)
    • Two rapid games: 15 min for the game + 10 sec per move
    • Two blitz games: 5 min for the game + 2 sec per move
    • Single blitz games until a winner is found


  • February 9-10: single round-robin with a rapid time control
  • February 11-12: quarter-finals
  • February 13-14: semi-finals
  • February 15-16: finals

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Live games and commentary

To change the round or board, click on the numbers at the top right — for game 2 of the finals go to round 13

Live commentary provided by Peter Leko, Tania Sachdev and Niclas Huschenbeth

Game analysis by Robert Ris

All games - Classical

All games - Rapid


Name Country B-Year Elo Rating
Magnus Carlsen Norway 1990 2830
Fabiano Caruana United States 1992 2804
Ding Liren China 1992 2762
Alireza Firouzja France 2003 2760
Nodirbek Abdusattorov Uzbekistan 2004 2744
Dommaraju Gukesh India 2006 2743
Vincent Keymer Germany 2004 2738
Levon Aronian United States 1982 2725

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