Lindores Abbey Chess Challenge: Live

5/29/2020 – The Lindores Abbey Chess Challenge is the second tournament of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour, and twelve top players are taking part. Number one seed is, of course, the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen. The format of the tournament has changed slightly compared to the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, with more emphasis on the knockout round. Follow the games live, with commentary from 16:00 CEST (14:00 UTC/10:00 EST).

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Carlsen v Nakamura / Ding v Dubov

The Lindores Abbey Chess Challenge started on May 18th. Twelve players are taking part. After a three-day preliminary, the best eight players will advance to the deciding knockout section. The time control is 15 minutes for the game, with a 10-second increment per move.

Previous reports

Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge 2020

Live games - Semi-finals


Live stream of chess24

Final standings - Preliminary



The format has changed from the Magnus Carlsen Invitational to put more emphasis on the knockout section. This time the preliminary stage will be held over just 3 days, with the players playing each other once in 11 rounds of 15-minute + 10-second increment rapid chess. The bottom 4 will be eliminated, while the remaining 8 players go forward to the quarter-finals.

The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will all be best of 3 mini-matches (the first player to win 2 mini-matches wins), where each mini-match consists of four 15+10 rapid games. If a mini-match ends 2:2 a single Armageddon game will be played: White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4 but Black wins if the game ends in a draw.

Schedule (all sessions starting at 16:00 CEST (10:00 EDT))

Day Date Stage Event
Tuesday May 19 Prelims Rounds 1-4
Wednesday May 20 Prelims Rounds 5-8
Thursday May 21 Prelims Rounds 9-11
Friday May 22   FREE DAY
Saturday May 23 Quarter-finals Pairs 1-2: 1st mini-match
Sunday May 24 Quarter-finals Pairs 3-4: 1st mini-match
Monday May 25 Quarter-finals Pairs 1-2: 2nd mini-match
Tuesday May 26 Quarter-finals Pairs 3-4: 2nd mini-match
Wednesday May 27 Quarter-finals All pairs: 3rd mini-match (if required)
Thursday May 28 Semi-finals 1st mini-match
Friday May 29 Semi-finals 2nd mini-match
Saturday May 30 Semi-finals 3rd mini-match (if required)
Sunday May 31   FREE DAY
Monday June 1 Final 1st mini-match
Tuesday June 2 Final 2nd mini-match
Wednesday June 3 Final 3rd mini-match (if required)

The Players

No Name Elo
1 Carlsen Magnus 2881
3 Ding Liren 2836
4 Nakamura Hikaru 2829
12 Grischuk Alexander 2784
2 Aronian Levon 2778
7 Duda Jan-Krzysztof 2774
10 Dubov Daniil 2770
6 Wei Yi 2752
8 So Wesley 2741
5 Yu Yangyi 2738
9 Karjakin Sergey 2709
11 Firouzja Alireza 2703


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dgbchess dgbchess 5/28/2020 09:40
@jestey86 Just go to the website and you can easily navigate all the games.
jestey86 jestey86 5/26/2020 10:00
Kind of annoying how hard chessbase makes it to simply look up the score. The "tournament page" link is just an article and the chessresults link just is for the round robin. And both are in German. The "live games" has all the games mixed together with Rnd "1."1. Seems like the only way from this page is to play the live stream and search for the time that they talk about the results.
Justjeff Justjeff 5/25/2020 11:49
It depends on the audience. I watched the final game of Kasparov vs.X3D live in NYC and the hall was packed. I also was sitting next to Greg Shahade although I didn't realize it until he introduced himself.
Thomas Richter Thomas Richter 5/24/2020 10:52
So disconnected after 12 moves in game 1, and the result was initially given as 1-0. But in this event, disconnect doesn't lose - the game continues as soon as possible with the same position and clock times - hence additional moves.
adbennet adbennet 5/24/2020 10:49
@fgkdjlkag - Your standard for popular is set quite low. People will watch squirrels on television, but will they keep watching after the novelty has worn off? PEB216 is quite right that active observing is required, ideal for chessplayers but very tiring for Joe Public. Chess is missing quite a few elements that would be needed to interest the numerous below-average viewers, like drinking, heckling, ogling, cheering, poo-flinging, etc. And for other sports (if indeed chess qualifies as a sport), part of the appeal is that there is no right answer, only an endless series of what-if scenarios. Therefore anybody, no matter how ignorant, can express an opinion and argue it quite loudly. Which makes them happy, so they come back for more opportunities to be belligerently ignorant. For the most part chess is missing that, thank goodness, although one can still detect the tendency from time to time. So while I applaud current efforts to make shows appealing to actual chessplayers, I hope they don't take any steps to make chess really popular.
lwquig lwquig 5/24/2020 04:11
So lost in 12 moves?????????
fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 5/23/2020 09:21
What are you all talking about? Millions have seen the live chess television coverage in Norway, in 1972 in the US Shelby Lyman's tv coverage was very popular, and I personally saw the Kasparov-X3D Fritz match on ESPN with a non-chessplayer who was thoroughly entertained. The St. Louis broadcasts are quite popular.

Regarding online events, those are certainly a different dynamic and maybe it will take time to figure out how to do it, but I would not say that chess itself is not a good spectator sport.
SevenBySeven SevenBySeven 5/22/2020 12:09
NoSystem... For myself as an amateur watching without commentary would be boring and unproductive. On the other hand with commentary of the caliber of Peter Svidler or Peter Leko, I try to remember some pointers here and there, and actually play better shortly thereafter. It is also a learning experience at the 15 Min time control 'because' commentary is still possible.
PEB216 PEB216 5/21/2020 11:49
In response to NoSystem's post, I would say that chess never has been nor ever will be a spectator sport, but it is an opportunity for becoming a stronger chess player. You can only do this by trying to solve the positions as they're presented by the commentator(s). In short, you have to be an "active" observer. Like the commentators, constantly trying to find the best plan in any given position. Do you see the tactics? What is the strategic plan for any given position? What are your endgame prospects? What pawn breaks are there in a given position? When you are not trying to figure out the best line of play, then try to follow along with the commentary (that in itself can be challenging).
Karbuncle Karbuncle 5/21/2020 10:28
I don't mind it at all because I look at the board diagrams, not the players' faces.
Aighearach Aighearach 5/20/2020 08:29
Chess isn't that great of a spectator sport to begin with. I can't even imagine trying to actually "watch" an online tournament.

The post-game analysis makes more sense to watch.
timisis timisis 5/19/2020 11:16
@NoSystem agreed
NoSystem NoSystem 5/19/2020 11:00
I have tried watching a couple of these online tournaments, and just couldn't last. Watching the players staring into a computer monitor falls way short of watching OTB play. (For me.) Anyone else feel this way?
tomk4 tomk4 5/19/2020 07:24
How about showing the commentators fantasy choices? tom