New in Chess Classic Finals: Carlsen wins!

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5/2/2021 – Only needing a draw in the second set of the finals against Hikaru Nakamura, Magnus Carlsen bounced back from a loss in game 1 with a win in game 3. Nakamura could not win on demand in game 4, which meant Carlsen had won his first event of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov obtained a 2½-½ victory over Levon Aronian to secure third place. | The action kicks off daily at 19:00 CEST.

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Finals, Day 2

In the knockout stage, each encounter will be decided over two days. On day 1, there will be four rapid games, and if the match ends 2-2 it will simply be a draw (there doesn’t have to be a winner). On day 2, another 4-game match will be held. If both matches are drawn, or the players have traded wins, then shortly after the second match there will be a playoff: two blitz games followed, if needed, by Armageddon.

The time control is 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment from move 1. No draw offers are allowed before move 40.


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notebook03 notebook03 5/3/2021 04:01
@Ryonen I think it's Robert Byrne opposite Keene. I'm not sure who's standing, but it could be Bob Wade.
Ryonen Ryonen 5/3/2021 01:45
They are really good photos. Some of them could be labelled better. For example, 'Two players practice outdoors in the snow in Hastings, England, 1970' - the one on the right is Raymond Keene. I don't know who the others are.
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 5/1/2021 10:11
@retspan that site you linked to is awesome. So many nice chess photos. Thanks for sharing.
retspan retspan 5/1/2021 02:32
One of the photos in this webpage (https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/piapeterson/photos-people-playing-chess) simply shows a caption "Two Indian chess players, 1929." The player on the right looks a lot like Sultan Khan while the player on the left looks like his master, Colonel Malik Umar Hayat Khan.
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 4/30/2021 09:14
my post is to show 'the relativity of a certain age' in a player's strength. Happy Labour Day to all!
fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 4/29/2021 07:28
@nirvana1963, isn't it obvious? Firouzja is the reincarnation of Sultan Khan.
nirvana1963 nirvana1963 4/29/2021 03:23
@Minnesota Fats Nice story but what on earth has this to do with Firouzja??
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 4/28/2021 07:24
@Rambus
More than nine decades back, a man from Mitha Tiwana village of Punjab (now in Pakistan) travelled to England by sea. Two days upon his arrival, he beat the reigning world champion Jose Capablanca in a simultaneous chess exhibition match.

That win was no fluke as Capablanca was playing against 40 players, known as a simultaneous chess match. This man was Sultan Khan, who had only recently learnt the international format of chess after his first appearance in the Indian national championship.

Khan stayed in London for about four years. He beat the world champion again in a one-to-one match and won the British Chess Championship thrice. He also beat Czech Grandmaster Solomom Flohr and had a draw with Grandmaster Alekhine.


Despite beating the English, Sultan Khan passed into obscurity with neither the Indian nor the Pakistan government remembering his feat. FIDE, the world chess governing body, also did not commemorate his mastery. He died of tuberculosis in 1966 in his village, with not even an obituary for him in mainstream media.

He was part of the chess folklore in Punjab, though, as some old-timers often narrated his remarkable feat to youngsters.
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 4/28/2021 07:12
@Rambus
Jose Capablanca leaned the game at the age of 4 by watching his father, an Army officer, play. By the age of 5, he was defeating his father. His father later took him to the Havana Chess Club to meet stronger players. Capablana eventualy defeated them all. Capablanca never had any chess lessons and learned the game on his own. By the age of 12, he defeated the Cuban national chess champion in an informal match, winning 4 games, drawing 6 games, and losing 3 games.
Rambus Rambus 4/28/2021 07:25
What is happening to Firouzja? Fischer, Kasparov & Carlsen were superior at 17.
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 4/26/2021 07:35
excellent play by Nakamura ....taming the dragon!
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