The European Rapid Chess championship took place between December 8th-9th in Skopje. Four players finished tied for first with 10½ points out of 13: Valerij Popov (Russia), Andrey Esipenko (Russia), Vahap Sanal (Turkey) and Luca Moroni (Italy), in the respective order according to the tie-breaks.Read More →
The European blitz championship took place in Skopje between December 6th-7th. The 20 year old Russian grandmaster Vladislav Artemiev won with the impressive score of 18,5/22.
Blitz games are known to be exciting yet full of inaccuracies, mistakes or just blunders. On the other hand players have the opportunity of displaying things they master at automatic level.
The World championship match between the reigning champion, Magnus Carlsen and his challenger Fabiano Caruana, disputed between November 9th-28th in London, established an undesired record: all games at normal (classical) time rate ended in draws! But this was only part of the reasons for the numerous critical comments, issued by amateurs, specialists and even such outstanding authorities as the former World champions Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik. Instead of the spectacle all had been hoping for, most of the games were really dry and poor in content.Read More →