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Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi who was victorious in the World Championship Candidates Tournament last week (Photo: Alina l’Ami / Archive)
Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi who was victorious in the World Championship Candidates Tournament last week (Photo: Alina l’Ami / Archive)

Nepomniachtchi to challenge Carlsen for world title

Russian Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi won the acclaimed World Champion-ship Candidates Chess Tournament in Yekaterinburg, Russia, last week with a round to spare and claimed the right to challenge world champion Magnus Carlsen for his title.

 American Fabiano Caruana (left) following his enormous victory over France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the World Championship Candidates Tournament on Monday. The endgame favoured Caruana. (Photo: Lennart Ootes)  
American Fabiano Caruana (left) following his enormous victory over France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the World Championship Candidates Tournament on Monday. The endgame favoured Caruana. (Photo: Lennart Ootes)  

Nepomniachtchi shows his mettle

As the World Champion-ship Candidates Tourna-ment continued, Russia’s number one chess player Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated his countryman Kirill Alekseenko in 31 moves in a Catalan setup with a fianchettoed king’s bishop in Round 10, which was played on Wednesday last.

Anish Giri, winner of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational Chess Tournament. Giri qualified for the grandmaster title at 14 years, 7 months and 2 days and is the Dutch national chess champion. (Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit)

Giri wins Carlsen Invitational

Anish Kumar Giri, 26, a Dutch chess grandmaster, was declared the winner of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational Rapid/Blitz Online Tournament last Sunday and pocketed US$60,000 for his efforts.

This year should be a better one for chess

The column expresses its optimism for chess in 2021. The production of a vaccine to temper the spread of COVID-19 is music to our ears as we anticipate a healthier year and a rosier future for local and international chess.

Whither the origin of chess

A senior official of the International Chess Federation, known by its French acronym FIDE, once noted that perhaps the game of chess was devised by aliens.

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