World Chess Team Championship 2013: Sergey Karjakin – Igor Khemkin 1-0 in Berlin 4.d3

Still thinking about the Berlin from the Anand – Carlsen World Chess Championship 2013 in Chennai? Here’s another top game from the World Chess Team Championship that is currently being played in Antalya, Turkey. Sergey Karjakin beat Igor Khenkin in the Berlin 4.d3. Carlsen used Berlin in Game 4, Game 6, Game 7. Anand used it in Game 8 at the World Chess Championship. Official website of the World Chess Team Championship 2013. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Sergey Karjakin – Wang Hao 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Sergey Karjakin has been in great form at the tournament. The sharp Sicilian Rauzer with White’s slightly better position and a host of tactics helped the Russian Grandmaster win another full point to keep a perfect score. Read a report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: Sergey Karjakin – Teimour Radjabov 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov used their time enough to have made only 14 moves after two and a half hours! However, the closed Sicilian witnessed a nice attack by Karjakin down the Queenside. Radjabov eventually struggled to defend with rook and bishop versus rook and knight. Eventual time trouble and a winning move by Karjakin’s (41.c5!) forced Radjabov to resign. Read a report on the Round at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R13: Sergey Karjakin – Loek van Wely 1-0

Russian Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin beat Van Wely’s second Sicilian Dragon of the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2013 in the last round. This gave Karjakin a joint third place along with Viswanathan Anand. Watch the post-game video comment, replay the game with Chess King, and read a full report on the last round at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R11: Sergey Karjakin – Ivan Sokolov 1-0

Do you know why Ivan Sokolov resigned in this position after Sergey Karjakin played 32.Bc2 in Round 11 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013? Yes, because the Black Queen is trapped with the next move Bd1! Moving the Knight on g6 is not an option as it would be checkmate on g7. The only way Black can save the Queen is by moving out the Black Bishop on h4, but to where? Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video, and read a full report on Round 11 at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess R8: Magnus Carlsen – Sergey Karjakin 1-0

By the time you read this, GM Gawain Jones’ comment “Carlsen draws blood out of stone” would have already gone viral on the Internet. Jones would know. He dared sac his Queen against Magnus Carlsen at the London Chess Classic 2012 a few weeks back! The highlight of Round 8 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 was Magnus Carlsen’s win against Sergey Karjakin. The critical moment occurred at move 67, when Carlsen decided to force matters with 67.g4!? hxg4 68.h5. Karjakin fell for the bluff with 68…Rh1?, where he could have a draw after 68…gxh5 69.f5 h4 70.f6 Kg6 71.Rxf8 Kf5! and black will force a perpetual check, for example: 72.Rh8 g3 72.Ke1 g3 74.Kf1 Rb1 75.Kg2 Rb2. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video comment by Carlsen and read a report on Round 8 at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess R3: Sergey Karjakin – Wang Hao 1-0

GM Sergey Karjakin went into sole lead with 2.5 points after beating Wang Hao in the third round of the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 in Wijk aan Zee on Monday. The Chinese grandmaster equalized comfortably on the Black side of a Petroff Defence, and could even claim a small advantage after some 20 moves. However, with the strong (see diagram) 27.g4! White turned the tide and after some haphazard play by his opponent in the ensuing rook endgame Karjakin collected the full point. A full report on Round 3 of the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 is up at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess R1: Sergey Karjakin Beats Hou Yifan

The 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 got off to a start with two decisive games in Round 1. Pentala Harikrishna (winner of last year’s Group B) beat Anish Giri and Sergey Karjakin beat former Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan to celebrate his 23rd birthday! Here is the Karjakin-Yifan game and a video comment by the winner. You can read a round report on the first round at the Tata Steel Chess Round 1 at Chess Blog. Read more…

Tashkent Chess Grand Prix Round 1: Dominguez-Karjakin 0-1

Sergey Karjakin has begun the Tashkent Chess Grand Prix with a solid win over Dominguez Leinier Perez. The second stage of the 2012-2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series is taking place from November 21 to December 5 in the Gallery of Fine Art in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The tournament has a prize fund of 240,000 Euros. Find a full report on Chess Blog. Check out the impressive Karjakin game in the Chess King applet. Read more…

Sao Paulo Chess Masters R2: Caruana’s Double Exchange Sac Beats Karjakin

The second round of the Sao Paulo Chess Masters Grand Slam witnessed Italian GM Fabiano Caruana take on Russian GM Sergey Karjakin in a ruthless game. Caruana – with Black – found the White pieces uncoordinated and went for a double exchange sacrifice to win. Caruana now leads with a perfect score after two rounds. (Report on Chess Blog.) Black is winning as White has just played 26.g4. A simple, safe continuation like 26. …Qc8 or even 26. …Ne5 wins for Black. But, can you figure out the attacking line that Caruana went for? Read more…

Sao Paulo Chess Masters R1: Aronian’s Super Moves Overpower Karjakin

There is lots of great chess happening all around. Plenty of Chess King games to study and enjoy. The Sao Paulo Grand Slam Chess Masters has begun with six strong chess Grandmasters: Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana and Francisco Vallejo. Levon Aronian dominated in his game with Sergey Karjakin in the first round. Aronian said he had prepared the line and was waiting to use it! Read more…

World Rapid Chess: Karjakin’s Finesse for Win Against Svidler

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The World Rapid Chess Championship 2012 that was held in Astana, Kazakhstan saw a strong performance by Russia’s Sergey Karjakin to win the title ahead of some of the world’s strongest grandmasters. An important game that allowed Karjakin to get ahead of Magnus Carlsen was the won against Peter Svidler on the final day. Going for a simple combination, Karjakin first wins a pawn and then builds on the small advantage. Read more…

Carlsen Chess – Power Surge at World Blitz in Astana

Finishing in Cold Blood

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen is dangerous – very dangerous – when in form. At the recently-concluded World Blitz Chess Championship, Carlsen accelerated to straight eight wins on the final day. Even though it was enough only to get Carlsen to within half point of the eventual World Blitz Chess Champion Alexander Grischuk, the games were worth watching. Here is the World No. 1’s win over the World Rapid Chess Champion Sergey Karjakin. Karjakin later told Chess-News that Carlsen had congratulated him for the World Rapid Title saying, “He (Karjakin) deserved it.” Read more…

World Chess Rapid 2012 Round 10: Carlsen Grinds Down Karjakin in Close Endgame

World No. 1 Mr Unbreakable

The tenth round has just been played at the World Rapid Chess Championship 2012 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Today was the second day of the event with five rounds. Both Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin had gone into the second day’s play as joint leaders. They met in the tenth round for a slugfest of ideas. A total of 10 rounds have been played. Five more rounds would be played in Sunday to crown the World Rapid Chess Champion. Here is the super Carlsen-Karjakin game from Round 10. Read more…

World Rapid Chess Championship 2012: Karjakin Powerplay Against Gelfand

Sergey Karjakin Powerplay

The World Rapid Chess Championship began in Astana, Kazakhstan today. You can find a full report on the event at Chess Blog. Sergey Karjakin and Magnus Carlsen lead after the first day. How about some Karjakin powerplay against none other than World Chess Championship 2012 challenger Boris Gelfand. Read more…