The Week in Chess

Chess News from throughout the World
  1. The Tata Steel India Rapid & Blitz takes place Tue 29th Nov to Sun 4th Dec 2022. Nakamura, So, Mamedyarov, Abdusattorov, Vidit etc. There are men's and women's sections for rapid followed by blitz.
  2. The FIDE Women Candidates Pool B takes place 29th November to 11th December. The winner will play Pool A Lei Tingjie in a final match to decide who plays Ju Wenjun for the title. Players: Aleksandra Goryachkina, Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Tan Zhongyi.
  3. The MrDodgy Invitational 3.0 takes place on Chess24 25th November to 1st December. MrDodgy well known on Twitter and Chess24's social media channels has invited his favourite players to an online 5 minute blitz event and for the most part they turned up. At the last minute David Howell was replaced by Magnus Carlsen. 32 players started, they have now reached the 16 player KO stage. Play at 4pm UK time each day.
  4. The 13th World Team Chess Championship took place in Jerusalem 20th to 25th November 2022. There was a radical change in format with groups and then a knockout final stage along with the accelerated time control of 45 minutes + 10 seconds per move. It's importance never really matched that of the Olympiad even though the quality of the field was potentially higher. This time there were a number of strong players, MVL, Giri, Van Foreest, Mamedyarov, Radjabov, Onischuk and Vidit but the generally teams not at all the best that could be put out by each country. In the end China beat Uzbekistan in the final with Spain beating India to take bronze.
  5. The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals took place 14th to 20th November 2022. The event was played on the Chess24 platform but half the players will be based at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, the city where Meltwater is based. Carlsen had already won the whole tour but there was still $210,000 to play for. The event was a mini-match round robin. Four rapid games each day against the same opponent, the result of the mini-match, win draw or loss going into the table. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Arjun Erigaisi, Anish Giri, Quang Liem Le, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, R Praggnanandhaa and Wesley So. Carlsen dominated throughout with only Duda keeping pace in the early rounds before he fell away. Carlsen dropped just a point against Le Quang Liem when he was taken to an Armageddon tie-break which he won. Wesley So finished in second place, a quite remarkable recovery considering he lost to Carlsen and Le in the first two rounds. Le finished third and Duda fourth.
  6. The final three rounds of the Global Championship took place in Toronto Canada (three players in person in Serbia) 2nd to 7th November. 8 players competed in this final part of the knockout event. Players: Nakamura, Duda, So, Andreikin, Giri, Radjabov, Sarin and Sevian (he lost to Aronian in the 8th finals but replaced him as he had to withdraw). Wesley So won beating Hikaru Nakamura in the semifinal and Nihal Sarin in the final.
  7. The FIDE Women Candidates Pool A took place in Monaco 24th October to 6th November, 4 players, two rounds, the winner plays the winner of pool B which it's been announced will take place in Khiva, in Uzbekistan November 28 to December 11 (players: Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Tan Zhongyi and Kateryna Lagno). The players in Monaco were Mariya Muzychuk, Tingjie Lei, Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk. Tingjie Lei beat Anna Muzychuk in the final.