After 5 rounds, only one person has been able to win any games: Fabiano Caruana.
“I’m really looking forward to the faster time controls. It’s fun. There are no excuses. It adds another dimension, another challenge.”
The Champions Showdown is a unique event, featuring many of the top players in the world (including Carlsen and all of the top 3 American players), an increasingly faster time control, and the controversial choice of no increment or delay.
Let’s take a look at the winning teams and the teams with their fates hanging in the balance.
Where can you see Magnus Carlsen at his best one week, scoring a perfect 4-0 against a team of mostly grandmasters, and at his worst another, blundering his queen to a one-move knight fork?
Magnus Carlsen captured clear 1st at the Chess.com Isle of Man Masters with 7.5 points out of 9 games. Surprisingly, this is Carlsen’s first classical tournament victory in over a year.
Four-time U.S. Women’s Champion Anna Zatonskih is having a spectacular tournament at the Isle of Man Open – with a 2600+ performance rating and a victory over GM Boris Gelfand.
This year’s IOM Masters field is particularly strong, featuring 5 players from the World’s top 10, including the 3 most recent world champions.
Round 3 has left the chess world in shock as many favorites and top 10 players have been knocked out, including Magnus Carlsen. Out of the five Americans that entered the round, only Wesley So has made it the next stage.
Test your tactical skills with puzzles from the Chess.com Speed Chess Championship.
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