Monthly Archives: January 2015

The 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival begins today

Chess never stops. We haven’t even recovered from replaying all the games of the TATA Steel tournaments over again and we already have another elite tournament to be distracting us from our daily routine.

This year’s edition of Gibraltar must be one of the strongest I can remember, with 8 players rated above 2700. Veselin Topalov returns to the chess scene after a a short pause from competition.

GM Hikaru Nakamura is ready:


Strong field this year in Gibraltar, these are just the first 20.

You can follow all the information in their official website 

Let the games begin!

Written by (IM) Renier Castellanos

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Magnus Carlsen wins his 4th Tata Steel tournament


World Champion Magnus Carlsen won this year’s edition of the Tata Steel Masters tournament with 9 points out of 13. After a low start with two draws and and a loss against Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Magnus managed to come back with 6 consecutive victories. Then he maintained his lead by drawing the 3 remaining games. It is also worth mentioning the impressive performances of Maxime Vachier Lagrave, Anish Giri, Wesley So, and Liren Ding, all above 2850!

Magnus Carlsen’s reflexion on his tournament:

Tata Steel Masters tournament
Final Standings:

finalstandingswijkannzeeIn the ”Challengers” group the young Grandmaster Wei Yi (only 16 years old!) dominated the field by scoring 10.5 points out of 13 obtaining himself a spot in next year’s ‘‘Masters” tournament.

Tata Steel Challengers tournament
Final Standings:


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Playing Chess in Puerto Rico (Full report)

The ”Narciso Rabell Méndez Memorial” took place in San Sebastian del Pepino. (Puerto Rico) between 14th and 19th of January.

A very important event for the city of San Sebastián, the tournament is dedicated to the memory of Narciso Rabell Méndez (1936-2013), who was a member of honor of FIDE and a pioneer in organizing chess events in the American Continent. Narciso devoted his life to chess and for that, the chess community pays a tribute to him by organizing this tournament.

The event was held in the public library of San Sebastián and attracted several strong players from different countries. Leading the list was the GM Fidel Corrales (USA), followed by your reporter IM Renier Castellanos (ESP), the WGM Suleinis Piña (CUB) and the IM Alejandro Montalvo (PUR). Also, it is worth noticing the presence of young talents of Puerto Rico’s women olympic team, WIM Danitza Vazquez Maccarini and WIM Natasha Morales.… Read more

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Ivanchuk and Carlsen share the lead in TATA Steel

We have seen an exciting 7 rounds of the Masters tournament so far, with many surprise results and unexpected turns. Ivanchuk is leading with 5 points, followed by Carlsen, who has the same number of points, but is worse on tie-breaks. After a shaky start, the World Champion has managed to win the last four rounds, showing a great come-back. You can find the standings after seven rounds below:

TataSteelStandingsThere are six rounds yet to be played, and we are sure we are going to see more exciting chess. Don’t miss out round 8, starting tomorrow at 13:30, local time:

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