BOTW: 2019.04.03

A classical Round Robin featuring five of the world's top 6, an online bullet championship, and a classical Open Swiss with dozens of GMs are this week's Best of the Web....


Shamkir - Gashimov Memorial
March 31 - April 9, 2019

10-player RR featuring five of the world's top six players, topped by World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

World Rank / Name / FIDE

1 Magnus Carlsen, 2845
3 Ding Liren, 2812
4 Anish Giri, 2797
5 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 2793
6 Viswanathan Anand, 2779
9 Alex Grischuk, 2771
12 Teimour Radjabov, 2756
17 Sergey Karjakin, 2753
18 Veselin Topalov, 2740
21 David Navara, 2739

After 4 rounds, Carlsen leads with 3/4, ahead of Ding and Karjakin with 2.5/4.

Links Live video and commentary by GM Arkadij Naiditsch Bullet Championship
April 3-7, 2019

Bullet chess -- 1 min per player, per game, no increment -- is one form of chess where online play clearly trumps the OTB experience: illegal moves are impossible, the clocks stop and start automatically, the pieces never get knocked over and always land on the middle of the square.

The 2019 Bullet Championship has two 25-round open Swiss qualifiers and one 8-player 4xRR qualifier to join the five seeded players: Nakamura, MVL, Grischuk, Karjakin, and Aronian. Knock-out matches are 1 hour of bullet.

Note: the obvious missing player is Magnus Carlsen. He is playing in Shamkir that week, but, possibily more importantly:

  1. Carlsen seems to have chosen to boycott events after a server glitch cost him a game against Nakamura last year.
  2. Carlsen's "Play Magnus" company has merged with chess24, putting the World Champion in direct competition with
  3. Magnus is hyper-competitive, and 2 may be related to 1 !?

Live Games

2019 Reykjavik Open
April 8-16, 2019

One of the world's top Open Swiss events returns, but with no 2700 players it is not quite the powerhouse it used to be. English GM Gawain Jones (2698) tops a field of 250 players, including 13 2600+ GMs.


  1. GM Aman Hambleton
  2. IM David Cummings
  3. FM Tanraj Sohal
  4. IM Leon Piasetski
  5. FM Michael Dougherty
  6. Daniel Abrahams
  7. WFM Alexandra Botez
  8. Michael McDonald