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Desmond
07-04-2021, 03:02 PM
https://challengerschesstour.com/

Two chess icons, Judit Polgar and Vladimir Kramnik, will captain two teams of exciting young players in the search for the next big talent in chess!

What is the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour?
The Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour is a set of tournaments running alongside the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour featuring the world’s most exciting young chess players. These players will compete individually for their teams, either Team Polgar or Team Kramnik. Kramnik and Polgar together with their teams of world-renown coaches will provide weekly coaching sessions with the players throughout the Tour.

What is the format of the Tour?
The Tour will feature four “Challenges” and one Final for a total of five events. The Challenges will each be four-day, round robin tournaments, while the Final will bring the top 8 players together for a thrilling knock-out tournament to decide the winner of the Tour. All tournaments will be played in rapid format (10+5) with all games played on chess24.

Who is playing?
The Tour will bring together 20 of the most exciting young male and female chess players. There will be ten female and ten male players split into two teams: Team Polgar and Team Kramnik. Stay tuned for the announcement of the lineup!

Where do I watch?
The Tour will be broadcast live on this website as well as chess24.com, and also available on chess24’s official YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels. The first event will feature Judit Polgar and Vladimir Kramnik as commentators.

Team Polgar

Player Country Age Rating
Nihal Sarin India 16 2620
Awonder Liang United States 17 2592
Vincent Keymer Germany 16 2591
Gukesh D India 14 2578
Sarasadat Khademalsharieh Iran 24 2494
Volodar Murzin Russia 14 2478
Polina Shuvalova Russia 20 2476
Zhansaya Abdumalik Kazakhstan 21 2472
Zhu Jiner China 18 2459
Gunay Mammadzada Azerbaijan 20 2443
Average age: 18
Average rating: 2520

Team Kramnik

Player Country Age Rating
Nodirbek Abdusattorov Uzbekistan 16 2627
Praggnanandhaa India 15 2608
Jonas Bjerre Denmark 16 2550
Leon Mendonca India 15 2549
Lei Tingjie China 24 2505
Dinara Saduakassova Kazakhstan 24 2500
Christopher Yoo United States 14 2455
Olga Badelka Belarus 18 2433
Carissa Yip United States 17 2430
Nurgyul Salimova Bulgaria 17 2397
Average age: 17.6
Average rating: 2505.4

Tournament schedule
April 8-11
Polgar Challenge
$15K Prize Fund
+ Wildcard to following Meltwater Champions Chess Tour tournament

June 10-13
Gelfand Challenge
$15K Prize Fund
+ Wildcard to following Meltwater Champions Chess Tour tournament

July 15-18
Hou Yifan Challenge
$15K Prize Fund
+ Wildcard to following Meltwater Champions Chess Tour tournament

August 12-15
Kramnik Challenge
$15K Prize Fund
+ Wildcard to following Meltwater Champions Chess Tour tournament

TBA 0-0
Final
$40K Prize Fund
+ Invitation to Meltwater Champions Chess Tour 2021-2022 season

Desmond
10-04-2021, 10:20 AM
Standings after day 2:


1 Praggnanandhaa R 8˝/10 2608
2 Abdusattorov, Nodirbek 8/10 2627
3 Yoo, Christopher Woojin 8/10 2455
4 Gukesh D 7/10 2578
5 Nihal Sarin 7/10 2620
6 Liang, Awonder 6/10 2592
7 Keymer, Vincent 6/10 2591
8 Lei, Tingjie 6/10 2505
9 Murzin, Volodar 5˝/10 2478
10 Zhu, Jiner 5˝/10 2459
11 Mendonca, Leon Luke 5/10 2549
12 Bjerre, Jonas Buhl 5/10 2550
13 Shuvalova, Polina 4˝/10 2476
14 Salimova, Nurgyul 4/10 2397
15 Abdumalik, Zhansaya 3˝/10 2472
16 Mammadzada, Gunay 3/10 2443
17 Yip, Carissa 2˝/10 2430
18 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat 2/10 2494
19 Badelka, Olga 1˝/10 2433
20 Saduakassova, Dinara 1˝/10 2500

Desmond
20-04-2021, 01:42 PM
^ Pragg won the first event, with a round to spare.

Carlsen took on the young guns in blitz games. Nice game by Nihal at 45.20.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8JIACauBPk

Desmond
30-04-2021, 11:37 AM
Pragg did very well with his wildcard into the New in Chess Classic (https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/meltwater-champions-chess-tour-new-in-chess-classic-2021-prelims/15/1/1). He scored a credible 7/15, =10th with none less than Tari, Vidit, and Duda - all of whom out-rate him by nearly a thousand points (FIDE rapid rating)!