Magnus Carlsen defends the World Champion title


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

In the last game Carlsen was playing very well, and the match finished after 11 games with the score 6.5-4.5. It was an incomparably more interesting match than the previous one, most of the games were quite dynamic. I am sure every observer enjoyed the show. In my opinion Anand was very well prepared for the match, and he did his best. Carlsen just appeared to be better as many expected.

The last game was actually the point of the match, its course was exactly the same as the whole match. Anand did a brilliant move (23…b5!!), but eventually in the important moments he found some dubious ideas instead of the best lines which could still keep the game unclear, while Carlsen was playing very accurately and he perfectly took his chance.

As I write for a betting website and I was quite successful with some of my predictions, I would like to write one more thing – I can’t wait for the next World Championship match, which I believe will be very equal – Carlsen vs Caruana.

Last chance for Anand


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

After two draws in the last games the score is 5.5 – 4.5 for Carlsen. It seems he is satisfied with a one point advantage as he took a quick draw with white in round 9. Anand decided to play the calm 1…e5 and instead tried to put the pressure in round 10. He even managed to get a slide edge in the Grünfeld, it was clear that Carlsen was out of the line while Anand was still playing quickly. Eventually Anand couldn’t find a way to keep the advantage, got into time trouble and decided to go for simplifications.

I expect Anand to play the Sicilian in the next round. I don’t think he will play for a win only in the last game. On the other hand Carlsen may not play 1.e4. I got a feeling that tomorrow is the last game of the match, I bet on Carlsen because Anand may play incautiously – he knows he is running out of time. Hopefully I am not right and we will observe some more emotions.

The Home Stretch


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

All chess enthusiasts are focused on the last part of FIDE World Championship. Last four rounds, last emotions, and last chance for Anand to change the score. He already showed that he is better prepared than the last year, but the score is 4.5-3.5 for Carlsen.

They are both playing very creatively, the games are interesting and full of ups and downs. It seems there is nothing decided yet, but of course it’s Anand who has the toughest work ahead of him. Last two games finished with two draws as I expected, however in the 7th round Anand got into some trouble in a worse endgame. He managed to survive this game, but then he didn’t manage to put any pressure with white in round 8.

Now he has no choice but to play more aggressively. The question is if he is going to risk immediately in next games, or if his strategy is to try to put pressure in last two rounds. I expect a calm game tomorrow, but it depends mainly on Carlsen. Probably he will try to control the situation, but on the other hand if he would win his advantage will be almost decisive.

To conclude my bet is draw in round 9 and a sharp game in round 10. Don’t forget to make your own bets here!

3.5 – 2.5 for Carlsen


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

It’s amazing how many factors affect the result of a chess game. One of them is something which a lot of players call “luck”. But is it really luck? Carlsen had some problems in the fifth game of the match, but eventually managed to get half a point. Anand could have played some better moves in critical moments but it was still far away from winning.

In the sixth game we could observe something that doesn’t happen often on this level. Carlsen first got a slight edge and then did a terrible blunder after which his position could turn into a lost one after just one simple tactical trick. Probably every observer was asking himself a question “what after Nxe5?”. The point is Carlsen was wondering the same because he realized his blunder, but he had to try to keep the “poker face”. In my opinion he didn’t, but Anand after just one minute of thinking played something else end finally lost the game without much of a fight.

So we can say that Anand didn’t help the luck. But again, shall we call this “luck”? It’s a fight of nerves, a psychological war, and obviously Anand doesn’t expect the current World Champion to make silly blunders, so he didn’t even consider simple tactical tricks. Probably if he would have spent more time he would have totally turned the situation. But he didn’t want to spend more time because Carlsen was trying to put him in time pressure and keep a slight positional advantage. In general Carlsen was doing better in this game and made only one blunder so a lot of observers will say that he deserved the full point.

One thing is sure – the games are more and more interesting, so everyone is waiting for the second half of the match. For me it’s hard to bet right now. Carlsen should be the clear favourite as besides having the score on his side he also has a psychological advantage after the last game. But on the other hand we can see that he is not in the best shape. I bet on two draws in the next rounds and then some fireworks at the finish!

2-2!


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

The third game of the FIDE World Championship match brought a huge change. It’s not only about the result, but Anand won his first classical game against Carlsen since 2010. It was definitely thanks to opening preparation, but anyway it seems Anand is doing better and better. In round four he chose the Sicilian Defense which means that his strategy is to fight for a full point in every game. Carlsen chose an interesting sideline and got a slide edge, but Anand played very accurately and after a draw the score is 2-2.

It might be the most interesting World Championship match ever. For now I boldly bet on Anand, as psychologically his situation is better, but of course Carlsen will do his best to prove that he is still the best player in the World. The next game is on the 14th of November. Remember to bet and enjoy watching!

First blood in Sochi


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

Magnus Carlsen has an advantage already after two rounds of the FIDE World Championship. The first game ended up with a draw but in general Carlsen was doing better. He equalized without any problem in the Grünfeld defence. At the end of the game he even managed to get a slide edge but it was not enough to score as Anand found the best defending moves. The second game was definitely on Carlsen’s side – after quite a calm opening he slowly improved his position and put Anand under pressure after creating some threats on the kingside.

Is Anand able to fight back in this match? Of course he is. But Carlsen will try to repeat last year’s result, as one point advantage is for sure not enough for him.

Last time Anand decided to play the Sicilian only in the last game. Is he going to play some sharp lines with black earlier this time? Is Carlsen going to repeat the Grünfeld? We will know the answers soon. I think the match is still going to be very interesting!

Just one day left until the first round of FIDE World Championship!


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

Every chess fan has been waiting for this match, which is the most important event of the year. I believe the rematch is going to be more interesting than last year’s match!

First of all, it’s not the best year for Carlsen – since he won the World Champion title he has lost seven classical games. Of course his overall results shows that he is still the best player in the world and the favourite in this match, but unstable form gives hope for Anand. In every interview Anand is claiming his positive frame of mind. It’s also supported by the results – in the Candidates tournament this year he showed that last year’s lost title to Carlsen was definitely not his last word. No one expected him to win with a full point advantage. By following up with winning Bilbao Masters in September he proved he is ready to fight back.

It’s also interesting to mention the last two games between the contenders. In the World Rapid & Blitz Championship in Dubai Anand won the rapid game after Carlsen blundered in the endgame. The blitz game finished with a draw. Someone might say it’s not important as it wasn’t classical chess, but psychologically it always brings some difference.

I wish you to enjoy watching the games and remember to bet and check the updates here on chessbet.com after every round!

Everything to be decided in the last round!


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

In the Women’s section Russia is still leading with 18 points, even after losing to Ukraine today. China didn’t take the chance to get closer as they only drew against Spain. In the last round the most interesting match is Ukraine – China. Both teams have 17 points and it means they have theoretical chances for the gold. However, according to the tiebreak rules, it’s enough for Russia to draw against Bulgaria to secure first place. The fight for the bronze medal is also not so clear. The only team with 16 points is Germany. If they manage to beat Georgia in the last round everything depends on the Ukraine – China match.

The Open section keeps being more complicated. There are 10 teams with a mathematical chance for a medal! China is the clear leader with 17 points. Their opponent for the last round, Poland, has very small chances for third place, depending on the other results. The match between Hungary and Ukraine is very important. If Hungary wins, they will end up at least in second place. With another result nothing is clear.

All other decisive matches are also very equal. Russia is not doing well so far, but France can’t be satisfied with the pairings, which have the two teams play against each other in the last round. Azerbaijan is playing against USA after some very tough matches. The most unexpected pretenders for the podium, India and Uzbekistan, are facing each other on the fifth board. The rest day gives everyone a chance to prepare fully for the last round. It is going to be an extremely interesting fight!

Make your own predictions here!

Chess Olympiad, round 5


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

Round 5 of the Chess Olympiad brought a lot of changes in the standings. There are seven teams sharing first place in the open section. With four wins and one draw Azerbaijan has the best tiebreak. The rest of leaders are quite unexpected: Serbia, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Cuba, Uzbekistan and Georgia. The biggest surprise of the last round was Uzbekistan beating Ukraine 2.5 – 1.5. Top rated Russia didn’t manage to overcome the Bulgarians and they are only in 8th place before the rest day. Surprisingly, the other top rated teams are doing even worse so far. Armenia lost an important match against France, while USA and Ukraine both have one loss and one draw.

In the women’s section the situation is less complicated: China, Hungary and Russia won all their matches, while Netherlands, Poland and Serbia are sharing 4th-6th place with one draw and four wins.

It’s worth to mention some individual scores. There are only two players with 5 points out of five games – Deysi Cori from Peru (women’s section) and Valentin Iotov from Bulgaria (open section), who won today against Sergey Karjakin.

After the rest day we will for sure observe a lot of changes at the top of the standings and also a lot of unexpected results – it’s typical for the team events to bring many emotional games.

Come back here for more updates after the next rounds and don’t forget to bet!

First surprises in Tromsø!


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

The Chess Olympiad is getting more and more interesting and we observe many exciting games on the top boards. There are 11 teams in the open section and 12 teams in the women’s section who all have won their first three matches. The biggest surprise so far was a draw between Ukraine and Norway 2 in the second round.

Round 3 of the open section brought some very equal matches in the top and five of them finished with 2-2. The most interesting results were France winning against Armenia and Holland beating USA (see below for a picture from this match with three world class players – Gata Kamsky, Hikaru Nakamura and Anish Giri). The hosts with Magnus Carlsen on the first board can’t be satisfied so far. They won with only 2.5-1.5 against Yemen and then made four draws versus Finland. However, after winning in round 3 they are higher in the standings than Armenia and Ukraine. There are 8 rounds to go, so anything can happen. The next rounds will for sure bring more emotions and fascinating games. The most interesting match in round four is definitely France – Azerbaijan.

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Thanks to the live broadcast of all the matches we can also observe the fight on the lower boards. I’m in Tromsø as the captain of the Maltese team. For me on of the more interesting bets on Chessbet.com therefore was if Malta or Cyprus will place higher in the final standings. So far both teams are doing well. Cyprus has two wins, Malta one win and one draw, but 2-2 against Yemen should be considered as a good result.

Every single match even on the last board might be interesting and inspiring. Every team has some aim and every player tries to get the best possible score. That makes the Olympiad the most interesting event of the year. Enjoy watching the games and don’t forget to bet!