World Championship round-up and Qatar Masters Open

Heinrich Basson Heinrich Basson is a chess enthusiast from South Africa. He is an avid club player with a current FIDE rating of 1899. He follows world chess events closely and analyzing the matches and writing about chess are some of his hobbies.

The World Championship match has finished but the chess action continues, we see the Qatar Masters Open currently being played, the strongest Open tournament event ever held. We also see the London Chess Classic taking place from 06 December until 14 December.

Let us look back at the World Championship match. We expected Anand to go for the win in game 11 and 12. He played an exchange sacrifice in game 11 which saw the game enter a very interesting position. In the end it was not enough and Anand lost the game after 45 moves, with some precise play by Carlsen. Therefore Carlsen retained his title with a 6.5 to 4.5 win, but I think the match was closer than the scoreline suggests. It all came down to a couple of big moments in some important games, which made the match very exciting to watch. But well done to Carlsen for defending his title. According to Carlsen his closest rivals for the title in two years are Caruana, Aronian and Grischuk. We will have to wait and see who will be challenging for the title next, but one thing is for sure, whoever it is, it will be a very tough match for Carlsen as the pressure will be on him. As for the 2014 World Championship match, it is a job well done for team Carlsen.

Currently the Qatar Masters Open tournament is underway from 25 November until 05 December, it features 92 Grandmasters from the 154 participants. What a great event indeed, there are entertaining games from board 1 to the last board. After 4 rounds GM Anish Giri is leading with 4 out of 4. There are 5 players on 3.5 points, which are GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, GM Nils Grandelius, GM Pavel Eljanov, GM Yuriy Kryvoruchko and GM Evgeny Tomashevsky. There are a further 26 players on 3 points after 4 rounds. This is truly a great chess event and a lot of fighting matches are taking place, great entertainment for the chess fans indeed. Be sure to follow all the action until 05 December, as there are definitely no easy games at this tournament. Picking a winner out of this tournament is very tough, as this is an open event and all the players in the top half of the table have the ability to win the tournament.

Be sure to check out the Chessbet website throughout December, as there is plenty of chess action throughout the last month of the year!