Danish Delight

As promised, we are bringing you a full report from the adventures of our Danish members who have played a couple of tournaments in Italy.

Furthermore, Jonas Buhl Bjerre participated in the strong Polgar Challenge on Chess24. He has provided us with two annotated games which you can enjoy in this article.

Also, the Candidates tournament is resuming after a lengthy break due to the pandemic. World champion Magnus Carlsen will be providing live commentary throughout the tournament.

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Giro d'Italia with Jonas and Ellen

Jonas is a reasonably new member of Offerspill. You have probably heard of him already, but did you know he became a grandmaster at the age of 14? He was the youngest ever Dane to achieve the title - an impressive feat.

The Second Mix Bassano, a fantastisc name for a tournament, was played in the city of Bassano del Grappa in Italy and besides Jonas there was another Offerspill member playing.

The one and only Ellen Fredericia Nilssen.

GM Jonas Buhl Bjerre in action in Italy.

Unfortunately, the tournament proved difficult for Ellen, but Jonas had an OK showing and finished on a shared 4th place with a 2545 rating performance.

Full results from The Second Mix Bassano are available here.

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Luckily, both players found their form in the 1st Easter Bassano Festival Open A - another brilliant tournament name.

As mentioned, Jonas has taken the time to analyze one of his best games from the tour of Italy. His chosen game is his round 7 win with white over Austrian GM Valentin Dragnev (2559).

Enjoy Jonas' comments and insight in the game below.

Bjerre - Dragnev (1-0)

Full results from the 1st Easter Bassano Festival Open A are available here.

Polgar Challenge

Chess legends Judit Polgar and Vladimir Kramnik joined forces with the Play Magnus Group to launch a new online tour designed to support talented young players and advance gender equality in the sport.

The first event, dubbed the Polgar Challenge, recently finished with a member of Offerspill finishing in the middle of the table, namely Jonas Buhl Bjerre.

Jonas took the time to pick out his favourite game from the tournament and has provided excellent commentary on his magnificent win against the talented Gukesh who is the second youngest to earn the title of grandmaster in history.


Bjerre - Gukesh (1-0)

Both Chess24 and Chessbase have written a number of reports from the tournament.

Candidates tournament is back

The already historic Candidates Tournament 2020-21 is back in action. This tournament will probably go down in history as the longest over-the-board chess tournament of all time due to the break caused by the pandemic.

As it started on the 17th of March 2020 a lenghty interruption for more than a year after the virus outbreak it is finally time to resume the tournament - today, the 19th of April 2021. The venue has not changed though and still is Yekaterinburg, Russia.

In the Candidates tournament eight players have qualified and the winner, in addition to claiming a juicy prize of €48.000 with the runner-up receiving €36.000, will get the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen for the World Championship title.

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Yan Nepomniachtchi lead the event a full point ahead of players like Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Wang Hao and Alexander Grischuk.

Plenty of action left in the Candidates. Photo: Chess24

Chess24 will provide live commentary of all rounds with a team full of star power, including David Howell, Tania Sachdev and world champion Magnus Carlsen.

Follow the games on Lichess or Chess24.

World champion Magnus Carlsen will follow the Candidates closely. Photo: Chess24


All rounds start at 13:00 CEST.

April 19th: Round 8

Caruana - Vachier-Lagrave
Wang Hao - Ding Liren
Nepomniachtchi - Giri
Alekseenko - Grischuk

April 20th: Round 9

Alekseenko - Caruana
Grischuk - Nepomniachtchi
Giri - Wang Hao
Ding Liren - Vachier-Lagrave

April 21st: Round 10

Caruana - Ding Liren
Vachier-Lagrave - Giri
Wang Hao - Grischuk
Nepomniachtchi - Alekseenko

April 22nd: Rest day

April 23rd: Round 11

Nepomniachtchi - Caruana
Alekseenko - Wang Hao
Grischuk - Vachier-Lagrave
Giri - Ding Liren

April 24th: Round 12

Caruana - Giri
Ding Liren - Grischuk
Vachier-Lagrave - Alekseenko
Wang Hao - Nepomniachtchi

April 25th: Rest day

April 26th: Round 13

Wang Hao - Caruana
Nepomniachtchi - Vachier-Lagrave
Alekseenko - Ding Liren
Grischuk - Giri

April 27th: Round 14

Caruana - Grischuk
Giri - Alekseenko
Ding Liren - Nepomniachtchi
Vachier-Lagrave - Wang Hao