A result, at last! #TeamCarlsen triumphs in Chessable blitz as John Bartholomew shows how to win


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After eight straight draws, the omens are finally looking good for Magnus Carlsen after #TeamCarlsen won Chessable’s big Carlsen Vs Caruana blitz tournament in London last night.

With the Norwegian’s World Chess Championship match with Fabiano Caruana locked 4-4, Chessable’s co-founder IM John Bartholomew showed the big boys how to get a result by topping a super-strong field.

IM happy: Eric Rosen, Anna Rudolf, John Bartholomew and Christof Sielecki
IM happy: Eric Rosen, Anna Rudolf, John Bartholomew and Christof Sielecki


Around 120 people turned out for our World Championship-themed event at Battersea Chess Club in London and Chessable members mixed with some of the most recognisable faces in chess, all behind masks of the two most recognisable – Carlsen and Caruana.

But in the final reckoning, it was Team Carlsen who won the day with IM Bartholomew toppling IM Kostya Kavutskiy – representing Team Caruana – in the play-off. Well done John!

John and Kostya won through above a stellar field that included former English champion GM David Howell as top seed for Team Carlsen (“Magnus 1”) and the Russian GM Alexander Cherniaev for Team Caruana (“Caruana 1”).

Argentine Chess Olympiad player WIM Ayelén Martínez won the top women’s prize of £100.

The legendary Ginger GM Simon Williams, Chessable author GM Alex Colovic and the English GM Stephen Gordon were also in the mix along with the popular streamer IM Eric Rosen.

In total, there were five GMs and 12 IMs taking part in the event, held on a World Chess Championship match rest day. In no particular order, these included:

      1. IM Christof Sielecki, aka ChessExplained
      2. IM Sophie Milliet
      3. IM Mike Basman, the legend of English chess
      4. IM Tom Rendle
      5. IM Peter Roberson
      6. IM Bogdan Vioreanu
      7. IM Richard Bates
      8. IM Gavin Wall
      9. IM Alex Lopez

Several names from the chess media also featured, including chess.com’s Peter Doggers, the Norwegian journalist Tarjei Svensen and the photographer and “The Thinkers” author David Llada.

IM Anna Rudolf, who hosts the official World Chess Championship commentary, also made it – but was unable to play.

The prizes were almost a clean sweep for Team Carlsen with only late entrant IM Bogdan Vioreanu, a member of Battersea, in the placings for Team Caruana.

The prize winners

1st          £300       Carlsen 4  (IM John Bartholomew)

2nd        £150       Carlsen 5  (IM Kostya Kavutskiy)

3rd =      £75         Carlsen 1  (GM David Howell)

3rd =      £75         Caruana 7  (IM Bogdan Vioreanu)

Women’s   £100       Carlsen 14  (WIM Ayelén Martínez)

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