The 37th European Chess Club Cup and the 26th European Women’s Club Cup will take place in Maryhofen. The events are Swiss 7-round tournaments with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes until the end of the game, plus an increment of 30 seconds from move one.
Magnus Carlsen will compete for his Norwegian club, Chess Club Offers. The Norwegian will be playing professional chess in Austria for the first time as world champion. Meanwhile, former world champion Vishy Anand plays for the Romanian favorites of the CSU ASE Superbeta team that also includes Indian prodigy D. Gukesh,
The biggest challenger of Anand’s team is the club’s Czech squad Novi Borwhich will have the Austrian number one Markus Ragger in his roster.
While the Open Tournament is played on six boards, the Women’s Tournament is played on four boards. Among the women, as usual, the favorite team is the Cercle d’Echecs Monte Carlo with Anna Muzychuk, Zhansaya Abdumalik, Elisabeth Paehtz, Pia Cramling and Almira Skripchenko.
Commentary by Peter Svidler, Laurent Fressinet and Lawrence Trent
Master Class Vol.5: Emanuel Lasker
The name Emanuel Lasker will always be associated with his incredible 27-year reign on the throne of world chess. In 1894, at the age of 25, he had already won the world title from Wilhelm Steinitz and his record number of years on the throne did not end until 1921 when Lasker had to accept the superiority of Jose Raul Capablanca. But not only had the only German world champion to date eliminated all challengers for years, he had also won the biggest tournaments of his age, sometimes by a huge margin. The fascinating question is: how did he manage to do that?