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World Chess Championship Under 12!

Nepo beats Carlsen in 2002 World Chess Championship U12

Nepo at far right in photo with Magnus standing next to him.

In 2002, Russia’s Ian “Nepo” Nepomniachtchi  won the World Chess Championship – Under 12 category, edging Norway’s Magnus Carlsen on a tiebreak score.


Ian Neopmniachtchi Round 5 in clear 1st place 2020 World Chess Candidates Tournament

They Will Play Again


The 2021 World Chess Championship!

Ian “Nepo” Nepomniachtchi won the 2021 World Chess Candidates Tournament with a round to spare for the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in November for the 2021 World Chess Championship in Dubai–a match consisting of 14 Classical Chess games.

Final Standings
Candidates Tournament
April 27, 2021

Final Standings 2021 Candidates Tournament

“Nepo” & Carlsen Played Before!

Nepo and Magnus have played before

Carlsen and Nepo have played each other for more than 18 years since they first met in the Under 12 tournaments in 2002.

In 2002, Nepo won both the European and World Chess Championships – Under 12, beating Carlsen in the European event in Spain and drawing with him in Greece.

A year later, at the World Chess Championship – Under 14 neither player won the title, but Nepo beat Carlsen in their individual Classical Chess game.

Nepo also beat Carlsen in Classical Chess the first time they played as adults in Wijk aan Zee 2011 and, overall, Nepo leads Carlsen with 4 wins, 1 loss and 6 draws at Classical Chess.

However, during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, in Rapid Chess and Blitz Chess, much of it over the internet, Carlsen has the edge over Nepo with 21 wins, 37 draws and 14 losses over 72 games.

Of course, two of Nepo’s wins at Classical Chess happened when they were kids, but the trend is interesting. Nepo has more than matched Magnus at Classical Chess time controls but lost to Carlsen as time controls get quicker in Rapid Chess and Blitz Chess.

Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi

The Challenger
Rated 2789
Born: July 14, 1990 (age 30 years)
Bryansk, Russia

Ian Neopmniachtchi Round 6 with man bun looking over the chessboard at 2020 World Chess Candidates Tournament

#4 Rated Chess Player in the World

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen

World Chess Champion

Rated 2862

Born: November 30, 1990 (age 30 years)


Tønsberg, Norway

2020 March - Magnus Carlsen is the #1 chess player in the world

#1 Rated Chess Player in the World

Magnus Carlsen will be playing in his fifth World Chess Championship match. Carlsen defeated Viswanathan Anand twice, Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana.

Magnus will be comfortable playing in Dubai where in 2014 he won both the World Rapid Chess and Blitz Chess Championships earning the Triple Crown for the first time in his career.

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Beginner’s Book – Chess Rules For Students

Chess Rules For Students workbook

Chess Rules For Students is a workbook for students learning the game of chess and for beginning students returning to the game. No previous knowledge of chess is necessary. Parents unfamiliar with chess will find this booklet a valuable guide to their child’s new interest.

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Beginners & Intermediate Book – Checkmate! Ideas For Students

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Chess Tactics For Students contains 434 carefully selected problems in worksheet format.

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An instructional workbook containing 434 carefully selected problems presented in worksheet format.

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