23. Jul, 2021

Chess competition & the pandemic

GM Sam Shankland won the third edition of the Prague Masters. Playing his first over-the-board tournament in 16 months, the California-based grandmaster finished on 5.5/7, half a point more than Polish GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda.

"For the last 15 months, I've just been happy to be safe, healthy, and financially stable in an era where millions have fallen ill, died, lost loved ones, and had the foundation of their lives uprooted. But at the end of the day, my heart beats for the thrill of competition, and I'm so happy to finally have this part of my life back after over a year of all tournaments canceled."

👍 Chess.com - Prague Masters 2021 with games featured

😎 Video - Prague International Chess Festival 2021 (2:59)