is an Internet chess server in English and nine other languages, established in 2014[1] by German grandmaster Jan Gustafsson and Enrique Guzman.[2][3] Among people collaborating with chess24 are World Champions, Grandmasters and International Masters including Magnus Carlsen,[4] Viswanathan Anand, Peter Svidler, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Francisco Vallejo Pons,[5] David Antón Guijarro, Laurent Fressinet, Dorsa Derakhshani, Lawrence Trent, Sopiko Guramishvili, and Hou Yifan.[6] logo.svg
Type of site
Internet chess server
Launched2014; 8 years ago (2014)
Current statusActive

In March 2019, chess24 merged with Magnus Carlsen's company Play Magnus AS in a transaction that made the former chess24 owners the largest shareholders in Play Magnus.[3][7]


A 2020 review by IM Luis Torres put chess24 as one of the three most popular internet chess servers, alongside and lichess. Similarly to other chess servers, chess24 offers the ability to play online against other users or bots, enter online tournaments hosted on the site and view your own statistics. Torres ranked the best overall, but chess24 as the best for improving one's game.[8]

chess24 offers users the option of playing chess against each other using various time controls, playing with modified versions of Stockfish, joining informal online tournaments, as well as watching videos on chess. There are e-books about many chess topics, online chess courses available for members, and a daily news feature.

There is also an option of "going premium" (paying for membership) on chess24.[9] Going premium allows deeper Stockfish analysis and also participation in events such as Banter Blitz, which allows Premium members to play with collaborators of chess24. Reviews have tended to favour rivals and Lichess in terms of the playing experience, while suggesting that chess24 has richer educational video content.[10][8]


chess24 provides live coverage of major international tournaments on the website and also on YouTube with commentary by players such as Yasser Seirawan, Peter Leko, and Tania Sachdev.[11][12] They also host and sponsor their own events, especially since their acquisition by the Play Magnus suite. From September 2019 to April 2020, chess24 held the first international Banter Blitz Cup, an online blitz chess tournament featuring players such as Magnus Carlsen, Gata Kamsky, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, Parham Maghsoodloo, David Antón Guijarro and Leinier Domínguez with a $50,000 prize pool for players and $5,000 for streamers.[13] It was won by Alireza Firouzja in the final against Magnus Carlsen.[14][15]

From April to May 2020, chess24 held the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, an online rapid chess tournament which was won by Magnus Carlsen. This was expanded to form a conceptual tour including the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge, and culminating in a Grand Final, featuring Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura.[16][17] The 2021 edition was hosted in March 2021, also online, and saw the favourite Magnus Carlsen being knocked out in the semifinal by Ian Nepomniatchi, who eventually lost in the final to Dutch Grandmaster and World Championship Candidate Anish Giri.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday to chess24". Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  2. ^ "About us". Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b Bjerknes, Christian (2019-03-25). "Sjakkekspert inntar Magnus Carlsens spillselskap". (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2019-03-17. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  4. ^ "GM Magnus Carlsen & Jan Gustafsson | Magnus Carlsen on the Grand Chess Tour & more | Watch live".
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  6. ^ "Introduction to My Career So Far – Hou Yifan chess video". Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  7. ^ McGourty, Colin (2019-03-15). "chess24 and Play Magnus join forces". Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  8. ^ a b Torres, Luis (June 14, 2020). " vs Chess24 vs Lichess: The Ultimate Review". Chesscience. Archived from the original on 2021-01-12. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  9. ^ "Upgrade to Premium Membership".
  10. ^ "lichess vs chess24 vs – Which is the Best Chess Website?". iChess. June 22, 2018. Archived from the original on 2020-02-04. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  11. ^ "Carlsen vs. Ding Liren | Nakamura vs. Dubov | MCCT Semi-finals | Day 1". YouTube. August 9, 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-09-11. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  12. ^ "Live chess tournament broadcasts".
  13. ^ Martínez, David (2019-09-25). "Banter Blitz Cup Schedule". Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  14. ^ Colin, McGourty (2020-04-16). "Firouzja beats Carlsen to win the Banter Blitz Cup". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  15. ^ Barden, Leonard (April 9, 2020). "Chess: Magnus Carlsen prepares for meeting with prodigy Alireza Firouzja". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2020-04-09. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  16. ^ chess24 staff (May 14, 2020). "The $1M Magnus Carlsen Tour: A New Era for Chess". chess24. Archived from the original on 2020-05-23. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  17. ^ Barden, Leonard (May 15, 2020). "Chess: Magnus Carlsen announces $1m online series as viewer numbers surge". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2020-05-15. Retrieved August 17, 2020.