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chess.com Semi-Final Blitz 2016

chess.com Semi-Final Blitz 2016 Games and Results

The Semi-Finals of the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship on chess.com take place on the 23rd and 24th of August 2016. 3 hours of blitz and bullet chess. 23rd Aug World Champion Magnus Carlsen vs Alexander Grischuk and 24th Aug Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. 6pm UK time. 1pm New York time. Carlsen beat Grischuk 16-8. Hikaru Nakamura beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 21.5-10.5. The players missed the call for the end of the match and so played an additional bullet game won by MVL. I give the games in PGN. The three Chess960 games per match have been removed. They cause too many problems. The final between Carlsen and Nakamura will take place in September at a date yet to be decided. Read more ....

chess.com Blitz Championship Semifinal 2016 (chess.com INT)
Tue 23rd Aug 2016 - Wed 24th Aug 2016 - Official Site - Live

chess.com SF Blitz 2016 (4 players 1 Rds Match Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games SF

World Juniors 2016

World Juniors 2016 Games and Results

The World Junior Championship took place in Bhubaneswar 7th to 21st August 2016. Jeffery Xiong won the title with a round to spare finishing on 10.5/13 a point clear of Vladislav Artemiev. Lyna Narayanan Sunilduth finished 3rd. Xiong is the 7th US player to win the title, the first since Tal Shaked in 1997. Dinara Saduakassova won the girls title with 9.5/13 half a point clear of Pv Nandhidhaa and Dinara Dordzhieva. Saduakassova even had the luxury of throwing a win away in the final round. Read more ....

World Juniors 2016 (Bhubaneswar IND)
Sun 7th Aug 2016 - Mon 22nd Aug 2016 - Official Site - Results

World Junior Open 2016 (13 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Open

World Junior Girls 2016 (13 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Girls

Wesley So wins the Sinquefield Cup

4th Sinquefield Cup 2016 9

Vachier-Lagrave and Wesley So during their final round game. Photo ©

Vachier-Lagrave and Wesley So during their final round game. Photo © | http://grandchesstour.org/2016-sinquefield-cup/2016-sinquefield-cup

Wesley So won the Sinquefield Cup after drawing his final game against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and posting a score of 5.5/9. So had to wait for the result of Veselin Topalov against Levon Aronian to know he'd won. If that game had been decisive there would have been a playoff for the title on Monday. As it was Topalov failed to convert a winning advantage in the endgame and So could celebrate. So also leads the Grand Chess Tour going into the final event in London.

So chose the solid Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence against MVL and didn't have much trouble holding the draw. MVL had hoped the endgame he chose was tricky but So was unphased.

Veselin Topalov had a great position against Levon Aronian in a sharp 4.d3 Berlin Defence. Topalov could have gone for a more attacking game but instead they traded to an endgame where white was close to winning at move 40. I don't know why Topalov turned down 48.f4 which seemed straightforward but it was finally 57.Rd4+ that lost the winning advantage although Aronian couldn't see an answer to 64.Kc5 after which black only just holds the draw with 64...Ra7.

Hikaru Nakamura scored the most drastic win of the day crushing Ding Liren. Nakamura seemed to catch out Ding Liren with his choice of Semi-Slav variation and Ding didn't seem to have the energy to resist at the end of a tiring event for him. 17...Nh5 was a bad idea and Nakamura confidently rattled out a refutation ending with 22.Nd5! after which the game was effectively over.

Fabiano Caruana had drawn all his games in the Sinquefield Cup before defeating a struggling Anish Giri in the final round. Giri felt comfortable out of the opening but it was the precise timing of his break 15...f6 that caused all the problems. Caruana found a far from obvious continuation where he gave up two rooks for the queen. The resulting position was hugely favourable for white, a fantastic piece of judgement from Caruana and he went on to win in 46 moves.

Peter Svidler and Viswanathan Anand contested another 4.d3 Berlin Defence. Anand's kingside counterplay was just in time to secure the draw.

Final Round 9 Standings: Wesley So 5.5pts/9, Anand, Aronian, Caruana, Topalov 5pts, MLV Nakamura 4.5pts, Ding Liren 4pts, Svidler 3.5pts, Giri 3pts.

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4th Sinquefield Cup 2016 (Saint Louis USA)
Thu 4th Aug 2016 - Tue 16th Aug 2016 - Official Site - Live

4th Sinquefield Cup 2016 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m(40)+60m+30spm) - Games in PGN: Games

World Chess Championship 2016

World Chess Championship 2016 Games and Results

The World Chess Championship match between defending champion Magnus Carlsen and his challenger Sergey Karjakin takes place in New York City 11th to 30th November 2016. Organisers: AGON.

Match over 12 games plus possible tie-breaks. Dates 11th-30th November. Game 1 11th, G2 12th, G3 14th, G4 15th, G5 17th, G6 18th, G7 20th G8 21st, G9 23rd, G10 24th, G11 26th, G12 28th TB 30th.

Venue: South Street Seaport second-floor atrium of the Fulton Market, Manhattan, New York City.

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World Chess Championship 2016 (New York USA)
Fri 11th Nov 2016 - Wed 30th Nov 2016 - Official Site

WCh 2016 (2 players 12 Rds Match Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61))

49th Biel Chess Festival 2016

49th Biel Chess Festival 2016 Games and Results

The 49th Biel Chess Festival takes place 23rd July to 3rd August. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Peter Svidler 3-1 in a four game match in the main event. Vachier-Lagrave won the initial rapid match 2.5-1.5. There were two Junior matches alongside Benjamin Bok beat Nico Georgiadis 5-1 and Fracesco Rambaldi beat Noel Studer 3.5-2.5 (both over 6 games). The main Open tournament was won by Sam Shankland. Read more ....

49th Biel Chess Festival 2016 (Biel SUI)
Sat 23rd Jul 2016 - Wed 3rd Aug 2016 - Official Site - Live

49th Biel Masters Match (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Classical

49th Biel Masters Rapid (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:15m+5spm) - Games in PGN: Games Rapid

Biel Exhibition Blitz RR (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Blitz

Exhibition Blitz Final (2 players 2 Rds Match Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Blitz Final

49th Biel Juniors Match (2 players 6 Rds Match Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1))

49th Biel Juniors Rapid (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:15m+5spm) - Games in PGN: Games Junior Rapid

49th Biel Master Open (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Open

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