Last updated: Friday 24th June 2016 9:09 pm
GCT Rapid and Blitz YourNextMove 2016 10-18 Blitz
Mark Crowther (Mon Jun 20 17:19:00 2016)
Magnus Carlsen started with a very impressive 5/6 on the final day of the YourNextMove tournament in Leuven, Belgium. This run was enough to secure tournament victory with three rounds to spare. This performance along with his 4/4 on day two of the rapids took him to the win. Carlsen had winning chances even in the two draws he had in the first 6 games but after securing tournament victory he played very wildly to lose to Anish Giri and then drew his final games.
Wesley So followed a conservative policy of trying to avoid losses and picking up wins where he could and this took him to clear second place. Levon Aronian finished in third and Viswanathan Anand fourth. Paris winner Hikaru Nakamura performed well below his best and only finished 7th.
Day 2 blitz scores: Carlsen 6/9, Giri, Anand, Caruana 5pts, Aronian, So, MVL and Nakamura 4.5pts Kramnik 4pts and Topalov 2pts.
Final blitz standings: Carlsen 11pts/18, Aronian 10pts, Anand, Nakamura, So 9.5pts, Kramnik, MVL 9pts, Caruana 8.5pts, Giri 8pts, Topalov 6pts.
Final combined results: Carlsen 23pts, Wesley So 20.5pts, Aronian 20pts, Anand 19.5pts, Caruana 17.5pts, MVL 17pts, Nakamura 16.5, Kramnik, Giri 16pts, Topalov 14pts.
The remaining events on this year's Grand Chess Tour are the 4th Sinquefield Cup 4th to 16th August 2016 and the 8th London Chess Classic 7th to 19th December 2016. Magnus Carlsen leads the Grand Chess Tour with 23 points ahead of Nakamura and So on 17pts but will miss at least the Sinquefield Cup if not both of these later events.Read more ....
GCT Rapid YourNextMove (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games Rapid
GCT Blitz YourNextMove (10 players 18 Rds DRR Indiv TC:5m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Blitz
Eurasian Blitz Chess Cup 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun Jun 19 12:42:00 2016)
The Eurasian Blitz Chess Cup took place 18th to 19th June 2016. Players: Nepomniachtchi, Le Quang, Karjakin, Mamedov, Gelfand, Wang Hao, Grischuk, Andreikin, Svidler, Kasimdzhanov, Gawain Jones etc. Farrukh Amonatov overhauled Ian Nepomniachtchi for first place with a final round win. Nepomniachtchi's quick draw with Baadur Jobava in the final round secured him second place. Read more ....
Grand Chess Tour Paris 2016 Bltiz 10-18
Mark Crowther (Sun Jun 12 20:37:00 2016)
Hikarua Nakamura did enough on the final day of the Grand Chess Tour Paris tournament to secure a one point victory in the final standings of the event, a combination of results from the rapid and blitz. Nakamura took a one point lead from the rapid tournament into the blitz and this turned out to be the final margin.
Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen tied for first the blitz tournament. Carlsen led the blitz after the first day by half a point but while Nakamura and Carlsen both had a huge lead over the rest of the field in the combined standings neither played as well on the final day. Not that there were any weak players in this event, nor much place to hide, for example Kramnik collapsed to 1/9 on the last day. Maxime Vachier Lagrave (MVL) had a very fine, undefeated last day to secure 3rd place.
Final day scores: MVL 6.5pts/9, So, Topalov 5.5pts, Aronian, Nakamura 5pts, Giri, Carlsen, Caruana 4.5pts, Fressinet 3pts and Kramnik 1pt.
Carlsen started the final day with a win over So which allowed him to catch Nakamura in the standings, they both lost in round 11, Carlsen being a bit too creative against Caruana and MVL beating Nakamura, then Carlsen drew with MVL and Nakamura drew with Aronian. At this point there was an unscheduled break of about 45 minutes due to technical problems and after that, it's hard to say because of it, Carlsen had in his own words "A good old fashioned meltdown".
Carlsen lost to Aronian, beat a struggling Kramnik, lost to Giri and Topalov before beating Fressinet from a busted position. The latter win seemed to calm Carlsen a bit but the damage was mostly done, he'd even lost top spot on the live blitz rating list to Nakamura. Carlsen beat Nakamura in the final round to make his score look somewhat respectable and tie for first in the blitz and regain his top spot in the blitz rankings. Nakamura finished with wins against Kramnik, Giri and Fressinet with three draws before losing to Carlsen.
A bit surprising was the heavy use of quite standard openings even in the blitz. Almost all the players had decent runs in the event, even Topalov, who had a very reasonable final day after looking desperately out of touch on the other three days and Caruana too pulled things together in the blitz after terrible run in the rapid. It will be interesting to see how different things might be in Belgium next week.
Final blitz standings: Carlsen, Nakamura 11.5pts, MVL 11pts, Aronian, Caruana 10pts, Giri 9pts, So 8.5pts, Topalov 8pts, Kramnik 5.5pts, Fressinet 5pts.
Final combined standings: 1 Hikaru Nakamura 25½/36, 2 Magnus Carlsen 24½/36, 3 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 22/36, 4 Wesley So 19½/36, 5 Levon Aronian 19/36, 6 Anish Giri 18/36, 7 Vladimir Kramnik 15½/36, 8 Caruana, Fabiano 14/36, 9 Veselin Topalov 12/36, 10 Laurent Fressinet 10/36.
Laurent Fressinet will be replaced by Viswanathan Anand in the next event, with the same format, the YourNextMove Rapid and Blitz in Leuven, Belgium 17th-20th June 2016.
The Classical events, the Sinquefield Cup 1st to 16th August and the London Chess Classic 8th to 19th December, will complete the series.Read more ....
29th City of Leon Masters Chess 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun Jun 12 19:59:00 2016)
The 29th City of Leon Master Chess took place 10th to 12th June 2016. Viswanathan Anand won by beating David Anton in the semi-finals and Wei Yi in the final. Jaime Santos Latasa lost to Wei Yi in the other semi-final. All matches were settled 2.5-1.5. Read more ....
51st Capablanca Memorial 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Fri Jun 10 09:17:00 2016)
The 51st Capablanca Memorial takes place 9th to 20th June 2016. Players: Leinier Dominguez Perez, Vassily Ivanchuk, Zoltan Almasi, Ivan Cheparinov, Yuriy Kryvoruchko and Lazaro Bruzon. Read more ....
51st Capablanca Mem Elite (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Elite
51st Capablanca Mem Prem (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Premier
51st Capablanca Mem Open (10 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1))
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