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Grand Chess Tour Paris Rapid and Blitz 2016 (Games and Results)

Grand Chess Tour Paris Rapid and Blitz 2016

Magnus Carlsen in action in Round 5 in Paris. Photo © Official live video:

Magnus Carlsen in action in Round 5 in Paris. Photo © Official live video: | http://games.dailymotion.com/parisgrandchesstour/x4e3j7t

The Grand Chess Tour Paris Rapid and Blitz tournament took place 8th June (opening ceremony) to 12th June 2016. It will almost immediately be followed by an identical event in Brussels. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Veselin Topalov and Laurent Fressinet.

Hikaru Nakamura won the rapid section and shared first with Magnus Carlsen in the blitz to win the event.

Hikaru Nakamura wins the GCT Paris tournament (Bltiz 10-18)

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.

Grand Chess Tour Paris 2016 (Bltiz 10-18)

GCT Rapid and Blitz Paris 2016 (Paris FRA)
Wed 8th Jun 2016 - Tue 14th Jun 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

GCT Rapid Paris 2016 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games Rapid

GCT Blitz Paris 2016 (10 players 18 Rds DRR Indiv TC:5m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Blitz

GCT Rapid Paris 2016 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games Rapid

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GCT Rapid Paris 2016 Paris FRA (FRA), 8-14 vi 2016 cat. XXII (2784)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2787 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 7 3003
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2855 ½ * 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 2942
3. So, Wesley g USA 2770 ½ 1 * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 2865
4. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2789 0 0 1 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 2863
5. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2812 ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 1 5 2823
6. Giri, Anish g NED 2782 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 0 ½ 2784
7. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2792 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 1 2783
8. Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2687 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 * ½ 1 2628
9. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2761 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 ½ * 0 2 2566
10. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2804 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 * 2 2561
Round 1 (June 9, 2016)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 37 D35 QGD Exchange
Carlsen, Magnus - So, Wesley 0-1 58 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Giri, Anish - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 36 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Fressinet, Laurent - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 44 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Topalov, Veselin - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 29 C45 Scotch Game
Round 2 (June 9, 2016)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 83 A29 English Four Knights
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 26 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Kramnik, Vladimir - So, Wesley ½-½ 56 D78 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Aronian, Levon - Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 49 A20 English Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Giri, Anish ½-½ 45 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Round 3 (June 9, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Aronian, Levon 1-0 68 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
So, Wesley - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 52 D83 Gruenfeld 4.Bf4
Giri, Anish - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 35 A14 Reti Opening
Fressinet, Laurent - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 78 D78 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Topalov, Veselin - Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1 31 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 4 (June 9, 2016)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 54 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Kramnik, Vladimir - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 62 A04 Dutch System
Aronian, Levon - So, Wesley 0-1 52 D15 Slav Defence
Topalov, Veselin - Giri, Anish 1-0 44 C24 Bishop's Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 48 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Round 5 (June 9, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 35 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
So, Wesley - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 43 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 56 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Giri, Anish - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 44 A14 Reti Opening
Fressinet, Laurent - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 45 D58 Queens Gambit Tartakover
Round 6 (June 10, 2016)
Nakamura, Hikaru - So, Wesley ½-½ 38 D38 QGD Ragozin
Kramnik, Vladimir - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 43 C53 Giuoco Piano
Giri, Anish - Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 22 C45 Scotch Game
Topalov, Veselin - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 41 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Caruana, Fabiano - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 51 A48 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Round 7 (June 10, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Giri, Anish ½-½ 28 C24 Bishop's Opening
So, Wesley - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 50 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 36 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 60 A09 Reti Opening
Fressinet, Laurent - Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1 34 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 8 (June 10, 2016)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Aronian, Levon 1-0 61 D35 QGD Exchange
Kramnik, Vladimir - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 58 A07 Barcza System
Giri, Anish - So, Wesley ½-½ 33 D38 QGD Ragozin
Fressinet, Laurent - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 71 D05 Colle System
Topalov, Veselin - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 51 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 9 (June 10, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 63 D35 QGD Exchange
So, Wesley - Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 31 A30 English Symmetrical
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Giri, Anish ½-½ 36 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Aronian, Levon - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 55 A09 Reti Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 55 A14 Reti Opening

GCT Blitz Paris 2016 (10 players 18 Rds DRR Indiv TC: 5m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Blitz

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GCT Blitz Paris 2016 Paris FRA (FRA), 8-14 vi 2016 cat. XXII (2784)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2855 * * 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 11.5 2878
2. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2787 0 0 * * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 11.5 2885
3. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2789 ½ ½ ½ 1 * * ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 11.0 2863
4. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2792 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 * * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 10.0 2826
5. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2804 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 * * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.0 2824
6. Giri, Anish g NED 2782 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 * * ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 9.0 2784
7. So, Wesley g USA 2770 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 * * ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 8.5 2764
8. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2761 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ * * ½ 1 0 ½ 8.0 2743
9. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2812 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 * * 1 0 5.5 2639
10. Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2687 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 * * 5.0 2628
Round 1 (June 11, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - So, Wesley ½-½ 25 C44 Scotch Gambit
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 54 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Aronian, Levon - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 39 D12 Slav Defence
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 32 C50 Giuoco Piano
Kramnik, Vladimir - Giri, Anish 0-1 35 A05 Various
Round 2 (June 11, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 68 B40 Sicilian Classical
Nakamura, Hikaru - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 31 A29 English Four Knights
So, Wesley - Giri, Anish ½-½ 35 A45 Trompowsky
Topalov, Veselin - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 54 C24 Bishop's Opening
Fressinet, Laurent - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 60 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Round 3 (June 11, 2016)
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 65 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 63 E06 Catalan
Caruana, Fabiano - So, Wesley 1-0 41 A07 Barcza System
Giri, Anish - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 60 D78 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Kramnik, Vladimir - Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 38 B32 Sicilian Labourdonnais
Round 4 (June 11, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Aronian, Levon 1-0 29 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Nakamura, Hikaru - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 59 D35 QGD Exchange
Caruana, Fabiano - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 46 A00 Irregular Openings
So, Wesley - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 58 D12 Slav Defence
Fressinet, Laurent - Giri, Anish 0-1 47 D38 QGD Ragozin
Round 5 (June 11, 2016)
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - So, Wesley ½-½ 63 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 90 B08 Pirc Defence
Giri, Anish - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 46 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Topalov, Veselin - Fressinet, Laurent 0-1 48 C24 Bishop's Opening
Kramnik, Vladimir - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 55 C55 Two Knights Defence
Round 6 (June 11, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Giri, Anish 1-0 34 B50 Sicilian Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 42 E46 Nimzo Indian Rubinstein
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 57 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Caruana, Fabiano - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 42 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
So, Wesley - Fressinet, Laurent ½-½ 39 A45 Trompowsky
Round 7 (June 11, 2016)
Aronian, Levon - So, Wesley ½-½ 31 A30 English Symmetrical
Giri, Anish - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 52 B41 Sicilian Paulsen
Topalov, Veselin - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 49 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Kramnik, Vladimir - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 40 A48 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Fressinet, Laurent - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 50 D56 Queens Gambit Lasker's Defence
Round 8 (June 11, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 23 C11 French Defence
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Giri, Anish ½-½ 53 D73 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Aronian, Levon - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 35 A14 Reti Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 27 D73 Gruenfeld 3.g3
So, Wesley - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 68 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 9 (June 11, 2016)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 59 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Giri, Anish - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 25 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Topalov, Veselin - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 46 A20 English Opening
Kramnik, Vladimir - So, Wesley 1-0 29 A07 Barcza System
Fressinet, Laurent - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 43 B43 Sicilian Paulsen
Round 10 (June 12, 2016)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 57 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Giri, Anish - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 36 A07 Barcza System
So, Wesley - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 28 A29 English Four Knights
Topalov, Veselin - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 39 A20 English Opening
Fressinet, Laurent - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 54 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Round 11 (June 12, 2016)
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 54 A05 Various
Aronian, Levon - Fressinet, Laurent ½-½ 72 A14 Reti Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 38 C50 Giuoco Piano
Giri, Anish - So, Wesley 0-1 24 A14 Reti Opening
Kramnik, Vladimir - Topalov, Veselin 0-1 63 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Round 12 (June 12, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 74 A48 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Nakamura, Hikaru - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 54 D56 Queens Gambit Lasker's Defence
So, Wesley - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 62 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Topalov, Veselin - Giri, Anish 1-0 24 A36 English Botvinnik
Fressinet, Laurent - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 49 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 13 (June 12, 2016)
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 36 C00 French Defence
Aronian, Levon - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 54 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Giri, Anish - Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 19 C45 Scotch Game
Topalov, Veselin - So, Wesley ½-½ 46 A30 English Symmetrical
Kramnik, Vladimir - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 37 A14 Reti Opening
Round 14 (June 12, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 32 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Nakamura, Hikaru - Giri, Anish 1-0 79 A06 Zukertort Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Aronian, Levon 0-1 46 C50 Giuoco Piano
So, Wesley - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 73 A04 Dutch System
Fressinet, Laurent - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 59 A07 Barcza System
Round 15 (June 12, 2016)
Aronian, Levon - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 59 A04 Dutch System
Giri, Anish - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 41 B41 Sicilian Paulsen
Topalov, Veselin - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 32 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Kramnik, Vladimir - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 49 A05 Various
Fressinet, Laurent - So, Wesley ½-½ 43 D78 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Round 16 (June 12, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Topalov, Veselin 0-1 46 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Nakamura, Hikaru - Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 49 D55 Queens Gambit Old Lasker Variation
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 34 D73 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Caruana, Fabiano - Giri, Anish 0-1 39 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
So, Wesley - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 34 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 17 (June 12, 2016)
Nakamura, Hikaru - So, Wesley ½-½ 20 D12 Slav Defence
Giri, Anish - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 38 A04 Dutch System
Topalov, Veselin - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 40 A13 Reti Opening
Kramnik, Vladimir - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 76 A14 Reti Opening
Fressinet, Laurent - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 58 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Round 18 (June 12, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 35 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 66 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Aronian, Levon - Giri, Anish ½-½ 43 A80 Dutch
Caruana, Fabiano - Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 44 A01 Larsen Opening
So, Wesley - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 47 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin

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