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Grand Chess Tour Paris 2016 (Blitz 1-9)

Carlsen closes in on Nakamura after day 1 of the GCT Paris blitz

Hikaru Nakamura took a one point lead over Magnus Carlsen from the rapid into the blitz section of the Grand Chess Tour Paris tournament but this was cut in half by the end of the first day.

Nakamura had led the blitz element of the event all day and in the final round game against Carlsen he got a large, probably winning advantage. Carlsen realed off his early moves but 17...Qd5? was a mistake and after 18.Bf1! Carlsen thought for a long time how to even continue. Nakamura built up a winning advantage but it started to reduce after 34.g4 and Carlsen later turned down a draw offer. Carlsen got a winning position when his king penetrated Nakamura's position but even then allowed Nakamura chances to escape before winning. All to play for on the final day.

Final 9 rounds of blitz are on Sunday.

Nakamura had a slice of luck when he claimed a win after Topalov failed to promote his pawn properly leaving it on the promotion square instead of replacing it with a queen. Nakamura claimed the game after Topalov pressed the clock as the rules entitle him to do.

Nakamura beat Caruana, Giri, Topalov, Fressinet and So losing to Carlsen and drawing the rest.

Carlsen beat Aronian, Kramnik, Giri, Fressinet and Nakamura and drew the rest.

These two players are so far in front of the rest of the field in the over all standings the battle will be between them on the final day.

Blitz Standings: Carlsen 7pts, Nakamura 6.5pts, Caruana 5.5pts, Aronian 5pts, MVL, Kramnik, Giri 4.5pts, So 3pts, Topalov 2.5pts, Fressinet 2pts.

Combined Standings: 1 Nakamura 20½, 2 Carlsen 20, 3 Vachier-Lagrave 15½, 4 Kramnik 14½, 5 Aronian 14, 6 So 14, 7 Giri 13½ 8 Caruana 9½ 9 Fressinet 7 10 Topalov 6½

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 . ½ . 1 . ½ . 1 . 1 . ½ . ½ . 1 . 7 2996
2. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2787 0 . * * 1 . ½ . ½ . ½ . 1 . 1 . 1 . 1 . 2949
3. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2804 ½ . 0 . * * 0 . 0 . 1 . 1 . 1 . 1 . 1 . 2861
4. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2792 0 . ½ . 1 . * * ½ . ½ . ½ . ½ . 1 . ½ . 5 2826
5. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2789 ½ . ½ . 1 . ½ . * * 0 . ½ . ½ . 0 . 1 . 2783
6. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2812 0 . ½ . 0 . ½ . 1 . * * 0 . 1 . ½ . 1 . 2780
7. Giri, Anish g NED 2782 0 . 0 . 0 . ½ . ½ . 1 . * * ½ . 1 . 1 . 2784
8. So, Wesley g USA 2770 ½ . 0 . 0 . ½ . ½ . 0 . ½ . * * ½ . ½ . 3 2660
9. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2761 ½ . 0 . 0 . 0 . 1 . ½ . 0 . ½ . * * 0 . 2620
10. Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2687 0 . 0 . 0 . ½ . 0 . 0 . 0 . ½ . 1 . * * 2 2574
Round 1 (June 11, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - So, Wesley ½-½ 25 C44 Scotch Gambit
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 32 C50 Giuoco Piano
Aronian, Levon - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 39 D12 Slav Defence
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 54 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
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)
Caruana, Fabiano - So, Wesley 1-0 41 A07 Barcza System
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 63 E06 Catalan
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 65 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Kramnik, Vladimir - Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 38 B32 Sicilian Labourdonnais
Giri, Anish - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 60 D78 Gruenfeld 3.g3
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)
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 90 B08 Pirc Defence
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - So, Wesley ½-½ 63 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Kramnik, Vladimir - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 55 C55 Two Knights Defence
Giri, Anish - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 46 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Topalov, Veselin - Fressinet, Laurent 0-1 48 C24 Bishop's Opening
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
Caruana, Fabiano - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 42 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 57 C67 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
Kramnik, Vladimir - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 40 A48 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Giri, Anish - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 52 B41 Sicilian Paulsen
Topalov, Veselin - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 49 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
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
Caruana, Fabiano - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 27 D73 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Aronian, Levon - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 35 A14 Reti Opening
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Giri, Anish ½-½ 53 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
Kramnik, Vladimir - So, Wesley 1-0 29 A07 Barcza System
Giri, Anish - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 25 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Topalov, Veselin - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 46 A20 English Opening
Fressinet, Laurent - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 43 B43 Sicilian Paulsen

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