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GCT Rapid and Blitz YourNextMove 2016 (Games and Results)

Anand leads the YourNextMove Rapid in a day of surprises

Carlsen's turn around loss against Caruana may have a big effect on the event. Photo © Spectrum Studios

Carlsen's turn around loss against Caruana may have a big effect on the event. Photo © Spectrum Studios | http://grandchesstour.org/photos-yournextmove-2016

Viswanathan Anand finished the first day of the YourNextMove Rapid tournament undefeated and leading with 3.5/5 half a point clear of Fabiano Caruana and the also undefeated Wesley So.

Anand started the day with a bang, sacrificing a piece for a far from obvious winning attack against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL). Anand seemed to find the combination rather easy judging from his comments afterwards. Anand himself fell into a combination which lost a piece against Caruana in Round 3 but escaped with a draw. Anand's other win of the day was in the final round 5 against Veselin Topalov.

What of the favourtes? The Paris winner Hikaru Nakamura started with three losses before making sure of a solid draw in round 4 against Anand. Magnus Carlsen (2nd in Paris) was playing alright, although he seemed to be trying a little too hard and had a number of difficult games on the way to a +1 score, thanks to an endgame win against Aronian. Then the wheels came off for him in just a few minutes. Carlsen fought his way to a winning position against Caruana before falling to a devilish combination that lost him the game. Then within a few minutes Carlsen had an aberration and just dropped a piece to a grateful Nakamura.

Day 1 standings (points will count double those of the blitz in the final standings): 1st Anand 3.5pts, 2nd-3rd Caruana, So, 4th-7th Aronian, MVL, Giri, Topalov, 8th-9th Carlsen, Kramnik, 10th Nakamura.

GCT Rapid YourNextMove Leuven BEL (BEL), 17-20 vi 2016 cat. XXII (2792)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2770 * ½ . ½ 1 . 1 . . ½ 2935
2. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2804 ½ * 0 . . ½ 1 1 . . 3 2859
3. So, Wesley g USA 2770 . 1 * ½ ½ . . ½ ½ . 3 2882
4. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2792 ½ . ½ * ½ 1 . 0 . . 2793
5. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2789 0 . ½ ½ * . . ½ 1 . 2799
6. Giri, Anish g NED 2782 . ½ . 0 . * ½ . ½ 1 2791
7. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2761 0 0 . . . ½ * . 1 1 2791
8. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2855 . 0 ½ 1 ½ . . * . 0 2 2716
9. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2812 . . ½ . 0 ½ 0 . * 1 2 2705
10. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2787 ½ . . . . 0 0 1 0 * 2647
Round 1 (June 17, 2016)
Caruana, Fabiano - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 51 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
So, Wesley - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 38 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Aronian, Levon - Giri, Anish 1-0 57 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 36 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Kramnik, Vladimir - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 43 A14 Reti Opening
Round 2 (June 17, 2016)
Anand, Viswanathan - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 48 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
So, Wesley - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 49 D53 Queens Gambit
Giri, Anish - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 64 C50 Giuoco Piano
Topalov, Veselin - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 45 C53 Giuoco Piano
Carlsen, Magnus - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 49 A20 English Opening
Round 3 (June 17, 2016)
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 57 A09 Reti Opening
Aronian, Levon - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 45 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - So, Wesley ½-½ 42 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Kramnik, Vladimir - Topalov, Veselin 0-1 68 A07 Barcza System
Nakamura, Hikaru - Giri, Anish 0-1 34 D04 Queen's Pawn Game
Round 4 (June 17, 2016)
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 39 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
So, Wesley - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 41 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 32 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Giri, Anish - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 39 C50 Giuoco Piano
Carlsen, Magnus - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 54 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Round 5 (June 17, 2016)
Caruana, Fabiano - So, Wesley 0-1 50 A09 Reti Opening
Aronian, Levon - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 61 D14 Slav Exchange
Topalov, Veselin - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 43 A20 English Opening
Kramnik, Vladimir - Giri, Anish ½-½ 73 D77 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Nakamura, Hikaru - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 17 D38 QGD Ragozin

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