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GCT Rapid and Blitz YourNextMove 2016 (6-9)

Carlsen perfect on day two to win the YourNextMove Rapid

Magnus Carlsen showed why they pay him the big bucks by coming back from a disappointing finish to his first day with a perfect 4/4 performance on the second. In a closely bunched field this proved to be enough to win the rapid section in the YourNext Move Rapid section Leuven. Carlsen beat Veselin Topalov, Anish Giri, Viswanathan Anand and finally Vladimir Kramnik in his winning run.

Carlsen will take a one point lead over Wesley So (undefeated) and two points over Anand and Aronian and a massive 5 points over Nakamura into the two day blitz event that takes place on Sunday and Monday as points in the rapid count double that of the blitz. However with 18 games to come there are still more than enough points available for most of the players.

Paris winner Hikaru Nakamura couldn't make up for his poor showing on day one, only reaching 2/4 on day two with a grinding marathon victory over Fabiano Caruana in the final round. Vladimir Kramnik had another poor day too scoring just 1.5/4 but did have the satisfaction of a nice endgame win against Anand.

Final Rapidplay Standings (points will double up in the final standings when combined with the blitz): Carlsen 6pts/9, So 5.5pts, Anand, Aronian 5pts, MLV, Giri, Topalov 4pts Nakamura, Kramnik 3.5pts.

GCT Rapid YourNextMove Leuven BEL (BEL), 17-20 vi 2016 cat. XXII (2792)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2855 * ½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 0 1 6 2910
2. So, Wesley g USA 2770 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 2874
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2770 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 0 5 2837
4. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2792 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 0 1 ½ 5 2835
5. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2804 1 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 0 1 2790
6. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2789 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 1 4 2749
7. Giri, Anish g NED 2782 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 * ½ 1 ½ 4 2750
8. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2761 0 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 4 2752
9. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2787 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0 * 0 2712
10. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2812 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 * 2710
Round 1 (June 17, 2016)
So, Wesley - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 38 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Aronian, Levon - Giri, Anish 1-0 57 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Caruana, Fabiano - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 51 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
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)
Carlsen, Magnus - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 49 A20 English Opening
So, Wesley - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 49 D53 Queens Gambit
Anand, Viswanathan - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 48 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Giri, Anish - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 64 C50 Giuoco Piano
Topalov, Veselin - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 45 C53 Giuoco Piano
Round 3 (June 17, 2016)
Aronian, Levon - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 45 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 57 A09 Reti Opening
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - So, Wesley ½-½ 42 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Nakamura, Hikaru - Giri, Anish 0-1 34 D04 Queen's Pawn Game
Kramnik, Vladimir - Topalov, Veselin 0-1 68 A07 Barcza System
Round 4 (June 17, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 54 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
So, Wesley - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 41 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 39 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 32 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Giri, Anish - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 39 C50 Giuoco Piano
Round 5 (June 17, 2016)
Aronian, Levon - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 61 D14 Slav Exchange
Caruana, Fabiano - So, Wesley 0-1 50 A09 Reti Opening
Topalov, Veselin - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 43 A20 English Opening
Nakamura, Hikaru - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 17 D38 QGD Ragozin
Kramnik, Vladimir - Giri, Anish ½-½ 73 D77 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Round 6 (June 18, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 47 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
So, Wesley - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 33 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Anand, Viswanathan - Giri, Anish 1-0 26 C50 Giuoco Piano
Aronian, Levon - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 36 A14 Reti Opening
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 50 A78 Benoni
Round 7 (June 18, 2016)
Caruana, Fabiano - Aronian, Levon 0-1 68 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Giri, Anish - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 23 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Topalov, Veselin - So, Wesley 0-1 28 A10 Dutch, QI and KID Systems
Nakamura, Hikaru - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 35 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Kramnik, Vladimir - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 51 A14 Reti Opening
Round 8 (June 18, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 38 C50 Giuoco Piano
So, Wesley - Giri, Anish ½-½ 23 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 37 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Caruana, Fabiano - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 40 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 66 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 9 (June 18, 2016)
Anand, Viswanathan - So, Wesley ½-½ 17 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Giri, Anish - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 88 A04 Dutch System
Topalov, Veselin - Aronian, Levon 1-0 55 A28 English Four Knights
Nakamura, Hikaru - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 117 A05 Various
Kramnik, Vladimir - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 54 A04 Dutch System

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