The second leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2018, the Paris GCT 2018, kicked off just 4 days after Leuven. The format is still the same: 5 days, 9 rapid, and 18 blitz games. Vladimir Kramnik plays wildcard in Anish Giri‘s stead.
Day 1 was action-packed, as expected in rapid games. 7 out of the 15 games were decisive. Replay Day 1 games below:Replay »
Grand Chess Tour Paris 2018 Ranking after Day 1 Rapid
The official scoring system awards 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw. Thus, here’s the official scores after Day 1 of three rapid games:
Stay tuned for more chess action from Paris.
The first leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2018, the Your Next Move 2018, came to a conclusion. After 5 days of play, 9 rounds of rapid and 18 rounds of blitz games, Wesley So emerged victorious being just half a point ahead of the contenders: Sergey Karjakin and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
The last round indeed was full of drama. Going into the final round, So was just half a point ahead of Karjakin and MVL — he needed a win to secure the title, while a draw could mean tie-break games. Watching the live coverage, you can see the disappointment in So’s face as he resigned his last blitz game against Hikaru Nakamura. Yet, to his surprise, both Karjakin and MVL lost their respective games as well. Thus, Wesley So was crowned the champion.
Here’s the final tally »
On the third day of Your Next Move 2018, Wesley So further extends his lead as the rapid rounds wrap up when he defeated Hikaru Nakamura in the 7th round.
Thus, after the 9 rapid rounds, below is the rankings:
Your Next Move 2018 Ranking after Rapid Rounds
|1||So, Wesley|| 7.0 || 28.75 |
|2||Aronian, Levon|| 5.5 || 22.75 |
|Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime|| 5.5 || 22.25 |
|4||Karjakin, Sergey|| 5.0 || 23.00 |
|Nakamura, Hikaru|| 5.0 || 18.75 |
|6||Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar|| 4.5 || 17.25 |
|7||Grischuk, Alexander|| 4.0 || 15.00 |
|8||Caruana, Fabiano|| 3.5 || 15.25 |
|9||Anand, Viswanathan|| 2.5 || 12.25 |
|Giri, Anish|| 2.5 || 9.25 |
And here’s how it looks using the GTC scoring system: Continue reading “Your Next Move 2018 Rapid – Wesley So leads by a game and a half”
Fast chess such as Rapid and Blitz games truly brings excitement into the world of chess. That’s the meat of the first leg of Grand Chess Tour 2018, the Your Next Move 2018 happening in Leuven, Belgium, as it brings top chess players around the globe to play rapid and blitz chess.
On Day 2 of the Rapid games, Wesley So pulled off yet another outstanding chess as he won 2, against Anish Giri and Alexander Grischuk, and drew against Levon Aronian in Round 6.
Thus, So now leads by 1 full game against the closest runner up.
Your Next Move 2018 Ranking after Day 2 Rapid
Here are the scores according to the Your Next Move scoring system:
Replay all Day 2 Rapid games below:Replay »
Replay all rapid games of Your Next Move 2018.
Your Next Move 2018, the first leg of Grand Chess Tour 2018, kicks off in Leuven in Belgium.
Day 1 concluded with 3 rapid rounds. Wesley So won 2, against Fabiano Caruana and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, and drew 1 against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, to lead the pack with 2.5 points.
Your Next Move 2018 Ranking after Day 1
|1||So, Wesley|| 2.5 || 2.75 |
|2||Karjakin, Sergey|| 2.0 || 3.00 |
|Aronian, Levon|| 2.0 || 2.50 |
|4||Nakamura, Hikaru|| 1.5 || 2.50 |
|Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime|| 1.5 || 2.50 |
|Grischuk, Alexander|| 1.5 || 1.50 |
|Giri, Anish|| 1.5 || 1.25 |
|Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar|| 1.5 || 1.25 |
|9||Anand, Viswanathan|| 0.5 || 1.00 |
|Caruana, Fabiano|| 0.5 || 0.75 |
Replay the games below:Replay »
Stay tuned for more rapid and blitz chess action of Your Next Move 2018.
Fabiano Caruana defeats Varuzhan Akobian in the 7th round to share the lead with Samuel Shankland with 4 rounds to go at the US Chess Championship 2018. Wesley So trails at 3rd place with 4.5 points.
Replay games here.
To totally avoid the tiebreaks, Fabiano Caruana went for a win, and win he did, with the black pieces at that, against Alexander Grischuk in the final round of the Candidates 2018. It was the only decisive game of the round. Replay »
Thus, Caruana is the clear winner of the tournament being a full point ahead over the second place. He will be the challenger to the World Championship match in November this year in London against the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen.
Candidates 2018 Final Ranking
Replay all the games in the tournament here.