Dubbed as the World’s Strongest Chess Tournament, Altibox Norway Chess 2017, which is scheduled to happen June 5 to 17 this year, was able to gather to play the current (February 2017) top 10 players in the world:
- World chess champion, Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
- Wesley So (USA)
- Fabiano Caruana (USA)
- Vladimir Kramnik (Russia)
- Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France)
- Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
- Viswanathan Anand (India)
- Levon Aronian (Armenia)
- Sergey Karjakin (Russia)
- Anish Giri (The Netherlands)
Eight of the top ten players are set to participate in the 2017 edition of the Grand Chess Tour. One rapid and blitz event was added to the events line-up from last year, i.e., the Saint Louis Rapid, which should follow soon after the Sinquefield Cup.
It’s a great year ahead, indeed, for chess fans for 2017.
Hikaru Nakamura and Yu Yangyi won their respective games in the final Round 10 of Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017, to get a shot at the title when David Antón Guijarro drew his game against Michael Adams.
At the end of Round 10, Guijarro, Nakamura, and Yu were tied, thus necessitated a playoff:
Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017 Final Ranking
|1||24||GM||Anton Guijarro David||ESP||2650||8,0||2859|
|10||20||GM||Howell David W L||ENG||2655||7,0||2732|
|12||16||GM||Short Nigel D||ENG||2675||7,0||2722|
|19||21||GM||Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo||VEN||2652||7,0||2675|
|22||37||GM||Lalith Babu M R||IND||2587||7,0||2640|
David Anton Guijarro beats Veselin Topalov in the penultimate Round 9 of Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017 (Replay ») to take the solo lead with 1 round to go. He might only be the 24th seed (ELO 2650) coming into this tournament, but he finds himself ahead of household names in the chess world such as Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Michael Adams, Boris Gelfand, and especially Fabiano Caruana.
Caruana is having a hard time in this tournament after he lost to Nigel Short in the 6th round and drew with several lower rated players in earlier rounds before that, thus he’s at No. 12 in the ranking after Round 9. He’s currently at 3rd place in the live ratings with 2819.7. He’s set to face Varuzhan Akobian in the final round.
Despite the Live Ratings indicating So as now No. 2 after Fabiano Caruana dropped some ELO points to today’s 2820, Caruana’s sub-optimal performance from Gibraltar are not yet in for the official tally.
Levon Aronian gained some ELO points as well from Tata Steel, to settle for 7th to 8th place, with a rating of 2785.
This is Wesley So‘s 56th game without a loss. His last loss was in Round 4 of Bilbao Masters Final 2016 against the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, where he finished fourth. Moreover, this is his third super-tournament title in a row, following the Sinquefield Cup and London Chess Classic.
Wesley So, playing as black, won his final round game against Ian Nepomniachtchi. This win enabled So to secure the Tata Steel Masters 2017 title, his first for Tata Steel, with a clear point ahead of the runner-up, Magnus Carlsen.
Replay Round 13 games below:Replay »
This win also enabled So to rank second in the Live Ratings, after Fabiano Caruana lost to Nigel Short in Round 6 in Gibraltar, just 16 ELO points behind the World Champion:
The game between Wesley So vs. Wei Yi in the penultimate Round 12 of Tata Steel Masters 2017 ended in a draw. Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian won against Pavel Eljanov and Loek Van Wely, respectively. Replay Round 12 games below:Replay »
Tata Steel Masters 2017 Round 12 Results
|1||So, Wesley||½-½||Wei, Yi|
|2||Aronian, Levon||1-0||Van Wely, Loek|
|3||Adhiban, Baskaran||½-½||Giri, Anish|
|4||Karjakin, Sergey||½-½||Nepomniachtchi, Ian|
|5||Eljanov, Pavel||0-1||Carlsen, Magnus|
|6||Harikrishna, Pentala||½-½||Rapport, Richard|
|7||Wojtaszek, Radoslaw||½-½||Andreikin, Dmitry|
Thus, at the end of Round 12, with one final round to go, Wesley So still leads, by a half point, followed by Carlsen, Aronian, and Wei Yi, tied in second place: