Grand Chess Tour Paris 2018 Day 1 Rapid Results: Aronian, Anand, and So lead

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

1Aronian, LevonARM27642
2Anand, ViswanathanIND27592
3So, WesleyUSA27782
4Mamedyarov, ShakhriyarAZE2808
5Nakamura, HikaruUSA2769
6Kramnik, VladimirRUS2792
7Karjakin, SergeyRUS2782
8Grischuk, AlexanderRUS2766
9Vachier-Lagrave, MaximeFRA27891
10Caruana, FabianoUSA2816½

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:

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Wesley So Wins Your Next Move 2018

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 »

Your Next Move 2018 Rapid – Wesley So leads by a game and a half

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

1So, Wesley 7.0 28.75
2Aronian, Levon 5.5 22.75
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 5.5 22.25
4Karjakin, Sergey 5.0 23.00
Nakamura, Hikaru 5.0 18.75
6Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 4.5 17.25
7Grischuk, Alexander 4.0 15.00
8Caruana, Fabiano 3.5 15.25
9Anand, 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”

Your Next Move 2018 Day 2: Wesley So extends lead

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

1So, WesleyUSA27785
2Aronian, LevonARM27644
3Vachier-Lagrave, MaximeFRA2789
4Karjakin, SergeyRUS2782
5Mamedyarov, ShakhriyarAZE2808
6Nakamura, HikaruUSA27693
7Giri, AnishNED27822
8Grischuk, AlexanderRUS27662
9Anand, ViswanathanIND27592
10Caruana, FabianoUSA2816

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.

Wesley So leads Your Next Move 2018 after Day 1

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

1So, Wesley 2.5 2.75
2Karjakin, Sergey 2.0 3.00
Aronian, Levon 2.0 2.50
4Nakamura, 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
9Anand, 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.

US Chess Championship 2018 Ranking after Round 7

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.

Caruana wins Candidates Tournament 2018

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

14Caruana FabianoUSA278490557
27Mamedyarov ShakhriyarAZE280981.5354.75
32Karjakin SergeyRUS276380.5454.75
46Ding LirenCHN27697.50152.5
51Kramnik VladimirRUS28006.51341.5
68Grischuk AlexanderRUS27676.51244
75So WesleyUSA279960140.5
83Aronian LevonARM27944.50133

Replay all the games in the tournament here.