We saw a lot of blood drawn in the opening round of the Candidates Tournament 2018, the tournament that will determine who will be this year’s challenger to Magnus Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2018.
Shahkriyar Mamedyarov, Vladimir Kramnik, and Fabiano Caruana led the opening round rampage. The victims: Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk, and Wesley So, respectively.
Candidates Tournament 2018 Round 1 Results
|Kramnik, Vladimir||1-0||Grischuk, Alexander
|Caruana, Fabiano||1-0||So, Wesley
|Aronian, Levon||½-½||Ding, Liren
|Karjakin, Sergey||0-1||Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
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At the end of 9 rapid and 18 blitz rounds of Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017, Magnus Carlsen was tied with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave for first place with 24 points apiece, thus they faced off in tie-break games.
After two tie-break games, Carlsen came out victorious with 1.5 points vs. MVL’s 0.5. Check out the GCT ranking after Paris »
Day 2 of three rapid games for Rounds 4, 5 and 6 of Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017: Magnus Carlsen scored another impressive 2 wins and a draw, including his Round 4 win against Wesley So.Replay »
Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017 Game Results
|1||Nakamura, Hikaru||1-0||Bacrot, Etienne|
|2||Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar||1-0||Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime|
|3||So, Wesley||0-1||Carlsen, Magnus|
|4||Karjakin, Sergey||½-½||Caruana, Fabiano|
|5||Topalov, Veselin||0-1||Grischuk, Alexander|
Here’s the ranking after Round 6 »
The first stop of the Grand Chess Tour 2017, the Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017, kicked off with three rapid games in one day.
The Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017 is composed of 9 rounds of Rapid Chess, with the time control of 25 minutes for each player for the whole game plus 10 seconds delay per move, and 18 rounds of Blitz Chess, with the time control of 5 minutes for each player for the whole game plus 3 seconds delay for each move.
Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017 Rounds 1 to 3 Results
|1.1||Nakamura, Hikaru||½-½||Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar|
|1.2||Grischuk, Alexander||½-½||Carlsen, Magnus|
|1.3||Karjakin, Sergey||½-½||Topalov, Veselin|
|1.4||Bacrot, Etienne||0-1||Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime|
|1.5||Caruana, Fabiano||0-1||So, Wesley|
|2.1||So, Wesley||1-0||Bacrot, Etienne|
|2.2||Nakamura, Hikaru||½-½||Karjakin, Sergey|
|2.3||Topalov, Veselin||1-0||Caruana, Fabiano|
|2.4||Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar||0-1||Carlsen, Magnus|
|2.5||Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime||½-½||Grischuk, Alexander|
|3.1||Carlsen, Magnus||1-0||Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime|
|3.2||Grischuk, Alexander||½-½||So, Wesley|
|3.3||Karjakin, Sergey||0-1||Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar|
|3.4||Bacrot, Etienne||½-½||Topalov, Veselin|
|3.5||Caruana, Fabiano||0-1||Nakamura, Hikaru|
Check out the ranking after Day 1 Rapid »
In this month’s FIDE ratings update, Vladimir Kramnik is back at No. 3 and Levon Aronian at No. 6.
FIDE Ratings Top 20 – May 2017
|1||Carlsen, Magnus|| g|| NOR||2832|| 7|| 1990|
|2||So, Wesley|| g|| USA||2815|| 11|| 1993|
|3||Kramnik, Vladimir|| g|| RUS||2811|| 0|| 1975|
|4||Caruana, Fabiano|| g|| USA||2802|| 18|| 1992|
|5||Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime|| g|| FRA||2795|| 7|| 1990|
|6||Aronian, Levon|| g|| ARM||2789|| 7|| 1982|
|7||Nakamura, Hikaru|| g|| USA||2786|| 11|| 1987|
|8||Anand, Viswanathan|| g|| IND||2786|| 0|| 1969|
|9||Giri, Anish|| g|| NED||2785|| 20|| 1994|
|10||Karjakin, Sergey|| g|| RUS||2783|| 0|| 1990|
|11||Ding, Liren|| g|| CHN||2773|| 14|| 1992|
|12||Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar|| g|| AZE||2772|| 0|| 1985|
|13||Svidler, Peter|| g|| RUS||2755|| 10|| 1976|
|14||Eljanov, Pavel|| g|| UKR||2755|| 2|| 1983|
|15||Nepomniachtchi, Ian|| g|| RUS||2751|| 0|| 1990|
|16||Harikrishna, P.|| g|| IND||2750|| 10|| 1986|
|17||Grischuk, Alexander|| g|| RUS||2750|| 0|| 1983|
|18||Adams, Michael|| g|| ENG||2747|| 12|| 1971|
|19||Yu, Yangyi|| g|| CHN||2743|| 14|| 1994|
|20||Topalov, Veselin|| g|| BUL||2741|| 0|| 1975|
Check out the complete Top 100 list for May 2017.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov successfully defended his title as he won the 4th Vugar Gashimov Memorial — Shamkir Chess 2017. This happened despite having lost the Round 8 game against Radoslaw Wojtaszek.
Wesley So wasn’t able to catch up as he drew both his Round 8 and 9 games.
Round 8 Results
Karjakin, Sergey – Eljanov, Pavel 1-0
Kramnik, Vladimir – Adams, Michael 1-0
So, Wesley – Radjabov, Teimour ½-½
Topalov, Veselin – Harikrishna, P. ½-½
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0
Round 9 Results
Adams, Michael – Wojtaszek, Radoslaw ½-½
Eljanov, Pavel – Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1
Harikrishna, P. – So, Wesley ½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Topalov, Veselin ½-½
Radjabov, Teimour – Karjakin, Sergey ½-½
Check out the Final Ranking »
It was an action-packed Round 6 of the 4th Vugar Gashimov Memorial – Shamkir Chess 2017, as 3 of the 5 games were decisive.
It’s now two-in-a-row for Wesley So, after a slow start in this tournament, as he won this round again, this time against Sergey Karjakin.
Shamkir Chess 2017 Round 6 Results
|1||Topalov, Veselin||1-0||Eljanov, Pavel
|2||So, Wesley||1-0||Karjakin, Sergey
|3||Adams, Michael||½-½||Harikrishna, Pentala
|4||Wojtaszek, Radoslaw||½-½||Radjabov, Teimour
|5||Kramnik, Vladimir||0-1||Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
Check out the ranking after Round 6 »