GM David Anton Guijarro
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.
Gibraltar ranking after round 9 »
It’s a proud moment for
Wesley So. He ends the year on a high note.
Wesley So drew his final round game against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, while his closest contender for the London title, Fabiano Caruana, settled for draws as well against Anish Giri. London Chess Classic 2016 Round 9 Results
# White Result Black 1 So, Wesley ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2 Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir 3 Giri, Anish ½-½ Caruana, Fabiano 4 Aronian, Levon 0-1 Topalov, Veselin 5 Adams, Michael ½-½ Nakamura, Hikaru
Interesting to note that
Veselin Topalov finally scored a win against Levon Aronian in Round 9. He’s not going home scoreless after all, although at the bottom of the ranking nonetheless.
Replay all Round 9 games below:
Final Ranking »
Wesley So is the clear winner of the Grand Chess Tour 2016 with one round to go, but is unsure yet if he wins the London leg.
All games were drawn in the penultimate Round 8, except, of course, no surprise there — the
Topalov game. London Chess Classic 2016 Round 8 Results
# White Result Black
1 Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ So, Wesley
2 Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ Giri, Anish
3 Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ Aronian, Levon
4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ Adams, Michael
5 Topalov, Veselin 0-1 Anand, Viswanathan
Replay all Round 8 games below:
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London Chess Classic 2016 Round 7 Results
# White Result Black
1 So, Wesley ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir
2 Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
3 Aronian, Levon ½-½ Anand, Viswanathan
4 Giri, Anish ½-½ Topalov, Veselin
5 Adams, Michael ½-½ Caruana, Fabiano
Replay all the Round 7 games below:
Replay » London Chess Classic 2016 Ranking After Round 7
# Name FED Rating Score
1 So, Wesley USA 2794 5
2 Caruana, Fabiano USA 2823 4½
3 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2809 4
4 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2779 4
5 Aronian, Levon ARM 2785 3½
6 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2779 3½
7 Giri, Anish NED 2771 3½
8 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2804 3
9 Adams, Michael ENG 2748 3
10 Topalov, Veselin BUL 2760 1
all the games in London Chess Classic 2016.
Veselin Topalov appears to have made losing a habit in the first 6 rounds of London Chess Classic 2016. This is his fifth loss in 6 games. He is now out of the top 20 in the live ratings list.
His latest tragedy in the 6th round came from the tournament leader,
Wesley So. Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won their games as well against Hikaru Nakamura and Levon Aronian, respectively. London Chess Classic 2016 Round 6 Results
# White Results Black 1 Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 Nakamura, Hikaru 2 Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ Adams, Michael 3 Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ Giri, Anish 4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 Aronian, Levon 5 Topalov, Veselin 0-1 So, Wesley
Replay the games of Round 6 below:
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We’re beyond halfway the tournament, with 5 rounds completed out of the scheduled 9.
In Round 5, only the English
Mickey Adams won against Veselin Topalov: Replay » London Chess Classic 2016 Round 5 Results
# White Result Black 1 So, Wesley ½-½ Anand, Viswanathan 2 Aronian, Levon ½-½ Giri, Anish 3 Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir 4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ Caruana, Fabiano 5 Adams, Michael 1-0 Topalov, Veselin
Topalov can’t seem to get his groove going in this tournament as he scored ½ only out of 5 games. This is a total opposite of his performance during the
Check out the ranking after 5 rounds »
Hikaru Nakamura wins anew in Round 4 of the London Chess Classic 2016, the fourth and final leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2016, against Veselin Topalov.
This is the only decisive game of the round, all the rest were drawn.
Wesley So failed to capitalize on his 1-pawn advantage against his nemesis, Anish Giri, to settle for draws.
See the summary of the results of Round 4 in the following table:
# White Result Black 1 Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ Aronian, Levon 2 Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 3 Giri, Anish ½-½ So, Wesley 4 Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ Adams, Michael 5 Topalov, Veselin 0-1 Nakamura, Hikaru
Replay the games of Round 4 below:
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Hikaru Nakamura had a loss for his birthday against Wesley So in Round 1, but he was able to deliver a loss for his opponent in Round 3 against Viswanthan Anand, who was also celebrating his birthday on that day. It seems to be a bad luck to be playing in the London Chess Classic on your birthday.
The rest of the games were drawn.
Here are the results of the third round of the London Chess Classic 2016:
# White Result Black 1 Aronian, Levon ½-½ So, Wesley 2 Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir 3 Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 Anand, Viswanathan 4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ Topalov, Veselin 5 Adams, Michael ½-½ Giri, Anish
Replay all the Round 3 games below:
Ranking after Round 3 follows:
# Name Fed Rating Pts. 1 So, Wesley USA 2794 2½ 2 Aronian, Levon ARM 2785 2 3 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2809 2 4 Caruana, Fabiano USA 2823 2 5 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2779 1½ 6 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2779 1½ 7 Giri, Anish NED 2771 1½ 8 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2804 1 9 Adams, Michael ENG 2748 ½ 10 Topalov, Veselin BUL 2760 ½
all the games played so far in the London Chess Classic 2016.
It was another action-packed Round 2 in the London Chess Classic 2016, as 3 of the 5 matches were again decisive:
Replay » London Chess Classic 2016 Round 2 Results
White Result Black
So, Wesley 1-0 Adams, Michael
Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ Aronian, Levon
Giri, Anish ½-½ Nakamura, Hikaru
Topalov, Veselin 0-1 Caruana, Fabiano
Wesley So wins anew in Round 2 against England’s very own, Michael Adams. This two-in-a-row outstanding performance catapulted his Live Ratings to break the 2800 barrier for the first time:
Live Chess Ratings as of December 10, 2016
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