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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave takes the 2nd spot, but can he maintain the momentum come Sinquefield Cup 2016?
The FIDE Ratings update for the month of August 2016 is out.
There are a lot of changes in the top 10, including MVL‘s jump from number 4 to number 2 after a 21 ELO rating points boost from 2798 to 2819. Let’s find out if he can keep his momentum in the upcoming Sinquefield Cup.
You’ll find below the top 20 list:
FIDE Ratings Top 20 - August 2016
|15||Li, Chao b||g||CHN||2753||9||1989|
Due to health reasons, Vladimir Kramnik is not gonna make it to play in Saint Louis.
The third leg of Grand Chess Tour 2016, the Singquefield Cup in Saint Louis, Missouri, in the United States, was scheduled to have Vladimir Kramnik among its list of strong participants. But apparently, he withdrew for health reasons. Chess.com:
Kramnik, who was going to make his debut in St. Louis, told Chess.com: “I have had back problems for quite some time already. Since it is getting worse, I just want to use this month to cure it.”
Signs of aging, eh? Nevertheless, Sinquefield Cup will make do without the World No. 3 (according to the live ratings) and carry on with Peter Svidler in his stead.
Thus, the lineup for the Sinquefield Cup 2016 follows:
Sinquefield Cup 2016 Participants
|1||Fabiano Caruana||United States||2810|
|4||Hikaru Nakamura||United States||2787|
|7||Wesley So||United States||2770|
‘Lie low’ might be a better term, but what are the signs?
Honestly, I understand why they are asking that question. It doesn’t offend me. I just live for the moment. One day it will be ‘yes.’ For the moment it is ‘no.’
Unlike a lot of other sports, there is virtually no retiring from chess. You can definitely ‘lie low’, as I believe Garry Kasparov did, but not retirement.
But what are the signs that one should start lying low from chess? When they get to a certain age? When they are already off their peak form by so much? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Photo credit: Grand Chess Tour.
The FIDE Ratings List updated for July 2016 is here. Check out the top 20 in the table below.
FIDE Ratings Top 20--July 2016
|15||Li, Chao b||CHN||2758||0|
Magnus Carlsen leads the Grand Chess Tour 2016 so far, but ….
Carlsen Wins Grand Chess Tour Leuven
After winning the rapid rounds with an impressive 4/4 performance on Day 2 of the tournament, World Champion Magnus Carlsen even cemented his dominance with an 11/18 performance in the blitz rounds.
Thus, making him the runaway winner of the combined rapid and blitz games that comprise the whole of the Grand Chess Tour 2016 — Your Next Move — Leuven, Belgium. Final combined results follow:
Wesley So makes it to the 2nd place at the conclusion of this Leuven leg. He is followed, this time closely behind, by Levon Aronian and Viswanathan Anand, by half a point each. Continue reading “Grand Chess Tour 2016 Standings — after Paris and Leuven”
He is, thus far, well poised to take home one of the top prizes in the tour.
Wesley So finished the first half of the blitz rounds of Your Next Move — Grand Chess Tour 2016 at second place with 5 points out of 9, although, tied with Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, and Hikaru Nakamura. Levon Aronian is slightly ahead at 5.5 points.
Crosstable after nine rounds of blitz games:
With three-quarters through the tournament, Carlsen is still ahead in the combined score (rapid scores are multiplied by two): Continue reading “Wesley So in great shape so far in Grand Chess Tour 2016”
Wesley So stood strong at the second place, and he has yet to lose a game in this tournament.
The rapid rounds are over for the Grand Chess Tour 2016: Your Next Move in Leuven, Belgium. A great performance was posted by the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, as he won all of his 4 games against three of the former world champions: Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, and Vladimir Kramnik, plus Anish Giri. In the process, he clinched the top spot with 18 rounds of blitz games to go in the tournament.
If day one of the rapid games in Leuven was full of surprises, day two was no less so, though thankfully not due to record numbers of blunders. Vishy Anand started the day with a win, but after two losses lost the lead as he was caught up by Wesley So. In the meantime, Magnus Carlsen showed he was back and managed to win the rapid phase after a fabulous 4/4.
The final crosstable of the rapid games follows: Continue reading “Leuven Rapid Day 2: An Impressive 4/4 Performance by Carlsen”