Grandmasters: Anish Giri, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Wesley So
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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”
Chess.com describes the first day of the rapid games in Your Next Move, Grand Chess Tour 2016, in Leuven, Belgium, as bluderfest:
Viswanathan Anand leads the Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour after five rounds of rapid chess. The first day of rapid saw a number of huge blunders that made the playing hall seem haunted.
That’s actually what makes the tournament more exciting and attract more spectators in the process. I guess that’s the purpose of rapid games, to bring out the human-nature in the world’s top grandmasters.
Remember, you can catch the rest of the rapid games in GCT Leuven 2016 LIVE here.
Photo credit: Grand Chess Tour.
After Day 1 of Your Next Move — Grand Chess Tour 2016 Leuven, Anand leads with half a point.
Rapid results after round 5 follows:
Surprisingly, Hikaru Nakamura, the winner of the Paris leg, is at the bottom with only 1.5 points. Wesley So, on the other hand, still coming in strong being tied at the second place.
Overall Tournament standings: Continue reading “Your Next Move Standings After 5 Rapid Rounds”
The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) is a circuit of chess tournaments where players compete for multiple prize pools. The 2016 tour includes the Grand Chess Tour Paris, Your Next Move (Belgium), the Sinquefield Cup, and the London Chess Classic.
After the successful conclusion of the Grand Chess Tour Paris, with Hikaru Nakamura winning the top prize, the second leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2016, dubbed as ‘Your Next Move’, follows and the countdown is done.
Check out Your Next Move‘s promotional video below:
Coming in as the 6th seed in this tournament, Mamedyarov made it through the end, beating Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri in the last two rounds.
In an astonishing round that had to have Gashimov smiling, the final round saw three of his compatriots winning their final games. However, the biggest result was of course Mamedyarov who defeated Giri in a superb rook endgame he played to perfection, right after beating Caruana in the previous round. In a nail-biting playoff, he defeated Caruana and snatched the title.
Coming in as the 6th seed in this tournament, Mamedyarov made it through the end, beating Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri in the last two rounds, and beating Caruana further in the tie-break playoff games.
Final standings before the playoff games follow:
Check out the current top 20 in the world in the list that follows.
No doubt, the reigning world champion is still on top with 2855, up 4 points from last month. But Vladimir Kramnik, from last month’s 2801, gained 11 more ELO points to take the second spot from Fabiano Caruana for this month’s official FIDE Ratings List June 2016.
Wesley So, although lost 5 points by virtue of his game 3 loss to Ding Liren, is still at No. 10, but now tied with Vishy Anand.
Here’s the current top 20 in the world:
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Chessbase lists the complete top 100 and discusses about the top climbers and descenders in the list, among others.
Praggnanandhaa is the youngest chess IM so far at 10 years and 10 months old.
Praggnanandhaa is just 10 years and 10 months old, and he is about to receive his IM title soon, as he recently earned his third and final IM norm in Bhubaneswar in India.
The New Indian Express writes:
A couple of years on, the kid who slept during a game is one of the biggest stories in world chess. The 10-year-old from Chennai achieved his third and final International Master (IM) norm after beating a Grandmaster and holding two others at the KIIT International Festival of Chess in Bhubaneswar.
When I was 10 years old, I have yet to learn how to play the game of chess.
Thus, R Praggnanandhaa has at most 21 months to finish his GM norms in order to beat the current youngest GM ever, the challenger in this year’s world championship, Sergey Karjakin. We’re eager to watch out for that if he could indeed make it.
For your reference, the following is the list of the youngest GM’s, their age when they achieved them, their birthyears, and the year they achieved their GM title. Check out the list after the jump »