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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

RkPlayerFEDRatingScore
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.

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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

#NamePtsSB
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.

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

RkSNoNameFEDRtgPtsTB1TB2TB3
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.

Caruana Wins London Chess Classic 2017; Carlsen Bags Home the Grand Chess Tour 2017 Title

Fabiano Caruana and Ian Nepomniachtchi won 3 games each and tied for first place in the 9-round London Chess Classic 2017, the last and final leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2017.

London Chess Classic 2017 Final Results

#NameFEDRtg12345678910Pts
1Caruana FabianoUSA2799*½½½½½½1116
Nepomniachtchi IanRUS2729½*1½½½½½116
3Carlsen MagnusNOR2837½0*½½½1½½15
4Vachier-Lagrave MaximeFRA2789½½½*½½½1½½5
So WesleyUSA2788½½½½*½½½1½5
6Nakamura HikaruUSA2781½½½½½*½½½½4.5
7Aronian LevonARM2805½½0½½½*½½½4
8Karjakin SergeyRUS27600½½0½½½*½½3.5
9Anand ViswanathanIND278200½½0½½½*½3
Adams MichaelENG2715000½½½½½½*3

They headed to the 4-round 10m+5spm tiebreak matches, and Caruana eventually won with 3 draws and the Game 4 win.

Continue reading “Caruana Wins London Chess Classic 2017; Carlsen Bags Home the Grand Chess Tour 2017 Title”

Ding Liren and Levon Aronian off to Finals – FIDE World Cup 2017

We saw four draws in four classical games in the two semi-final matches (replay). Thus both match-ups headed to the playoffs.

In the match-up between Wesley So and Ding Liren, the first pair of rapid games (25mins + 10sec) ended in further draws, but in the second pair of rapid games (10mins + 10sec), Ding Liren drew first blood in the first game and in the second game he was happy enough for the draw. Replay games here.

Wesley So vs. Ding Liren match-up results – FIDE World Cup 2017 Semifinals

What happened to Aronian vs. MVL? »