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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 takes back the lead with 1 round to go – Candidates 2018

Fabiano Caruana regained his +3 win-loss margin when he defeated Levon Aronian in the penultimate round of the Candidates Tournament 2018. As a result, he also regained the sole lead leading to the final round. Moreover, this is Aronian’s 6th loss in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won his Round 13 game against Alexander Grischuk, thus joining Sergey Karjakin in second place. Karjakin drew against Wesley So.

Karjakin and Mamedyarov are still within striking distance of the sole leader, Caruana.

Candidates 2018 Round 13 Results

WhiteResultsBlack
Caruana, Fabiano1-0Aronian, Levon
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar1-0Grischuk, Alexander
Ding, Liren½-½Kramnik, Vladimir
So, Wesley½-½Karjakin, Sergey
 

Ranking after Round 13 »

Karjakin beats Caruana in Round 12 to share the lead in Candidates Tournament 2018

The previous winner of the Candidates tournament, Sergey Karjakin, may have been at the bottom of the standings by the end of Round 6 when he scored just 2 points out of 6 games, or a -2 win/loss record, but he came out strong after that, winning 4 of the next six games, including his Round 12 win against the then leader Fabiano Caruana.

In another match, Ding Liren finally broke his drawing streak with a win over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

Replay the Round 12 games below:Replay »

After this win, Karjakin joins Caruana in the lead: Full ranking follow »

Caruana leads Candidates 2018 with 4 rounds to go

10 rounds down and 4 to go, and Fabiano Caruana leads the pack in the race to the right to challenge the world champion.

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

Is it gonna be Caruana vs. Carlsen in the world championship this year?

Replay all the games in Candidates Tournament 2018.

Round 8

As we move closer to the finish line, Fabiano Caruana still leads the Candidates. Will he be the next challenger?

Round 8 Results:
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Karjakin, Sergey ½-½
Grischuk, Alexander – Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0
Ding, Liren – Aronian, Levon ½-½
So, Wesley – Caruana, Fabiano ½-½

Here’s how Round 8 happened:Replay »

Round 8 Standings: 1st Caruana 5.5pts, 2nd Mamedyarov 5pts, 3rd Grischuk 4.5pts, 4th Ding Liren 4pts, 5th Kramnik 3.5pts, 6th Karjakin 3.5pts, 7th Wesley So 3pts, 8th Aronian 3pts.

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 Candidates.

Caruana leads halfway through the Candidates Tournament 2018

We are halfway through the Candidates Tournament 2018, and Fabiano Caruana takes solo lead after he defeated Levon Aronian in the 7th round.

Wesley So was holding a drawing position towards the endgame against Sergey Karjakin, until he ran into time trouble and blundered on move 35 with 35.. Ke8. Karjakin was with a winning position when So lost on time.

The other two matches ended in draws.Replay »

Here’s the ranking after Round 7 »