Carlsen Finally Defeats Giri in a Classical Game in Round 9 Bilbao Masters Final 2016

With one round to go, Bilbao 2016 already saw a winner, as Magnus Carlsen now leads by 5 points against the second placer, Hikaru Nakamura.

Chessbase reports:

Before Bilbao 2016 Magnus Carlsen had never won a game with classical time-control against Anish Giri. But in round nine of the “Masters” in Bilbao he finally did. This win must have been particularly sweet because it helped Carlsen to win the tournament with one round to go. Hikaru Nakamura and Sergey Karjakin drew and so did Wei Yi and Wesley So. Before the last round Carlsen now has 16.0/9 and is full five points ahead of Nakamura.

Bilbao Masters Final 2016 Ranking After Round 9

PosNameFedRtgPts
1Carlsen, MagnusNOR285516
2Nakamura, HikaruUSA278711
3Wei, YiCHN269610
4So, WesleyUSA277010
5Karjakin, SergeyRUS27738
6Giri, AnishNED27856

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Wesley So Beats Anish Giri in Round 8 Bilbao Masters Final 2016

Nakamura stays unbeaten as he drew his game against Wei Yi. Karjakin failed to even his score against Carlsen as their game ended in a draw as well.

The defending champion of the tournament, GM Wesley So, finally bags home his first win in this event over his nemesis, Anish Giri, in the eighth round of Bilbao Masters Final 2016.

The game opened with the classic Giuoco Piano. Eventually, they found themselves maneuvering the game with four-knights play leading towards the endgame, until strategic play led Wesley So to be up by a clear pawn by move 46. Anish Giri found himself trapped in a mating net and resigned after white’s 57th move. See diagram of the game below:

Black to move after 57. Kf4
Black to move after 57. Kf4

And thus, here, Giri cannot stop the mate by the next move in either 58. Rg7+ or 58. Nh4+.Replay »

Because of that win, Wesley So is now number 8 in the live ratings ranking, overtaking Anand and Karjakin:

Live Ratings Top Ten Ranking as of July 22, 2016

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Vassily Ivanchuk is 7-time Capablanca Memorial champion

Chessbase reports:

The Capablanca Memorial is a tournament with a long tradition. The first of these events to honor the Cuban Champion was played in 1962, this year saw the 51st edition. Six of the previous 50 tournaments were won by Vassily Ivanchuk. This year he won for the seventh time. With four wins and six draws Ivanchuk scored 7.0/10 and was one point ahead of his closest rival.

Two things:

  1. Jose Raul Capablanca was that great chess player and champion that he deserved an annual chess tournament named after him — and long-running at that.
  2. Vassily Ivanchuk, having won the tournament 7 times, speaks volumes about his age. 😀

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Grand Chess Tour 2016 Standings — after Paris and Leuven

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.

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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:

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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”

Grand Chess Tour Paris 2016 Rapid Day 1 Results

Wesley So beats Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian in rapid games, but lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

After 5 rounds of rapid games, with a time-limit of 25 minutes for the whole game and a 10-second increment per move, Magnus Carlsen came out on top (after tiebreaks are applied). That, after he lost his very first game against Wesley So when his time expired.

Standings after day 1 and 5 rounds follow:

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Ding Liren vs. Wesley So in The 2016 China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit

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The 2016 China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit Match sees Chinese no. 1 Ding Liren take on US Top 10 player Wesley So in a four-game match in Shanghai, China. The event takes place from 4-8 May in Shanghai Haiwan National Forest Park and is sponsored by Bright Food, with the winner taking $20,000 and the loser $10,000. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. If the scores are tied after four games, two 25+10 rapid games are held, then, if necessary, two 5+3 blitz games, then 6 vs 5-minute Armageddon. Official website: www.cmsa.cn/category/612

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Wesley So vs. Garry Kasparov; Round 10 Blitz Game Analyzed

Here is the Round 10 game of Wesley So vs. Garry Kasparov of the recently concluded US Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016, as explained and analyzed by IM John Bartholomew.

If you’re not yet convinced this is the best blitz game ever played, then I don’t know what else is.

Wesley So leads Day 1 of the US Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016

9 Rounds down, and 9 rounds to go.

Wesley So lost his very first game in this tournament/challenge against the legendary Garry Kasparov, but he managed to get back at the latter in their next two matchups (thus, their score so far is 2-1 in favor of So). He even come out ahead of the pack at the end of the day. He who scored 5.0 out of 9 games — tied with Hikaru Nakamura in points but leads after the tie-break was applied.

Day 1 Results: US Ultimate Blitz Chess Challenge 2016
Day 1 Results: US Ultimate Blitz Chess Challenge 2016

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Garry Kasparov vs. Wesley So in Round 1, US Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016

Wesley So is facing off Garry Kasparov in the very first round of the US Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016, the continuation of the US Chess Championship 2016. We’re bringing it to you live!

UPDATE: Kasparov won the Round 1 game against Wesley So. Replay the game below.

Check out the update about the results of Day 1 where Wesley So is leading.

Replay Round 1 game of Garry Kasparov vs. Wesley So below: