Kramnik beats Anand in Round 2 Norway Chess 2017

Vladimir Kramnik came out strong with the black pieces and defeated Viswanathan Anand in Round 2 of Altibox Norway Chess 2017.Replay »

The rest of the games ended in draws.

Altibox Norway Chess 2017 Round 2 Results

#WhiteResultsBlack
1Giri, Anish1/2-1/2Karjakin, Sergey
2Nakamura, Hikaru1/2-1/2Aronian, Levon
3Anand, Viswanathan0-1Kramnik, Vladimir
4Caruana, Fabiano1/2-1/2Carlsen, Magnus
5So, Wesley1/2-1/2Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
 

This win by Kramnik made him reclaim the 2nd place in the live rankings: See live ratings »

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Nakamura draws first blood in Round 1 Norway Chess 2017

Hikaru Nakamura grabs the early lead in the opening round of Altibox Norway Chess 2017 tournament, as he beats Anish Giri in 67 moves of the Grunfeld Defense.

The rest of the games ended in draws.

Altibox Norway Chess 2017 Round 1 Results

#WhiteResultsBlack
1Hikaru Nakamura1-0Anish Giri
2Levon Aronian½-½Fabiano Caruana
3Magnus Carlsen½-½Wesley So
4M. Vachier-Lagrave½-½Vishy Anand
5Vladimir Kramnik½-½Sergey Karjakin
 

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Photo courtesy: @NorwayChess

Topalov, So and Mamedyarov win in Round 6 Shamkir Chess 2017

It was an action-packed Round 6 of the 4th Vugar Gashimov Memorial – Shamkir Chess 2017, as 3 of the 5 games were decisive.

It’s now two-in-a-row for Wesley So, after a slow start in this tournament, as he won this round again, this time against Sergey Karjakin.

Shamkir Chess 2017 Round 6 Results

#WhiteResultsBlack
1Topalov, Veselin1-0Eljanov, Pavel
2So, Wesley1-0Karjakin, Sergey
3Adams, Michael½-½Harikrishna, Pentala
4Wojtaszek, Radoslaw½-½Radjabov, Teimour
5Kramnik, Vladimir0-1Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

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Wesley So Beats Kramnik in Round 5 Shamkir Chess 2017

Wesley So won his Round 5 game against the former World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik, in the 4th Vugar Gashimov Memorial – Shamkir Chess 2017. As such, So reclaimed the 2nd place in the live ratings ranking:

Meanwhile, Sergey Karjakin also won in this round against another former FIDE World Champion, Veselin Topalov.

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Kramnik wins in Round 4 Shamkir Chess 2017

Vladimir Kramnik won his game against Pentala Harikrishna in Round 4 of 4th Vugar Gashimov Memorial — Shamkir Chess 2017. The rest of the match-ups were drawn.Replay »

Shamkir Chess 2017 Round 4 Results

#WhiteResultsBlack
1Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar½-½Radjabov, Teimour
2Adams, Michael½-½Eljanov, Pavel
3Topalov, Veselin½-½So, Wesley
4Kramnik, Vladimir1-0Harikrishna, Pentala
5Wojtaszek, Radoslaw½-½Karjakin, Sergey
 

Thus, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov still leads at the end of Round 4, with 5 more rounds to go: Ranking after Round 4 »

Mamedyarov Takes Lead after Round 3 – Shamkir Chess 2017

The defending champion, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, defeated Pavel Eljanov in Round 3 of the 4th Vugar Gashimov Memorial – Shamkir Chess 2017, to take solo lead after the round with 2.5 points.

Shamkir Chess 2017 Round 3 Results

#WhiteResultsBlack
1Topalov, Veselin½-½Kramnik, Vladimir
2Eljanov, Pavel0-1Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
3Karjakin, Sergey0-1Adams, Michael
4So, Wesley½-½Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
5Radjabov, Teimour½-½Harikrishna, Pentala
 

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Shamkir Chess 2017 Ranking After Round 3

#NameFEDRatingPtsSB
1Mamedyarov, ShakhriyarAZE2772 2.5 3.50
2Topalov, VeselinBUL2741 2.0 2.75
Adams, MichaelENG2761 2.0 2.50
Eljanov, PavelUKR2751 2.0 2.00
5Kramnik, VladimirRUS2811 1.5 2.00
6Karjakin, SergeyRUS2783 1.0 1.75
So, WesleyUSA2822 1.0 1.50
Wojtaszek, RadoslawPOL2745 1.0 1.25
Radjabov, TeimourAZE2710 1.0 1.25
Harikrishna, PentalaIND2755 1.0 1.00
 

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Wesley So Wins US Chess Championship 2017 Title

Wesley So and Alexander Onischuk were tied for first place at the end of the final Round 11. Two rapid tie-break games were all it took to decide the US Chess Champion for 2017 — no need for an Armageddon game.

US Chess Championship 2017 Tie-Break Results

NameRtg12Pts
So, Wesley28221½
Onischuk, Alexander26670½½
 

Wesley So won the first game after opting for complications in the middle game. Onischuk, being on time trouble from these complications, wasn’t able to hold on and succumbed to bad moves and lost.

In the second game, Onischuk with white was up two pawns leading to the end game, but time pressure caught up to him again and So forced a perpetual check, and thus a draw.

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Wesley So and Alexander Onischuk Headed to the Playoff for the US Chess Championship 2017 Title

Wesley So settled for draw after a three-fold repetition against Daniel Naroditsky in the final Round 11 of US Chess Championship 2017 after just 14 moves. Wesley was so disappointed he was forced by Naroditsky to a draw, he hurriedly went out of the playing building and refused to give interviews.

Wesley later commented on Chessgames.com and explained:

I did not force the draw, Daniel did. I was set for a long fight today knowing he needs a full point to get into World Cup. Shocked me that he forced the draw.. In this interview he explains his decision (needs to write his terms papers for submission Monday morning and does not like Berlin).

Very upsetting but God will take care of me.

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Analyzed: Jeffery Xiong vs. Wesley So – Round 9 US Chess Championship 2017

GM Pepe Cuenca of Spain is ecstatic with excitement as he analyzes and explains this great win by Wesley So, playing as black, against the United State’s most promising youngster, Jeffery Xiong.

He calls this game one of the best finishes in chess in the last year or two.

Watch the video analysis below:

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So and Akobian Lead US Chess Championship 2017 after Round 9, with 2 Rounds to go

In Round 9 action of the US Chess Championship 2017, Wesley So won against Jeffery Xiong, while Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana both lost to Alexander Onischuk and Varuzhan Akobian, respectively.

US Chess Championship 2017 Round 9 Results

#WhiteResultBlack
1Akobian, Varuzhan1-0Caruana, Fabiano
2Nakamura, Hikaru0-1Onischuk, Alexander
3Naroditsky, Daniel½-½Shabalov, Alexander
4Robson, Ray½-½Zherebukh, Yaroslav
5Kamsky, Gata½-½Shankland, Samuel L
6Xiong, Jeffery0-1So, Wesley

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Thus, at the end of Round 9, Wesley So and Varuzhan Akobian share the lead, with two more rounds to go.

Ranking after Round 9 »