Magnus Carlsen may have been down by 3 points when the rapid rounds of the tournament concluded against the then leader Wesley So, but after a spectacular performance of 14.5/18 in the blitz rounds, Carlsen came out the runaway winner of the second leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2017, the Your Next Move 2017, which happened in Leuven, Belgium.
This is a back-to-back tournament wins for Carlsen as he also won the the tour’s
Paris leg last month. Remember that the Grand Chess Tour 2017 is composed of 5 tournaments as follows:
Your Next Move 2017 Final Ranking »
Magnus Carlsen was trailing Wesley So right from the start of the Blitz round of Your Next Move 2017, until the final round of the day, Round 9, when they finally faced each other and the former was just a point behind.
Replay Round 9 Blitz game between Magnus Carlsen vs. Wesley So below:
Replay » Your Next Move 2017 Blitz Rounds 1-9 Results
Round White Results Black
1 Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 Giri, Anish
Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 Carlsen, Magnus
So, Wesley 1-0 Jobava, Baadur
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 Aronian, Levon
Ivanchuk, Vassily 0-1 Nepomniachtchi, Ian
2 Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir
Giri, Anish ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
So, Wesley 1-0 Anand, Viswanathan
Aronian, Levon 1-0 Ivanchuk, Vassily
Jobava, Baadur 0-1 Nepomniachtchi, Ian
3 Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ So, Wesley
Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 Jobava, Baadur
Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ Aronian, Levon
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 Carlsen, Magnus
Ivanchuk, Vassily 0-1 Giri, Anish
4 Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 Ivanchuk, Vassily
Giri, Anish ½-½ Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir
So, Wesley 0-1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Jobava, Baadur 0-1 Aronian, Levon
5 Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 Jobava, Baadur
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 0-1 Carlsen, Magnus
Aronian, Levon 1-0 Giri, Anish
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 Anand, Viswanathan
Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ So, Wesley
6 Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 Aronian, Levon
Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ Ivanchuk, Vassily
So, Wesley 1-0 Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Jobava, Baadur 0-1 Giri, Anish
7 Giri, Anish 1-0 Carlsen, Magnus
Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ Anand, Viswanathan
Aronian, Levon ½-½ So, Wesley
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 Jobava, Baadur
Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir
8 Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 Aronian, Levon
So, Wesley 0-1 Giri, Anish
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 Ivanchuk, Vassily
Jobava, Baadur 0-1 Carlsen, Magnus
9 Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 So, Wesley
Giri, Anish ½-½ Anand, Viswanathan
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Aronian, Levon ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir
Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ Jobava, Baadur
Ranking follows »
Wesley So leads Leuven after the Rapid Rounds
After 9 rounds of rapid games,
Wesley So is on top of the ranking for Your Next Move 2017, the 2nd leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2017, currently happening in Leuven, Belgium. There are 18 rounds of blitz games still left in the tournament.
Check out the results and ranking »
Day 2 of
Your Next Move 2017, the second leg of Grand Chess Tour 2017, resumed in Leuven, Belgium for Rounds 4 to 6 of Rapid games.
Your Next Move 2017 tournament format can be best described by the following chart: Your Next Move 2017 Tournament Format
After 6 rounds of rapid chess, 22 games were decisive against 8 draws. That’s a high 73% decisive games percentage.
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Your Next Move 2017 is the second leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2017, which is currently happening in the city of Leuven in Belgium. Just like the GCT Paris, Your Next Move comprises 9 rounds of rapid games and 18 blitz games. Rapid games are scored 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw, while the Blitz are scored the normal way of 1 point for a win and 1/2 for draw.
On Your Next Move 2017 Day 1,
Wesley So defeated Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen to lead the tournament after 3 rapid rounds. Replay »
Results and Ranking follow »
At the end of 9 rapid and 18 blitz rounds of
Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017, Magnus Carlsen was tied with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave for first place with 24 points apiece, thus they faced off in tie-break games.
After two tie-break games, Carlsen came out victorious with 1.5 points vs. MVL’s 0.5.
Check out the GCT ranking after Paris »
Day 2 of three rapid games for Rounds 4, 5 and 6 of
Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017: Magnus Carlsen scored another impressive 2 wins and a draw, including his Round 4 win against Wesley So. Replay » Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017 Game Results
# White Results Black 1 Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 Bacrot, Etienne 2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 3 So, Wesley 0-1 Carlsen, Magnus 4 Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ Caruana, Fabiano 5 Topalov, Veselin 0-1 Grischuk, Alexander
Here’s the ranking after Round 6 »
The first stop of the
Grand Chess Tour 2017, the Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017, kicked off with three rapid games in one day.
The Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017 is composed of 9 rounds of Rapid Chess, with the time control of 25 minutes for each player for the whole game plus 10 seconds delay per move, and 18 rounds of Blitz Chess, with the time control of 5 minutes for each player for the whole game plus 3 seconds delay for each move.
Grand Chess Tour Paris 2017 Rounds 1 to 3 Results
Round White Results Black 1.1 Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1.2 Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ Carlsen, Magnus 1.3 Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ Topalov, Veselin 1.4 Bacrot, Etienne 0-1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1.5 Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 So, Wesley 2.1 So, Wesley 1-0 Bacrot, Etienne 2.2 Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ Karjakin, Sergey 2.3 Topalov, Veselin 1-0 Caruana, Fabiano 2.4 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 0-1 Carlsen, Magnus 2.5 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ Grischuk, Alexander 3.1 Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 3.2 Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ So, Wesley 3.3 Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 3.4 Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ Topalov, Veselin 3.5 Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 Nakamura, Hikaru
Check out the ranking after Day 1 Rapid »
The 5th Altibox Norway Chess concluded for wins for
Fabiano Caruana against Hikaru Nakamura, and Vladimir Kramnik over Anish Giri. Replay » Altibox Norway Chess 2017 Final Round Results
# White Results Black 1 Karjakin, Sergey 1/2-1/2 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2 Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 Nakamura, Hikaru 3 So, Wesley 1/2-1/2 Aronian, Levon 4 Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 Giri, Anish 5 Anand, Viswanathan 1/2-1/2 Carlsen, Magnus
Thus, the half-point advantage of
Levon Aronian before the final round turned into a full point lead to secure his win of this tournament.
Here’s the final ranking »
The two bottom-dwellers at the end of the
previous round won this time in the penultimate round of Altibox Norway Chess 2017.
Magnus Carlsen defeated his previous challenger, Sergey Karjakin, while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won against Vladimir Kramnik.
The rest of the games were drawn.
Replay » Altibox Norway Chess 2017 Round 8 Results
# White Results Black 1 Nakamura, Hikaru 1/2-1/2 So, Wesley 2 Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 Karjakin, Sergey 3 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 Kramnik, Vladimir 4 Aronian, Levon 1/2-1/2 Anand, Viswanathan 5 Giri, Anish 1/2-1/2 Caruana, Fabiano
Levon Aronian still leads leading to the final round with 5.5 points (3 wins and 5 draws), followed closely behind by Hikaru Nakamura with 5 points. Full ranking »