Aronian leads Norway Chess 2017 at the end of Round 7

It was another action-packed Round 7 in the 5th Altibox Norway Chess 2017. Levon Aronian won against Sergey Karjakin to take solo lead at the end of the round, with 2 more rounds to go. The world champion and Norway’s very own, Magnus Carlsen, found himself in trouble again, as he lost to Vladimir Kramnik, and thus now shares the bottom place with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the ranking. Wesley So failed to capitalize on his 1-pawn advantage and eventually split the point with Fabiano Caruana.

Replay Round 7 games below:Replay »

Altibox Norway Chess 2017 Round 7 Results

#WhiteResultsBlack
1Anand, Viswanathan1/2-1/2Nakamura, Hikaru
2Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime0-1Giri, Anish
3Kramnik, Vladimir1-0Carlsen, Magnus
4So, Wesley1/2-1/2Caruana, Fabiano
5Karjakin, Sergey0-1Aronian, Levon
 

So far, Wesley So drew all his games, and has yet to win or lose a single game in this tournament.

Here’s the ranking after Round 7 »

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Anand and Aronian win in Round 6 Norway Chess 2017

Former world champion Vishy Anand, after losing two games in the prior rounds, finally won one, at the expense of Fabiano Caruana, in Round 6 of the Altibox Norway Chess 2017. Meanwhile, Levon Aronian scored once against against Vladimir Kramnik in the same round.Replay »

Altibox Norway Chess 2017 Round 6 Results

#WhiteResultsBlack
1Carlsen, Magnus1/2-1/2Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
2Nakamura, Hikaru1/2-1/2Karjakin, Sergey
3Aronian, Levon1-0Kramnik, Vladimir
4Giri, Anish1/2-1/2So, Wesley
5Caruana, Fabiano0-1Anand, Viswanathan
 

Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura both have two wins and 4 draws in this tournament, thus lead the pack at the end of Round 6. Thus far, only Wesley So and Sergey Karjakin have all 6 draws and have yet to win or lose a game. Check out the rankinga after Round 6 »

All Draws in Round 3 Norway Chess 2017

The Round 3 games of the Altibox Norway Chess 2017 were nothing short of action, as players tend to create imbalance among their games, but they ended in draws nonetheless.Replay »

Altibox Norway Chess 2017 Round 3 Results

#WhiteResultsBlack
1Carlsen, Magnus1/2-1/2Nakamura, Hikaru
2Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime1/2-1/2Caruana, Fabiano
3Karjakin, Sergey1/2-1/2Anand, Viswanathan
4Kramnik, Vladimir1/2-1/2So, Wesley
5Aronian, Levon1/2-1/2Giri, Anish
 

Here’s the ranking after 3 rounds »

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 »

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
 

Replay the games below:Replay »

Photo courtesy: @NorwayChess

Garry Kasparov on the most likely next challenger to Magnus Carlsen

Garry Kasparov joined the podcast host Tyler Cowen for the latter’s program/podcast called Conversations with Tyler. In that episode, Kasparov discussed his views and opinions about AI (Artificial Intelligence), chess, and the future of creativity.

Towards the end of the interview, Cowen asked Kasparov who he thinks will be the most likely next challenger to the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen.

Kasparov ranked them in the following order:

  1. Wesley So
  2. Fabiano Caruana
  3. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Excerpt of that follows: Read the excerpt »

May 2017 FIDE Ratings Update

In this month’s FIDE ratings update, Vladimir Kramnik is back at No. 3 and Levon Aronian at No. 6.

FIDE Ratings Top 20 – May 2017

RankNameTitleCountryRatingGamesB-Year
1Carlsen, Magnus g NOR2832 7 1990
2So, Wesley g USA2815 11 1993
3Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS2811 0 1975
4Caruana, Fabiano g USA2802 18 1992
5Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA2795 7 1990
6Aronian, Levon g ARM2789 7 1982
7Nakamura, Hikaru g USA2786 11 1987
8Anand, Viswanathan g IND2786 0 1969
9Giri, Anish g NED2785 20 1994
10Karjakin, Sergey g RUS2783 0 1990
11Ding, Liren g CHN2773 14 1992
12Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE2772 0 1985
13Svidler, Peter g RUS2755 10 1976
14Eljanov, Pavel g UKR2755 2 1983
15Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS2751 0 1990
16Harikrishna, P. g IND2750 10 1986
17Grischuk, Alexander g RUS2750 0 1983
18Adams, Michael g ENG2747 12 1971
19Yu, Yangyi g CHN2743 14 1994
20Topalov, Veselin g BUL2741 0 1975
 

Check out the complete Top 100 list for May 2017.

Mamedyarov Wins Shamkir Chess 2017

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov successfully defended his title as he won the 4th Vugar Gashimov Memorial — Shamkir Chess 2017. This happened despite having lost the Round 8 game against Radoslaw Wojtaszek.

Wesley So wasn’t able to catch up as he drew both his Round 8 and 9 games.

Round 8 Results

Karjakin, Sergey – Eljanov, Pavel 1-0
Kramnik, Vladimir – Adams, Michael 1-0
So, Wesley – Radjabov, Teimour ½-½
Topalov, Veselin – Harikrishna, P. ½-½
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0

Round 9 Results

Adams, Michael – Wojtaszek, Radoslaw ½-½
Eljanov, Pavel – Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1
Harikrishna, P. – So, Wesley ½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Topalov, Veselin ½-½
Radjabov, Teimour – Karjakin, Sergey ½-½

Check out the Final Ranking »