If you don’t belong to the top 20 in the chess world, you really can’t make a living out of playing chess. If you’re good enough and have good public speaking skills, you can do commentating or online videos. If you’re a good teacher, you can probably be a good coach.
That’s the message in this Forbes article. Also, watch the video below.
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
|1||Carlsen, Magnus|| g|| NOR||2832|| 7|| 1990|
|2||So, Wesley|| g|| USA||2815|| 11|| 1993|
|3||Kramnik, Vladimir|| g|| RUS||2811|| 0|| 1975|
|4||Caruana, Fabiano|| g|| USA||2802|| 18|| 1992|
|5||Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime|| g|| FRA||2795|| 7|| 1990|
|6||Aronian, Levon|| g|| ARM||2789|| 7|| 1982|
|7||Nakamura, Hikaru|| g|| USA||2786|| 11|| 1987|
|8||Anand, Viswanathan|| g|| IND||2786|| 0|| 1969|
|9||Giri, Anish|| g|| NED||2785|| 20|| 1994|
|10||Karjakin, Sergey|| g|| RUS||2783|| 0|| 1990|
|11||Ding, Liren|| g|| CHN||2773|| 14|| 1992|
|12||Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar|| g|| AZE||2772|| 0|| 1985|
|13||Svidler, Peter|| g|| RUS||2755|| 10|| 1976|
|14||Eljanov, Pavel|| g|| UKR||2755|| 2|| 1983|
|15||Nepomniachtchi, Ian|| g|| RUS||2751|| 0|| 1990|
|16||Harikrishna, P.|| g|| IND||2750|| 10|| 1986|
|17||Grischuk, Alexander|| g|| RUS||2750|| 0|| 1983|
|18||Adams, Michael|| g|| ENG||2747|| 12|| 1971|
|19||Yu, Yangyi|| g|| CHN||2743|| 14|| 1994|
|20||Topalov, Veselin|| g|| BUL||2741|| 0|| 1975|
Check out the complete Top 100 list for May 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 »
All games were drawn in Round 7 of Shamkir Chess 2017.
Shamkir Chess 2017 Round 7 Results
Eljanov, Pavel – So, Wesley ½-½
Harikrishna, P. – Wojtaszek, Radoslaw ½-½
Karjakin, Sergey – Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Adams, Michael ½-½
Radjabov, Teimour – Topalov, Veselin ½-½
Thus, with 2 more rounds to go, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov still leads by a full point.
Shamkir Chess 2017 Ranking after Round 7
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
|1||Topalov, Veselin||1-0||Eljanov, Pavel
|2||So, Wesley||1-0||Karjakin, Sergey
|3||Adams, Michael||½-½||Harikrishna, Pentala
|4||Wojtaszek, Radoslaw||½-½||Radjabov, Teimour
|5||Kramnik, Vladimir||0-1||Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
Check out the ranking after Round 6 »
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.
Results and Ranking after Round 5 »
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
|1||Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar||½-½||Radjabov, Teimour|
|2||Adams, Michael||½-½||Eljanov, Pavel|
|3||Topalov, Veselin||½-½||So, Wesley|
|4||Kramnik, Vladimir||1-0||Harikrishna, Pentala|
|5||Wojtaszek, Radoslaw||½-½||Karjakin, Sergey|
Thus, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov still leads at the end of Round 4, with 5 more rounds to go: Ranking after Round 4 »
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
|1||Topalov, Veselin||½-½||Kramnik, Vladimir|
|2||Eljanov, Pavel||0-1||Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar|
|3||Karjakin, Sergey||0-1||Adams, Michael|
|4||So, Wesley||½-½||Wojtaszek, Radoslaw|
|5||Radjabov, Teimour||½-½||Harikrishna, Pentala|
Replay all Round 3 games below:Replay »
Shamkir Chess 2017 Ranking After Round 3
|1||Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar||AZE||2772|| 2.5 || 3.50 |
|2||Topalov, Veselin||BUL||2741|| 2.0 || 2.75 |
|Adams, Michael||ENG||2761|| 2.0 || 2.50 |
|Eljanov, Pavel||UKR||2751|| 2.0 || 2.00 |
|5||Kramnik, Vladimir||RUS||2811|| 1.5 || 2.00 |
|6||Karjakin, Sergey||RUS||2783|| 1.0 || 1.75 |
|So, Wesley||USA||2822|| 1.0 || 1.50 |
|Wojtaszek, Radoslaw||POL||2745|| 1.0 || 1.25 |
|Radjabov, Teimour||AZE||2710|| 1.0 || 1.25 |
|Harikrishna, Pentala||IND||2755|| 1.0 || 1.00 |
Replay all Shamkir Chess 2017 games.
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
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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