Wesley So Wins Your Next Move 2018

The first leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2018, the Your Next Move 2018, came to a conclusion. After 5 days of play, 9 rounds of rapid and 18 rounds of blitz games, Wesley So emerged victorious being just half a point ahead of the contenders: Sergey Karjakin and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

The last round indeed was full of drama. Going into the final round, So was just half a point ahead of Karjakin and MVL — he needed a win to secure the title, while a draw could mean tie-break games. Watching the live coverage, you can see the disappointment in So’s face as he resigned his last blitz game against Hikaru Nakamura. Yet, to his surprise, both Karjakin and MVL lost their respective games as well. Thus, Wesley So was crowned the champion.

Your Next Move 2018 Day 2: Wesley So extends lead

Fast chess such as Rapid and Blitz games truly brings excitement into the world of chess. That’s the meat of the first leg of Grand Chess Tour 2018, the Your Next Move 2018 happening in Leuven, Belgium, as it brings top chess players around the globe to play rapid and blitz chess.

On Day 2 of the Rapid games, Wesley So pulled off yet another outstanding chess as he won 2, against Anish Giri and Alexander Grischuk, and drew against Levon Aronian in Round 6.

Thus, So now leads by 1 full game against the closest runner up.

Your Next Move 2018 Ranking after Day 2 Rapid

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Here are the scores according to the Your Next Move scoring system:

Replay all Day 2 Rapid games below:[replay]

Replay all rapid games of Your Next Move 2018.

Wesley So leads Your Next Move 2018 after Day 1

Your Next Move 2018, the first leg of Grand Chess Tour 2018, kicks off in Leuven in Belgium.

Day 1 concluded with 3 rapid rounds. Wesley So won 2, against Fabiano Caruana and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, and drew 1 against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, to lead the pack with 2.5 points.

Your Next Move 2018 Ranking after Day 1

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Replay the games below:[replay]

Stay tuned for more rapid and blitz chess action of Your Next Move 2018.

FIDE World Cup 2017 Semi Finals

From 128 players, now we’re down to just 4: Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So and Ding Liren.

Big names that were not able to make it to the Final Four include Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Vladimir Kramnik, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Viswanathan Anand, Sergey Karjakin and Anish Giri.

Remember, the winners (2) of the Semi-Final round are secured a spot in next year’s Candidates tournament.

Magnus Carlsen wins Your Next Move 2017 – Leuven

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:

Carlsen and So tied for first place before the final Day 2 of blitz games in Your Next Move 2017

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

RoundWhiteResultsBlack
1Kramnik, Vladimir1-0Giri, Anish
Anand, Viswanathan0-1Carlsen, Magnus
So, Wesley1-0Jobava, Baadur
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime1-0Aronian, Levon
Ivanchuk, Vassily0-1Nepomniachtchi, Ian
2Carlsen, Magnus½-½Kramnik, Vladimir
Giri, Anish½-½Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
So, Wesley1-0Anand, Viswanathan
Aronian, Levon1-0Ivanchuk, Vassily
Jobava, Baadur0-1Nepomniachtchi, Ian
3Kramnik, Vladimir½-½So, Wesley
Anand, Viswanathan1-0Jobava, Baadur
Nepomniachtchi, Ian½-½Aronian, Levon
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime0-1Carlsen, Magnus
Ivanchuk, Vassily0-1Giri, Anish
4Carlsen, Magnus1-0Ivanchuk, Vassily
Giri, Anish½-½Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Anand, Viswanathan½-½Kramnik, Vladimir
So, Wesley0-1Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Jobava, Baadur0-1Aronian, Levon
5Kramnik, Vladimir1-0Jobava, Baadur
Nepomniachtchi, Ian0-1Carlsen, Magnus
Aronian, Levon1-0Giri, Anish
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime0-1Anand, Viswanathan
Ivanchuk, Vassily½-½So, Wesley
6Carlsen, Magnus1-0Aronian, Levon
Kramnik, Vladimir1-0Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Anand, Viswanathan½-½Ivanchuk, Vassily
So, Wesley1-0Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Jobava, Baadur0-1Giri, Anish
7Giri, Anish1-0Carlsen, Magnus
Nepomniachtchi, Ian½-½Anand, Viswanathan
Aronian, Levon½-½So, Wesley
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime1-0Jobava, Baadur
Ivanchuk, Vassily½-½Kramnik, Vladimir
8Kramnik, Vladimir½-½Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Anand, Viswanathan1-0Aronian, Levon
So, Wesley0-1Giri, Anish
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime1-0Ivanchuk, Vassily
Jobava, Baadur0-1Carlsen, Magnus
9Carlsen, Magnus1-0So, Wesley
Giri, Anish½-½Anand, Viswanathan
Nepomniachtchi, Ian1-0Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Aronian, Levon½-½Kramnik, Vladimir
Ivanchuk, Vassily½-½Jobava, Baadur