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APECC Chess Club Non-Master Executive Active Chess Tournament – March 2018

APECC (Ayala-Paseo Executive Chess Club) is holding a tournament once again that will cater to all non-master, executive chess players around Metro Manila. See below details:

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018; 9am (Round 1 starts at 10am)
Venue: Shakeys Makati Square (Air-conditioned), Chino Roces Ave., Makati City

Eligibility: Executive chess players
*** those employed with managerial and supervisory functions in private and government offices, service professionals, legal and medical practitioners, accountants, engineers, and others deemed qualified by screening committee – working professionals with college degree/diploma.

Rating: Not higher than 2055 NCFP Rating as of March 1, 2018

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Action-Packed in Round 1 of the Candidates Tournament 2018

We saw a lot of blood drawn in the opening round of the Candidates Tournament 2018, the tournament that will determine who will be this year’s challenger to Magnus Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2018.

Shahkriyar Mamedyarov, Vladimir Kramnik, and Fabiano Caruana led the opening round rampage. The victims: Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk, and Wesley So, respectively.

Candidates Tournament 2018 Round 1 Results

WhiteResultsBlack
Kramnik, Vladimir1-0Grischuk, Alexander
Caruana, Fabiano1-0So, Wesley
Aronian, Levon½-½Ding, Liren
Karjakin, Sergey0-1Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

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Caruana Wins London Chess Classic 2017; Carlsen Bags Home the Grand Chess Tour 2017 Title

Fabiano Caruana and Ian Nepomniachtchi won 3 games each and tied for first place in the 9-round London Chess Classic 2017, the last and final leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2017.

London Chess Classic 2017 Final Results

#NameFEDRtg12345678910Pts
1Caruana FabianoUSA2799*½½½½½½1116
Nepomniachtchi IanRUS2729½*1½½½½½116
3Carlsen MagnusNOR2837½0*½½½1½½15
4Vachier-Lagrave MaximeFRA2789½½½*½½½1½½5
So WesleyUSA2788½½½½*½½½1½5
6Nakamura HikaruUSA2781½½½½½*½½½½4.5
7Aronian LevonARM2805½½0½½½*½½½4
8Karjakin SergeyRUS27600½½0½½½*½½3.5
9Anand ViswanathanIND278200½½0½½½*½3
Adams MichaelENG2715000½½½½½½*3

They headed to the 4-round 10m+5spm tiebreak matches, and Caruana eventually won with 3 draws and the Game 4 win.

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Ding Liren and Levon Aronian off to Finals – FIDE World Cup 2017

We saw four draws in four classical games in the two semi-final matches (replay). Thus both match-ups headed to the playoffs.

In the match-up between Wesley So and Ding Liren, the first pair of rapid games (25mins + 10sec) ended in further draws, but in the second pair of rapid games (10mins + 10sec), Ding Liren drew first blood in the first game and in the second game he was happy enough for the draw. Replay games here.

Wesley So vs. Ding Liren match-up results – FIDE World Cup 2017 Semifinals

What happened to Aronian vs. MVL? »

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.