I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.
— Marcel Duchamp

Philippines vs. Lebanon R5 Batumi 2018

The 54th seed Philippines, with an average ELO of 2453, suffered a disappointing loss against the 102nd seed Lebanon, average ELO 2222.

Bo.54Philippines (PHI)Rtg-102Lebanon (LBN)Rtg1½:2½
37.1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino2553-IMEid, Fadi2328½ - ½
37.2GMGomez, John Paul2464-FMEl Jawich, Amro22760 - 1
37.3IMPascua, Haridas2435-CMTomb, Maroun21771-0
37.4FMTurqueza, Mari Joseph2360-Al Kaoury, Mahdi21060 - 1

Wesley So leads Grand Chess Tour 2018 tally after Leuven and Paris

Grand Chess Tour 2018 is a five-leg tour composed of the rapid and blitz games in Leuven and Paris, and rapid, blitz and classical games tournaments in St. Louis later this year. The final leg in London will played among the top 4 finishers in the first four legs.

At the end of each leg, GCT points are awarded to each player based on their rankings. By the end of the second leg in Paris, Wesley So leads the cumulative GCT points:

Wesley So in Solo Lead after Day 2 in Paris Grand Chess Tour 2018

As the second leg of Grand Chess Tour continues in Paris, Wesley So takes solo lead at the end of Day 2 — after 6 rapid rounds. This, after he defeated Vladimir Kramnik and Alexander Grischuk and drew with Levon Aronian during the day.

Replay Day 2 games below:[replay]

Paris Grand Chess Tour 2018 Ranking after Day 2

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Replay all rapid games in Paris GCT 2018.

Official scoring after Round 6 rapid games:

Grand Chess Tour Paris 2018 Day 1 Rapid Results: Aronian, Anand, and So lead

The second leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2018, the Paris GCT 2018, kicked off just 4 days after Leuven. The format is still the same: 5 days, 9 rapid, and 18 blitz games. Vladimir Kramnik plays wildcard in Anish Giri‘s stead.

Day 1 was action-packed, as expected in rapid games. 7 out of the 15 games were decisive. Replay Day 1 games below:[replay]

Grand Chess Tour Paris 2018 Ranking after Day 1 Rapid

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The official scoring system awards 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw. Thus, here’s the official scores after Day 1 of three rapid games:

Stay tuned for more chess action from Paris.

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.