2017-06-25

French Women's Top 12 - Finals 2017

French Women's Top 12 - Finals 2017 is held in Château d’Asnières sur Seine, France from 24th till 25th of  June 2017.

Official site

Final stage of the French Women's Top 12 Team Championship.

Rate of play:
90 minutes in 40 moves +
30 minutes all moves +
30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : * CET (GMT +2)

24 June, 2017 -  Round 1 - 15:30
25 June, 2017 -  Round 2 - 10:00

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Paris Grand Chess Tour Blitz Day 1 Recap


by Tatev Abrahamyan


The first day of the blitz portion of the Paris Grand Chess Tour didn’t shake up the standings too much but it did provide both high quality games and entertainment. After a grueling nine rounds, Magnus Carlsen still leads the tournament with Hikaru Nakamura closing the gap and trailing him by only one point. The players will face off one final time tomorrow but in reverse colors. In addition, there was a community service before the round, where local youngsters had the chance to meet their chess heroes, take photos with them and view art pieces from the Grand Chess Tour 2017 exhibition displayed in Paris from the World Chess Hall of Fame.

The day with started with Magnus Carlsen brilliancies, as the World Champion was cruising through the field with a perfect 4/4 score. Unfortunately, trouble came in round five when he flagged against close rival Alexander Grischuk. In a position where he had a knight and a pawn against a bishop, with a few seconds left on his clock, Carlsen hesitated with his king move and ran out of time. Logically, the side with the extra material would never lose such a position, but by FIDE rules if a checkmate is possible with the material left on the board, even if it is a self-mate, the side that runs out of time loses the game. This game shook Carlsen up quite a bit as he only scored two points in the remaining four games. In his own words, he was playing well but too slowly and eventually it caught up with him. He admitted that the culprit to his slow finish was the game against Grischuk. Even so, he is going into the final day of Paris Grand Chess Tour in clear first place.
Hikaru Nakamura had a very strong showing today and won the first day of the blitz tournament with an impressive 7/9 score. This should come as no surprise as Nakamura is hailed to be one of, if not the best blitz player in the world. The winner of last year’s Paris Grand Chess Tour is now only one point behind Carlsen and will have the white pieces against him tomorrow.

Alexander Grischuk ended the second day of rapid on a high note by winning four games in a row but slowed down today by only scoring fifty percent. Of course it helped that one of his wins came from defeating Carlsen but there wasn’t enough consistency in his games to catch Carlsen. The three time blitz world champion is now in third place and still a contender for first place.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had an excellent day by being the only other player besides Grischuk to take a full point away from Carlsen. He is still in fourth place but proved himself to be extremely dangerous in blitz by winning four games in a row.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, on the other hand, only scored three points. After a strong showing in the rapid, it appears the faster time controls are not his friend.
The most surprising turn of events came from the other two Americans. Fabiano Caruana had the worst performance of his life in the rapid by scoring 1.5/9, but made a comeback today with 6/9 and actually tied for second in blitz with the likes of Carlsen and Vachier-Lagrave. Unfortunately, he still has too few combined points to compete for any top places. Wesley So, on the other hand, had an atrocious day by only scoring 1.5 points.
Sergey Karjakin, Veselin Topalov and Etienne Bacrot all had a tumultuous day and are out of contention for the first place.
All information is available on GrandChessTour.org. Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Cristian Chirila, and IM Jovanka Houska will give online spectators even more opportunity to experience the tournaments. As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Paris to interview players and will be joined by GM Romain Edouard. Watch live.

Photo credits: Chess Club and Scholastic Center/Kevin Duggin/Spectrum Studios/Lennart Ootes


Further Information:
Web: GrandChessTour.org | Twitter: @GrandChessTour
#GrandChessTour

Venue: CANAL FACTORY — Les Studios de Boulogne
Dates: 21-25 June 2017

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2017-06-24

Ceske Budejovice GM 2017

The Ceske Budejovice GM 2017 is held in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic from 22nd till 30th of June 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Rounds - 10 Player Round Robin

Rate of play:
90 minutes in 40 moves +
30 minutes all moves +
30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
22.06 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 1
23.06 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 2
24.06 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 3
25.06 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 4
26.06 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 5
27.06 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 6
28.06 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 7
29.06 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 8
30.06 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 9


#NamePtsSB
1Simacek, Pavel1.51.75
Mirzoev, Azer1.51.25
Drozdowski, Kacper1.51
4Cernousek, Lukas11.25
Schnider, Gert10.75
Krejci, Jan10.5
Ovsejevitsch, Sergei10.5
8Biolek, Richard0.50.5
Gurevich, Daniel0.50.5
Vykouk, Jan0.50.5

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Paris Grand Chess Tour Rapid Day 3 Recap


Paris Grand Chess Tour
Rapid Day 3 Recap

by Tatev Abrahamyan

World Champion Magnus Carlsen won the rapid portion of the Paris Grand Chess Tour with an impressive 14/18 score. Former Blitz World Champion Alexander Grischuk had a very strong showing in day three and is only a point behind Carlsen. Both players were impressive throughout the event, playing very high level chess even during the most tense moments and in time scramble. Hikaru Nakamura is also close behind with 12/18; Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave finished with 11 points each. With the upcoming 18 games of blitz in the next two days, the tournament is still wide open. If the blitz portion is anything like the rapid, then the audiences are in for a treat!

Round 7

The day started with some explosive games and changes in the standings. Sergey Karjakin missed the computer’s top choice, which would have allowed him to punish Magnus Carlsen’s ambitious yet somewhat unnatural play. Instead, he played defensively and found himself in a lost position. Carlsen wasn’t able to convert and the game eventually ended in a draw. Hikaru Nakamura wasn’t able to keep pace with Carlsen as he suffered his first loss in the hands of the local hero Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov surpassed Nakamura by drawing Etienne Bacrot and was joined by Alexander Grischuk, who took advantage of Fabiano Caruana’s terrible form and delivered another blow to the suffering former U.S. Champion. Wesley So drew Veselin Topalov and fell down to sixth place in the standings.

Round 8


Entering the round, Carlsen had a two point lead and facing the struggling Caruana. However, he was only able to draw the American, while Mamedyarov and Grischuk defeated Topalov and Bacrot respectively. Mamedyarov went for the throat by giving up his queen side to go after his opponent’s king, a strategy that paid off quite nicely. Vachier-Lagrave showed off his prowess in the Sicilian Najdorf by outplaying his opponent in the middlegame and finishing him off in the endgame. Nakamura yet again failed to keep up after drawing his compatriot Wesley So from a better position. Going into the last round, Carlsen was still in first place, with Grischuk and Mamedyarov chasing him by only one point.

Round 9

The dramatic round remained tense until the very end as the games finished approximately at the same time. Grischuk and Mamedyarov were facing off, meaning that depending on Carlsen’s result, one of them could come out on top! Grischuk played an instructional positional game and won in style without giving his opponent any chances. Unfortunately for him, Etienne Bacrot did not find the correct plan after sacrificing a piece and allowed Carlsen to consolidate his position and win with the extra piece. Nakamura and Karjakin ended the tournament on a high note by defeating Topalov and So respectively. It seemed as though Caruana’s luck was turning around when he launched a mating attack, but Vachier-Lagrave found a study like miracle queen sacrifice to save the game.
All information is available on GrandChessTour.org. Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Cristian Chirila, and IM Jovanka Houska will give online spectators even more opportunity to experience the tournaments. As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Paris to interview players and will be joined by GM Romain Edouard. Watch live.

Photo credits: Chess Club and Scholastic Center/Kevin Duggin/Spectrum Studios/Lennart Ootes

Further Information:
Web: GrandChessTour.org | Twitter: @GrandChessTour
#GrandChessTour

Venue: CANAL FACTORY — Les Studios de Boulogne
Dates: 21-25 June 2017

2017-06-23

Paris Grand Chess Tour Rapid Day 2 Recap


Paris Grand Chess Tour
Rapid Day 2 Recap

by Tatev Abrahamyan

The second day of the rapid tournament brought another series of games full of excitement, brilliancies and heartbreaks. The leaderboard completely changed, as Magnus Carlsen reminded everyone why he is considered the most dominant chess player in the world. He is now leading the tournament with 10/12. Wesley So’s luck seemed to have ran out and he was only able to draw two games, falling three points behind Carlsen. Nakamura and Mamdeyarov had a very successful day and are only one and two points behind Carlsen respectively.

Round 4

This was the bloodiest round thus far! All eyes were on So-Carlsen as the leader was facing his closest rival. The World Champion completely outplayed So the entire game, only giving him one tactical chance to turn the tables, which was overlooked by the U.S. Champion. This crucial win put Carlsen in the lead. Hikaru Nakamura’s straight forward attack with a bishop sacrifice was too overwhelming for Etienne Bacrot, who found himself down three pawns and forced to resign. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov’s preparation for Grand Prix paid off in just 28 moves when Vachier-Lagrave could no longer defend his exposed king. Topalov-Grischuk was a wild theoretical battle where Black came out on top due to white forgetting his preparation at the critical point. Caruana found himself in a winning position yet again, but being in such a poor form, he could only manage to draw the game against Karjakin.

Round 5

Magnus Carlsen solidified his lead with a win over Topalov who did not play the most challenging move at the critical moment. Nakamura kept pace with a wild win over Grischuk. The Russian Grandmaster was winning for most of the game, but after twists and turn in time scramble found himself defending a rook vs rook and a bishop endgame. Theoretically, this endgame is draw, but practically with no time on the clock, it is quite difficult to draw. Nakamura played very quickly, not giving his opponent any time to think and find resources. Grischuk made only one error and found himself in a mating net. Mamedyarov reminded the leaders that he’s a force to be reckoned with by taking advantage of Caruana’s poor form and delivering yet another loss to the American. Karjakin bested Bacrot, another player who is struggling in this event, in only 26 moves. Vachier-Lagrave was close to beating So but surprisingly he didn’t play the straight forward winning line in the endgame, allowing is opponent to liquidate into an unwinnable position.

Round 6


Magnus Carlsen faced his newest closest rival, Hikaru Nakamura with the black pieces. Historically, Carlsen has been a difficult opponent for Nakamura, but this time the American was the one with a pleasant position trying to press for a win. His edge was not enough to harm Carlsen, who defended patiently and drew the game. Mamedyarov and So also drew their long  game. Caruana’s fortune did not improve as he blundered a nice sequence and had to resign in yet another game where he was winning. In another shocking turn of events, Karjakin blundered his queen. Grischuk seemed quite pleased with this gift after a tough lost in the previous round. Vachier-Lagrave defeated Topalov in an interesting struggle, where he found a lot of counter play for the lost pawn.

All information is available on GrandChessTour.org. Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Cristian Chirila, and IM Jovanka Houska will give online spectators even more opportunity to experience the tournaments. As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Paris to interview players and will be joined by GM Romain Edouard. Watch live.

Photo credits: Chess Club and Scholastic Center/Kevin Duggin/Spectrum Studios/Lennart Ootes


Further Information:
Web: GrandChessTour.org | Twitter: @GrandChessTour
#GrandChessTour

Paris Grand Chess Tour Rapid Day 1 Recap


Paris Grand Chess Tour
Rapid Day 1 Recap

by Tatev Abrahamyan

The first leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour kicked off in Paris with the rapid portion of the event. After three games, the 2016 Grand Chess Tour winner Wesley So and World Champion Magnus Carlsen are tied for first place with Hikaru Nakamura and Veselin Topalov trailing by a point. The faster time controls (25 minutes per game with 10 second delay) produced exciting and tumultuous games, making the results unpredictable. The next two days promise to bring more fast action melees, leaving the tournament open up for grabs.

 

Round 1

The tournament started with fireworks in the all French match, as Vachier-Lagrave sacrificed a piece for initiative in an unorthodox position. The evaluation of the position changed several times due to the mistakes made by both players, but black finally came out on top when Bacrot blundered with seconds left on the clock.  The other decisive game came from the battle between the 2016 and 2017 US champions. Caruana played a beautiful exchange sacrifice, but erred later not only missing the win but giving the advantage back to So, who converted it into the full point. Nakamura vs Mamedyarov, Grischuk vs Carlsen and Karjakin vs Topalov all ended in a draw.

Round 2

After another lucky break, Wesley So solidified his lead with a win over Bacrot. Again, the US champion found himself in trouble but his resilience helped him turn the tide when the position became unbalanced in time trouble. Magnus Carlsen scores his first victory after Mamedyarov blundered on move 28, allowing his opponent’s pieces to exploit his king’s weakness. Caruana suffered another heartbreak when he once again collapsed after ouplaying Topalov for most of the game and lost. Nakamura vs Karjakin and Vachier-Lagrave vs Grischuk both ended in a draw but with the latter being a complete rollercoaster with the evaluation changing every few moves. Both players missed countless opportunities and eventually agreed to a draw with little material left on the board.

Round 3

There was a big change in the standings after Magnus Carlsen took advantage of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s blunder and scored a full point. He is now tied for first place with Wesley So who was unable to break Grischuk’s fortress. Caruana’s day kept getting worse as he lost yet another winning position, this time against his compatriot Hikaru Nakamura. Wildcard Mamedyarov was able to outplay the unbreakable Karjakin and score his first victory. Bacrot vs Topalov was a quiet affair which ended in a draw.
All information is available on GrandChessTour.org. Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Cristian Chirila, and IM Jovanka Houska will give online spectators even more opportunity to experience the tournaments. As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Paris to interview players and will be joined by GM Romain Edouard. Watch live.

Photo credits: Chess Club and Scholastic Center/Kevin Duggin/Spectrum Studios/Lennart Ootes

Further Information:
Web: GrandChessTour.org | Twitter: @GrandChessTour
#GrandChessTour

27th Gros Open 2017

The 27th Gros Open 2017 is held in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain from 23rd till 30th of June 2017

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play:  90 minutes all moves +; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
23.06 2017, 17:00 -  Round 1
24.06 2017, 17:00 -  Round 2
25.06 2017, 10:00 -  Round 3
25.06 2017, 17:00 -  Round 4
26.06 2017, 17:00 -  Round 5
27.06 2017, 17:00 -  Round 6
28.06 2017, 17:00 -  Round 7
29.06 2017, 17:00 -  Round 8
30.06 2017, 16:00 -  Round 9

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2017-06-22

88th German Championship 2017



The 88th German Championship 2017 is held in Apolda, Germany from 23rd of  June till 1st of July 2017.

Official site

System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 100 minutes in 40 moves + ; 50 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
23.06 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 1
24.06 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 2
25.06 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 3
26.06 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 4
27.06 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 5
28.06 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 6
29.06 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 7
30.06 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 8
01.07 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 9

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2017-06-20

2017 Grand Chess Tour - Paris














2017 Grand Chess Tour is held in Paris, France from 21nd till 23 June, 2017.

The 2017 Grand Chess Tour is a series of five chess tournaments held throughout the year and across the globe. Grand Chess Tour boasts an impressive $1.2 million prize fund. Nine players were selected as full 2017 Grand Chess Tour participants. They will play both classic events and two of the three rapid and blitz events.

Official site 

Paris is the first stop of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour.
The participants will play 9 games of rapid chess and 18 games of blitz for a total prize fund of $150,000!

Grand Chess Tour - Paris (Rapid) 2017 

Players: Magnus Carlsen • Hikaru Nakamura • Wesley So • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave • Sergey Karjakin • Fabiano Caruana • Alexander Grischuk (WC) • Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (WC) • Veselin Topalov (WC)• Etienne Bacrot (WC) 


System of play: 9 Rounds - 10 Player Round Robin

Rate of play: 25 minutes all moves + 10 seconds delay from move 1 

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
21 June, 2017 (Wednesday)
14.00 - Round 1
15.30 - Round 2
17.00 - Round 3
22 June, 2017 (Thursday)
14.00 - Round 4
15.30 - Round 5
17.00 - Round 6
23 June, 2017 (Friday)
14.00 - Round 7
15.30 - Round 8
17.00 - Round 9

Grand Chess Tour - Paris (Blitz) 2017

Players: Magnus Carlsen • Hikaru Nakamura • Fabiano Caruana • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave • Sergey Karjakin • Wesley So • Alexander Grischuk • Shakhriyar Mamedyarov • Veselin Topalov • Etienne Bacrot

System of play: 18 Rounds - 10 Player Double Round Robin

Rate of play: 5 minutes all moves +; 3 seconds delay from move 1

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
24 June, 2017 (Saturday)
14.00 - Round 01
14.30 - Round 02
15.00 - Round 03
15.30 - Round 04
16.00 - Round 05
16.30 - Round 06
17.00 - Round 07
17.30 - Round 08
18.00 - Round 09

25 June, 2017 (Sunday)
12.00 - Round 10
12.30 - Round 11
13.00 - Round 12
13.30 - Round 13
14.00 - Round 14
14.30 - Round 15
15.00 - Round 16
15.30 - Round 17
16.00 - Round 18
16:30 - Playoff (if applicable)


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