2018-06-19

Paris Grand Chess Tour 2018

The Paris Grand Chess Tour is the 2nd of 5 stages of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour, in which 9 of the world's best players and wild cards will play for a total prize fund of $1.2 million. The Paris event takes place in the studios of the CANAL+ TV channel in Boulogne-Billancourt and features Caruana, Nakamura, So, MVL, Anand, Aronian, Grischuk, Mamedyarov, Karjakin and wild card Kramnik.

The rapid event is a 10-player single round-robin and features 3 rounds each day on the first 3 days, with a time control of 25 minutes for all moves and a 10-second delay from move 1. The final 2 days are a blitz double round-robin, with 18 rounds of 5 minutes + 3-second delay blitz. Rapid games count double, with 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    Jun 20, 2018    12:00 
Round 2    Jun 20, 2018    13:30 
Round 3    Jun 20, 2018    15:00 
Round 4    Jun 21, 2018    12:00 
Round 5    Jun 21, 2018    13:30 
Round 6    Jun 21, 2018    15:00 
Round 7    Jun 22, 2018    12:00 
Round 8    Jun 22, 2018    13:30 
Round 9    Jun 22, 2018    15:00 
Round B1    Jun 23, 2018    12:00 
Round B2    Jun 23, 2018    12:30 
Round B3    Jun 23, 2018    13:00 
Round B4    Jun 23, 2018    13:30 
Round B5    Jun 23, 2018    14:00 
Round B6    Jun 23, 2018    14:30 
Round B7    Jun 23, 2018    15:00 
Round B8    Jun 23, 2018    15:30 
Round B9    Jun 23, 2018    16:00 
Round B10    Jun 24, 2018    10:00 
Round B11    Jun 24, 2018    10:30 
Round B12    Jun 24, 2018    11:00 
Round B13    Jun 24, 2018    11:30 
Round B14    Jun 24, 2018    12:00 
Round B15    Jun 24, 2018    12:30 
Round B16    Jun 24, 2018    13:00 
Round B17    Jun 24, 2018    13:30 
Round B18    Jun 24, 2018    14:00


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Chinese Team Championship 2018

The Chinese Team Championship is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 19-25 June 2018 in Hangzhou, China. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    Jun 19, 2018    07:00 
Round 2    Jun 20, 2018    00:30 
Round 3    Jun 20, 2018    07:00 
Round 4    Jun 21, 2018    07:00 
Round 5    Jun 22, 2018    00:30 
Round 6    Jun 22, 2018    07:00 
Round 7    Jun 23, 2018    07:00 
Round 8    Jun 24, 2018    07:00 
Round 9    Jun 25, 2018    00:30

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2018-06-17

Hersonissos Open 2018


The 2nd Hersonissos International Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 16-25 June 2018 at the Lyttos Beach Hotel. With 4.000€ total prize funds it is a great way to combine chess and vacations. Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    Jun 17, 2018    13:00 
Round 2    Jun 18, 2018    07:00 
Round 3    Jun 18, 2018    13:00 
Round 4    Jun 19, 2018    13:00 
Round 5    Jun 20, 2018    13:00 
Round 6    Jun 21, 2018    13:00 
Round 7    Jun 22, 2018    13:00 
Round 8    Jun 23, 2018    13:00 
Round 9    Jun 24, 2018    07:00


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Silver Lake Chess Festival 2018

The Silver Lake Chess Festival is held  from 17 till 24 June, 2018 in  Veliko Gradište, Serbia.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1,       17.06.2018.     at 15:00
Round 2,       18.06.2018.     at 07:00
Round 3,       18.06.2018.     at 15:00
Round 4,       19.06.2018.     at 15:00
Round 5,       20.06.2018.     at 15:00
Round 6,       21.06.2018.     at 15:00
Round 7,       22.06.2018.     at 15:00
Round 8,       23.06.2018.     at 15:00
Round 9,       24.06.2018.     at 07:00


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You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
Silver Lake Chess Festival 2017
Silver Lake Chess Festival 2016
Silver Lake Chess Festival 2015


Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour Blitz Day 2 Recap

by Tatev Abrahamyan
“It’s a miracle, really…When I lost my game to Hikaru I was about to cry, because I thought I don’t even get to play tiebreaks”- Wesley So at the closing ceremony.
After a dramatic day, Wesley So won Your Next Move, thus collecting 13 Grand Chess Tour points and $37,500 for his efforts. The American started and ended the day on top, but the standings don’t tell the full story of an event. The tournament was a tight race between Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Sergey Karjakin until the very last round when the winner of the tournament was decided on a small margin. Vachier-Lagrave and Karjakin tied for second place, both collecting 9 Grand Chess Tour points and $22,500.
Final standings. In the rapid, a win is worth 2 points, a draw is 1 point and a loss is 0. In the blitz, a win is 1 point, a draw is .5 points and a loss is 0
The end of the event was the most dramatic one in the Grand Chess Tour series! So started the day with a comfortable 2.5 point lead but by round 13 Karjakin  caught up to him while Vachier-Lagrave was only half a point behind. Going into the penultimate round, the leader lost his games while both of his rivals won theirs. Entering the last round, So was still half a point ahead but had the black pieces against his fellow American Hikaru Nakamura. Shortly after the opening, So found himself in a lost position. Lucky for him, both Vachier-Lagrave and Karjakin lost one after another! Wesley had only seconds left on his clock and was unaware that he had already clinched the title. He went on to lose his game, and only after the fact he found out that he was the victor after all.
Wesley So after finding out he won Your Next Move
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had a very strong showing and it seemed as though he would leapfrog the leader at some point. His performance in the first half of the day was very impressive with 3.5/4 but became shakier in the second half. Sergey Karjakin, who dominated day one of the blitz with 6.5/9 was not able to show the same form today and lost key games in the second part of the day. Both players had the opportunity to tie with the leader were it not for their last round heartbreaking losses.
The players enjoying the World Cup games between the round
With the last round win over the eventual winner, Hikaru Nakamura secured his fourth place, collecting 7 tour points and $15,000. Levon Aronian’s last two round losses cost him quite a bit of money and tour points as he finished in fifth place, with 6 points and $12,500. The Armenian finished 1.5 points behind the winner and was in contention for the title until the penultimate round when he lost a key game to Vachier-Lagrave.
Final standings with prize and tour point distribution
There will be little rest for the players, as the second leg, Paris Grand Chess Tour, starts in just three days. Anish Giri who was the wildcard in Leuven will be replaced by Vladimir Kramnik who cannot compete for tour points. The rest of the field will keep battling it out for the top four places to qualify to London.
All information is available on GrandChessTour.org. Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, IM Jovanka Houska, and GM Alejandro Ramirez. As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Leuven to interview players and will be joined by GM Nigel Short. This year, the English broadcast will be joined by a Russian commentary team of GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko and GM Yaroslav Zherebukh. Watch live.

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2018-06-16

Teplice Open 2018


The Teplice Open is a 9-round Swiss Open taking place in the House of Culture in Teplice, Czech Republic from 16-24 June 2018. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    Jun 16, 2018    14:30 
Round 2    Jun 17, 2018    14:00 
Round 3    Jun 18, 2018    14:00 
Round 4    Jun 19, 2018    14:00 
Round 5    Jun 20, 2018    14:00 
Round 6    Jun 21, 2018    14:00 
Round 7    Jun 22, 2018    14:00 
Round 8    Jun 23, 2018    14:00 
Round 9    Jun 24, 2018    07:00

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Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour Blitz Day 1 Recap


by Tatev Abrahamyan
There was a big shake up in the standings after a full day of blitz. Wesley So still leads the tournament but his lead has narrowed to only one and a half points. The 2016 World Blitz Champion Sergey Karjakin dominated the day by scoring 6.5 points out of 9. He is now tied for second place in the overall standings with Levon Aronian. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura are still also striking distance away from the leaders. With nine more rounds tomorrow, the tournament is still wide open, as a good or bad day for one of the leaders could completely change the outcome.
Combined rapid and blitz standings. In the rapid, a win is worth 2 points, a draw is 1 point and a loss is 0. In the blitz, a win is 1 point, a draw is .5 points and a loss is 0
Wesley So had a strong start to the day when he extended his lead to three points before the start of round seven. Things started to turn sour when he found himself in a lost position against his countryman Fabiano Caruana but miraculously drew. This was indicative of So’s trouble to come as his solid play suddenly became shaky. He lost his next game to Shakriyar Mamedyarov then again to Hikaru Nakamura after an elementary blunder in time scramble.

Sergey Karjakin, on the other hand, moved up in the standings by winning his last three games defeating close rival Vachier-Lagrave, as well as Mamedyarov and the struggling Caruana. He was the only undefeated player of the day, which comes as no surprise as he is known for his blitz skills and finished second in the 2017 World Blitz Championship behind Magnus Carlsen. If he can repeat this performance tomorrow, he will be the favorite to win Your Next Move.
Former World Blitz Champion Sergey Karjakin
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian entered the day as So’s closest rivals with three points behind the leader. Up until round seven, Vachier-Lagrave was the only other undefeated player besides So. His only half point in the last three games came from his draw against Aronian himself. The Armenian, on the other hand, had a good finish to the day, by scoring 2.5 points in the last three games, thus leapfrogging the Frenchman.
Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian and Grischuk between the rounds

Hikaru Nakamura had a subpar start to the day but, like Karjakin, finished strong with wins in the last three games. His most important victory was against So in the last round, which blew the tournament wide open for the field. He is now in clear fifth place and three points behind the leader, but still has a realistic chance of winning the event or at least finishing in the top three.
So-Nakamura at the start of their fateful game
The shocking results of the day were from Caruana and Mamedyarov who scored 2.5 and 3 points respectively. Anish Giri still finds himself in the bottom of the standings after scoring 4 points today due to his poor performance in the rapid. Viswanathan Anand and Alexander Grischuk both scored 5 points today but are too far behind the leader to be in contention for the title.
All information is available on GrandChessTour.org. Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, IM Jovanka Houska, and GM Alejandro Ramirez. As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Leuven to interview players and will be joined by GM Nigel Short. This year, the English broadcast will be joined by a Russian commentary team of GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko and GM Yaroslav Zherebukh. Watch live.

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2018-06-15

Gredine Open 2018

The 4th International Chess Festival ad Gredine is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 16th to 24th June 2018 in Ortisei, Italy.

Time control: the players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official site

Schedule: (UTC)

Round 1    Jun 16, 2018    13:00 
Round 2    Jun 17, 2018    13:00 
Round 3    Jun 18, 2018    13:00 
Round 4    Jun 19, 2018    13:00 
Round 5    Jun 20, 2018    13:00 
Round 6    Jun 21, 2018    13:00 
Round 7    Jun 22, 2018    13:00 
Round 8    Jun 23, 2018    13:00 
Round 9    Jun 24, 2018    07:30 

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2018-06-14

Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour Rapid Day 3 Recap

by Tatev Abrahamyan
The rapid portion of Your Next Move came to an end with Wesley So winning the rapid portion with a round to spare. He now leads the pack with a comfortable advantage as his closest rivals, Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are  points behind. The next two days of blitz promise to bring a lot of action and excitement. Since nine games will be played on each day, a bad day for So could mean a complete turn around in the standings. However, in blitz, the wins are only worth one point, thus giving So a big edge over the rest of the field.
Final rapid standings. In the rapid a win is worth 2 points, a draw is 1 point and a loss is 0

Round 7


Wesley So continued his dominance and got close to a big advantage due to Hikaru Nakamura’s reckless opening play. So’s win was effortless, and he extended his lead to three points as his closest rival, Levon Aronian, went astray with his attack and lost to Sergey Karjakin. It was not a good day to have the white pieces as Fabiano Caruana and Alexander Grischuk defeated Anish Giri and Viswanathan Anand respectively with the black pieces.
The post-mortem between Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri

Round 8


Wesley So secured his win of the rapid section with a solid draw against Sergey Karjakin and maintained his three point lead. Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave improved their standings with wins over Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri, putting themselves behind Wesley and tied for second place with Karjakin. Hikaru Nakamura bounced back from his loss with a win over Anand while Grichuk and Mamedyarov drew their game.
Wesley So, the winner of the rapid portion of Your Next Move

Round 9

There was only one big change in the top standings: Sergey Karjakin lost to Fabiano Caruana while So, Aronian, and Vachier-Lagrave drew. Although none of the players had a chance of winning the rapid, every additional point is crucial for the standings overall. The only other decisive result was between Mamedyarov and Nakamura. Nakamura’s win put the American in fourth place tied with Karjakin. Nakamura is known for his blitz skills and is currently the second highest rated player in the world behind Carlsen and ahead of So. With eighteen rounds of blitz to go, he still has a very realistic chance of winning Your Next Move.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the winner of 2017 Sinquefield Cup
All information is available on GrandChessTour.org. Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, IM Jovanka Houska, and GM Alejandro Ramirez. As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Leuven to interview players and will be joined by GM Nigel Short. This year, the English broadcast will be joined by a Russian commentary team of GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko and GM Yaroslav Zherebukh. Watch live.

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Svidler won the rapid match against Yu Yangyi!

The Chinese Blitz Champion Yu Yangyi and the 8-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler competed their chess mastership in a rapid and blitz match from 12 to 14 June, 2018 in Shenzhen, China.
On the second match day Peter Svidler had 3 wins and a draw  and took the score of 12 points.
Yu Yangyi finished impressively with 4 wins from the last 5 blitz games, but Svidler had the prevalence of the rapid wins!
(picture from qipai.org.cn)

Peter Svidler won with a scoreline of 15.5-10.5. Congratulations!


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Baltic Zonal - Palanga Stage 2018


The second stage of the Baltic Zone tournament is held from June 14th to 20th in Palanga, Lithuania. This is the second of the three Baltic Zonal tournaments. In all three stages, each participant will have 24 competitors (8 from each of the Baltic States), and he overall winner will qualifie for the 2019 Chess World Cup.

Time control: the players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment.


Official site

Schedule: (UTC)
Round 1    June 14, 2018    13:00 
Round 2    June 15, 2018    07:00 
Round 3    June 15, 2018    13:00 
Round 4    June 16, 2018    13:00 
Round 5    June 17, 2018    07:00 
Round 6    June 17, 2018    13:00 
Round 7    June 18, 2018    13:00 
Round 8    June 19, 2018    13:00 
Round 9    June 20, 2018    07:00


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You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
Baltic Zonal -Tallinn Stage 2018
Baltic Zonal Liepaja Stage 2017
Baltic Zonal Vilnius Stage 2017
Baltic Zonal 2016
Baltic Zonal 2015



2018-06-13

Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour Rapid Day 2 Recap

by Tatev Abrahamyan

Day two of Your Next Move was all about Wesley So, as the American keeps showing excellent form and has extended his lead to two points. Levon Aronian had a strong showing and is the next closest to the leader. He is one win away from catching So and is a full point ahead of the trio of Karjakin, Mamedyarov and Vachier-Lagrave. Tomorrow is the final day of the rapid portion and Wesley So is en route to repeat his last year’s result.  
Standings after round 6. In the rapid a win is worth 2 points, a draw is 1 point and a loss is 0

Round 4


Wesley So started the day off strong with a tactical sequence that won a pawn against Anish Giri. He went on to convert the material advantage in the endgame without any trouble. In the all American match up, Fabiano Caruana emerged victorious due to his superior pawn structure as Hikaru Nakamura was unable to find counterplay. Sergey Karjakin and Levon Aronian entered the day a full point behind the leader but failed to keep pace as they drew Viswanathan Anand and Shakriyar Mamedyarov respectively.  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave continued his draw streak with another peaceful result against Alexander Grischuk..
Caruana and Nakamura battling it out under Anand’s watchful eyes

Round 5


Wesley So continued his winning streak with a victory against Grischuk after his king marched to his opponent’s queenside and collected all the pawns. Levon Aronian inched a bit closer to the winner with a win over Anish Giri in an endgame where his queen and two pawns overpowered his opponent’s two rooks. Anand’s knight pair overpowered Caruana’s knight and bishop pair and lead him to victory in an instructive endgame. Karjakin had a miracle save in a completely lost endgame against Mamedyarov when he managed to enter a rook against rook and a bishop endgame. The Russian managed to escape unscathed after his opponent missed many winning chances. Vachier-Lagrave had a very interesting piece sacrifice against Nakamura but settled for a draw with a threefold repetition.
Wesley So was all smiles at the start of the day

Round 6

The match up of the round was between So and Aronian. The American had no difficulty drawing the game and thus maintaining the two-point lead. Vachier-Lagrave and Mamedyarov moved up in the rankings and are now in a tie for third place with a point behind Aronian after their wins against Anand and Caruana respectively. Karjakin is also tied with the duo for third place after his quick and sound draw against Giri. Nakamura defeated Grischuk in a rook endgame after the Russian made a crucial blunder at the last moment.
Fan favorite Levon Aronian is a striking distance away from the leader
All information is available on GrandChessTour.org. Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, IM Jovanka Houska, and GM Alejandro Ramirez. As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Leuven to interview players and will be joined by GM Nigel Short. This year, the English broadcast will be joined by a Russian commentary team of GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko and GM Yaroslav Zherebukh. Watch live.

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