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The Week in Chess

  • 2nd Porticcio Open 2015 – Games and Results
    The 2nd Porticcio Open takes place in Grosseto-Prugna on Corsica. Leading players: Laurent Fressinet, Etienne Bacrot, Alexander Areshchenko, Sergey Fedorchuk, Bartosz Socko etc
  • 3rd DC International 2015 – Games and Results
    The 3rd DC International takes place 25th to 30th June 2015. Luke McShane, Sam Sevian, Anton Kovalyov, Axel Bachmann etc.
  • 10th Edmonton International 2015 – Games and Results
    The 10th Edmonton International took place 20th to 28th June 2015. Vassily Ivanchuk, Pentala Harikrishna, Wang Hao, Sam Shankland, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Aman Hambleton, Vladimir Pechenkin, Agnieszka Matras-Clement, Dale Haessel and Robert Gardner.. Pentala Harikrishna won with 7.5/9 a point clear of Wang Hao, Ganguly and Ivanchuk on 6.5 with Sam Shankland a further half point back on 6.
  • Nisipeanu leads Dortmund Chess tournament alone on 2/2 – 2
    Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu leads the Dortmund Chess tournament with a 2/2 with an impressive defeat of Arkadij Naiditsch in the second round. This was a razor-sharp advance Caro-Kann where Nisipeanu got running pawns in the centre and a rook in return for bishop and knight. Nisipeanu leads the rest of the field by a point already going into the first rest day.

    Vladimir Kramnik found an impressive pawn sacrifice straight out of the opening against Hou Yifan which left her with a difficult position to play and she never really extracted herself from the bind Kramnik set up and the game finished in 28 moves.

    Georg Meier got a good Steinitz French as black against Ian Nepomniachtchi and the game finished in a draw by repetition.

    Fabiano Caruana’s awful record against the Najdorf Sicilian continued as he went down to a loss against Wesley So. It might have all been different had Caruana found 20.c5! which the computers gave as a rather large advantage to white. Insteand So’s Rook and two pawns were far better than bishop and knight and although Caruana put up great resistance he couldn’t save the game in the end.

    Rest day Monday.

    Round 2 Standings: Nisipeanu 2pts, Naiditsch, Meier, So, Nepomniachtchi, Kramnik 1pt Caruana, Hou 0.5pts,

    Round 3 Pairings Tuesday 30th June 2pm: Meier-Caruana, Kramnik-Nepomniachtchi, Nisipeanu-Hou, So-Naiditsch

  • Naiditsch and Nisipeanu defeat Kramnik and So in Dortmund Round 1 – 1
    Vladimir Kramnik suffered a shock defeat after having to give up a piece against Arkadij Naiditsch and whilst he had some compensation to start it gradually wasn’t enough (24.g3 instead of 24.f3)

    Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu scored a crushing win against Wesley So. This looked like so many Grand Prix attack games of the 1970s black didn’t seem to do a lot wrong but just had his position torn apart. 12.Nb5 put black in trouble but So’s 12…Qxb5 left him with a lost position and white had all the fun after that.

    Fabiano Caruana in his first event under the US flag after his transfer back had much the better of his game against Ian Nepomniachtchi. Both players had come straight from other tournaments, Caruana from Norway and Nepomniachtchi from Cuba. Caruana had a nice advantage at move 25 but by first time control Nepomiachtchi managed to trade down, so all the play was on the king-side and he had a holdable position.

    Georg Meier had nagging positional pressure straight from the Catalan Opening against Hou Yifan. The women’s number one was condemned to a long and unpleasant defence and was indeed completely lost at one stage (50.Kc5 for instance) but was allowed to escape with a draw.

    Round 1 Standings: Naiditsch, Nisipeanu 1pt, Caruana, Nepomniachtchi, Hou Yifan, Meier 0.5pts, So, Kramnik 0pts.

    Round 2 Pairings: Caruana-So, Naiditsch-Nisipeanu, Hou-Kramnik, Nepomniachtchi-Meier

  • 43rd Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2015 – Games and Results
    The 43rd Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting takes place 27th June (Round 1) to 5th July 2015. Fabiano Caruana, Vladimir Kramnik, Wesley So, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Hou Yifan, Arkadij Naiditsch, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and Georg Meier play this 8 player, 7 round all-play-all.
  • Topalov wins Norway Chess 2015 – 9
    Veselin Topalov managed to steer his final round game against Viswanathan Anand into a quick draw which gave him clear first place in the Norway Chess tournament 2015. The game saw the same moves seen in Ivanchuk-Carlsen Wijk aan Zee 2015 but also as far back as 2007 in Roiz-Adams. Anand didn’t seem too displeased to secure second place either and didn’t really have an opportunity to make a fight of it. Anand seems really back in form and should be a danger for the rest of the year.

    Magnus Carlsen played very poorly again losing to Jon Ludwig Hammer for the first time since he was 10. Carlsen was surprised in the opening but also continued to make mistakes. 5…dxc4 was poor but after Hammer’s reaction 10…Qd7 may have been reasonaly alright for Carlsen, instead he spent a lot of time before playing 10…Kh8?! after which he was in big trouble. However a few inferior moves culminating in 27.b3 should have led to a draw with the fairly obvious 27…c5, instead 27…Rd8 led to the loss. Afterwards on Facebook Carlsen said ”It’s just extremely frustrating not to be able to show anything close to what I am capable of in my home country.” All this following on from a great result in Shamkir. Hammer finished on 3/10 and performed to about his rating.

    Hikaru Nakamura beat Levon Aronian in a sharp interesting game. Aronian’s 19.Rc1 was a very poor move and Nakamura took full advantage of it. Nakamura’s result are very good and very stable at the moment. Aronian seems a long way off his best.

    Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri drew an interesting Open Ruy Lopez. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had the better of his draw against Alexander Grischuk.

    Final Standings: 1st Topalov 6.5pts, 2nd Anand 6pts, 3rd Nakamura 6pts, 4th Giri 5.5pts, 5th Caruana 4pts, 6th Vachier-Lagrave 4pts, 7th Carlsen 3.5pts, 8th Grischuk 3.5pts, 9th Aronian 3pts, 10th Hammer 3pts.

    Next major events Dortmund Round 1 Saturday 27th June: Nepomniachtchi-Caruana, Meier-Hou, Kramnik-Naiditsch, Nisipeanu-So.

    Next Grand Tour event 21st August, the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis.

  • Walter Browne 1949-2015 – 1949-2015
    Walter Shawn Browne born 10th January 1949 in Sydney Australia, died 24th June 2015 in Las Vegas Navada.

    Walter Browne was six time US Champion (1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983) as well as numerous opens, Wijk aan Zee (twice), Lone Pine, and five medals in the Olympiad. He was also a professional poker player often financing his chess this way. By the mid-1980s his chess was in decline and poker gradually became his main game although he played many others throughout his life. In recent years Browne became more visable in the chess world again giving interviews and finally producing a chess book of his games ”The Stress of Chess … and its Infinite Finesse.”

    Browne was known for his deep calculations, high energy and severe time trouble. One of the great characters of the game and a legend of US Chess.

    He was already in decline when I started to take a real interest in international chess so I don’t know his career as well as those slightly older than myself but there is already a lot of material available. Many links below.

  • Anand moves within half a point of Topalov after he beats Hammer in Norway Chess Round 8 – 8
    Veselin Topalov lost to Anish Giri allowing Viswanathan Anand to move within half a point with a round to go. Topalov has white against Anand in the final round.

    Topalov was ground down by Giri after getting a passive position out of the opening. Probably Topalov’s 15…Qc8 was an attempt to play for a draw 15…Ng5!? and Giri got a small positional edge. 34…h5 was bad and Giri gradually brought home the full point.

    Anand defeated Jon Ludwig Hammer from a less than impressive opening (according to him) but Hammer gradually came under pressure and 25…Bxc1? (25…Rb8 should hold) after 25 minutes thought brought about a quick collapse of his position.

    Magnus Carlsen beat Levon Aronian but he wasn’t at all happy with the quality of the game. After allowing near equality and getting into time trouble there was a tactical position where both sides missed chances before Carlsen won a lot of material before first time control.

    ”A pretty bad game from start to finish.” Carlsen who thought he was outplayed for much of the game. ”31…Nd3 was just a crazy move.” Carlsen who thought 31…Rd3 and Aronian at least wouldn’t have lost. ”He’s outplayed more than any other player in the world.” Carlsen on Aronian. ”Most of all I want to get this over with.” Carlsen who says that being able to ”dream of 50%” was reasonably pleasant after his start.

    Alexander Grischuk gradually got into trouble against Fabiano Caruana but the game finished in a draw. Hikaru Nakamura was close to winning against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but allowed the position to run out of control and dropped a pawn and all winning chances in the end.

    Round 8 standings: Topalov 6pts, Anand 5.5pts, Giri, Nakamura 5pts, Caruana, Carlsen, Vachier-Lagrave 3.5pts, Aronian, Grischuk 3pts, Hammer 2pts,

    Round 9 pairings: Vachier-Lagrave-Grischuk, Aronian-Nakamura, Hammer-Carlsen, Topalov-Annad, Caruana-Giri.

  • Topalov keeps his 1.5 point lead as all games drawn in Norway Chess Round 7 – 7
    Veselin Topalov and Fabiano Caruana drew their game by perpetual check. It seemed that Topalov was drifting into trouble but he found a way to create counterchances. All the other games were drawn.

    Alexander Grischuk seemed reasonably pleased with his draw as black against Hikaru Nakamura. He seemed to be better but couldn’t find a way through.

    Anish Giri tried to get a sharp battle by playing the Pirc against Jon Ludwig Hammer, instead he got a slightly inferior endgame where only Hammer had chances but they weren’t sufficient for a win.

    Magnus Carlsen surprised Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with a sideline of the Semi-Slav. MVL sacrificed two pawns and it seems that Carlsen was still in his preparation when they agreed a draw by a repetition of moves.

    Levon Aronian played a sharp English against Viswanathan Anand and they too repeated to draw the game.

    Round 7 Standiings: Topalov 6/7, Nakamura, Anand 4.5pts, Giri 4pts, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian, Caruana 3pts, Carlsen, Grischuk 2.5pts, Hammer 2pts.

    Round 8 pairings Wednesday 24th June 2015 4pm Local time. I will be in commentary on ICC with Maxim Dlugy: Grischuk-Caruana, Giri-Topalov, Anand-Hammer, Carlsen-Aronian, Nakamura-Vachier-Lagrave

  • Topalov leads Norway Chess by 1.5 points after 6 rounds – 6
    Veselin Topalov won yet another game to lead the Norway Chess tournament by 1.5 points with 3 rounds to go. Alexander Grischuk was probably not worse out of the opening but he had some problems and his 16.Nb5 proved to be a serious mistake that lost a piece. He did have some practical chances after this but he couldn’t resist.

    Viswanathan Anand was allowed a known sacrifice of a piece for a very strong attack by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. I think MVL was saying he got confused in his opening preparation as he had these positions on his computer before the game but it seemed very odd to allow such a chance in a position he had prepared. Anand is very good at these attacks and won handily.

    The remaining games were drawn. Magnus Carlsen needed to play 13.Ne5 to keep a theoretical advantage against Hikaru Nakamura and after 13. 0-0 the position was equal. Nakamura didn’t completely shut the position down and had to go to a rook and pawn ending a pawn down which was theoretically drawn to secure the half point.

    Anish Giri seemed to know the detailed theory of his sharp Vienna game against Levon Aronian better than his opponent and the game finished in a draw.

    Fabiano Caruana was disappointed with his play against Jon Ludwig Hammer as he had the advantage early on before the mistaken 10.Na3 threw it away and left Hammer slightly better. The game finished in a draw.

    Round 6 Standings: Topalov 5.5/6, Nakamura, Anand 4pts, Giri 3.5pts, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian, Caruana 2.5pts, Carlsen, Grischuk 2pts, Hammer 1.5pts.

    Round 7 Pairings Tuesday 23rd June 2015: Nakamura-Grischuk, Vachier-Lagrave-Carlsen, Aronian-Anand, Hammer-Giri, Topalov-Caruana.

  • Topalov leads Norway Chess by a point after late blunder by Hammer – 5
    Veselin Topalov won the final game to finish against Jon Ludwig Hamer to lead the Norway Chess tournament by a point. Topalov was under severe pressure out of the opening and Hammer tried to take advantage of this with a piece sacrifice. However Hammer didn’t make quite the best of it after which a a very complex and tough game followed where Topalov had some advantage but was in danger of running out of pawns. Then after 6 hours play and within one move of the draw (74.f5=) at tired Hammer blundered and had to resign.

    Magnus Carlsen scored his first win of the event but he didn’t seem all that impressed with his own play. Grischuk at least equalised out of the opening but after allowing the break 26.c5 he was already in time trouble and with only a few seconds he finally blundered with 40…exf4? in a worse position and soon had to resign.

    Levon Aronian pressurised Fabiano Caruana for a long time but after allowing 27…a5 much of his advantage went and after allowing 33…g5 (Caruana was in time trouble and Aronian thought he might not play it) the game should have finished in a draw. Caruana saw 39…Qxg3+? (39…Qg6=) won a pawn but didn’t see that after 43.Nd4 he might be just lost. Aronian’s technique was enough.

    Hikaru Nakamura tried to pressurise Viswanathan Anand in a solid but passive position but in the end the game was drawn. Anish Giri tricked Maxime Vachier-Lagrave into a variation they played last month and this proved to be quite drawish.

    Round 5 Standings: Topalov 4.5pts, Nakamura 3.5pts, Giri, Anand 3pts, Vachier-Lagrave 2.5pts, Caruana, Aronian, Grischuk 2pts, Carlsen 1.5pts, Hammer 1pt.

    Round 6 pairings: Grischuk-Topalov, Caruana-Hammer, Giri-Aronian, Anand-Vachier-Lagrave, Carlsen-Nakamura.

  • Topalov leads Norway Chess on 3.5/4 Anand beats Carlsen – 4
    Veselin Topalov won the final game of the day to finish against Levon Aronian to move to 3.5/4. Topalov got control of an ending from a Ragozin Defence just before first time control and brought home the full point.

    Again the story of the day was the poor score of World Champion Magnus Carlsen who was beat again, this time by Viswanathan Anand. This is his poorest start since 2005. After some early move order issues caused both players to consume time they ended up in a known structure. Carlsen probably tried a bit too hard with black to make things complicated and quickly had the harder position to play. Anand was comfortable and Carlsen was steadily outplayed. Carlsen said afterwards ”Horrible play. I misjudged the position completely, then I continued to play badly.”

    Alexander Grischuk outplayed Jon Ludwig Hammer pretty much from the opening. Fabiano Caruana doesn’t have a very good record in main line Najdorf’s as white and seemed happy enough to draw against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Anish Giri and Hikaru Nakamura played out a draw where for the most part Giri was pressing even if he was unhappy with some of his play.

    There is a rest day on Saturday.

    Round 4 Standings: Topalov 3.5pts, Nakamura 3pts, Giri, Anand 2.5pts, Caruana, Grischuk, Vachier-Lagrave 2pts, Aronian, Hammer 1pt Carlsen 0.5pts.

    Round 5 Sunday 21st June 2015. 4pm local time. I will be in commentary with IM John Watson on ICC. Pairings: Carlsen-Grischuk, Nakamura-Anand, Vachier-Lagrave-Giri, Aronian-Caruana, Hammer-Topalov.

  • Nakamura and Topalov lead the Norway Chess tournament after three rounds – 3
    Hikaru Nakamura defeated Fabiano Caruana and Veselin Topalov beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the only two decisive games of the day in the Norway Chess tournament. Magnus Carlsen got on the scoreboard with a draw against Anish Giri but it was a game he should have won.

    Nakamura wasn’t happy with his opening against Caruana and felt that he allowed easy equalisation. Nakamura thought that Caruana got a bit ambitious after that and became slightly worse but it was only with 38…b5? that Caruana’s position started to collapse, 40…g5 also looks bad but things had become difficult already and Nakamura brought home the full point.

    The first game to finish was Topalov’s win with black against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. In a very sharp Meran Variation Topalov knew and remembered more theory than Vachier-Lagrave who couldn’t find a way through the complications and quickly lost faith in his position, 20.Bd2 with the idea of Ba5 was a step in the wrong direction and the desperate 22.Nd5 showed things had gone desperately wrong.

    Anish Giri had an escape from a lost position against Magnus Carlsen. Giri thought he was completely lost but then Carlsen started to play a bit strangely. Carlsen remained with strong winning chances but an easy win didn’t present itself (computers want the bizarre 38.Bf7+ which wins) Carlsen gave up a piece but Giri saved himself with accurate play.

    ”If he doesn’t beat me here I think he’ll never beat me” Anish Giri after the game. He added that Carlen looked in good form against Topalov and was clearly affected by the loss on time in the subsequent games.

    The organisers apologised to the players and Carlsen in particular saying that they should have done better in telling everyone the change in time control. The Rules and Regulations are now prominent on the website which I’m pretty sure they weren’t before. Carlsen is by no means the only player who doesn’t show much curiosity in finding these things out. I wonder if organisers of all sorts of chess events might think of providing a small wallet sized card with the time control, dates and times of rounds and the final tie-break regulations, the three things that change from event to event, for the players. Questions about these come up time after time.

    Viswanathan Anand drew a fascinating Sicilian against Alexander Grischuk. The stem game was Grischuk’s game against Dominguez but he struggled to recall the theory over the board. Both players seemed to have small chances to be better in this complex struggle.

    Levon Aronian was bitterly disappointed not to beat Jon Ludwig Hammer after getting a large advantage out of the opening where black misjudged the structure. Aronian couldn’t find the correct way to proceed and eventually locking in his own rook in the middle of the board after which the game was drawn.

    Round 3 standings: Nakamura, Topalov 2.5pts/3 Giri 2pts, Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana 1.5pts, Grischuk, Hammer, Aronian 1pt, Carlsen 0.5pts.

    Round 4 Friday 19th June 2015 moves to the Utstein Kloster in Rennesoy. 4pm local time start: Grichuk-Hammer, Topalov-Aronian, Caruana-Vachier-Lagrave, Giri-Nakamura, Anand-Carlsen.

  • Carlsen starts with 0/2 in Norway Chess Tournament – 2
    Five players share the lead on 1.5 points but it is the position of the World Champion who has started with two losses and is dead last that makes the headlines.

    Magnus Carlsen had the worst possible start to the Norway Chess Tournament when he went down to a second successive loss, this time to Fabiano Caruana. This was another theoretical Berlin Defence and Caruana said afterwards that he thought Carlsen’s 17…Rg8 was an error after which he was better. 18…Na6 (18…Nc2!?) may have also been a mistake and 22…Ne6 was probably just losing and Carlsen didn’t find a way to resist, most likely there isn’t one, resigning on move 45.

    ”It’s not that he made outrageous moves or anything – it’s just the position out of the opening was bad” Caruana.

    Afterwards Carlsen still had his loss on time from round one on his mind being quoted as saying ”I am still not happy about yesterday and think it’s Stavanger not doing their job.” [in not making sure he knew about the change in time control from the year before]

    ”Today was a terrible day against a very strong opponent.”

    ”I have dug myself into a pretty big hole, but I have won tournaments before where I have lost to Caruana” Carlsen.

    In Bilbao 2010 Carlsen started with two losses and Shamkir 2014 he lost back to back games in rounds 4 and 5.

    Levon Aronian was again unhappy with his opening as black, this time against Alexander Grischuk. It was a reverse Rossolimo Sicilian. However Grischuk seemed to overlook 15…Ng4 and after that he had to be careful before the game ended in a draw.

    Veselin Topalov had the better of a draw against Hikaru Nakamura with a better pawn structure and bishop vs knight in an endgame but he couldn’t convert to a full point. Topalov started with deep opening preparation and Nakamura thought he must be lost at one stage but they didn’t find anything completely clear in the post-mortem.

    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave escaped with a draw from a worse position against Jon Ludwig Hammer. Vachier-Lagrave thought he was even better at one stage when he wasn’t really and this led him into trouble but he just managed to draw.

    Viswanathan Anand gave up the exchange but in the end couldn’t convert an extra pawn against Anish Giri who was just active enough to hold the draw.

    Round 2 Standings: Nakamura, Giri, Topalov, Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana 1.5/2pts, Anand 1pt, Hammer, Aronian, Grischuk 0.5pts, Carlsen 0pts.

    Round 3 Pairings Thursday 18th June 4pm local time: Anand-Grischuk, Carlsen-Giri, Nakamura-Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave-Topalov, Aronian-Hammer.

  • 50th Capablanca Memorial 2015 – Games and Results
    The 50th Capablanca Memorial takes place 15th to 25th June 2015. The elite event is a 6 player double round robin with Leinier Dominguez Perez, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Dmitry Andreikin, Pavel Eljanov, Yu Yangyi and Lazaro Bruzon Batista. Daily local coverage in Spanish by Miguel E. Gomez Masjuan at: Games and results.
  • Carlsen loses on time in a winning positon in Norway Chess Round 1 – 1
    There were four decisive games in the first round of the Norway Chess tournament with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura and Anish Giri all winning with the white pieces but the shock was Magnus Carlsen’s loss on time to Veselin Topalov after not remembering the time control had changed this year and he got no additional time at move 60. Viswanathan Anand was held with white, by second seed Fabiano Caruana.

    Magnus Carlsen seemed finally well on the way to winning the final game to finish against Veselin Topalov when he lost. Carlsen played a quiet variation of the Semi-Slav hoping that it wouldn’t suit his opponent’s style. Commentators including Kasparov were surprised Topalov allowed 23.h5 breaking up his kingside and soon Carlsen was pressing very strongly. Maybe 27.Nf5 was not the best from Carlsen and he seemed a bit unsure for the next few moves eventually allowing a freeing sacrifice by Topalov (29…Nb3) which led to a Queen and bishops of opposite colours endgame which was surely objectively drawn with best play. Carlsen plays these endings terribly well and eventually made enough progress to achieve a winning position. However he was short of time and at move 61 he started to think, expecting had received an extra 15 minute until the arbiters stepped in to tell a disbelieving Carlsen he had lost. The players were reminded at the start of the round of the tournament’s new time control of 2 hours for 40 moves plus an extra 60 minutes plus 30 seconds a move to the end of the game. Carlsen arrived late and missed the reminder but should have known anyway ,he can’t blame anyone but himself.

    Hikaru Nakamura said he was upset at the outcome of his opening where his rare 7.b3 was met quickly and confidently by Jon Ludwig Hammer. Nakamura could hardly believe Hammer knew a detailed reply. Hammer said to Nakamura he thought he was much better at one stage, something that Nakamura believed was an exaggeration. Once Nakamura broke with 23.e4 the position was probably about equal but Hammer went wrong whilst continuing to play quickly. At first time control after 41.Be3 Nakamura believed he was winning and quickly brought home the full point.

    Levon Aronian chose an ultra-sharp variation of the Ragozin Defence as black against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Aronian said he had analysed in huge detail but regretted not reviewing this analysis in preparation for the game because soon he was caught trying to remember what the precise way to hold the position was and he failed. Vachier-Lagrave was two pawns up and slowly brought home the full point

    Anish Giri was pleased to start the event with a win against Alexander Grischuk who played the rather new idea of 6…Rb8 in the 3.Bb5 Sicilian and quickly got into trouble in completing his development. Giri was critical of his own 25.Ne4 fearing Qa5 but soon time trouble and his position saw Grischuk defeated.

    Fabiano Caruana was happy with a relatively clean draw on the black side of a Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence where he seemed to have prepared the variation more deeply than his opponent Viswanathan Anand.

    Round 1 Standings: 1st= Topalov, Nakamura, Giri, Vachier-Lagrave 1pt 5th Anand, Caruana 0.5pts 7th= Carlsen, Aronian, Grischuk Hammer 0pts

    Round 2 pairings Wednesday 16th June 2015 4pm local time: Grischuk-Aronian, Hammer-Vachier-Lagrave, Topalov-Nakamura, Caruana-Carlsen, Giri-Anand

  • Norway Chess 2015 – Games and Results
    The Norway Chess tournament takes place 15th to 25th June 2015. Based in Stavanger there are away days in Flor & Fjaere, Rennesoy and Sandnes. This is the first of three events in the new ”Grand Chess Tour” in 2015. Players: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Viswanathan Anand, Veselin Topalov, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Jon Ludvig Hammer. I will have daily coverage here and regular updates of the games. The event opened with a blitz event on Monday 15th June to decide the player draw.

    Round 1 Tuesday. 4pm local time 3pm UK time. Official live coverage at: Updates periodically throughout play here and on my ”live” page but less frequently than I normally do with an encouragement to visit the official sites.

  • Cez Trophy So vs Navara 2015 – Games and Results
    The Cez Trophy took place in Prague 13th to 16th June 2015. Wesley So won the match 3-1. Navara launched his book My Chess World (in Czech) during the event.
  • Vachier-Lagrave wins the opening blitz of the 3rd Norway Chess tournament – Blitz
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the blitz tournament that acts as a curtain raiser for the Norway Chess tournament and also helps decide the pairings for main event. Vachier-Lagrave had spent much of the previous 24 hours travelling having to dash from Leon where he had just lost a four game rapid match to Wei Yi.

    Hikaru Nakamura took clear second ahead of Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri and Viswanathan Anand who tied for third. These five players are sure to choose a draw number that will give them five whites and four blacks in the main event starting tomorrow.

    Carlsen had a strange event missing wins against Giri and Vachier-Lagrave in the early rounds and winning from a a completely lost position against Anand. One shouldn’t take the result of these events too seriously. The 3 minutes plus 2 seconds a move time control is very fast and there were lots of mistakes.

    Games and results below.

    Round one of the 3rd Norway Chess tournament starts at 4pm local time 3pm UK time on Tuesday 16th June.

    Round 1 Pairings Giri-Grischuk, Anand-Caruana, Carlsen-Topalov, Nakamura-Hammer, Vachier-Lagrave-Aronian.

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