GRENKE Chess Classic 2017 / Round 6

by National Life Master Loal DavisImages courtesy of Derrick Bartotto  Well – That’s it.  Levon Aronian wins with Grenke Chess Classic for 2017 with a round to spare.  After this current sixth round he is one and a half points in the lead.  One round to go.  Levon played creatively throughout. … Continue reading

GRENKE Chess Classic 2017 / Round 5

by National Life Master Loal DavisImages courtesy of Derrick Bartotto  Levon Aronian Aronian takes the tournament lead by a full point.  In the following game there may be opposite colored Bishops, but the two extra Pawns turns out to be too much.[Event "GRENKE Chess Classic 2017"][Site "?"][Date "2017.04.20"][Round "5"][White "Aronian, Levon"][Black “Naiditsch, … Continue reading

GRENKE Chess Classic 2017 / Round 3

by National Life Master Loal DavisImages courtesy of Derrick Bartotto   The “One That Got Away”. “GRENKE Chess Classic 2017″Round “3″White “Hou, Yifan”Black “Carlsen, Magnus”1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. a4 e5 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Bg5 Be6 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. Nd5 … Continue reading

Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017 / Rounds 4 & 5

by National Life Master Loal Davis.All images courtesy of Derrick Bartotto.   There were two decisive games in round 4 and 3 in round 5  -  Good/Strong/Fighting chess. Anand versus Oparin – sledge hammer blows in a Breyer variation of the Ruy Lopez.[Event "Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017"][Site "?"][Date "2017.04.15"][Round "4"][White “Anand, Viswanathan … Continue reading

Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017 / Round 1

by National Life Master Loal Davis  Vladimir Kramnik / Hikaru Nakamura / Vishy Anand / Boris Gelfand / Peter Svidler / Grigoriy Oparin / Yannick PelletierZurich, Switzerland13 - 17  April, 2017New Classical :45 minutes all moves + 30 seconds increment “Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017″Round “1″White “Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS)”Black “Anand, Viswanathan (IND)”1. c4 c5 2. … Continue reading

U.S. Chess Championship 2017 / Playoffs / Final

by National Life Master Loal Davis  Congratulations to Wesley So the 2017 United States Chess Champion. There were two playoff games played at a rapid pace; the first was won by Wesley and the second was a draw.  Major congratulations are also in order for Alexander Onischuk who fully deserved to be … Continue reading

U.S. Chess Championship 2017 / Round 11 / Last but not Final

by National Life Master Loal Davis    There were two decisive games in the “Final” round and one had partial affect on the playoffs which are to be played on Monday the 10th of April.  There “were” three and now, because Nakamura took out Akobian, we are down to just two.  The … Continue reading

U.S. Chess Championship 2017 / Round 10

by National Life Master Loal Davis       Wesley So   Alexander Onischuk  Varuzhan Akobian It is now a three way tie for first place going into the last round of the U.S. Championship for 2017.   Varuzhan Akobian, Alexander Onischuk, and Wesley So are all tied at 6.5.  Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura … Continue reading