World Cup 2017 / Highlights From Round 3 / Day 1

  by National Life Master Loal Davis   Xiangzhi Bu   Xiangzhi Bu was the “player of the day” when he took out the World Champion Magnus Carlsen in grand style.  Style is one thing; accuracy is another.  BUT – It does show that Carlsen can be bamboozled, confused, threatened, … Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 9 / Final

  by National Life Master Loal Davis   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave   The French National Champion, Vachier-Lagrave wins the Sinquefield Cup 2017.  He nets a clear first in a heavy/competitive field of players.  He finished with 6 points a half point ahead of the field – whatever works – and both … Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 8

  by National Life Master Loal Davis   Sergey Karjakin   One decisive game today but nothing changes at the top.  It is still a three way tie first place between Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, and Aronian.  There is ONE round to go.   Karjakin (World Champion Candidate) milked a Giuoco Pianissimo for … Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 7

  by National Life Master Loal Davis   Viswanathan Anand   It is now a three way tie (Vachier-Lagrave / Anand / Aronian) for first place (see score table below) and two more rounds to go.   Sinquefield Cup 2017 Round “7” White “Anand, Viswanathan (IND)” Black “Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS)” … Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 6

  by National Life Master Loal Davis   Levon Aronian   I hear ramblings about Aronian; “he’s just a bag of tricks”.  I strongly disagree.  This guy plays aggressive, tactical chess, but always with an eye to the ending and long-range positional themes.  His victories are not accidents and he … Continue reading