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 4

by National Life Master Loal DavisImages courtesy of Derrick Bartotto  Vachier-Lagrave beats Hou in a very respectable Spanish Game ending.[Event "GRENKE Chess Classic 2017"][Site "?"][Date "2017.04.19"][Round "4"][White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"][Black "Hou, Yifan"][Result "1-0"][PlyCount "135"][EventDate "2017.04.15"][SourceDate "2017.04.19"]1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 d5 6. Nbd2 … 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

GRENKE Chess Classic 2017 / Round 2

by National Life Master Loal DavisImages courtesy of Derrick Bartotto  There were three decisive games in the second round.  Yifan Hou won again and leads the pack.  Fabiano Caruana bounced back from his loss yesterday, and Vachier-Lagrave notched the remaining win of this round. [Event "GRENKE Chess Classic 2017"][Site "?"][Date "2017.04.16"][Round "2"][White “Meier, … Continue reading

Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017 / Rounds 6 & 7 / “Final”

by National Life Master Loal DavisImages courtesy of Derrick Bartotto   The New Classical section of the Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge for 2017 has completed.  See the Official Site (link below) to see the previous features of this tourney and the remaining Blitz games.  The Classical section finished with a tie for first … Continue reading

GRENKE Chess Classic 2017 / Round 1

by National Life Master Loal Davis.All images courtesy of Derrick Bartotto.  Players: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian, Hou Yifan, Arkadij Naiditsch, Georg Meier, Matthias BlübaumKarlsruhe, Germany15 – 22 April, 20177 Rounds – 8 Player Round RobinRate of play: 100 minutes in 40 moves + 50 minutes in 20 … 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