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

79th Tata Steel Masters / Round 12

by National Life Master Loal Davis Magnus Carlsen Wesley So is still in the lead by a half point.  Why? well he had a draw today and both Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian won their games (below) and that puts them within a half point of the lead with Yi Wei.  Now … Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2016 / Round 6

  There were three decisive games this round. Wesley So’s White victory over Veselin Topalov; Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s Black victory over Levon Aronian; Liren Ding’s White victory over Peter Svidler. Wesley So  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  Liren Ding    The following images are courtesy of Derrick Barototto  #NamePtsSB1So, Wesley412.52Anand, Viswanathan3.510.75 Topalov, Veselin3.594Caruana, Fabiano38.75 Nakamura, Hikaru38.25 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime38.25 Ding, Liren38 Aronian, Levon37.759Giri, Anish2.58.2510Svidler, Peter1.54.5 http://grandchesstour.org/live-2016-sinquefield-cup-grand-chess-tour 

Sinquefield Cup 2016 / Round 2

 Viswanathan AnandOf the three decisive games today, the first to finish was Anand’s win over Vachier-Lagrave.  In the Diagram below, White made what at first appeared to be a pseudo sacrifice by taking on e6.Alas there was a fly in the ointment.  Anand stung with the surprising e3 and White … Continue reading

Your Next Move GCT / Blitz / Day One

 Levon Aronian is in the lead by a half point at the half way point of the Your Next Move GCT in Leuven Belgium. #NamePtsSB1Aronian, Levon5.523.52Carlsen, Magnus523 Kramnik, Vladimir522.25 Nakamura, Hikaru521.25 So, Wesley520.756Anand, Viswanathan4.520.75 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime4.519.758Topalov, Veselin4169Caruana, Fabiano3.51510Giri, Anish314.75Today there were nine rounds.  You can play through any/all of the games by accessing the official site (URL … Continue reading

World Chess Candidates 2016

World Chess Candidates 2016:MARCH 10-30 2016Eight of the world’s top grandmasters come to Moscow to play in the tournament that will be contested as a double round-robin over 14 games. The winner will play a match for the title against reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen next November in the US.The eight … Continue reading

Zurich Chess Challenge Classic 2016 / Rounds 3 & 4

 All games from Round 3 were drawn.  There were two decisive games from Round 4.  Krmanik played a strategic masterpiece and had Giri tied in knots. On the 34th move Kramnik executed a breakthrough and the game was effectively over.  (Left Diagram)The Berlin Wall crumbled right over Shirov’s position. The … Continue reading