2017 Ch Showdown / Rnds 19-30 & Carlsen-Ding Rnds 5-10

        For the Championship Showdown it was Game in 5 minutes (12 games). For Carlsen vs Ding it was Game in 20 minutes (6 games).   Dominguez/So So So Draw So So Draw So Dominguez So Draw So Dominguez Caruana/Grischuk Caruana Draw Caruana Grischuk Draw Caruana Draw … Continue reading

2017 Champions Showdown / Rounds 5-10

by National Life Master Loal Davis     Remember The Speed Involved Today – Day 2.   The results were all over the place – unfortunately so was the quality of play.   Dominguez/So Draw Dominguez Dominguez So Dominguez Draw Caruana/Grischuk Draw Draw Caruana Draw Grischuk Grischuk Nakamura/Topalov Nakamura Draw … Continue reading

London Chess Classic 2016 / Round 9 / Final

All Images Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto.  FINALLY !  Topalov wins a game (the only win) in the last round. “GCT London Chess Classic 2016”[Round “9”]White “Aronian, Levon (ARM)”Black “Topalov, Veselin (BUL)”1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 c5 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. O-O e6 7. e3 Nge7 8. … Continue reading

Champions Showdown 2016 / Day 3 / Rnds 5 & 6

 Hikaru Nakamura Not a good tournament so far for Fabiano Caruana.  He tried Lasker’s Defense in the Queen’s Gambit against Hikaru, played what appeared to be a dubious gambit of the ‘b’ Pawn, and then suffered trying to make something out – well – not much.  There was no real initiative … Continue reading

Champions Showdown 2016 / Day 2 / Rnds 3 & 4

   Veselin Topalov who made such a big splash in Round 1 by taking out Fabiano Caruana, made a big splat in Round 3 by losing to Hikaru Nakamura – in 14 moves.   As he “so horribly” misplayed this opening (rather well known), makes me rethink whether yesterday’s game was … Continue reading

Champions Showdown 2016 / Round 1

    The Champions Showdown is now being played ( 10-14  November, 2016 ) in St. Louis between Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov.  They are competing in three different formats. Two classical round-robins (60 min. + 5 sec. delay) Two rapid round-robins (15 min. + 5 sec. for each move) Four blitz round-robins … Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2016 / Round 4

 Veselin Topalov All games drawn this round with some good fighting chess.  One game of note was Nakamura vs Topalov.   Topalov was playing the Black pieces (below) and had a choice in how to recapture the Pawn on ‘d5’ (upper left).  He selected to do it with the Knight and … Continue reading

Your Next Move GCT / Blitz / Day Two / Final

 All images courtesy of Derrick Bartotto.  Magnus Carlsen wins the Blitz portion of the Your Next Move GCT (Grand Chess Tour) by a full point. #NamePtsSB1Carlsen, Magnus11952Aronian, Levon10883Anand, Viswanathan9.582.5 Nakamura, Hikaru9.582.25 So, Wesley9.580.56Kramnik, Vladimir982 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime9808Caruana, Fabiano8.576.259Giri, Anish87410Topalov, Veselin653.5 Anand played a beautiful White side of a Najdorf Sicilian against Topalov.  Click on the Diagram to step … Continue reading