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Carlsen Beats MVL In Playoff, Wins Paris Grand Chess Tour

Carlsen Beats MVL In Playoff, Wins Paris Grand Chess Tour

Magnus Carlsen defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a playoff to clinch the Paris Grand Chess Tour. Both players had finished on 24 points out of a possible 36. Hikaru Nakamura came third on 23 points. Carlsen vs MVL just before starting the playoff. | Photo: Maria Emelianova. Playoff game 1: Playoff game 2: A full report will follow later. Paris Grand Chess Tour | Blitz, Final Standings # Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB 1 Vachier-Lagrave 2783 2939 ½1 0½ 0½ 11 ½½ 11 1½ 11 11 13.0/18 2 Nakamura 2792 2851 ½0 1½ 11 ½1 ½½ 10 ½1 10 10 11.0/18 96.25 3 Caruana 2782 2852 1½ 0½ 11 1 ½0 10 10 11 ½1 11.0/18 93.75 4 Karjakin 2776 2813 1½ 00 00 ½1 1½ ½1 ½½ 11 10 10.0/18 84.50 5 Carlsen 2851 2806 00 ½0 10 ½0 0½ 1½ 11 11 11 10.0/18 73.50 6 Grischuk 2779 2775 ½½ ½½ ½1 0½ 1½ ½0 01 ½0 1½ 9.0/18 81.25 7 Mamedyarov 2784 2774 00 01 01 ½0 0½ ½1 ½1 ½½ 11 9.0/18 70.25 8 Topalov 2725 2682 0½ ½0 01 ½½ 00 10 ½0 ½0 ½1 6.5/18 9 So 2789 2653 00 01 00 00 00 ½1 ½½ ½1 01 6.0/18 10 Bacrot 2688 2594 00 01 ½0 01 00 0½ 00 ½0 10 4.5/18 Paris...

Carlsen Still On Top In Paris, Nakamura Close Behind

Carlsen Still On Top In Paris, Nakamura Close Behind

PeterDoggers 18 hrs ago

Magnus Carlsen still leads the Paris Grand Chess Tour but, with one day to go, Hikaru Nakamura is just one point behind. The American GM was the best blitz player on Saturday, scoring 7/9. Carlsen and Nakamura drew their mutual game today. | Photo: Maria Emelianova. Our interview with Magnus Carlsen after nine rounds of blitz. After a tumultuous evening, when Carlsen's interview with Maurice Ashley was the talk of the town on social media, the tournament saw another little controversy...

The Lonely Bishop Chekmate

The Lonely Bishop Chekmate

GM Gserper 10 hrs ago

In my recent article, "The Lonely Knight Checkmate," I discussed a very uncommon situation where a checkmate is delivered by a knight and the winner has no other pieces on the board besides pawns. Such situations are indeed so rare that all the examples that I used were either composed studies or played by not well-known players. Therefore, when I was preparing the companion article about checkmates delivered by a lonely bishop, I expected even fewer examples available. Indeed, a knight is...

ChessCenter: Should Women's Titles Be Eliminated?

ChessCenter: Should Women's Titles Be Eliminated?

ChessCenter 27 days ago

WFM Alexandra Botez and IM Danny Rensch discuss whether female titles and female-only chess events should exist. Don't miss some spectacular chess moves, all the Speed Champs and Grand Prix news, plus our look ahead to Magnus Carlsen in Norway Chess.

Carlsen First At Paris Rapid, Heated In Interview

Carlsen First At Paris Rapid, Heated In Interview

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

Magnus Carlsen came first in the rapid segment of the Paris Grand Chess Tour. He finished on 14 points, one more than Alexander Grischuk. Hikaru Nakamura is in third place, going into the blitz segment on Saturday and Sunday. Magnus Carlsen, asking Maurice Ashley: "What do you want me to do?"Photo: Lennart Ootes. For the tournament leader, the situation didn't change much: also after three days of play, he is one point ahead of the pack. Whereas Nakamura dropped back somewhat, scoring...

I’m Passionate About Squares

I’m Passionate About Squares

IM Silman 3 days ago

Many chess players have a limited understanding of the game. They think it’s all about mating the enemy king. They think it’s all about tactics and attack. They think it’s about creating threats. Of course, all these things are indeed part of chess, but there is so much more. And it’s these “other” things that turn a random “threat and tactics” player into a person who stands above the masses. In this article I’ll discuss the creation of weak...

Tactics Abound As Russia Leads In World Team Championship

Tactics Abound As Russia Leads In World Team Championship

NM SamCopeland 2 days ago

Never question the the home team. After round two in the World Team Championship, Russia trailed China and the Poland by one match point. After round five, they have switched places, leapfrogging China and Poland to lead by one point. With all the key matches between Russia, China, and Poland ahead, all results are still possible. Svidler helmed the Russian team in round three. Photo courtesy of the official site by Anastasia Balakhontseva. Round 3 Russia only won one game in their match against...

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