Braving the Belgian Rapids: Leuven Day 3
It's been an exciting two days in Lueven on the Grand Chess Tour as the rapid portion continued with many decisive games. And we are back to bring you the highlights:
Its not often that you see two world class Super GMs trotting out the Bird on the same day. Carlsen used it successfully to beat former world champion Vladimir Kramnik.
but Aronian employed it after a game following a disappointing loss to Ian Neponmiatchi
SO IN MACHINE MODE
Many top commentators have indicated that they feel like Wesley already has this tournament sewn up, having stitched together a nice six-game undefeated streak. What's his secret? "Wesley has done a great job of tailoring his game to each opponent, and hemming them in during the opening. When he has gotten into trouble, he's been able to patch things together very beautifully. He has also woven some nice mating nets."
Focus and ability, to So, are the most essential qualities required for becoming a world class player.
It appears our opening speculations about Bad Jobava have been eerily accurate. Baadur Jobava is having a disastrous tournament and has not won a game in two days. He started off the tournament 0 for 4 and by round 5, MVL pretty much just had to show up to win:
MVL was drinking to his own victory before the first move had even been played.
By round 6, Magnus Carlsen didnt even have to do that much, and more or less phoned it in.
He's trying hard not to show it but the Georgian GM has clearly lost that Leuven feeling.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more updates on the Grand CHess Tour and other commentary.