London Chess Classic 8: So takes Grand Chess Tour by Colin McGourty

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Dec 18, 2016, 6:43 PM |
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Wesley So has won the $100,000 1st prize for the 2016 Grand Chess Tour with a round to spare after he drew with Fabiano Caruana while Hikaru Nakamura was held by Levon Aronian. Wesley is also favourite to win $75,000 for 1st place in the London Chess Classic since he leads by half a point going into the final round, though four players can still catch him. One of those is Vishy Anand, who scored the day’s only win with a fine novelty and some help from a blunder by Veselin Topalov. The Bulgarian’s apocalyptic points haul is now 1/8.

 

 

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Wesley has been in complete control in London... | photo: Lennart Ootes, official website

 No round of the 2016 London Chess Classic has ended in all draws, but five of them have now featured only a single win: White Evaluation Black 1 GM Caruana, F. (4½) 2823 ½ - ½ GM So, Wesley (5) 2794 2 GM Nakamura, H. (4) 2779 ½ - ½ GM Aronian, L. (3½) 2785 3 GM Kramnik, V. (4) 2809 ½ - ½ GM Giri, Anish (3½) 2771 4 GM Topalov, V. (1) 2760 0 - 1 GM Anand, V. (3½) 2779 5 GM Vachier-Lagr. (3) 2804 ½ - ½ GM Adams, M. (3) 2748 <<<...3456789>>> The greatest sporting significance, however, was in the draws.

Wesley wins the tour

 

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Will either Caruana or So play a World Championship match - if so, when? | photos: Lennart Ootes, official website