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    Tuesday
    Jun112019

    Norway Chess, Rounds 4-6: Carlsen, Yu Keep Winning Armageddon Games

    The tournament has been rather disappointing, at least for fans of classical chess. Only seven of the 30 games have had a decisive result, and only one of the last 15 wasn't drawn. Of course there have been fighting draws, but increasingly the players are splitting the point fairly quickly and going off to the Armageddon games.

    So far, that has worked very well for Magnus Carlsen and Yu Yangyi. Carlsen won one classical game, back in round 3, and everything else has been wins in Armageddon. (In the literal sense in four of those games; in round 5 he won the Armageddon by drawing with Black against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.) Carlsen has 9.5/12, and leads Yu Yangyi by a point and a half. Yu has actually outscored Carlsen by half a point over the last three rounds. He defeated Alexander Grischuk with Black in round 4 in their classical game, and won the Armageddon games in rounds 5 and 6. Were it not for his classical loss to Wesley So in round 3, he might have been the leader.

    Levon Aronian is another half a point back, and then there's So another point behind to round out the group of players with plus scores. Three rounds remain, with round 7 coming after the rest day on Tuesday. The games from rounds 4-6 (without notes) are here, and here are the round 7 pairings:

    So (6.5) - Carlsen (9.5)
    Yu (8) - Aronian (7.5)
    Ding (5.5) - Mamedyarov (5)
    Caruana (5) - Anand (5.5)
    Vachier-Lagrave (4.5) - Grischuk (3)

    Thursday
    Jun062019

    Norway Chess, Round 2: Mamedyarov Leads

    Every pairing has a winner, but there are 2-0 winners and 1.5-0.5 winners. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was one of the former, thanks to consecutive blunders by Viswanathan Anand in their classical game, and as a result he leads after two rounds of Norway Chess with 3.5/4.

    Levon Aronian nearly joined him, as he enjoyed a winning advantage against Magnus Carlsen for a very long time, but let a clear win slip on move 54 (54.g5!) and the rest of the advantage drop on move 58 (58.Re4+! followed by 59.g5 kept hope alive). Carlsen is not someone to give a second chance to, and he won the Armageddon game convincingly.

    Carlsen is in second with 3/4, tied with Yu Yangyi. Yu drew the classical game with his countryman, Ding Liren, and won the Armageddon game.

    Fabiano Caruana bounced back from yesterday's Armageddon loss by defeating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the classical game. After winning the blitz and taking the #1 spot on the blitz list, MVL has landed with a thud in this tournament, tied with Anand for dead last with .5/4.

    Finally, Alexander Grischuk went for a known draw by repetition against Wesley So, finishing their classical game in just 15 moves. His optimism about his chances against So in blitz was misplaced: So was winning from early on, settling for a draw - which counts as a win in the Armageddon format - in a position that was still comfortably winning.

    Here are the round 3 pairings:

    Carlsen (3) - Grischuk (1)
    So (2) - Yu (3)
    Ding (2) - Caruana (2.5)
    Mamedyarov (3.5) - Aronian (2)
    Vachier-Lagrave (.5) - Anand (.5)

     

    Wednesday
    Jan302019

    2019 Gibraltar, Round 9: Artemiev Again the Sole Leader, Entering the Final Round

    With a good result tomorrow, Vladislav Artemiev will produce the greatest achievement of his young life. (He's 20.) With one round to go, Artemiev is the solo leader of the Gibraltar Masters, reaching 7.5/9 (and a 2905 TPR!), good for a half point gap over Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Yu Yangyi, and dark horse Murali Karthikeyan.

    Entering round 9, he shared the lead with David Navara and Kirill Alekseenko. Navara was his victim, and Alekseenko lost to Vachier-Lagrave. Starting (and finishing) the round half a point behind, Yu beat Le Quang Liem while Karthikeyan defeated Maxim Matlakov. Among the favorites who were also in that second score group, but who failed to keep pace, were Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura. The top players may be near the top, but it doesn't mean that they're going to win.

    Before getting to the last-round pairings, some brief comments about ratings. Artemiev has gained 21.6 rating points, flying up 11 spots into a virtual tie with fellow 20-year-old Jan-Krzysztof Duda at 2731 (once it's rounded up). They're not quite the top players unable to legally drink booze in the U.S., as 19-year-old Wei Yi is one glorious rating point above them. But they're close! And Yu Yangyi is on the verge of following Ding Liren as the second Chinese player in the top 10. The two top teams from the last Olympiad are in a good fight: the U.S. has the #2, 12, 16, and 26 spots, and Leinier Dominguez will be #19 once he plays again and his rating is reactivated. China has the #3, 11, 21, 23, and 33 spots. Once Mr. G.K.K. comes to his senses, gets U.S. citizenship and unretires, we'll be the favorites again. C'mon, Garry; do the right thing.

    Anyway, let's get to the last round pairings for Gibraltar:

    • Yu (7) - Artemiev (7.5)
    • Karthikeyan (7) - Vachier-Lagrave (7)

    The 6.5-pointers are mathematically ruled out of winning the event (at least as long as there isn't a double forfeit on board 1), but for information's sake here are their pairings, too:

    • Aronian (6.5) - Howell (6.5)
    • Nakamura (6.5) - Grandelius (6.5)
    • Navara (6.5) - Melkumyan (6.5)
    • Vitiugov (6.5) - Vaibhav (6.5)
    • Alekseenko (6.5) - Adams (6.5)
    • Lalith (6.5) - Saric (6.5)
    • Naiditsch (6) - Anton (6.5)

    Thursday
    Nov082018

    Shenzhen Masters: Ding Liren and Yu Yangyi Lead

    The first round-robin of the Shenzhen Masters is over, and after four rounds of all draws a decisive result - two, in fact - finally occurred in round 5. Yu Yangyi outplayed Nikita Vitiugov on the white side of an Open Ruy, and Ding Liren defeated Radoslaw Wojtaszek in a Reti/Catalan hybrid. His win wasn't quite as clean as Yu's, but he was the deserved winner, and it moved him into a virtual tie for fourth with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the live ratings. (Mamedyarov is 2817, Ding 2816.9.)

    This being the halfway point in the event they get their one free day, and then resume action on Saturday with these pairings:

    • Ding (3) - Giri (2.5)
    • Wojtaszek (2) - Yu (3)
    • Vachier-Lagrave (2.5) - Vitiugov (2)

    Thursday
    Jun142018

    Daily Roundup: Leuven, Svidler-Yu, Navara-Harikrishna

    It's rapid & blitz time in the chess world, as not one, and not two, but three elite quick-play events transpired today.

    We already know about Leuven, the first Grand Chess Tour tournament of 2018. Today was the last day of the rapid portion of the event, and Wesley So continues to enjoy a dominant lead. He defeated Hikaru Nakamura in the first game of the day, then drew the next two to finish with 7/9. Or rather 14/18, since the rapid games count double compared to the blitz games coming Friday and Saturday. Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave have 11 points apiece, Sergey Karjakin and Nakamura have 10, and on it goes: Mamedyarov 9, Grischuk 8, Caruana 7, and Anand and Giri have 5 each.

    Next, Peter Svidler played a rapid  and blitz match against Yu Yangyi that started Tuesday and finished today (Thursday), consisting of eight rapid games (which counted double) and ten blitz games. Svidler massacred Yu in the rapid, going 6-2 thanks to a five-game winning streak, but after going +1 in the first five blitz games it was Yu who delivered the beatings, scoring 4.5 points in the last five games. Yu thus won the blitz portion 6.5-3.5. It wouldn't have been enough to save the match even without the double scoring in the rapid, but with it Svidler's final margin of victory was 15.5-10.5. (Offiical site here; this will be more helpful to non-Chinese readers.)

    Finally, David Navara and Pentala Harikrishna are halfway through a rapid-only match, and the score is tied 3-3 with one win apiece. As with Leuven, play continues through Saturday.

    Tuesday
    Jul252017

    Grischuk-Yu Yangyi Match: Grischuk Wins 3-1

    Alexander Grischuk and Yu Yangyi contested a four-game match in China the past few days, and after two very short draws Grischuk won games 3 and 4 in very impressive fashion. (There's a nice report here.)

    Friday
    Jan012016

    Carlsen Wins the Qatar Masters

    Whatever doubts and controversy may have surrounded the tiebreaks and playoffs of the London Chess Classic and the Grand Chess Tour, there aren't any questions of that sort when it comes to Magnus Carlsen's victory in the 2015 Qatar Masters. After being held to a draw in the first round by an IM, Carlsen played great chess the rest of the way, finishing with 7/9. Remarkably, last year's winner, Yu Yangyi, managed to match that score after a gritty last round win over Wesley So, and they went to a blitz playoff. Carlsen was a convincing 2-0 winner, and while 2015 wasn't the best year of Carlsen's career it wasn't bad either. He won this, London, the Tour, the World Rapid championship and Shamkir.

    More on Qatar here, and more on Carlsen's (and others') 2015 achievements here.

    Thursday
    Jun252015

    Yu Yangyi Wins the Capablanca Memorial

    And decisively, too, though he cooled off from his blazing start of 4.5/5. In round 6 he lost to Dmitry Andreikin, drew a long game with Pavel Eljanov in round 7 and beat Leinier Dominguez in round 8 before finishing with a couple of quick draws. His final score of 7/10 put him a point and a half ahead of Eljanov and Andreikin and helped move him up to #21 in the world after picking up 20 rating points. Not bad at all, and there are now three Chinese players in the top 21.

    Tournament site here; Chess24 coverage here.

    Saturday
    Jun202015

    Capablanca Memorial: Yu Yangyi Running Away At the Halfway Point

    The Capablanca Memorial is a six player, double round robin tournament in Havana, Cuba, and after the first cycle Chinese grandmaster Yu Yangyi leads with a blistering 4.5/5, two points ahead of Pavel Eljanov, Dmitry and Andreikin and Cuban #1 Leinier Dominguez. It's a great performance so far and has netted him more than 21 rating points thus far, but to be fair he was quite lost to Ian Nepomniachtchi in round 5 before winning a wild game. As they say, it's better to be lucky and good!

    Wednesday
    Jun172015

    Capablanca Memorial, Round 3 Standings: Yu Yangyi Leads With 2.5/3

    Tournament site here, games here.