Leuven Day 1: Anand leads after nervy first day

by Albert Silver
6/18/2016 – It was an unusually nervy first day at Leuven, Belgium, as the world elite came to bump heads once more. In this stage, Anand takes the place of Fressinet as he returns from a win at Leon. To say nothing went as expected for other players would be an understatement, with Nakamura starting with three losses, or Carlsen blundering a piece to Hikaru in just 12 moves! Large illustrated report.

ChessBase 14 Download ChessBase 14 Download

Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. Start your personal success story with ChessBase 14 and enjoy your chess even more!


Along with the ChessBase 14 program you can access the Live Database of 8 million games, and receive three months of free ChesssBase Account Premium membership and all of our online apps! Have a look today!

More...

The greatest chess tournament ever staged in Belgium, Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour, is taking place in the historic Town Hall of Leuven from Friday 17 June to Monday 20 June. The best chess players in the world at the moment will take part in the tournament: World Champion Magnus Carlsen, former World Champions Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, as well as Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Aronian Levon, Wesley So and Veselin Topalov.

The players will compete in a Rapid Chess and Blitz Chess tournament during the four days. The prize money for the tournament is $150.000 (€134.100). Chess fans will be able to enjoy the experience of seeing the greatest players compete live in Leuven or watch the streaming broadcast, complete with grandmaster commentary.

Follow the games live on playchess

All photos by Lennart Ootes

Opening

The opening ceremony was a lovely affair with the drawing of lots

This was followed by a relaxed simul against all the players

Each player would play five moves and then let in another player. This
ensured that the players wouldn't be exhausted before the main event.

That said, some of the players were not against a bit of humorous sabotage either as Anand
explained later: he arrived to some boards with slightly unorthodox positions such as a pawn
on g4 instead of a normal fianchetto, or a king that had somehow marched to the middle of the
board in a mad dash for freedom.

Even such advantages are not necessarily enough when facing several world champions

Still, what a great moment to find oneself facing living legends like Vladimir Kramnik one-on-one

When not in the simul the players entertained the children

Video of the opening ceremony

Rapid - Day one

After trampling the field only a week before, it would be natural to expect Hikaru Nakamura to still be running hot, especially when you consider that the top rankings of rapid and blitz are a toss-up between him and Magnus Carlsen. However, day one was a bad day at the office, one where nothing seems to go right, and after losing in round one, then round two and then round three, fans, players and pundits were all scratching their heads.

Vladimir Kramnik was delighted to start the day with a win

There was certainly no shame losing to Vladimir Kramnik, were it not for a blunder in a game headed to a draw that cost him the point (remember rapid games are worth double, thus two points for a win, one for a draw).

Kramnik - Nakamura

[Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A14"] [WhiteElo "2812"] [BlackElo "2787"] [PlyCount "85"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] [EventType "rapid"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. c4 O-O 6. b3 c5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Bb2 Nc6 9. d4 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Bd7 11. Na3 Bf6 12. Nc4 Nxd4 13. Bxd4 Bb5 14. Rc1 Rc8 15. a4 Ba6 16. e3 b6 17. Bxd5 Qxd5 18. Bxf6 Qxd1 19. Rfxd1 gxf6 20. Rd7 Bxc4 21. bxc4 {The white rook might look threatening on the seventh, but its threats are short-lived. Or should be.} a6 $2 {...Rfd8 or ...a5 were fine.} 22. Ra7 (22. Rd6 {was nasty, winning a pawn.}) 22... b5 $2 {Black had one more chance, but misses it.} (22... a5 23. c5 Rc6 {there is no hurry since the white pawn is pinned.} 24. Rc4 h5 25. Rb7 Rfc8 {and Black is fine.}) 23. axb5 axb5 24. c5 $1 {The two rooks and passed pawn are very unpleasant, and White was able to convert.} Ra8 25. Rb7 Rfb8 26. c6 b4 27. Rc4 b3 28. Kg2 Kg7 29. Rg4+ Kf8 30. Ra4 Kg7 31. Rxa8 Rxa8 32. Rxb3 Rc8 33. Rc3 f5 34. c7 Kf6 35. Kh3 Kg5 36. Rc5 Kg6 37. g4 e5 38. f4 f6 39. Rc6 exf4 40. exf4 fxg4+ 41. Kxg4 h5+ 42. Kf3 Kf5 43. h4 1-0

Wondering where that Parisian magic went

This wasn't the end of the American's woes as he failed to recover in the next two rounds, but it wouldn't end only in tears as will be seen further down.

On the other hand, one player who quickly showed he had come in form was Vishy Anand. He was fresh from a victory at Leon, which had been the reason for his absence in Paris, and in round one, he outwitted MVL, a renowned tactician, with a hard-to-see trap.

MVL - Anand

Black just played the extra sneaky 25...Qxc7, seemingly giving up on
the g7 pawn. Can you see what happens after 26. Nxg7?

[Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C65"] [WhiteElo "2789"] [BlackElo "2770"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "72"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] [EventType "rapid"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O (6. Bxc6 bxc6 7. Nxe5 d5 $44) 6... d6 7. Nbd2 (7. h3 {had become quite popular during the Candidates 2016.}) 7... Ne7 8. d4 {With the knight protecting the pawn on e4, this pawn on d4 has to be taken or else e5 falls.} exd4 9. cxd4 Bb6 10. Re1 Bg4 11. h3 Bh5 12. Qb3 d5 13. e5 Nd7 14. Qd1 Re8 15. g4 Bg6 16. Nf1 c6 17. Bd3 f6 18. exf6 Nxf6 19. Ng3 Bxd3 20. Qxd3 Ng6 21. Rxe8+ Qxe8 22. Bg5 Qf7 23. Re1 Rf8 24. Nf5 Ne4 $1 {This is the most natural move. Why then the exclamation? The exclamation is for allowing Bh6 and seeing that the move is not as strong as it looks.} 25. Bh6 $5 {If you say A you must say B.} Qc7 $3 {Seriously, this move is not at all easy to see in limited time. On the surface it doesn't do much. But if you dig deeper you see that gxh6 is a threat and so is Rxf5 followed by picking up the bishop. Also Nxf2 followed by the queen coming in is possible. All in all Queen to c7 is a beautiful move.} 26. Nxg7 (26. Qb3 $1 {is the best move but is not so easy for humans to find.} Nxf2 (26... gxh6 27. Rxe4 $14) 27. Kxf2 gxh6 28. Nxh6+ Kh8 29. Nf5 $14 {White is able to retain a small edge.}) (26. Bxg7 {is easily refuted.} Rxf5 27. gxf5 Nf4 $1 $19 {And now the bishop on g7 is lost with a mate quickly coming up.} (27... Qxg7 $2 28. fxg6 Qxg6+ 29. Kh2 $1 $16 (29. Kf1 $2 Ng3+ $19))) 26... Nxf2 $1 {A strong sacrifice. The gift has to be accepted because the queen is threatening to enter g3.} (26... Nf4 27. Bxf4 Qxf4 28. Nf5 $16) 27. Kxf2 Qh2+ 28. Ke3 { And now the queen on h2 is attacked. Hence something should be done about it.} Qg2 $1 {A quiet move that not only threatens the f3 knight but also the deadly move Ne5!} (28... Rxf3+ {is possible but after} 29. Kxf3 Qxh3+ 30. Ke2 Qxh6 31. Nf5 $16 {Things are not so clear.}) 29. Qe2 (29. Nf5 Re8+ $1 $19) (29. Rf1 Ne5 $1 30. Nxe5 Rxf1 $19 {and the black king will not survive for long.}) 29... Rxf3+ $1 30. Qxf3 Bxd4+ $1 31. Kxd4 Qxf3 {The queen is lost and the rest is just mopping up.} 32. Nf5 Qf2+ 33. Re3 Qxb2+ 34. Kc5 Qb6+ 35. Kd6 Qd8+ 36. Kc5 d4 {A classic by Vishy.} 0-1

Anish Giri had a mixed event, and although he did enjoy a win over Nakamura in round three, he had to be kicking hismelf for failing to convert a won game in round two.

A topsy-turvy day for Anish who failed to capitalize on all his chances

Giri - Caruana

Anish Giri outplayed Fabiano Caruana and reached this position after
playing 27...Rc5 attacking the queen. How did White reply?

[Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "2.4"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C50"] [WhiteElo "2782"] [BlackElo "2804"] [PlyCount "128"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] [EventType "rapid"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. c3 a6 7. a4 Ba7 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. h3 Re8 10. Re1 Be6 11. Bxe6 Rxe6 12. b4 d5 13. Qc2 h6 14. Nf1 d4 15. b5 Ne7 16. cxd4 Bxd4 17. Nxd4 Qxd4 18. Be3 Qd7 19. Ng3 Rd8 20. Red1 axb5 21. axb5 Ne8 22. Rab1 b6 23. d4 exd4 24. Rxd4 Qc8 25. Ne2 Rxd4 26. Nxd4 Re5 27. f4 Rc5 { [#]} 28. Nc6 $1 Rxc6 {More or less forced.} (28... Rxc2 $2 {The most obvious line is} 29. Nxe7+ Kh7 30. Nxc8 Nf6 31. Rc1 $1 {and White is just up a piece.}) (28... Nxc6 $2 {is also no good, since White plays} 29. Bxc5 bxc5 30. bxc6 Qe6 31. e5 Qxc6 32. Qc4 {blockading the pawn and preparing Rb5 and c5 falls too.}) 29. bxc6 Qe6 30. Rc1 Nf6 {White is up the exchange and has lots of room for his artillery.} 31. e5 Nfd5 32. Bd2 h5 33. Kh2 g6 34. Qc4 Qf5 35. Qd4 Qe6 36. Qc4 Qf5 37. Rd1 b5 38. Qxb5 Qc2 39. Qb1 Qxc6 40. Qe4 Qe6 41. Bb4 Kh7 42. Bxe7 Nxe7 43. Rc1 c6 44. Qc4 Nd5 45. g3 Qe7 46. Qxc6 Qa3 47. Rg1 Ne3 48. e6 Qb2+ 49. Kh1 fxe6 50. g4 hxg4 51. Qd7+ Kh8 52. Qe8+ Kg7 53. Qe7+ Kh8 54. Qf8+ Kh7 55. Qf7+ Kh8 56. Qe8+ Kg7 57. Qe7+ Kh8 58. Qxe6 Qf2 59. Qe8+ Kg7 60. Qe7+ Kh6 61. Qf8+ Kh7 62. Qe7+ Kh6 63. Qg5+ Kh7 64. Qe7+ Kh6 1/2-1/2

The face of a man who knows just how lucky he was to escape

Topalov himself wasn't having the best day, but others were having
much worse ones. In round three he was struggling in a difficult
endgame against Vladimir Kramnik when the latter blundered a piece.

Kramnik - Topalov

Although balanced in theory, Black is clearly the one fighting to hold.
Or rather 'was' as White now played f6?? and after Rg4+ lost the knight.

Even the day's winner, Vishy Anand was not impervious to the curse
of blunders that marked the day. Look at what happened in round three!

Caruana - Anand

In a dreadful oversight, Black played 8...Bg4?? What had he missed?
White to play and win.

[Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A09"] [WhiteElo "2804"] [BlackElo "2770"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "113"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] [EventType "rapid"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 d4 3. b4 {The knight controls the e5 square and the b4 pawn controls c5. White wants to surround the d4 pawn with Bb2 and win it.} f6 { The e5 pawn is coming to the rescue!} 4. e3 e5 5. c5 {Protecting the b4 pawn and opening up the g8-a2 diagonal for the queen and the bishop.} a5 6. Qa4+ Bd7 7. b5 Bxc5 {Black has won a pawn and his position looks pretty good, but White has some excellent compensation on the light squares.} 8. Bc4 Bg4 $4 {It is not everyday that you see Vishy blundering a piece on the ninth move.} (8... Ne7 {Looks like the most natural move.} 9. exd4 exd4 10. Bb2 Bg4 11. Nxd4 Nd7 { And the knight goes to b6 with an unclear position.}) 9. Bxg8 $1 Nd7 {The only thing that we can learn from Vishy is how to recover after such a blunder and not let it affect the game.} (9... Rxg8 10. Qc4 $18 {With a double attack on g8 and c4.}) 10. Qb3 Qe7 11. Bc4 a4 12. Qc2 O-O-O 13. O-O (13. Qxa4 Kb8 $16) 13... Bxf3 14. gxf3 Nb6 15. d3 f5 16. e4 f4 {The position is shut down and it is not so easy to win immediately but sooner or later White should manage to breakthrough using his extra piece.} 17. Kh1 Rd6 18. Rg1 Rh6 19. Nd2 Rf8 20. Nf1 Kb8 21. Bd2 Rh3 22. Be6 Rxf3 23. Kg2 Re3 $5 {What resourceful play by Anand!} 24. Bg4 (24. fxe3 dxe3 25. Bg4 exd2 26. Nxd2 h5 $16 {is quite messy.}) 24... f3+ 25. Kh1 Re2 26. Rg3 Rxf2 27. Kg1 Rg2+ 28. Rxg2 fxg2 29. Ng3 g6 30. Kxg2 h5 31. Be2 Bb4 32. Rf1 Bxd2 33. Qxd2 Rxf1 34. Nxf1 Qc5 {White's main problem is that his minor pieces have no real good outposts to sit on.} 35. Qb2 a3 36. Qb3 Qc1 37. Bd1 Nc8 38. Qc2 Qa1 39. Qd2 Nd6 40. b6 cxb6 41. Bb3 Qb2 42. Kh3 Nb5 43. Kh4 Nc3 44. Kg5 Qb1 45. Ng3 Qg1 46. Kxg6 h4 47. Qg5 hxg3 48. hxg3 Qe3 49. Qxe5+ Ka7 50. Bc4 b5 51. Qc5+ Ka6 52. Qxa3+ Kb6 53. Qd6+ Ka7 54. Qc5+ Ka6 55. Qd6+ Ka7 56. Qc5+ Ka6 57. Qd6+ {While losing a piece on the ninth move is nothing to proud of, the way he fought back was quite commendable.} 1/2-1/2

Although it is true Black was dead lost after losing the piece, he was able to create so much trouble for his opponent, Caruana, that he managed to save the game. Lucky? No question, but the saying still holds: 'champions make their luck'.

In the very next round, Caruana was able to get some back when Carlsen, who had been
completely winning until...

Carlsen - Caruana

White has lost control of the position and is now facing threats of his
own. He just played Rf1-f3 to prevent Qxg2 mate. What did he miss?

[Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C77"] [WhiteElo "2855"] [BlackElo "2804"] [PlyCount "108"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] [EventType "rapid"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3 Bc5 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. h3 Nd7 8. Be3 Bd6 9. Nc3 c5 10. Nd2 Nb8 11. a4 Nc6 12. a5 Be6 13. O-O O-O 14. Nc4 Be7 15. b3 b5 16. axb6 cxb6 17. Bd2 b5 18. Ne3 Nb4 19. Ne2 Bg5 20. f4 exf4 21. Nxf4 a5 22. Bc3 Nc6 23. Ned5 Nd4 24. Qh5 Bxf4 25. Nxf4 Qd6 26. Rxa5 Rxa5 27. Bxa5 b4 28. Nxe6 Nxe6 29. Qd5 Qa6 30. Ra1 Rb8 31. Ra4 Qb5 32. d4 Qe2 33. Qe5 Re8 34. dxc5 f6 35. Qd6 Qe3+ 36. Kh2 Nf4 37. Bc7 Ne2 38. Ra1 Qxe4 39. Re1 Re5 40. Qd2 Re6 {White is crushing.} 41. Qd7 ({A simple} 41. Bg3 {followed by c6 was winning.}) 41... h5 42. Bb8 Re8 43. Bd6 Re5 44. Rf1 Rg5 {[#]} 45. Rf3 $2 (45. Rf2 $1 {would hold.}) 45... Rxg2+ $3 {With both players in time trouble, seeing this resource is fully deserving of two exclamation points.} 46. Kxg2 Nd4 47. Kg1 Nxf3+ 48. Kf2 Nd4 49. Qc8+ Kh7 50. Qa6 Qf3+ 51. Ke1 Nxc2+ 52. Kd2 Qc3+ 53. Kd1 Qxb3 54. Kc1 Nd4 0-1  

 

Still, this was none of these were the shocker of the day. That one came in the final round between none other that Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen.

It was the clash everyone had been waiting for, but no matter what result was predicted,
no one would have guessed how the game would go...

Nakamura - Carlsen

[Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D38"] [WhiteElo "2787"] [BlackElo "2855"] [PlyCount "33"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] [EventType "rapid"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Qa4+ Nc6 6. e3 O-O 7. Qc2 Re8 8. Bd2 e5 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10. cxd5 Nxf3+ 11. gxf3 {[#]} Nxd5 $4 {It boggles the mind. The World Champion has just blundered the piece.} 12. Nxd5 Qxd5 13. Bxb4 Qxf3 14. Rg1 Bf5 ({The attempt to get some material back with the idea} 14... Rxe3+ 15. fxe3 Qxe3+ {attacking Rg1, fails to} 16. Qe2 $1 {and the rook cannot be captured due to the back rank mate with Qe8.}) 15. Qe2 Qe4 16. Bc3 Bg6 17. Qc4 1-0

In a state of shock at what he had done, Carlsen went over it in his mind, trying to understand
how this had happened. After a few moves he decided not to let Nakamura torture him for any
longer and resigned.

While this was easily the quickest game of the round, and a rather anti-climatic one, the spectators were treated to a classic confrontation: Topalov - Anand.

Topalov faced a very sharp and merciless Anand in round five

Topalov - Anand (analysis by IM Sagar Shah)

[Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A20"] [WhiteElo "2761"] [BlackElo "2770"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "86"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] [EventType "rapid"] 1. c4 e5 2. d3 Bb4+ 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. Ngf3 Nc6 5. a3 Bxd2+ 6. Bxd2 d5 7. cxd5 Qxd5 {White has the bishop pair but Black has smooth development and no real problems out of the opening.} 8. e4 (8. g3 {looks much more normal} e4 9. dxe4 Qxe4 10. Bg2 O-O 11. O-O Rd8 {The position should be slightly favourable for White.}) 8... Qd6 9. h3 {Preventing Bg4 in order to control the d4 square.} O-O 10. Rc1 a5 11. Be2 Be6 12. Be3 Rfd8 {This is a reversed Sicilian position. White should be around equal but nothing more than that.} 13. O-O a4 14. Qc2 Bb3 (14... Ra5 $5) 15. Qc3 Ne8 {The knight defends the c7 pawn and prepares Nd4.} 16. Nd2 Be6 17. Rfd1 (17. Nc4 Bxc4 18. dxc4 Nd4 $11) 17... Ra6 18. Bc5 Nd4 $1 19. Bxd4 exd4 20. Qc5 Rb6 21. Qc2 $6 {A little bit too overambitious.} ( 21. Qxd6 Nxd6 22. Rxc7 Rxb2 $11) 21... Ra8 22. Rf1 Rb5 23. Nc4 Qc5 24. Qd1 Nd6 25. Nd2 Qb6 {The b2 pawn is lost now.} 26. Bg4 Ba2 $1 {Keeping the bishop alive.} (26... Bxg4 27. hxg4 (27. Qxg4 Rxb2 $17) 27... Rxb2 28. e5 $1 $16 { Followed by Nc4} Qa5 29. exd6 Rxd2 30. dxc7 $18) 27. Re1 Rxb2 28. e5 Nb5 29. Nc4 Bxc4 30. Rxc4 Nc3 31. Qf3 Re8 $17 {Black is a pawn up and clearly better.} 32. Qf4 c5 33. e6 fxe6 34. Kh2 Qc6 $1 {The rook on c4 is almost trapped.} 35. Bf3 Qc8 36. Qd6 b6 37. Bg4 Qb8 $1 38. Bxe6+ Kh8 39. Qxb8 Rxb8 40. f4 Re8 41. Re5 g6 42. Bd7 Rxe5 43. fxe5 Kg7 (43... Kg7 44. Bxa4 Re2 {The rook on c4 will never see the daylight.}) 0-1

Could the playing hall be any more beautiful?

Replay games of Rapid Rd1-5

[Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "1.1"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2770"] [BlackElo "2855"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Byrne (English) attack"] [WhiteFideId "5202213"] [BlackFideId "1503014"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f3 Nbd7 9. Qd2 b5 10. O-O-O h5 11. Nd5 Rc8 12. g3 Bxd5 13. exd5 Nb6 14. Bh3 Nc4 15. Qe2 Rc7 16. Bg5 Be7 17. f4 Ng4 18. Bxg4 hxg4 19. Bxe7 Qxe7 20. Rhe1 Kf8 21. fxe5 Qxe5 22. Nd4 Qxe2 23. Rxe2 g6 24. Nc6 Kg7 25. Rd4 f5 26. a4 Ne5 27. axb5 axb5 28. Nxe5 dxe5 29. Rxe5 Rxh2 30. c3 Ra7 31. Kb1 Rh3 32. d6 Rd7 33. Re3 Kf6 34. Kc2 g5 35. Red3 Ke6 36. Re3+ Kf6 37. Red3 Ke6 38. Re3+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2812"] [BlackElo "2787"] [ECO "A14"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "Neo-Catalan declined"] [WhiteFideId "4101588"] [BlackFideId "2016192"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. c4 O-O 6. b3 c5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Bb2 Nc6 9. d4 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Bd7 11. Na3 Bf6 12. Nc4 Nxd4 13. Bxd4 Bb5 14. Rc1 Rc8 15. a4 Ba6 16. e3 b6 17. Bxd5 Qxd5 18. Bxf6 Qxd1 19. Rfxd1 gxf6 20. Rd7 Bxc4 21. bxc4 a6 22. Ra7 b5 23. axb5 axb5 24. c5 Ra8 25. Rb7 Rfb8 26. c6 b4 27. Rc4 b3 28. Kg2 Kg7 29. Rg4+ Kf8 30. Ra4 Kg7 31. Rxa8 Rxa8 32. Rxb3 Rc8 33. Rc3 f5 34. c7 Kf6 35. Kh3 Kg5 36. Rc5 Kg6 37. g4 e5 38. f4 f6 39. Rc6 exf4 40. exf4 fxg4+ 41. Kxg4 h5+ 42. Kf3 Kf5 43. h4 1-0 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2789"] [BlackElo "2770"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [WhiteFideId "623539"] [BlackFideId "5000017"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. Nbd2 Ne7 8. d4 exd4 9. cxd4 Bb6 10. Re1 Bg4 11. h3 Bh5 12. Qb3 d5 13. e5 Nd7 14. Qd1 Re8 15. g4 Bg6 16. Nf1 c6 17. Bd3 f6 18. exf6 Nxf6 19. Ng3 Bxd3 20. Qxd3 Ng6 21. Rxe8+ Qxe8 22. Bg5 Qf7 23. Re1 Rf8 24. Nf5 Ne4 25. Bh6 Qc7 26. Nxg7 Nxf2 27. Kxf2 Qh2+ 28. Ke3 Qg2 29. Qe2 Rxf3+ 30. Qxf3 Bxd4+ 31. Kxd4 Qxf3 32. Nf5 Qf2+ 33. Re3 Qxb2+ 34. Kc5 Qb6+ 35. Kd6 Qd8+ 36. Kc5 d4 0-1 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "1.4"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Topalov, Veselin"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2804"] [BlackElo "2761"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [WhiteFideId "2020009"] [BlackFideId "2900084"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nbd2 Be6 7. Nb3 Bd6 8. Na5 Rb8 9. Bd2 O-O 10. Qe2 Re8 11. h3 Nd7 12. Ng5 Nf8 13. Nxe6 Nxe6 14. Qg4 Bc5 15. O-O Qe7 16. Nc4 f6 17. Kh1 Rbd8 18. Ne3 Bxe3 19. fxe3 c5 20. Bc3 Ng5 21. b3 Qe6 22. Qh5 b5 23. Qe2 Rd7 24. Ba5 Red8 25. Rfd1 Qa6 26. Be1 c4 27. Bh4 Nf7 28. Rd2 cxd3 29. cxd3 b4 30. Rad1 Nd6 31. Qg4 Nb5 32. Rf2 Rd6 33. Rdf1 Qc8 34. Rf5 c5 35. Qg3 Kh8 36. Rxf6 gxf6 37. Rxf6 R8d7 38. Qxe5 Kg8 39. Re6 Rxe6 40. Qxe6+ Kf8 41. Bg5 Qc7 42. Bh6+ Rg7 43. e5 Nc3 44. d4 cxd4 45. exd4 Qf7 46. Qc8+ Ke7 47. Qb7+ Ke6 48. Qc6+ Ke7 49. Bxg7 Qxg7 50. Qb7+ Kf8 51. Qxb4+ 1-0 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "1.5"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2792"] [BlackElo "2782"] [ECO "A15"] [Opening "English opening"] [WhiteFideId "13300474"] [BlackFideId "24116068"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Ba3 O-O 8. d4 b6 9. Bc4 Nc6 10. O-O Na5 11. Bd3 c5 12. dxc5 Qc7 13. Qe2 bxc5 14. Qe3 Bg4 15. Rfc1 Rfd8 16. Bf1 Rab8 17. Qxc5 Rdc8 18. Qxe7 Qxe7 19. Bxe7 Bxc3 20. Rab1 Rxb1 21. Rxb1 Re8 22. Bb4 Bxb4 23. Rxb4 Nc6 24. Rc4 Bd7 25. h4 h6 26. Nd2 Rb8 27. Nb3 Kf8 28. Rc5 Ke7 29. Bb5 Rb6 30. f3 a6 31. Bxc6 Bxc6 32. h5 Bd7 33. hxg6 fxg6 34. Kh2 Be6 35. Rc7+ Kd6 36. Rh7 h5 37. Kg3 Bxb3 38. axb3 Kc5 39. Kf4 Kb4 40. Kg5 Kxb3 41. f4 a5 42. f5 gxf5 43. exf5 a4 44. Ra7 Rb5 45. Kg6 a3 46. f6 Rb6 47. Ra5 a2 48. Kg5 h4 49. f7 Rb8 50. Kf6 Kb2 51. Kg7 a1=Q 52. Rxa1 Kxa1 53. f8=Q Rxf8 54. Kxf8 Kb2 55. Kg7 Kc3 56. Kf6 Kd4 57. Kg5 1-0 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "2.1"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2770"] [BlackElo "2792"] [ECO "C67"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence, open variation"] [WhiteFideId "5000017"] [BlackFideId "13300474"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. Nc3 Ne8 10. Nd5 Bd6 11. Re1 c6 12. Ne3 Be7 13. c4 Nc7 14. d4 d5 15. cxd5 Nxd5 16. Nxd5 cxd5 17. Bf4 Be6 18. Qb3 Bf6 19. Be5 Bxe5 20. Rxe5 Qb6 21. Qxb6 axb6 22. Re3 Rfc8 23. Rb3 Rc6 24. Bb5 Rc7 25. Rb4 Kf8 26. Bd3 Rc6 27. Kf1 Ke7 28. Ke1 Bd7 29. Kd2 Rf6 30. f3 Kd8 31. a3 Re6 32. h4 h6 33. Rc1 Rc8 34. Rxc8+ Kxc8 35. Rb3 Kc7 36. Rc3+ Rc6 37. Rxc6+ bxc6 38. Kc3 c5 39. b3 g5 40. g3 Kd6 41. f4 f6 42. a4 c4 43. Bc2 cxb3 44. Kxb3 gxf4 45. gxf4 Bc8 46. Bd3 Bd7 47. Bc2 Bc8 48. Bd3 Bd7 1/2-1/2 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "2.2"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2770"] [BlackElo "2812"] [ECO "D53"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "4.Bg5 Be7"] [WhiteFideId "5202213"] [BlackFideId "4101588"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Nf3 h6 7. Bh4 O-O 8. Qc2 c5 9. Rd1 Qa5 10. cxd5 Nxd5 11. Bxe7 Nxe7 12. Be2 Nf6 13. O-O cxd4 14. Rxd4 Nc6 15. Rd2 Bd7 16. Rfd1 Rfd8 17. Qb3 Rab8 18. a3 a6 19. Bd3 Be8 20. Bb1 Rxd2 21. Nxd2 Ne5 22. Nc4 Nxc4 23. Qxc4 Bc6 24. Qd4 Rc8 25. h3 Qh5 26. Rd2 Qg5 27. f3 e5 28. Qd3 e4 29. fxe4 Re8 30. Qd4 Nd7 31. Rf2 Ne5 32. Ba2 Rd8 33. Nd5 Bxd5 34. exd5 Rd6 35. Bb1 g6 36. Be4 Qe7 37. Bf3 Rd8 38. Bg4 Qc7 39. Rf1 h5 40. Be2 Qd6 41. e4 Rc8 42. Bd3 Kg7 43. Qe3 b5 44. Kh1 Rc7 45. Qf4 f6 46. Qd2 Qc5 47. Bb1 g5 48. Qe2 h4 49. Bd3 1/2-1/2 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "2.3"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2855"] [BlackElo "2789"] [ECO "A20"] [Opening "English opening"] [WhiteFideId "1503014"] [BlackFideId "623539"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Nc3 Nb6 6. d3 Be7 7. Nh3 Nc6 8. f4 h5 9. Be3 h4 10. Rc1 Bf5 11. Ng5 Qd7 12. Qb3 O-O 13. gxh4 Nd4 14. Qd1 Bc5 15. Qd2 exf4 16. Bxf4 Rfe8 17. Nce4 Bxe4 18. Bxe4 Qe7 19. Kf1 Rad8 20. e3 Ne6 21. Nxe6 Qxe6 22. Qg2 Bf8 23. Rg1 Nd5 24. Qg5 c6 25. Rg2 Nxf4 26. Qxf4 f5 27. Bxf5 Qxe3 28. Qxe3 Rxe3 29. Re2 Rf3+ 30. Rf2 Rxf2+ 31. Kxf2 Be7 32. Kg3 Kf7 33. h5 Rd5 34. Rf1 Bf6 35. b3 Ke7 36. Kg4 a5 37. Rf2 Re5 38. Rg2 Rd5 39. h4 Rc5 40. Re2+ Re5 41. Be4 Kd6 42. Rf2 Ke7 43. Rf1 Rc5 44. a4 b5 45. Rf5 Rxf5 46. Kxf5 bxa4 47. bxa4 Bxh4 48. Kg6 Bf6 49. Bxc6 Bd4 1/2-1/2 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "2.4"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2782"] [BlackElo "2804"] [ECO "C50"] [Opening "Giuoco Piano"] [WhiteFideId "24116068"] [BlackFideId "2020009"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. c3 a6 7. a4 Ba7 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. h3 Re8 10. Re1 Be6 11. Bxe6 Rxe6 12. b4 d5 13. Qc2 h6 14. Nf1 d4 15. b5 Ne7 16. cxd4 Bxd4 17. Nxd4 Qxd4 18. Be3 Qd7 19. Ng3 Rd8 20. Red1 axb5 21. axb5 Ne8 22. Rab1 b6 23. d4 exd4 24. Rxd4 Qc8 25. Ne2 Rxd4 26. Nxd4 Re5 27. f4 Rc5 28. Nc6 Rxc6 29. bxc6 Qe6 30. Rc1 Nf6 31. e5 Nfd5 32. Bd2 h5 33. Kh2 g6 34. Qc4 Qf5 35. Qd4 Qe6 36. Qc4 Qf5 37. Rd1 b5 38. Qxb5 Qc2 39. Qb1 Qxc6 40. Qe4 Qe6 41. Bb4 Kh7 42. Bxe7 Nxe7 43. Rc1 c6 44. Qc4 Nd5 45. g3 Qe7 46. Qxc6 Qa3 47. Rg1 Ne3 48. e6 Qb2+ 49. Kh1 fxe6 50. g4 hxg4 51. Qd7+ Kh8 52. Qe8+ Kg7 53. Qe7+ Kh8 54. Qf8+ Kh7 55. Qf7+ Kh8 56. Qe8+ Kg7 57. Qe7+ Kh8 58. Qxe6 Qf2 59. Qe8+ Kg7 60. Qe7+ Kh6 61. Qf8+ Kh7 62. Qe7+ Kh6 63. Qg5+ Kh7 64. Qe7+ Kh6 1/2-1/2 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "2.5"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2761"] [BlackElo "2787"] [ECO "C53"] [Opening "Giuoco Piano"] [WhiteFideId "2900084"] [BlackFideId "2016192"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. O-O a6 7. a4 O-O 8. Re1 Ba7 9. Nbd2 Ng4 10. Re2 Kh8 11. h3 f5 12. exf5 Nxf2 13. Rxf2 Bxf2+ 14. Kxf2 d5 15. Bb3 Bxf5 16. Kg1 Bxd3 17. Ne1 Bg6 18. Ndf3 e4 19. Nh2 Ne7 20. Be3 Qd6 21. Nc2 Rad8 22. Qd2 c5 23. Rd1 h6 24. Ng4 Bh5 25. Ba2 a5 26. Qe1 Be8 27. b3 b6 28. Bf2 Bh5 29. Bh4 Rd7 30. b4 axb4 31. cxb4 d4 32. Nce3 Bxg4 33. hxg4 Ng6 34. Bg3 Qf6 35. Nf5 e3 36. bxc5 bxc5 37. Qe2 Ne5 38. Bb1 Rfd8 39. Bxe5 Qxe5 40. Nh4 Qg5 41. Ng6+ Kg8 42. Qc4+ Rd5 43. Be4 Qxg4 44. Bxd5+ Kh7 45. Qd3 1-0 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2804"] [BlackElo "2770"] [ECO "A09"] [Opening "Reti"] [Variation "advance variation"] [WhiteFideId "2020009"] [BlackFideId "5000017"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 d4 3. b4 f6 4. e3 e5 5. c5 a5 6. Qa4+ Bd7 7. b5 Bxc5 8. Bc4 Bg4 9. Bxg8 Nd7 10. Qb3 Qe7 11. Bc4 a4 12. Qc2 O-O-O 13. O-O Bxf3 14. gxf3 Nb6 15. d3 f5 16. e4 f4 17. Kh1 Rd6 18. Rg1 Rh6 19. Nd2 Rf8 20. Nf1 Kb8 21. Bd2 Rh3 22. Be6 Rxf3 23. Kg2 Re3 24. Bg4 f3+ 25. Kh1 Re2 26. Rg3 Rxf2 27. Kg1 Rg2+ 28. Rxg2 fxg2 29. Ng3 g6 30. Kxg2 h5 31. Be2 Bb4 32. Rf1 Bxd2 33. Qxd2 Rxf1 34. Nxf1 Qc5 35. Qb2 a3 36. Qb3 Qc1 37. Bd1 Nc8 38. Qc2 Qa1 39. Qd2 Nd6 40. b6 cxb6 41. Bb3 Qb2 42. Kh3 Nb5 43. Kh4 Nc3 44. Kg5 Qb1 45. Ng3 Qg1 46. Kxg6 h4 47. Qg5 hxg3 48. hxg3 Qe3 49. Qxe5+ Ka7 50. Bc4 b5 51. Qc5+ Ka6 52. Qxa3+ Kb6 53. Qd6+ Ka7 54. Qc5+ Ka6 55. Qd6+ Ka7 56. Qc5+ Ka6 57. Qd6+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2792"] [BlackElo "2855"] [ECO "A40"] [Opening "Queen's pawn"] [WhiteFideId "13300474"] [BlackFideId "1503014"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Qb3 Qe7 6. Bd2 b6 7. g3 Bb7 8. Bg2 Nc6 9. O-O Na5 10. Qc2 Nxc4 11. Nb5 Nxd2 12. Nxc7+ Kf8 13. Nxd2 Bxg2 14. Kxg2 Rc8 15. Nf3 Qd8 16. Rac1 Ke7 17. Qa4 Rxc7 18. Qxb4+ d6 19. Qd2 h6 20. Kg1 Qd7 21. Rxc7 Qxc7 22. d5 Nxd5 23. Nh4 Rc8 24. Nxf5+ exf5 25. Qxd5 Qc5 26. Qd3 Qe5 27. Rd1 Rc6 28. Rd2 Qe4 29. Qxe4+ fxe4 30. f3 exf3 31. exf3 d5 32. Rxd5 Rc1+ 33. Kg2 Rc2+ 34. Kh3 Rxb2 35. a4 a5 36. Re5+ Kd6 37. Rf5 Rb4 38. Rf7 Rxa4 39. Rxg7 Rc4 40. f4 Rc7 41. Rg8 Ra7 42. f5 a4 43. f6 a3 44. Rg7 Ra8 45. f7 a2 0-1 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Topalov, Veselin"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2812"] [BlackElo "2761"] [ECO "A07"] [Opening "Reti"] [Variation "King's Indian attack"] [WhiteFideId "4101588"] [BlackFideId "2900084"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 Nh6 5. O-O Nf5 6. c3 Nd7 7. Nbd2 Nd6 8. Re1 Nf6 9. Ne5 O-O 10. f3 Nd7 11. Nxd7 Bxd7 12. e4 dxe4 13. Nxe4 b6 14. Nf2 c5 15. Bg5 Re8 16. dxc5 bxc5 17. Bxe7 Rxe7 18. Qxd6 Bf8 19. Qd2 Be6 20. Qf4 Qb6 21. Re2 Bf5 22. Rxe7 Bxe7 23. Re1 Bd6 24. Qc4 Qxb2 25. f4 Rf8 26. Bd5 Kg7 27. a4 h5 28. Be4 Be6 29. Qd3 Rd8 30. Bxg6 c4 31. Qc2 Ba3 32. Re2 Qxc2 33. Bxc2 Bb2 34. Bf5 Bxf5 35. Rxb2 Re8 36. Rb4 Re1+ 37. Kg2 Be6 38. Rb5 Kg6 39. Rg5+ Kh6 40. Rc5 Ra1 41. a5 Kg6 42. h3 Ra3 43. Ne4 f6 44. Kf2 Bxh3 45. Rc6 Rxa5 46. Rxf6+ Kg7 47. Rc6 Ra2+ 48. Ke3 Rg2 49. Rc7+ Kg6 50. Rxa7 Bf5 51. Ra6+ Kg7 52. Nd6 Bd3 53. f5 Rxg3+ 54. Kf4 Rg1 55. Ra7+ Kh6 56. Nf7+ Kg7 57. Ng5+ Kg8 58. f6 Rg4+ 59. Ke5 Rxg5+ 60. Ke6 Be4 61. Rc7 Bd5+ 62. Ke7 Rf5 63. Rd7 Kh7 64. Rd6 h4 65. Kf8 h3 66. Rd7+ Kg6 67. Rg7+ Kxf6 68. Rf7+ 0-1 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "3.4"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2789"] [BlackElo "2770"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [WhiteFideId "623539"] [BlackFideId "5202213"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. h3 Ne7 8. d4 Bb6 9. Bd3 Ng6 10. Re1 Re8 11. Qc2 c6 12. a4 Bc7 13. Be3 d5 14. Nbd2 exd4 15. Bxd4 Be6 16. Ng5 dxe4 17. Ndxe4 Nxe4 18. Nxe6 Rxe6 19. Rxe4 Rxe4 20. Bxe4 Bb6 21. Rd1 Qc7 22. Bxb6 axb6 23. b4 Nf8 24. Bd3 Re8 25. g3 g6 26. Bc4 Nd7 27. Bb3 Nf6 28. Rd3 Kg7 29. Qd1 h5 30. h4 Re5 31. Rf3 Qe7 32. Kg2 c5 33. bxc5 bxc5 34. Qd3 Qc7 35. a5 Re7 36. Qb5 Ne8 37. Bd5 Nd6 38. Qb2 c4 39. Qd2 Qxa5 40. Qd4+ Kh7 41. Bxc4 Nxc4 42. Qxc4 1/2-1/2 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "3.5"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2787"] [BlackElo "2782"] [ECO "D04"] [Opening "Queen's pawn game"] [WhiteFideId "2016192"] [BlackFideId "24116068"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. d4 c5 4. c4 cxd4 5. exd4 g6 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. Nc3 Bg7 8. Qb3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 O-O 10. h4 Nc6 11. Ba3 Be6 12. Qxb7 Bd5 13. Qa6 Qc7 14. Bc5 e5 15. Bc4 Bxf3 16. gxf3 exd4 17. Bxf8 Rxf8 18. Kf1 dxc3 19. Re1 Ne5 20. Bd5 c2 21. Kg2 Bh6 22. Qe2 c1=Q 23. Rxc1 Bxc1 24. Rxc1 Qxc1 25. Qxe5 Qc8 26. Bb3 Qf5 27. Qc7 a5 28. Qe7 Kg7 29. a4 Rc8 30. Qb7 Rc5 31. Qa7 Re5 32. Qd4 Qf6 33. Qg4 Rf5 34. Kg3 Qd6+ 0-1 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2855"] [BlackElo "2804"] [ECO "C77"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Anderssen variation"] [WhiteFideId "1503014"] [BlackFideId "2020009"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3 Bc5 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. h3 Nd7 8. Be3 Bd6 9. Nc3 c5 10. Nd2 Nb8 11. a4 Nc6 12. a5 Be6 13. O-O O-O 14. Nc4 Be7 15. b3 b5 16. axb6 cxb6 17. Bd2 b5 18. Ne3 Nb4 19. Ne2 Bg5 20. f4 exf4 21. Nxf4 a5 22. Bc3 Nc6 23. Ned5 Nd4 24. Qh5 Bxf4 25. Nxf4 Qd6 26. Rxa5 Rxa5 27. Bxa5 b4 28. Nxe6 Nxe6 29. Qd5 Qa6 30. Ra1 Rb8 31. Ra4 Qb5 32. d4 Qe2 33. Qe5 Re8 34. dxc5 f6 35. Qd6 Qe3+ 36. Kh2 Nf4 37. Bc7 Ne2 38. Ra1 Qxe4 39. Re1 Re5 40. Qd2 Re6 41. Qd7 h5 42. Bb8 Re8 43. Bd6 Re5 44. Rf1 Rg5 45. Rf3 Rxg2+ 46. Kxg2 Nd4 47. Kg1 Nxf3+ 48. Kf2 Nd4 49. Qc8+ Kh7 50. Qa6 Qf3+ 51. Ke1 Nxc2+ 52. Kd2 Qc3+ 53. Kd1 Qxb3 54. Kc1 Nd4 0-1 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Topalov, Veselin"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2782"] [BlackElo "2761"] [ECO "C50"] [Opening "Giuoco Piano"] [WhiteFideId "24116068"] [BlackFideId "2900084"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. c3 h6 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. Re1 Re8 9. Nf1 Bb6 10. Ng3 Na5 11. Bb5 Bd7 12. Bxd7 Qxd7 13. d4 Nc6 14. h3 Rad8 15. d5 Ne7 16. Nh4 c6 17. c4 cxd5 18. cxd5 Rc8 19. Qd3 Kh7 20. Be3 Bxe3 21. Qxe3 a6 22. Rac1 Red8 23. b3 Ng6 24. Nxg6 fxg6 25. f3 Rxc1 26. Rxc1 Rc8 27. Rc3 Qd8 28. Ne2 Rxc3 29. Qxc3 Qb6+ 30. Kf1 Nh5 31. b4 Qb5 32. Ke1 g5 33. a3 Nf4 34. Nxf4 gxf4 35. Qc8 Qd3 36. Qf5+ Kg8 37. Qe6+ Kh7 38. Qf5+ Kg8 39. Qe6+ Kh7 1/2-1/2 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2770"] [BlackElo "2787"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [WhiteFideId "5000017"] [BlackFideId "2016192"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O Re8 7. Nbd2 a6 8. Ba4 d5 9. Qe2 b5 10. Bb3 d4 11. Bc2 Bb6 12. cxd4 Nxd4 13. Nxd4 Bxd4 14. Nb3 Bb6 15. Be3 Qd6 16. Bxb6 Qxb6 17. Qe3 Be6 18. h3 Nd7 19. Rfc1 c5 20. Bd1 Rec8 21. Bg4 Bxg4 22. hxg4 c4 23. Qxb6 Nxb6 24. dxc4 Rxc4 25. Nd2 Rd4 26. Rc2 f6 27. Kf1 Rad8 28. Ke2 Nc4 29. Nxc4 bxc4 30. f3 Kf7 31. Rac1 Kg6 32. Ke1 Rb8 33. Kf2 h5 34. gxh5+ Kxh5 35. Kg3 a5 36. Re2 Kg6 37. Rc3 Kf7 38. b3 cxb3 39. axb3 Rdb4 1/2-1/2 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "4.4"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2770"] [BlackElo "2792"] [ECO "E32"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "classical variation"] [WhiteFideId "5202213"] [BlackFideId "13300474"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. Nf3 d5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bxf6 Qxf6 8. a3 Bxc3+ 9. Qxc3 dxc4 10. Qxc4 Bd7 11. e3 Rc8 12. Qb4 Bc6 13. Be2 Bd5 14. Rc1 Nd7 15. O-O a5 16. Qa4 c6 17. Nd2 Qg5 18. Bf3 Bxf3 19. Nxf3 Qb5 20. Qxb5 cxb5 21. Rfd1 b4 22. axb4 axb4 23. Kf1 Rxc1 24. Rxc1 Ra2 25. Rb1 Nb6 26. Ne5 b3 27. Ke1 f6 28. Nd3 Nc4 29. Nc1 Rxb2 30. Rxb2 Nxb2 31. Nxb3 b6 32. Kd2 Kf7 33. Kc2 Nc4 34. Kd3 Nd6 35. e4 Ke7 36. e5 fxe5 37. dxe5 Nf5 38. g4 Nh4 39. Ke4 g5 40. f4 gxf4 41. Kxf4 1/2-1/2 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "4.5"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2789"] [BlackElo "2812"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [WhiteFideId "623539"] [BlackFideId "4101588"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. Nbd2 Ne7 8. d4 exd4 9. cxd4 Bb6 10. Re1 Bg4 11. Qb3 Bh5 12. a4 Ba5 13. Bf1 Rb8 14. e5 Nfd5 15. Rd1 dxe5 16. dxe5 c6 17. Nc4 Bc7 18. h3 b5 19. axb5 Rxb5 20. Qa3 a5 21. g4 Bg6 22. Nd4 Rb8 23. Bg5 Qd7 24. Bxe7 Nxe7 25. Nxc6 Qxc6 26. Qxe7 Rfe8 27. Qd7 Be4 28. Rac1 Qxd7 29. Rxd7 Bxe5 30. Nxe5 Rxe5 31. Rcc7 Bd5 32. f4 1-0 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2804"] [BlackElo "2770"] [ECO "A09"] [Opening "Reti opening"] [WhiteFideId "2020009"] [BlackFideId "5202213"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Qb3 Nf6 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. O-O O-O 7. d3 Re8 8. Bf4 d4 9. Nbd2 Nbd7 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bxf6 Nxf6 12. c5 Nd5 13. Qa4 Nc7 14. Nb3 e5 15. Nfd2 Bd7 16. Na5 Rb8 17. Rac1 Ne6 18. b4 Nc7 19. Ne4 Bf8 20. Qc2 Nd5 21. Qd2 Bf5 22. e3 Bxe4 23. dxe4 Nc3 24. Nb3 Bg7 25. exd4 exd4 26. Rfe1 Qe7 27. f4 Rbd8 28. e5 f6 29. Na5 fxe5 30. fxe5 Kh7 31. h4 Bxe5 32. Nc4 Qg7 33. Nxe5 Rxe5 34. Rxe5 Qxe5 35. Re1 Qf6 36. Qd3 Kg7 37. Kh2 Nxa2 38. Ra1 Nxb4 39. Qb3 a5 40. Rxa5 d3 41. Ra7 d2 42. Rxb7+ Kf8 43. Qe3 d1=Q 44. Qxh6+ Ke8 45. Rxb4 Qd2 46. Re4+ Kf7 47. Qh7+ Kf8 48. Qc7 Qxg2+ 49. Kxg2 Rd2+ 50. Kh3 Qf1+ 0-1 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2761"] [BlackElo "2770"] [ECO "A20"] [Opening "English opening"] [WhiteFideId "2900084"] [BlackFideId "5000017"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. c4 e5 2. d3 Bb4+ 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. a3 Bxd2+ 6. Bxd2 d5 7. cxd5 Qxd5 8. e4 Qd6 9. h3 O-O 10. Rc1 a5 11. Be2 Be6 12. Be3 Rfd8 13. O-O a4 14. Qc2 Bb3 15. Qc3 Ne8 16. Nd2 Be6 17. Rfd1 Ra6 18. Bc5 Nd4 19. Bxd4 exd4 20. Qc5 Rb6 21. Qc2 Ra8 22. Rf1 Rb5 23. Nc4 Qc5 24. Qd1 Nd6 25. Nd2 Qb6 26. Bg4 Ba2 27. Re1 Rxb2 28. e5 Nb5 29. Nc4 Bxc4 30. Rxc4 Nc3 31. Qf3 Re8 32. Qf4 c5 33. e6 fxe6 34. Kh2 Qc6 35. Bf3 Qc8 36. Qd6 b6 37. Bg4 Qb8 38. Bxe6+ Kh8 39. Qxb8 Rxb8 40. f4 Re8 41. Re5 g6 42. Bd7 Rxe5 43. fxe5 Kg7 0-1 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2787"] [BlackElo "2855"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [WhiteFideId "2016192"] [BlackFideId "1503014"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Qa4+ Nc6 6. e3 O-O 7. Qc2 Re8 8. Bd2 e5 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10. cxd5 Nxf3+ 11. gxf3 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 Qxd5 13. Bxb4 Qxf3 14. Rg1 Bf5 15. Qe2 Qe4 16. Bc3 Bg6 17. Qc4 1-0 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "5.4"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2792"] [BlackElo "2789"] [ECO "D14"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "exchange variation, 6.Bf4 Bf5"] [WhiteFideId "13300474"] [BlackFideId "623539"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d5 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bf4 Bf5 7. Qb3 Na5 8. Qa4+ Bd7 9. Qc2 e6 10. e3 Rc8 11. Bd3 Be7 12. h3 O-O 13. O-O h6 14. Ne5 Nc6 15. a3 Nxe5 16. dxe5 Ne4 17. Bxe4 dxe4 18. Rfd1 Qc7 19. Qxe4 Bc6 20. Qc2 Rfd8 21. Rxd8+ Rxd8 22. Nb5 Qa5 23. Nd6 Bxd6 24. exd6 e5 25. Qf5 Qd5 26. e4 Qxd6 27. Bxe5 Qe7 28. Re1 Qg5 29. Qxg5 hxg5 30. f3 f6 31. Bc3 Kf7 32. Kf2 a6 33. Kg3 Kg6 34. h4 gxh4+ 35. Kxh4 Kf7 36. Kg3 Rd3 37. Kf2 Rd8 38. Kg3 Rd3 39. Kf4 Rd8 40. Rh1 Kg6 41. Ba5 Rd3 42. Bb4 Rd8 43. Bc3 Kf7 44. Rh5 g5+ 45. Ke3 Kg6 46. Rh1 Bb5 47. Kf2 Bc6 48. Re1 Rd7 49. Rh1 Rd8 50. Ba5 Rd7 51. Rh8 g4 52. fxg4 Re7 53. Bc3 Rxe4 54. Rf8 Re6 55. Kg3 Kg7 56. Rd8 Kg6 57. Rd2 Kg5 58. Rf2 Re3+ 59. Kh2 Re6 60. Kh3 Re3+ 61. g3 Rf3 1/2-1/2 [Event "GCT Rapid YourNextMove"] [Site "Leuven BEL"] [Date "2016.06.17"] [Round "5.5"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2812"] [BlackElo "2782"] [ECO "D77"] [Opening "Neo-Gruenfeld, 6.O-O"] [WhiteFideId "4101588"] [BlackFideId "24116068"] [EventDate "2016.06.17"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 Nf6 5. O-O O-O 6. c4 dxc4 7. Na3 c5 8. dxc5 c3 9. Nd4 Nfd7 10. bxc3 Nxc5 11. Bg5 Nba6 12. Rb1 Re8 13. Nc4 h6 14. Be3 Bg4 15. Qc1 e5 16. h3 exd4 17. cxd4 Bxe2 18. dxc5 Bxf1 19. Qxf1 Rxe3 20. Nxe3 Nxc5 21. Bxb7 Nxb7 22. Rxb7 Rc8 23. Qb5 Rc1+ 24. Kg2 Rc7 25. Qa5 Rc8 26. Rxa7 Bd4 27. Qxd8+ Rxd8 28. Ra3 Bc5 29. Rc3 Bxe3 30. Rxe3 Rd2 31. a3 h5 32. h4 Kg7 33. Kf3 Ra2 34. Rd3 f6 35. Rd7+ Kh6 36. Ra7 g5 37. Ra6 gxh4 38. gxh4 Kg6 39. Ra8 Rc2 40. Ra4 Kf5 41. Rf4+ Ke5 42. Re4+ Kf5 43. a4 Ra2 44. Rf4+ Ke5 45. Kg3 Ra3+ 46. f3 Ra1 47. Rb4 Rg1+ 48. Kf2 Ra1 49. Rb5+ Kf4 50. Rb4+ Ke5 51. Kg2 f5 52. Kf2 f4 53. Re4+ Kf5 54. Rc4 Ra2+ 55. Kg1 Ra1+ 56. Kf2 Ra2+ 57. Ke1 Ke5 58. Kd1 Ra3 59. Ke2 Re3+ 60. Kf2 Ra3 61. Re4+ Kf5 62. Rb4 Ke5 63. Kg2 Ra2+ 64. Kh3 Ra1 65. Rb5+ Kd4 66. Rxh5 Ke3 67. Kg4 Rg1+ 68. Kf5 Ra1 69. Rh8 Kxf3 70. Rb8 Rxa4 71. Rb3+ Kg2 72. h5 f3 73. h6 1/2-1/2

Current rapid standings after five rounds

Note: In the overall standings, rapid games are worth 2 points for a win, one point for a draw and zero for a loss.
Thus each score above is worth double. Blitz games are worth the usual one for a win and half a point for a draw.

Links



Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
Discussion and Feedback Join the public discussion or submit your feedback to the editors


Discuss

Rules for reader comments

 
 

Not registered yet? Register

chessalem chessalem 6/26/2016 05:34
@ digupagal 6/18/2016 02:26
The reporting depends on the quality of the games, so's victory was not exceptional and he drew rest of the games.

Wesley is in third place and no mention of him...while those who languished behind him from 4th to 10th place is featured complete with pictures.

what kind of journalism is this but discriminatory indeed?
ricardolandazuri ricardolandazuri 6/19/2016 04:07
johnmk: I got your point. So, if Naka wins then he is the best speed player, but if he loses that's because there is such a large element of randomness. LOL
Bertman Bertman 6/18/2016 08:09
@Mel Griffin

I consider the line of World Champions as Kasparov -> Kramnik -> Anand -> Carlsen.
Mel Griffin Mel Griffin 6/18/2016 02:52
@ChiliBean. " full retard" ??? I've just reviewed the 'Rules for reader comments' and feel you can save face by deleting this yourself before the authorities do. This appalling comment does not have a place here nor anywhere else for that matter.
Mel Griffin Mel Griffin 6/18/2016 02:39
I find it odd that the mention of Anand and Kramnik as former World Champions does not include Veselin Topalov.
digupagal digupagal 6/18/2016 02:26
The reporting depends on the quality of the games, so's victory was not exceptional and he drew rest of the games.
johnmk johnmk 6/18/2016 01:21
This is what happens in speed chess. Eventually everyone is brought down to the same silly level and the outcome is more luck than skill. It becomes a blunderfest. I get it that fans like the sporting aspect of it, and sponsors like it if it attracts lots of fans, but the level of chess suffers. IF Naka is the best speed player, why is last place? Because there is such a large elment of randomness.
akhilcr666 akhilcr666 6/18/2016 11:55
Vishy Unbeatable...!!!
chessalem chessalem 6/18/2016 10:30
what a biased reporter.
chessalem chessalem 6/18/2016 10:28
did wesley die? nothing is mentioned of him in the awful article.
Steven E DuCharm Steven E DuCharm 6/18/2016 08:39
Nakamura wins the battle but loses the war(event)
ChiliBean ChiliBean 6/18/2016 04:42
Magnus was rattled after losing to Fabi when he had a winning position then went full retard against Naka losing a piece in the opening. Last time Magnus lost to Naka was in 2010? Also, don't think Naka ever lost 3 in a row in a rapid/blitz tournament. Crazy day indeed.
wengardz wengardz 6/18/2016 01:39
Go Wesley!
libyantiger libyantiger 6/18/2016 12:55
congratulation for naka for beating carlsen .....never seen him beating carsen since a very long time
DJones DJones 6/18/2016 12:18
This is after 1 day. Let's hold on a minute, oh and Nakamura Shellaced Carlsen in 16 moves for all those who said it couldn't be done. It be done.
TMMM TMMM 6/18/2016 12:16
Nakamura +5 in Paris, -2 in Leuven
Carlsen +4 in Paris, -1 in Leuven
...
Caruana -5 in Paris, +1 in Leuven
Topalov -5 in Paris, =0 in Leuven

The only stable factor is Giri: 50% in Paris rapid, 50% in Paris blitz, and 50% in Leuven rapid so far.
1