Grand Chess Tour - Leuven Express: Magnus Carlsen runs away with event

by ChessBase
7/2/2017 – With a performance rating in excess of 3000 Elo, Magnus Carlsen's blitz skills not only allowed him to bridge the three-point deficit after the rapid games, but to finish with a full three-point lead and run away with the Leuven tournament of the Grand Chess Tour with 25.5/36. Wesley So was able to at least secure clear second with 22.5/36, a half-point ahead of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with 22.0/36. Express report.

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The Leuven tournament of the Grand Chess Tour is running from June 28 to July 2 in Leuven, Belgium. It is a combination of Rapid and Blitz games. The ten participants are Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand, Wesley So, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik, Anish Giri, Vassily Ivanchuk, and Baadur Jobava. They will play nine rapid games, three a day, from June 28–30. Each day the games will start at 14:00h, 15:30h and 17:00h European Standard Summer Time. The Blitz tournament is on July 1-2, with nine rounds on each day, starting at 14:00h. The total prize fund is $150,000!

Note that the event is using the Bronstein mode: the players have 25 minutes for all the moves of a rapid game, and a ten second delay per move. This means that the clock does not run for ten seconds – the point is that you cannot accumulate time by playing very quickly in the Bronstein Mode.

Day five

Full report with grandmaster analysis to follow...

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Final rapid crosstable

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*Note: All rapid games are worth double
**Note: FIDE Rapid ratings are used in crosstable.

Final blitz crosstable

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*Note: FIDE Blitz ratings are used in crosstable.

Combined standings


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