Paris: Carlsen and Nakamura lead after day 1

by André Schulz
6/9/2016 – For top favorite Magnus Carlsen the Grand Chess Tour tournament in Paris began with a shock. In round one he had a completely winning position against Wesley So but then forgot to move and lost on time. Carlsen recovered by winning three games in a row to finish the day with a draw in round five. He now has 3.5/5 and shares the lead with Hikaru Nakamura.

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Before the tournament began there was a moment of silence
in honor of Viktor Kortschnoi who died on Monday.

Kasparov makes the first move

The stage

This year World Champion Magnus Carlsen has to defend his title against Sergey Karjakin and therefore has not enough time to take part in the Grand Chess Tour tournament in St. Louis in London. However, he received a wildcard to take part in the rapid- and blitz-tournaments in Paris and Leuven.

The Grand Chess Tour 2016 starts with the tournament in Paris. On Thursday and Friday the ten participants play a rapid tournament, on Saturday and Sunday they will play blitz. The rapid tournament began at 14.00 hrs local time. The organisers of the Grand Chess Tour provided the media and the chess websites with a video-livestream, a marked contrast to the policy of FIDE marketer Agon - a company that at the Candidates Tournament in Moscow even forbid the media to transmit the live-pgns of the games and plans to follow a similar policy during the coming World Championship in November.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen is top favorite in Paris but the tournament did not start well for him. In the first round Carlsen played with White against Wesley So and with bold and creative play the World Champion reached a completely winning position in which he had two queens against queen and knight. But then he could not make up his mind which winning move he should play and lost on time - a bitter loss particularly so because the rapid games are played with a time-limit of 25 minutes for the whole game and a 10-second increment per move.

 

 

Carlsen just realised that he had lost on time

But Carlsen recovered quickly and in round two he outplayed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with Black in 26 moves. In round three Carlsen won against Levon Aronian and with 2.0/3 he now shared the lead with Vladimir Kramnik and Hikaru Nakamura.

In round four Carlsen did not slow down and beat Fabiano Caruana with Black to win his third game in a row. With two wins and two draws Hikaru Nakamura was the only player who could keep pace with the World Champion. Veselin Topalov started the tournament with 0.0/3 but managed to beat Anish Giri in round four.

Vladimir Kramnik

Levon Aronian

In the fifth and last round of day the two leaders, Carlsen and Nakamura,  met. Carlsen had White but misplayed a Nimzo-Indian and was forced to seriously shatter his pawn structure on the kingside to avoid the loss of a pawn. However, he managed to drum up enough counterplay to hold the game and save the draw.

Results of day 1

1. Round, 09.06.2016, 14:00
Br. Nr. Elo   Name Result   Name Elo Nr.
1 1 2846 GM Nakamura Hikaru ½ - ½ GM Kramnik Vladimir 2799 10
2 2 2771 GM Topalov Veselin 0 - 1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2829 9
3 3 2738 GM Giri Anish ½ - ½ GM Aronian Levon 2739 8
4 4 2695 GM Fressinet Laurent ½ - ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2784 7
5 5 2878 GM Carlsen Magnus 0 - 1 GM So Wesley 2652 6
2. Round, 09.06.2016, 15:30
Br. Nr. Elo   Name Result   Name Elo Nr.
1 10 2799 GM Kramnik Vladimir ½ - ½ GM So Wesley 2652 6
2 7 2784 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 0 - 1 GM Carlsen Magnus 2878 5
3 8 2739 GM Aronian Levon 1 - 0 GM Fressinet Laurent 2695 4
4 9 2829 GM Caruana Fabiano ½ - ½ GM Giri Anish 2738 3
5 1 2846 GM Nakamura Hikaru 1 - 0 GM Topalov Veselin 2771 2
3. Round, 09.06.2016, 17:00
Br. Nr. Elo   Name Result   Name Elo Nr.
1 2 2771 GM Topalov Veselin 0 - 1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2799 10
2 3 2738 GM Giri Anish ½ - ½ GM Nakamura Hikaru 2846 1
3 4 2695 GM Fressinet Laurent 1 - 0 GM Caruana Fabiano 2829 9
4 5 2878 GM Carlsen Magnus 1 - 0 GM Aronian Levon 2739 8
5 6 2652 GM So Wesley 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2784 7
4. Round, 09.06.2016, 18:30
Br. Nr. Elo   Name Result   Name Elo Nr.
1 10 2799 GM Kramnik Vladimir 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2784 7
2 8 2739 GM Aronian Levon 0 - 1 GM So Wesley 2652 6
3 9 2829 GM Caruana Fabiano 0 - 1 GM Carlsen Magnus 2878 5
4 1 2846 GM Nakamura Hikaru 1 - 0 GM Fressinet Laurent 2695 4
5 2 2771 GM Topalov Veselin 1 - 0 GM Giri Anish 2738 3
5. Round, 09.06.2016, 20:00
Br. Nr. Elo   Name Result   Name Elo Nr.
1 3 2738 GM Giri Anish ½ - ½ GM Kramnik Vladimir 2799 10
2 4 2695 GM Fressinet Laurent ½ - ½ GM Topalov Veselin 2771 2
3 5 2878 GM Carlsen Magnus ½ - ½ GM Nakamura Hikaru 2846 1
4 6 2652 GM So Wesley ½ - ½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2829 9
5 7 2784 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime ½ - ½ GM Aronian Levon 2739 8

All games

 

 

Yasser Seirawan, Jennifer Shahade, Maurice Ashley and Alejandro Ramirez, the well-known team from St. Louis commented the games in their usual entertaining and animated way, this time with additional support by the Canadian GM Eric Hansen.

Jennifer Shahade and Yasser Seirawan followed
the events from St. Louis

Alejandro Ramirez and Maurice Ashley were in Paris

Maurice Ashley interviews Hikaru Nakamura,
who had just won against Veselin Topalov.

Alejandro Ramirez

Maurice Ashley interviews Carlsen during the opening ceremony

Vladimir Kramnik enjoys the team match during the opening ceremony

Magnus Carlsen tests the strength of possible future opponents

Garry Kasparov enjoys the Parisian chess culture

The ten participant of the Grand Chess Tour in Paris: Wesley So, Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri, Magnus Carlsen, Laurent Fressinet, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian

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Grewia Grewia 6/10/2016 07:05
Is there a VOD available of the first day's broadcast? Link me please! Thanks in advance.
DJones DJones 6/10/2016 06:07
He was smiling big before and after the game. I don't think he was hoping for more than a draw with black. A simple draw with black vs Magnus is always a good day and nice edge according to who? The computers?
KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 6/10/2016 03:13
Solid coverage today from Jen, Yaz, and Eric Hansen. And of course, Maurice and Alejandro on-site.

As several times before, Naka gets a nice edge on Carlsen out of the opening, then can't do anything with it. Gotta be frustrating. . . .
lwolf123 lwolf123 6/10/2016 01:36
"The organisers of the Grand Chess Tour provided the media and the chess websites with a video-livestream, a marked contrast to the policy of FIDE marketer Agon - a company that at the Candidates Tournament in Moscow even forbid the media to transmit the live-pgns of the games and plans to follow a similar policy during the coming World Championship in November."

Thanks for the reminder!
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