Paris: Nakamura wins rapid tournament

by Klaus Besenthal
6/10/2016 – The rapid tournament of the Grand Chess Tour Paris was exciting to the end. After five rounds Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen were sharing the lead with 3.5/5 each, and on day two both tried hard to win the tournament. In the end Nakamura, who scored 3.5/4 out of the four last rounds, had the better of it and finished half a point ahead of Carlsen.

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Round eight, the penultimate round, proved to be crucial. While Nakamura won against Aronian Carlsen had much more time on the clock and the much better position against Laurent Fressinet but failed to convert his advantage to a win. Now Nakamura was leading by half a point before the ninth and final round.

Hikaru Nakamura

Thus, the last round had to decide who would win the Rapid Event of the Paris Grand Chess Tour. Carlsen was playing with White against Vladimir Kramnik and had to hope that Nakamura would stumble with Black against Fabiano Caruana.

Carlsen once again showed his amazing ability to keep calm under pressure and managed to convert a slightly better position gradually into a win. But this time Nakamura proved to be more lucky. In a sharp game he profited from the fact that Caruana was not in top form and missed a couple of chances to put Nakamura under serious pressure.

 

GM Maurice Ashley (right) interviews Anish Giri

Anish Giri

Could not get going: Fabiano Caruana (left)

Jennifer Shahade and Yasser Seirawan commented the games from St. Louis

The stage in the "Maison de la Chimie" in Paris

Results:

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
6. round, 10.06.2016, 14:00
Br. Nr. Elo   Name Result   Name Elo Nr.
1 10 2799 GM Kramnik Vladimir ½ - ½ GM Aronian Levon 2739 8
2 9 2829 GM Caruana Fabiano 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2784 7
3 1 2846 GM Nakamura Hikaru ½ - ½ GM So Wesley 2652 6
4 2 2771 GM Topalov Veselin 0 - 1 GM Carlsen Magnus 2878 5
5 3 2738 GM Giri Anish 1 - 0 GM Fressinet Laurent 2695 4
7. round, 10.06.2016, 15:30
Br. Nr. Elo   Name Result   Name Elo Nr.
1 4 2695 GM Fressinet Laurent 0 - 1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2799 10
2 5 2878 GM Carlsen Magnus ½ - ½ GM Giri Anish 2738 3
3 6 2652 GM So Wesley ½ - ½ GM Topalov Veselin 2771 2
4 7 2784 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 0 - 1 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2846 1
5 8 2739 GM Aronian Levon 1 - 0 GM Caruana Fabiano 2829 9
8. round, 10.06.2016, 17:00
Br. Nr. Elo   Name Result   Name Elo Nr.
1 10 2799 GM Kramnik Vladimir 1 - 0 GM Caruana Fabiano 2829 9
2 1 2846 GM Nakamura Hikaru 1 - 0 GM Aronian Levon 2739 8
3 2 2771 GM Topalov Veselin 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2784 7
4 3 2738 GM Giri Anish ½ - ½ GM So Wesley 2652 6
5 4 2695 GM Fressinet Laurent ½ - ½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2878 5
9. round, 10.06.2016, 18:30
Br. Nr. Elo   Name Result   Name Elo Nr.
1 5 2878 GM Carlsen Magnus 1 - 0 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2799 10
2 6 2652 GM So Wesley 1 - 0 GM Fressinet Laurent 2695 4
3 7 2784 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime ½ - ½ GM Giri Anish 2738 3
4 8 2739 GM Aronian Levon 1 - 0 GM Topalov Veselin 2771 2
5 9 2829 GM Caruana Fabiano 0 - 1 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2846 1

All games

 

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.
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santie54321 santie54321 6/11/2016 11:27
Carlsen gave away the So game and Naka took full advantage to squeak by...
Rinzou Wilkerson Rinzou Wilkerson 6/11/2016 07:37
Kudos to Nakamura. I thought Carlsen had better chances on day two because he had what I thought was easier pairings. When Magnus won in rd 6 and Naka drew, I thought it was over. But Naka came through with three big wins in a row against Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian, and Caruana. Well done, Hikaru!
scoobeedo scoobeedo 6/11/2016 05:29
I find it very strange from chessbase to report that Nakamura won the rapid, but you show a picture from Carlsen.

Whats wrong with you? Maybe you should recalibrate your journalistic point of view?

Chessbase became since a while the Carlsen page, and that is not so good.

Otherwise, your reports are excellent.

And to be fair ... Go back to neutral ground ...
DJones DJones 6/11/2016 04:36
The expected result. On to the blitz.
Rama Rama 6/11/2016 02:54
Too bad the field wasn't half as large so that there could have been two games against the great rivals. Still, it will be interesting to see how Nakamura will fare against Carlsen in blitz. Has he improved much since Carlsen doninated him in their 40 game match? http://www.uschess.org/content/view/10889/611
yesenadam yesenadam 6/11/2016 01:52
Nice pics. I think in the final table the standard ratings are used. (And possibly for calculating the performance ratings too)
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