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2016 category refers to chess events of the year 2016. Since new chess tournaments are played every day, the choice cannot include all of them. Therefore, the focus is on major chess events, such as Carlsen – Karjakin World Championship match.
The category consists of full round reports and game analysis. Since often tournament games end in a draw, the post analyzes the most interesting game of the round.
WESLEY SO’S DOUBLE WIN, CLAIMS GRAND CHESS TOUR AND LONDON CHESS CLASSIC
Wesley So has really had a stellar year. After playing brilliantly in the Sinquefield Cup, he has claimed his 2nd Supertournament in the year, while also winning the prestigious Grand Chess Tour. The final standings are shown on the picture below (taken from chess.com report)
CHAOS REIGNS IN THE NAJDORF ERA AS NAKAMURA BEATS MVL
London Chess Classic 2016 – Round 7 has been the best round so far for a modest commentators for me.
There are two specific reasons why I venture to say that:
For the first time since the start of the tournament I didn’t have ANY DOUBTS whatsoever about the GAME OF THE ROUND choice. Since Nakamura – MVL game was the most interesting game of the tournament so far, surpassing the Caruana – Nakamura queen sacrifice game from the previous round (analysis of which can be found here)
The afore mentioned game finally allowed me to insert another Warcraft reference, since the richness of the tactical play on the board can rightfully be described with the CHAOS REIGNS
Wesley So leads the pack, Caruana on his heels with three rounds to go
The 2016 Grand Chess Tour 2016 reaches its climax as there are 3 round remaining in the London Chess Classic 2016. The calculations about the overall winner have already started, and it seems that Wesley so currently has the best chances to remain on the top. Since Caruana beat Nakamura in round six, he has practicaly stepped with one foot over the finishing line.
Because if Nakamura wants to win the Grand Chess Tour, he should finish first with So simultaneously finishing on the 4th place or lower (source: Chess.com article). Which is very unlikely to happen.
WHILE EVERYBODY DRAWS, NAKA WINS IN ROUNDS 3 AND 4
It seems that players have slowed down a bit after a furious start to the tournament. Because in London Chess Classic – Round 3 and 4 there was “only” one decisive game per round. And both time the hero of the round was Hikaru Nakamura, since he managed to take Anand and Topalov respectively in nice tactical skirmishes.
Since this day time job of my is taking its toll, unfortunatelly I am running somewhat short on time. Therefore I decided to make this post into some sort of “HIGHLIGHTS POST” for rounds 3 and 4 combined.
Which basically means I am shortening my work here under a very convenient excuse. Because although all the other games apart from the Naka games ended in a draw, that doesn’t mean that they were boring.
As the greatest French Expert ever would say here “AU REVOIR, MY FRIEND, AU REVOIR”. There were some games which were typical grandmaster draws ( for instance Caruana – Aronian game from the 4th round), but make sure not to miss both games of Wesley So for instance.
WESLEY SO BREAKS 2800 WHILE ADAMS AND TOPALOV START WITH SHORT CASTLES
London chess classic – Round 2 continued to treat the spectators with majority of the decisive games. And once again it was a THREEPEAT from the day before, since three games out of five finished with less friendly variation of the handshake and the words “I resign“.
It was a rather happy day for Wesley So, since he become the 12th player in the history to break the mythical 2800 barrier (source : Chess.com). However, in Croatia there is a saying that “When it darkens for someone, it lightens up for someone else“. And Wesley so’s luck was polarised by the tournament start of the Topalov and Adams. Because zero points out of two games allowed me to write the joke from the title.