Tata Steel 2018, 7: Shak soars, Vlad catches Vishy
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Tata Steel 2018, 7: Shak soars, Vlad catches Vishy

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov keeps on climbing in Wijk aan Zee, grabbing a third win in a row as he beat Wei Yi to take his live rating to 2817.5, almost 20 points above Wesley So in third place. The gap to Magnus Carlsen is now under 18 points, though the World Champion eventually beat Hou Yifan to join Anish Giri, Wesley So and Vladimir Kramnik in 2nd place. Kramnik defeated Vishy Anand to level their lifetime score for the first time since their 2008 match, while Fabiano Caruana’s woes continued as he lost a third game with Black in a row, this time to Sergey Karjakin.

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  • Reports Nov 14, 2017 | 10:47 AM 25

    Champions Showdown 5: Magnus on another level

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  • Reports Nov 13, 2017 | 3:02 PM 7

    Champions Showdown 4: Naka, Fabi & So triumph

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  • Reports Nov 12, 2017 | 1:33 PM 18

    Champions Showdown 3: Magnus joins the party

    Magnus Carlsen won the final game of the first day to open up a 5-point lead over Ding Liren as their Champions Showdown match finally began on Saturday in St. Louis. The other matches had reached the 10-minute stage, but althoug...

  • Reports Nov 11, 2017 | 1:36 PM 17

    Champions Showdown 2: The fastest hand wins

    The three speed specialists lead their matches in St. Louis, with Hikaru Nakamura and Leinier Dominguez opening commanding 13-point leads over Veselin Topalov and Wesley So, while Alexander Grischuk has a narrow 4-point advantage...

  • Reports Nov 10, 2017 | 11:46 AM 3

    Champions Showdown 1: Naka & Dominguez lead

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  • General Nov 8, 2017 | 6:12 PM 18

    Carlsen & Ding Liren in Champions Showdown

    World Champion Magnus Carlsen will play 30 rapid and blitz games against Chinese no. 1 Ding Liren in a 4-day match in St. Louis as part of the Champions Showdown. The prize fund is $100,000 with $60,000 for the winner, but that’s...

  • Reports Nov 7, 2017 | 11:42 AM 14

    Euro Teams 9: Azerbaijan snatch gold in cliffhanger

    Azerbaijan have won the European Team Championship for a 3rd time in only 8 years after finishing ahead of Russia on tiebreaks after being held to a 2:2 draw by Ukraine. Russia beat Germany 3:1, but that scoreline wasn’t quite en...

  • Reports Nov 6, 2017 | 9:40 AM 9

    Euro Teams 8: Gold for Russia's women as men fall

    The Russian women’s team cruised to a 4:0 victory over Turkey that gave them gold with a round to spare - their fifth triumph in the last six European Team Championships. Meanwhile the Russian men’s team was crushed 3:1 by Azerba...

  • Reports Nov 5, 2017 | 12:27 PM 0

    Euro Teams 7: Azerbaijan set up Russia showdown

    Arkadij Naiditsch and Rauf Mamedov picked up wins as Azerbaijan became the first team to beat Hungary in the European Team Championship, setting up a potential title decider with leaders Russia in Sunday’s penultimate round. Russ...

  • Reports Nov 4, 2017 | 12:29 PM 1

    Euro Teams 6: Aronian wins but Armenia lose

    Levon Aronian had a bittersweet day at the European Team Championship as he defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov to return to world no. 2 but could only watch as Teimour Radjabov and Rauf Mamedov won the match for Azerbaijan. The Azeri...


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