2016 Paris GCT Recap

By WGM Tatev Abrahamyan

The final day of the Paris leg of the Grand Chess Tour started with big tension as Hikaru Nakamura was only half a point ahead of Magnus Carlsen. The suspense was building up around the last around, when the two blitz players were supposed to battle it out. It was almost assumed that the very last game would decide the winner, but in reality the dust settled two rounds before. 

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By WGM Tatev Abrahamyan

After two days of rapid, it was time to speed things up even more as the blitz portion of the tournament kicked off on Saturday. The day started and ended the same way: with Hikaru Nakamura in the lead and Magnus Carlsen trailing right behind. Everything that happened in between was complete madness full of blunders, good and bad nerves, and even an illegal move

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By WGM Tatev Abrahamyan

The rapid portion of the first leg of the Grand Chess Tour came to an end in Paris, and what a day it was! Going into the second half of the event, world champion Magnus Carlsen was tied for first place with American GM Hikaru Nakamura.

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by WGM Tatev Abrahamyan

The 2016 Grand Chess Tour kicked off in Paris with a rapid tournament and it was everything the fans could have asked for. The games were full of blunders, missed opportunities, brilliancies, subtleties and remarkable precision. The top players in the world battled it out on a beautiful stage at Maison De La Chimie and it was clear that they came to play.

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