2016 YourNextMove GCT Recap

The second leg of the Grand Chess Tour, Your Next Move, wrapped up today in Leuven with a complete domination by Magnus Carlsen. The World Champion earned thirteen tour points (one bonus point for winning clear first) and $37,500 for his efforts. He is now leading the tour with twenty-five points. The next stop will be the Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis from August 2-12, followed by the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz.

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Today was all about Magnus Carlsen who completely annihilated the field scoring 7.5/9 in blitz play, half a point more than his impressive score in the rapid in Paris. He is now tied for first place with Wesley So who had a very shaky day. Their last round meeting tomorrow will most likely decide the winner of the event. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started the day in clear second place but faltered towards the end and is now in third place.

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Wesley So emerged as the winner of the rapid portion of Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour. He is now headed to the blitz portion with a two point lead over the rest of the field. In the blitz, each win is worth one point, so his competitors are two wins away from catching him.

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After day two of the rapid, Wesley So increased his lead by a point. He is being closely chased by Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave who are one move away from catching the leader.

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After the grueling first leg of the Grand Chess Tour in Paris, which concluded just two days ago, Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Wesley So continued on to Leuven, Belgium to play in the second leg of the Grand Chess Tour. They are joined by Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Ian Nepomniachtchi who skipped Paris and are just starting the tour.

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By Tatev Abrahamyan

After nine more blitz games, the Leuven leg of the Grand Chess Tour came to an end. World Champion Magnus Carlsen started the day with a lead over the rest of the field and had no trouble sealing the deal with three rounds to go.

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By Tatev Abrahamyan

A full day of blitz passed by, leaving us with the same standings as we started with: Magnus Carlsen in first place with Wesley So one point behind. However, this consistency in the standings in no way reflects the tremulous day both men had

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By Tatev Abrahamyan

After a disastrous first day, Magnus Carlsen showed great tenacity and resilience as he annihilated the rest of the competition to win the rapid portion of the Leuven leg of the Grand Chess Tour. The world champion described his embarrassing blunder against Nakamura as a “complete breakdown” but was able to shake it off and start the day afresh.

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By Tatev Abrahamyan

The second leg of the 2016 Grand Chess Tour began in Leuven, Belgium on June 17, after a four-day break from the Paris event. The field was even stronger as the five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand replaced the Parisian wildcard, Laurent Fressinet.

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The Grand Chess Tour was introduced to the chess scene in 2015 to give the world’s very best players a new series of tournaments to compete in and also as a way to promote chess to the general public. Not only were the players treated as superstars and got to play in three of the most beautiful places in the world for a large sum of money, but each tournament also hosted many activities for the chess fans.

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