GRENKE Chess Classic 2017
The GRENKE Chess Classic 2017 took place in Germany 15th-22nd April. Rest day - 18th April 2017. Venue: Schwarzwaldhallte Karlsruhe (Rounds 1-3), and Event-Akademie Baden-Baden (Rounds 4-7).
1. Levon Aronian - 5.5 out of 7 scores, 2-3. Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana - 4, 4-6. Hou Yifan, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Arkadij Naiditsch - 3.5, 7-8. Georg Meier, Matthias Bluebaum - 2.
The winner Levon Aronian vs Hou Yifan, round 6, GRENKE Chess Classic 2017. All photos by Georgios Souleidis
Round 7, 22.04.2017
Hou-Naiditsch 1/2. The French Defence. Yifan grabbed the exchange.
Caruana-Aronian 1/2. The Italian Game. Levon could have won.
Meier-Bluebaum 1/2. The Caro-Kann Defence.
Carlsen - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The Sicilian Defence. Magnus had a slight or small advantage.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2017, Round 7 Games
Round 6, 21.04.2017
Naiditsch-Carlsen 1/2. Almost the Gruenfeld Defence, without c4. A sharp struggle.
Vachier-Lagrave - Meier 1/2. The French Defence. With counterplay.
Bluebaum-Caruana 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Accepted. Fabiano won a pawn in the endgame, then played 'a rook + a knight' vs 'a rook', a draw - stalemate.
Aronian-Hou 1-0. The Queen's Gambit. Yifan grabbed a pawn, however Levon had a small advantage thanks to the strong white bishops.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2017, Round 6 Games
Round 5, 20.04.2017
Aronian-Naiditsch 1-0. The English or Reti Opening. Levon had an advantage, grabbed a pawn.
Hou-Bluebaum 1/2. The Ragozin Defence. Matthias had nice counterchances.
Caruana - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The Sicilian Defence. In the endgame Fabiano had a small edge. 38.Rb3 was better.
Meier-Carlsen 0-1. The Gruenfeld Defence. Magnus obtained a clear advantage, sacrificed the exchange for several pawns and won.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2017, Round 5 Games
Round 4, 19.04.2017
Naiditsch-Meier 1/2. The Queen's Pawn Game. Unclear.
Carlsen-Caruana 1/2. The Russian Defence. With equality.
Vachier-Lagrave - Hou 1-0. The Spanish Game. Maxime had a small advantage due to the better pawn structure. 33...f5 and 53...Nc5 were better.
Bluebaum-Aronian 0-1. The Slav Defence. Levon had good counterplay, won a pawn.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2017, Round 4 Games
Hou Yifan drew vs World Champion Magnus Carlsen in Round 3.
Round 3, 17.04.2017
Bluebaum-Naiditsch 0-1. The Catalan Opening. Arkadij grabbed a pawn.
Aronian - Vachier-Lagrave 1-0. The English Opening.
Hou-Carlsen 1/2. The Sicilian Defence. Yifan had a tiny, then a clear advantage. 28.h4 was better, followed by Ra1. The rook endgame was drawn.
Caruana-Meier 1-0. The French Defence. Fabiano had a small edge due to pieces in the centre, could attack on the kingside with g2-g4.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2017, Round 3 Games
Hou Yifan, one girl in the tournament, had 2 out of 2 scores.
Round 2, 16.04.2017
Naiditsch-Caruana 0-1. The Bishop's Opening. Fabiano obtained a clear advantage, attacked and won two pawns.
Meier-Hou 0-1. The Catalan Opening. Great! Hou Yifan wins again! She attacked the white king with 29...Nxf2! and beat the rival quickly.
Carlsen-Aronian 1/2. The Spanish Game. A sharp fight. Magnus could have won with 34.Nfe5.
Vachier-Lagrave - Bluebaum 1-0. The Reti Opening. Maxime grabbed a pawn, outplayed the opponent in the endgame.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2017, Round 2 Games
Round 1, 15.04.2017
Vachier-Lagrave - Naiditsch 0-1. The French Defence. Arkadij grabbed a pawn and won.
Bluebaum-Carlsen 1/2. The King's Indian Defence. With counterplay. Magnus took the initiative with 22...d5, but 23...dxe4 was better.
Aronian-Meier 1/2. The Reti Opening.
Hou-Caruana 1-0. The Spanish Game. Yifan seized the open e-file and had the better pawn structure, attacked on the kingside and won.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2017, Round 1 Games
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian, Arkadij Naiditsch, Hou Yifan, Matthias Bluebaum, Georg Meier.
Games GRENKE Chess Classic 2017 (28, pgn)
Time control: 100 min/40 moves + 50 min/20 moves + 15 min/rest of the game with a 30 sec increment from move 1. No draw offers before move 40. In case of a tie for first place: 2 games with 10 min + 2 sec a move; then if needed 2 games with 5 min + 2 sec a move; finally a game (Armageddon) with 6 min for White and 5 min for Black + 2 sec a move (in case of a draw Black wins).
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