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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
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, GRENKE Chess Classic 2017, round 3
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, GRENKE Chess Classic 2017, round 2
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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