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GRENKE Chess Classic 2018

The GRENKE Chess Classic 2018 took place in Germany, 31st March - 9th April. Rest day - 3rd April 2018. Venue: Schwarzwaldhallte Karlsruhe (Rounds 1-3), and Event-Akademie Baden-Baden (Rounds 4-9), entry is free.
1. Fabiano Caruana - 6.5 out of 9 scores, 2. Magnus Carlsen - 5.5, 3-5. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Nikita Vitiugov, Levon Aronian - 5, 6. Matthias Bluebaum - 4.5, 7-9. Arkadij Naiditsch, Viswanathan Anand, Hou Yifan - 3.5, 10. Georg Meier - 3.

Round 9
Anand - Carlsen 1/2. The Sicilian Defence. A sharp fight. Vishy grabbed a pawn in the endgame.
Hou - Naiditsch 1/2. The Italian Game. Yifan had a better pawn structure in the ending.
Vachier-Lagrave - Meier 1/2. The Reti Opening. Georg had somewhat better chances.
Aronian - Bluebaum 1/2. The Ragozin Defence.
Vitiugov - Caruana 0-1. The Russian Game. Fabiano had good counterplay. Nikita made mistakes and lost.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2018, Round 9 Games

Round 8
Carlsen - Vitiugov 1/2. The Spanish Game.
Caruana - Aronian 1/2. The Spanish Game.
Bluebaum - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The English Opening.
Meier - Hou 1/2. The Catalan Opening.
Naiditsch - Anand 1/2. The Italian Game.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2018, Round 8 Games

Round 7
Naiditsch - Carlsen 0-1. The Sicilian Defence.
Anand - Meier 1/2. The French Defence.
Hou - Bluebaum 1/2. The English Opening.
Vachier-Lagrave - Caruana 0-1. The English Opening.
Aronian - Vitiugov 1/2. The English Opening.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2018, Round 7 Games

Round 6
Carlsen - Aronian 1/2. The English Opening. Magnus grabbed a pawn in the endgame, a draw.
Vitiugov - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defence. Nikita won a pawn, 25.Rxa7.
Caruana - Hou 1/2. The Russian Game. Yifan had good counterplay, then obtained an advantage and tried to win.
Bluebaum - Anand 1-0. The Queen's Gambit Accepted. Matthias had an extra bishop in the ending.
Meier - Naiditsch 0-1. The Catalan Opening, or Bogo-Indian Defence. With counterchances. Georg made a mistake, 33.cxb6?, and lost. 33.Nb4= was better.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2018, Round 6 Games

Round 5
Meier - Carlsen 1/2. The Catalan Opening, or Bogo-Indian Defence, or Dutch Defence.
Naiditsch - Bluebaum 1/2. The English Opening.
Anand - Caruana 1/2. The Caro-Kann Defence.
Hou - Vitiugov 1/2. The Spanish Game.
Vachier-Lagrave - Aronian 1/2. The Spanish Game.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2018, Round 5 Games

Round 4
Carlsen - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The English Opening.
Aronian - Hou 1/2. The Catalan Opening.
Vitiugov - Anand 1/2. The Caro-Kann Defence.
Caruana - Naiditsch 1-0. The Spanish Game.
Bluebaum - Meier 1/2. The Catalan Opening or Bogo-Indian Defence.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2018, Round 4 Games

Round 3
Bluebaum - Carlsen 1/2. The King's Indian Defence.
Meier - Caruana 0-1. The Spanish Game. A sharp fight.
Naiditsch - Vitiugov 1/2. The Spanish Game.
Anand - Aronian 1/2. The Spanish Game.
Hou Yifan - Vachier-Lagrave 0-1. The English Opening. Maxime grabbed pawns.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2018, Round 3 Games

Round 2
Carlsen - Hou 1-0. The Bishop's Opening. White won.
Vachier-Lagrave - Anand 1-0. The Sicilian Defence. White won.
Aronian - Naiditsch 1-0. The King's Indian Defence. White won.
Vitiugov - Meier 1-0. The French Defence. White won.
Caruana - Bluebaum 1/2. The French Defence.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2018, Round 2 Games

Round 1
Caruana - Carlsen 1/2. The King's Indian Defence. An interesting game with a rook ending.
Bluebaum - Vitiugov 0-1. The Slav Defence. The excellent last move - 25...Ra3!, winning at once.
Meier - Aronian 1/2. The Spanish Game.
Naiditsch - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The Queen's Pawn Game vs the King's Indian Defence. A sharp fight.
Anand - Hou 1/2. The Reti Opening. Viswanathan sacrificed the exchange.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2018, Round 1 Games

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Nikita Vitiugov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Hou Yifan, Matthias Bluebaum, Georg Meier.
Games GRENKE Chess Classic 2018 (45, 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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