GRENKE Chess Classic
15 - 22 April 2017
  • Fabiano Caruana
    Fabiano Caruana

    Name: Fabiano Caruana
    Age: 24
    Country: USA
    World ranking: No. 3

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  • Matthias Bluebaum
    Matthias Bluebaum

    Name: Matthias Bluebaum
    Age: 19
    Country: Germany
    World ranking: No. 148

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  • Levon Aronian
    Levon Aronian

    Name: Levon Aronian
    Age: 34
    Country: Armenia
    World ranking: No. 9

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  • Hou Yifan
    Hou Yifan

    Name: Hou Yifan
    Age: 23
    Country: China
    World ranking: No. 110

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  • Magnus Carlsen
    Magnus Carlsen

    Name: Magnus Carlsen
    Age: 26
    Country: Norway
    World ranking: No. 1

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  • Arkadij Naiditsch
    Arkadij Naiditsch

    Name: Arkadij Naiditsch
    Age: 29
    Country: Azerbaijan
    World ranking: No. 49

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  • Georg Meier
    Georg Meier

    Name: Georg Meier
    Age: 29
    Country: Germany
    World ranking: No. 154

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  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

    Name: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
    Age: 26
    Country: France
    World ranking: No. 5

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Fighting chess in the final round of the GRENKE Chess Classic

In the last round of the GRENKE Chess Classic, the players once again showed a round full of spectacular games. Although the winner of the tournament Levon Aronian was already crowned with a round to spare, all players were determined to fight for a full point. A rollercoaster game was played by Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian, who had a serious advantage, but missed the win in a complicated position. Magnus Carlsen had a strong passed pawn in his game against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, but he could not win his second game of the event. Georg Meier had a slight advantage against Matthias Blübaum, but had to agree with a draw after a perpetual. Hou Yifan and Arkadij Naiditsch shared the point after an interesting game.

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Levon Aronian wins GRENKE Chess Classic 2017

Levon Aronian ist the winner of the GRENKE Chess Classic with one round to go. The Armenian grandmaster won in the sixth round against Hou Yifan. Fabiano Caruana tried everything to win his game against Matthias Blübaum, to keep a minimal chance to tie with Aronian after seven rounds alive, but he only got a draw. The other games also ended in a draw. Georg Meier was very well prepared today against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and deserved his draw with the black pieces. As expected, Arkadij Naiditsch and Magnus Carlsen played an eventful game, but none of the players had serious winning chances.

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Levon Aronian extends the lead at the GRENKE Chess Classic

Levon Aronian showed in the fifth round of the GRENKE Chess Classic that he is in great form. He won his game against Arkadij Naiditsch is now a full point ahead of his competitors. Magnus Carlsen won his first game of the tournament against Georg Meier. Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave shared the point, Hou Yifan and Matthias Blübaum played a draw as well.

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