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🏆 Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz) (2018)

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Played in Paris, France, 23-24 June 2018, as part of the 2nd leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2018. The participants first played nine games of rapid chess (see ... [more]

Player: Wesley So

 page 1 of 1; 18 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs So  ½-½582018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)C53 Giuoco Piano
2. So vs Nakamura ½-½182018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. So vs Caruana  ½-½672018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
4. Anand vs So  ½-½282018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)C67 Ruy Lopez
5. So vs Grischuk 0-1512018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
6. So vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½792018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)A04 Reti Opening
7. Aronian vs So  ½-½242018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)A06 Reti Opening
8. Karjakin vs So 1-0412018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)C18 French, Winawer
9. So vs Mamedyarov 1-0442018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)D06 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Nakamura vs So  ½-½262018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
11. So vs Kramnik  ½-½452018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)A14 English
12. Caruana vs So  ½-½412018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)C28 Vienna Game
13. So vs Anand  ½-½352018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)A35 English, Symmetrical
14. Mamedyarov vs So  ½-½482018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
15. Vachier-Lagrave vs So 0-1582018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)C53 Giuoco Piano
16. So vs Aronian ½-½112018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. So vs Karjakin  ½-½442018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. Grischuk vs So  ½-½402018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)A37 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-20-18  ambongtumbong: Will it be a tight race again for the overall standing after the blitz?? half a point again that separate the winner from the rest of the pack?
Jun-20-18  The Kings Domain: Love the Grand Chess Tour. Looking forward to the tournaments and games.
Jun-21-18  troipee: Wonder how much money one of these top players earn a year.Do they fly first class and pick their own hotels?
Jun-24-18  jphamlore: Finally signs of life of the Nakamura of old, and not just an older Nakamura.
Jun-24-18  siamesedream: Congratulations to <GM Hikaru Nakamura>!
Jun-24-18  chesslearner1991: Why did Sergey took a 13 move draw in the last round, when he desperately needed a win? Magnus & Hikaru wouldn't have done that.
Jun-24-18  fisayo123: 14 draws in 18 blitz games is some achievement. Truly shocking from So.
Jun-24-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  transpose: I am glad Hikaru won the tournament. He did it with solid play (only one loss) and steady nerves. I believe he held back a bit in the blitz (taking a draw where he could have pressed on in some cases) because he knows that the Grand Chess Tour is more than any one stage, and he is aiming to maximize his combined score over the four events.

it is a bit concerning that Fabiano couldn't do better. Rapid and blitz have never been his forte, but he is better than his performance here. Perhaps he was ill? I am hoping his form returns for his next few events as I want to see a good close match for the WC. That's a tall order because Magnus is so much better than anyone else right now.

Jun-24-18  Marmot PFL: Looks like Sergey ran out of gas at the end, but frankly he was lucky not to lose some earlier games--

Karjakin vs Caruana, 2018

Grischuk vs Karjakin, 2018

Jun-24-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  maturner: I think Fabiano is just burned out from too much chess. He needed more rest.
Jun-24-18  Bobwhoosta: <maturner>

I agree. He's been on a grueling schedule. But after some rest I expect he's going to be beasting it again.

Jun-24-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: What happened to Karjakin? He must've collapsed at the end.
Jun-24-18  5hrsolver: Fabiano Caruana is fine. Classical chess is his strength. He knows he is not that good at Rapid and Blitz but all this play keeps his chess reflexes sharp. The ultimate goal of a chess player is to challenge for the world title and he is the one doing it.
Jun-24-18  Marmot PFL: For the next Grand Chess Tour event they should get Nepomniatchi instead of Giri, Kramnik, or Caruana.
Jun-24-18  Marmot PFL: Shankland would be a good addition for the St. Louis event.
Jun-24-18  rodman2: Karjak arrest!
Jun-25-18  Junbalansag: Wesley's strength lies in his faith in God. Faith enables him to be humble, to learn from his mistakes and to soar high like an eagle. He is a role model for his kababayans (compatriots) in the Philippines with humble beginnings.
Jun-25-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kapmigs: I like jokes
Jun-25-18  geniokov: <<Junbalansag: Wesley's strength lies in his faith in God. Faith enables him to be humble, to learn from his mistakes and to soar high like an eagle. He is a role model for his kababayans (compatriots) in the Philippines with humble beginnings.>> In order for Wesley to be a real model in chess for our country,i think it would be better for him to return,stay to our country and carry the Philippine flag! Whatelse did he want more? He doesn't have human trainer then so what? He can secure ALPHA ZERO for him to make him even stronger at his expense. He must join AFGM and other Philippine GM to establish chess in our country! That time,i am sure our government will support him! About FAITH IN GOD? What's the difference between faith in God in US compare to his motherland? He can have a second chance like everybody does! Just give a try. That is just my opinion if he wants to be a model for our country.
Jun-25-18  geniokov: He( Wesley) must avoid politics or else,his image will end up like Manny Pacquiao. Faith in God will become pure if you doesn't carry thorn in your heart!
Jun-25-18  The Kings Domain: Although I was hoping for So, Karjakin or Grischuk to win it it was a good one.

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