Chess 2017 Speed Chess Championship | World Champion Magnus Carlsen vs Wesley So

2017 Speed Chess Championship | World Champion Magnus Carlsen vs Wesley So

The Speed Chess Championship takes place May 3rd to December 14th 2017. 16 top players qualified: Three time controls 5 minutes plus 2 seconds per move, 3 minutes plus 2 second per move and bullet 1 minute plus 1 second per move. Each section ends with a single chess960 game.

1/8th Finals: May 3rd: Nakamura 20.5-7.5 Grigoriants, May 24th Karjakin 19-7 Meier, May 25th So 15.5-14.5 Giri, Aug 3rd: Grischuk 17.5-9.5, Rapport, Aug 23rd: Nepomniachtchi 15-13 Aronian, Aug 24th: Caruana 19-8 Hou Yifan, Aug 30th: Vachier-Lagrave 19-12 Xiong, Oct 4th: Carlsen 20.5-5.5 Guseinov.

Quarter-Finals: Oct 23, Oct 24, Nov 2nd, Nov 18th, Oct. 23: Maxime-Vachier Lagrave 13-16 Alexander Grischuk. Oct. 24: Sergey Karjakin 20-10 Ian Nepomniachtchi. Nov. 2: Hikaru Nakamura 17-10 Fabiano Caruana. Nov. 18: Magnus Carlsen vs Wesley So.

Semi-Finals: Nov 21st Carlsen-Grischuk, TBD Nakamura-Karjakin.

Final Dec 14th.

[Event "Live Chess"] [Site ""] [Date "2017.11.18"] [Round "-"] [White "gmwesley_so"] [Black "MagnusCarlsen"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2896"] [BlackElo "3040"] [TimeControl "300+2"] [EndTime "10:08:51 PST"] [Termination "MagnusCarlsen won by resignation"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "4r1k1/p3r2p/b2p1qp1/2pPbp2/PpP5/1Q2P1P1/4RPBP/1NR3K1 w - - 7 26"] 1.Nf3 e6 2.c4 b6 3.g3 Bb7 4.Bg2 g6 5.O-O Bg7 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.d4 Ne4 8.Bd2 O-O 9.Rc1 c5 10.d5 exd5 11.cxd5 Nxd2 12.Nxd2 d6 13.Nc4 Ba6 14.b3 b5 15.Nd2 Nd7 16.a4 b4 17.Nce4 Ne5 18.Nc4 Nxc4 19.bxc4 { With the bishop pair and a protected passed pawn, Black already has a huge advantage. } 19...Re8 20.Re1 f5 21.Nd2 Bc3 22.e3 Qf6 23.Re2 Re7 24.Qb3 Rae8 25.Nb1 Be5 26.f4? { ...g5 and ...f4 were coming. This stops that, but loses more directly. } 26...Bd4 27.Rce1 ( 27.exd4?? Rxe2 ) 27...Bxe3+! { Carlsen needs no time at all to spot this. } 28.Rxe3 Rxe3 29.Rxe3 Qd4 { Kf2 is the only move to save the rook, but then ...Bxc4 hits the queen which has no way to defend the rook. Black is completely winning. } 0-1
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site ""] [Date "2017.11.18"] [Round "-"] [White "MagnusCarlsen"] [Black "gmwesley_so"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "3038"] [BlackElo "2897"] [TimeControl "300+2"] [EndTime "10:36:13 PST"] [Termination "MagnusCarlsen won by resignation"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "8/1b2kp2/1p1n3p/3p2p1/r2N3P/P1PB1P2/1K4P1/3R4 b - - 0 31"] 1.e4 c6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 e5 4.Ngf3 Bd6 5.d4 exd4 6.exd5 Nf6 7.Nc4 Bb4+ 8.Bd2 Bxd2+ 9.Qxd2 cxd5 10.Nce5 O-O 11.O-O-O Nc6 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.Qxd4 Bg4 14.Bd3 Qb6 15.Qxb6 axb6 16.a3 Rfe8 17.Rhe1 Kf8 18.Be2 Ne4 19.Nd4 Bd7 20.f3 Nd6 21.Bf1 g5 22.Rxe8+ Rxe8 23.b4 Ra8 24.Kb2 Ke7 25.Nb3 Bc8 26.b5 Bd7 27.bxc6 Bxc6 28.Nd4 Bb7 29.Bd3 h6 30.h4 Ra4 31.c3 Ba6? { A great positional idea - trade the bishops and exploit the c4 square with the knight - but a tactical error. } 32.Kb3! { An easy blitz move to miss. White wins the exchange as the rook has been trapped by the bishop's move to the a-file. } 32...b5 ( 32...Ra5? 33.Nc6+ Kd7 34.Nxa5 ) 33.hxg5 hxg5 34.Nxb5! Bxb5 ( 34...Nxb5 35.Re1+! { followed by taking on a4 wins. } ( 35.Kxa4?? { Too hasty... } 35...Nxc3+ 36.Kb4 Nxd1 37.Bxa6 { might let Black draw. } ) ) 35.Bxb5 Rh4 ( 35...Nxb5 36.Re1+! { without this intermediate move, Black could fork the king and rook. } 36...Kd6 37.Kxa4 ) 36.Rxd5 f5 37.a4 Rh2 38.c4 1-0
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site ""] [Date "2017.11.18"] [Round "-"] [White "gmwesley_so"] [Black "MagnusCarlsen"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2908"] [BlackElo "3025"] [TimeControl "300+2"] [EndTime "10:43:48 PST"] [Termination "gmwesley_so won by resignation"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.Nf3 e6 2.b3 d5 3.Bb2 Nf6 4.g3 g6 5.c4 Bg7 6.Bg2 O-O 7.O-O c5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.d4 Ne4 10.Qc1 Nc6 11.dxc5 d4 12.Rd1 Qf6 13.Nbd2 Nc3 14.Bxc3 dxc3 15.Ne4 Qe7 16.Nxc3 Qf6 { Black's lineup wins the exchange on a1. } 17.Ne4 Qxa1 18.Qxa1 Bxa1 19.Rxa1 { For the exchange, So has lots of pressure and two pawns. It's difficult to find productive play for Black and So wins easily. } 19...Rd8 20.Nd6 Rb8 21.Ng5 f6 22.Nge4 Kg7 23.e3 Be6 24.Nc3 Rd7 25.Ncb5 Rbd8 26.Bxc6 bxc6 27.Nd4 Bh3 28.Nxc6 Ra8 29.Nd4 a5 30.Rc1 Re7 31.c6 Rd8 32.N4b5 1-0
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site ""] [Date "2017.11.18"] [Round "-"] [White "MagnusCarlsen"] [Black "gmwesley_so"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "3036"] [BlackElo "2899"] [TimeControl "180+2"] [EndTime "12:01:07 PST"] [Termination "gmwesley_so won by resignation"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "r2k3r/1pq2ppp/p2bbn2/1B1pn3/3N1B2/2P5/PP1N1PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 13"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Ne2 Nf6 7.Bf4 e5 8.dxe5 Nxe5 9.Bb5+ Kd8 10.O-O Bd6 11.Nd2 Be6 12.Nd4 a6 13.Re1! { Although this dosen't work out, the move is very interesting and dangerous. So's defense is excellent. } 13...axb5 14.Nxb5 Qd7 15.Nxd6 Nd3! { Without this move, Black would be busted. } 16.Bg3 Nxe1 17.Qxe1 Nh5 18.Qe5? ( 18.Nb3! Nxg3 19.Nc5 { Forks on b7 save both knights and give White time to capture on g3 safely. Still Black might be better, and this is very much a computer line. } ) 18...Nxg3 19.Qxg3 Ke7 { The knight is trapped, and Carlsen is just busted. } 20.N2c4 dxc4 21.Rd1 Qc6 22.h4 Rhd8 0-1
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site ""] [Date "2017.11.18"] [Round "-"] [White "MagnusCarlsen"] [Black "gmwesley_so"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "3039"] [BlackElo "2823"] [TimeControl "60+1"] [EndTime "13:02:20 PST"] [Termination "MagnusCarlsen won by resignation"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "6k1/2q2pbp/4p1p1/1ppr4/8/3P1QP1/1PPB1PKP/4R3 w - - 0 22"] 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b6 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.O-O c5 5.d3 g6 6.e4 Bg7 7.a4 O-O 8.Re1 Nc6 9.Nbd2 d6 10.Nc4 a6 11.e5 Nxe5 12.Nfxe5 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 dxe5 14.Nxe5 e6 15.Qf3 Nd5 16.Bd2 Qc7 17.Nc4 b5 18.axb5 axb5 19.Rxa8 Rxa8 20.Ne3 Rd8 21.Nxd5 Rxd5 22.Qxd5! { This may be the best move, but it's not a winning one! After capturing the queen, 23.Re8+ Bf8 24.Bh6 leads only to a drawn endgame after ...Qe7 or ...Qd6. } 1-0
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site ""] [Date "2017.11.18"] [Round "-"] [White "MagnusCarlsen"] [Black "gmwesley_so"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "3070"] [BlackElo "2813"] [TimeControl "60+1"] [EndTime "13:07:12 PST"] [Termination "MagnusCarlsen won by resignation"] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "8/3rkp1p/4p1p1/R2n4/1b6/3BP3/1P1BKPP1/8 w - - 4 31"] 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Nf6 4.Nc3 c5 5.e3 dxc4 6.Bxc4 a6 7.O-O b5 8.Be2 Bb7 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Qxd8+ Kxd8 11.Nd2 Ke7 12.Nb3 Bb6 13.a4 b4 14.a5 Bc7 15.Na4 Nbd7 16.Bd2 Bd6 17.Rfc1 Rhc8 18.Nb6 Rxc1+ 19.Rxc1 Nxb6 20.axb6 a5 21.Nc5 Rb8 22.Nxb7 Rxb7 23.Ra1 Rxb6 24.Rxa5 Rb7 25.Bd3 Rd7 26.Kf1 Bxh2 27.Bxb4+ Bd6 28.Bc3 g6 29.Ke2 Nd5 30.Bd2 Bb4 31.Rxd5! 1-0
Final score of tonight’s SpeedChess match: GM Hikaru 17 vs Fabiano Caruana 10.
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