There was an overwhelming sense of déjà vu as he beat Nikita Vitiugov with Black in the final round to win the GRENKE Chess Classic by a full point with a +4 score, just as he’d won the Candidates two weeks earlier in Berlin. This time it was Magnus Carlsen who fell short in the final round after Vishy Anand gave as good as he got, though the World Champion had the consolation of taking clear second place. We draw some conclusions from the tournament.
Going into the last round of both events he had a half-point lead and Black against a Russian player, and he ended up winning the game when he already knew that a draw would have been enough for first place. The parallels continued even in the details, with Fabiano playing the Petroff, as he did against Grischuk in Berlin, but this time he sprung a very early novelty by not capturing on d2 but instead playing 5…Qd7!?
- Official websites: GRENKE Chess Classic | GRENKE Chess Open
- Live games on chess24: GRENKE Chess Classic | GRENKE Chess Open
- Carlsen and Caruana meet in GRENKE Classic Round 1
- GRENKE Classic 1: Caruana battles Carlsen to draw
- GRENKE Classic 2: MVL beats Anand | Vitiugov leads
- GRENKE Classic 3: MVL & Fabi win as Keymer stars
- GRENKE Classic 4: Caruana keeps on winning
- GRENKE Classic 5: Meier misses Carlsen win
- GRENKE Classic 6: Bluebaum beats Anand
- GRENKE Classic 7: Carlsen & Caruana grab wins
- GRENKE Classic 8: Vitiugov thwarts Carlsen