World Chess Candidates / Round 14 / Final

    Sergey Karjakin wins the Candidates Tournament for 2016 and will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the World Championship. It was a HARD fought last round battle against the co-leader Fabiano Caruana.  Caruana played the Black side of a Sicilian Defense – generally regarded as a fighting defense.  It was… Continue reading

World Chess Candidates / Round 12

    Nakamura blew Anand away in the twelfth round; Vishy trying that Bb4 variation that he fared so badly with against Caruana.  It was obvious that Black was striving to win a piece, and consolidate, and attack, all at the same time – with little development.  That was just… Continue reading

World Chess Candidates / Round 11

    Don’t count Anand out.  He just took out the tournament leader, Karjakin. Anand now ties for first place with Caruana and three rounds to go.   This “monumental” game was a tough/tough fight; opposite colored Bishops but with Rooks on the board.  It was obvious that Anand was… Continue reading