London Chess Classic 2016 / Round 9 / Final

All Images Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto.     FINALLY !  Topalov wins a game (the only win) in the last round.   “GCT London Chess Classic 2016”[Round “9”]White “Aronian, Levon (ARM)”Black “Topalov, Veselin (BUL)” 1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 c5 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6.… Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2016 / Round 9 / Final

All Images Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto      Wesley So (Right) drew his last round game versus Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to clinch top honors in this years Sinquefield Cup; he finished a half point ahead of the field.  Congratulations for a fine tournament by all the competitors.     In this final ninth round… Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2016 / Round 6

   There were three decisive games this round.   Wesley So’s White victory over Veselin Topalov; Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s Black victory over Levon Aronian; Liren Ding’s White victory over Peter Svidler.   Wesley So    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave    Liren Ding       The following images are courtesy of Derrick Barototto  … Continue reading


by National Life Master Loal Davis     Another scintillating win by World Champion Magnus Carlsen; this time at the expense of Wesley So.   Carlsen,Magnus (NOR) – So,Wesley (USA) IX Bilbao Masters Final 2016 (4), 16.07.2016   1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 The Steinitz variation. Wilhelm really… Continue reading

US Ultimate Blitz Challenge 2016 / Day Two / Final

All Photos Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto     This was a TREMENDOUS two day Blitz Fight among four extremely strong players – and all extremely strong Blitz players.  Although he did not play perfectly – who did? – the winner of the event was Hikaru Nakamura.  He fought on in… Continue reading