GRENKE Chess Classic
15 - 22 April 2017
  • Levon Aronian
    Levon Aronian

    Name: Levon Aronian
    Age: 34
    Country: Armenia
    World ranking: No. 9

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  • Fabiano Caruana
    Fabiano Caruana

    Name: Fabiano Caruana
    Age: 24
    Country: USA
    World ranking: No. 3

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  • Matthias Bluebaum
    Matthias Bluebaum

    Name: Matthias Bluebaum
    Age: 19
    Country: Germany
    World ranking: No. 148

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  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

    Name: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
    Age: 26
    Country: France
    World ranking: No. 5

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  • Magnus Carlsen
    Magnus Carlsen

    Name: Magnus Carlsen
    Age: 26
    Country: Norway
    World ranking: No. 1

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  • Hou Yifan
    Hou Yifan

    Name: Hou Yifan
    Age: 23
    Country: China
    World ranking: No. 110

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  • Georg Meier
    Georg Meier

    Name: Georg Meier
    Age: 29
    Country: Germany
    World ranking: No. 154

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  • Arkadij Naiditsch
    Arkadij Naiditsch

    Name: Arkadij Naiditsch
    Age: 29
    Country: Azerbaijan
    World ranking: No. 49

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Hou Yifan gets off to a dream start

A perfect start of the GRENKE Chess Classic 2017 for Hou Yifan. The best female chess player in the world also won her second game. She is the sole leader of the tournament with two points. Fabiano Caruana came back with a win over Arkadij Naiditsch, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won his first game of the event with a win against Matthias Blübaum. Magnus Carlsen had some good chances against Levon Aronian but had to be content with his second draw oft he tournament.

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Favourites stumble at the start of the GRENKE Chess Classic

The first round of the GRENKE Chess Classic gave us a number of surprises. Especially the win of Hou Yifan against Caruana made a great stir. Another surprise was the win by Naiditsch with the black pieces against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. In the other two games, the two German players showed a good performance. Matthias Blübaum defended a slightly worse position against Magnus Carlsen and Georg Meier showed his class when he accepted a draw in a slighty better position against Levon Aronian.

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Video impressions 1st round

Today the GRENKE Chess Classic has begun. This year the chess event in Karlsruhe turned into a unique chess festival. We produced a highlight video of round 1 for you.

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GRENKE Chess Classic Trailer

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