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Top of the Leaderboard Is Again Unchanged After Draws at Berlin Candidates Tournament

Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk drew their games in Round 11 of the Candidates tournament in Berlin, allowing them to retain their positions at the top of the leaderboard. Caruana, an American, continues to lead, now with seven points, followed by Mamedyarov, who is from Azerbaijan and has 6.5, and Grischuk, a Russian, who has six (Each win is worth one point and each draw is worth a half point.) Grischuk now has…

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Missing a Golden Opportunity, Caruana Continues to Lead Berlin Candidates Tournament

Fabiano Caruana leads the Candidates tournament in Berlin, but he may well regret a lost opportunity to stretch his lead in Round 9 on Tuesday. Caruana, an American, had Ding Liren of China on the ropes, but a couple of oversights cost him his advantage and the game ended in a draw. Caruana now has six points, a half point ahead of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan, and a point ahead of Alexander Grischuk of Russia.…

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After Another Crazy and Dramatic Day, Caruana Leads Berlin Candidates With a Round to Go

Whoever ends up winning the tournament, the 2018 Candidates in Berlin is going to go down as one of the most exciting in memory. One round after two unexpected losses upended the standings in the fight for first, two more decisive results in Round 13 on Monday rejiggered the leaderboard again. Fabiano Caruana of the United States beat Levon Aronian of Armenia to once again climb to the top of the standings. At the same…

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A (Relatively) Quiet Day at the Berlin Candidates Tournament

Top players are so well-prepared in the computer age, and so adept at defense, it is very hard to beat them. In addition, some elite players in top tournaments follow risk-adverse strategies, preferring not to lose rather than take chances in an effort to win. That has not been the case at the Candidates tournament currently underway in Berlin. Through the first seven rounds, 40 percent of the games were decisive, often because the players…

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Berlin Candidates Tournament Is Up for Grabs as Leaders Lose in Round 12

Throw the script out the window: The Candidates tournament in Berlin is once again a wide-open contest. Saturday, in Round 12, the two players who had been leading for the last several rounds, Fabiano Caruana of the United States and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan, both lost, to Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Ding Liren of China, respectively. Karjakin’s win allowed him to overtake Caruana. They are now tied for first, with seven points apiece. Liren,…

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Caruana Wins Berlin Candidates, Will Play for World Championship

Fabiano Caruana of the United States has won the Candidates tournament in Berlin. With the victory, he earned 95,000 euros and will face Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, in a title match in London in November. Caruana, who led going into the last round, closed with a flourish, winning his last game against Alexander Grischuk of Russia. It was the only decisive result of the round. Caruana finished with nine points, a full point ahead of…

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Caruana Is the Leader at Halfway Mark of Berlin Candidates Tournament

In September 2014, Fabiano Caruana electrified the chess world by winning the Sinquefield Cup with an historic performance — starting the tournament with seven straight wins, including against Magnus Carlsen, the world champion. Fabiano’s ranking soared to No. 2 in the world and it seemed only a matter of time before he would play Carlsen for the title. Nothing he did afterward has measured up to that performance, however, and his results have often been…

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Another Wild Day at Berlin Candidates Tournament

Elite chess tournaments are sometimes plagued by too many games that end in draws or where there is not much action. In contrast, at least so far, the 2018 Candidates tournament in Berlin is proving to be anything but dull. Friday, in Round 6, half of the games ended decisively as the players continued to take risks. The most consequential result was the victory of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan over Vladimir Kramnik of Russia. The…

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A (Relatively) Peaceful Day at Berlin Candidates Tournament

Round 5 of the Candidates tournament in Berlin brought a spate of draws – the first time since the tournament began that there were no decisive results. But that was only because one player, Levon Aronian of Armenia, overlooked a relatively simple win. The standings remain unchanged from Round 4, with Fabiano Caruana of the United States leading with 3.5 points, followed by Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan, who each have…

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A Day of Wild Momentum Swings at Berlin Candidates Tournament

Strictly speaking, there is no luck in chess. And yet it has often been said that to win a major tournament, a player must be both lucky and good — meaning that his opponents must make enough errors at critical moments, and the player must be good enough to exploit them. If Fabiano Caruana should win the Candidates tournament underway in Berlin, which he now leads, he will be able to point to Round 4…

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