Every one of these GMs has a number of achievements, reached impressive peak ratings, and shown the ability to play brilliant games. So, what will make the difference?
With the playoffs nearing and a highly-anticipated Super Saturday tomorrow, let’s take a look at the leading teams, top players, and best games for each division.
Magnus Carlsen is the Unofficial Fischer Random World Champion!
Today, the 2018 PRO Chess League officially restarts – with 5 of the World top 10 and a former World Champion joining this season: Carlsen, Caruana, Mamedyarov, MVL, Nakamura, and Anand.
“It’s always fun to play Magnus!”
“I started out really well, but before today I really couldn’t have expected that I would win it. Everything had to go my way.”
“Previous American Open winners read like a Who’s Who in American chess. To name only a few and not to slight any of the fine players who have won or tied for first over the years: Gata Kamsky, Yasser Seirawan, Pal Benko, Robert Byrne, all World Championship candidates at one time or another, and the irrepressible Walter Browne who has his name on the winner list seven times!”
After 5 rounds, only one person has been able to win any games: Fabiano Caruana.
“I’m really looking forward to the faster time controls. It’s fun. There are no excuses. It adds another dimension, another challenge.”
The Champions Showdown is a unique event, featuring many of the top players in the world (including Carlsen and all of the top 3 American players), an increasingly faster time control, and the controversial choice of no increment or delay.
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