We all know of Magnus Carlsen the hyper-confident chess player, World Champion, and highest ranked player in history, but who is he beyond competitive chess?
Jeffery Xiong finished his excellent performance tying for 3rd place with an undefeated score, including a draw with black against the 14th World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik.
To give us some perspective on how incredible Xiong’s performance has been so far, let’s compare his results to many of the world’s best in the standings.
We all know of Fabiano Caruana as the confident yet mild-mannered elite chess player, the 3rd highest ranked player in history, and 2014 Sinquefield Cup sensation, but who is he beyond chess?
This year’s Olympiad featured a riveting fight by the U.S. Women’s team and a tie for 1st (winning Silver by tiebreaks) by the U.S. Open team. Test out your own tactical abilities with these puzzles from key victories.
The gold-medalist U.S. Team is returning to the Olympiad as the Defending Champions with the same line-up: Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Sam Shankland, and Ray Robson. Actually, in many ways, the team is greatly improved due to its members recent achievements, such as Caruana earning the right to challenge for the World Championship and Shankland winning the U.S. Championship and crossing 2700 for the first time.
Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, and Levon Aronian, the winners of the first three Sinquefield Cups in 2013, 2014, and 2015 respectively, have tied for the 2018 title.
Let’s take a look at the critical moments of tactics, intuition, and endgame determination that led to their victories.
Despite the high drawing percentage thus far (80%), many hard-fought, fascinating games have been played.
Test your tactical, positional, and endgame skills with puzzles from key moments from the first half of the tournament.
Who has the best chances of winning beyond Carlsen and Caruana?
The final day of the blitz was a tug-o-war for the lead between Hikaru Nakamura and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
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