Caruana Maintains Lead While Kramnik Steals Show

Photo Brian C. Glover

Today at the Candidates Tournament in Berlin, tournament leader Fabiano Caruana faced nearest rival, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Caruana calmly defended to draw the game, maintaining his slim edge with four rounds to go.

But today, many eyes were on wildcard Vladimir Kramnik’s wild battle against Levon Aronian.

White to Move

GM Eugene Perelshteyn pointed out a predecessor to this tactic:

Aronian could have played 36…Rg7 at the fatal moment, with continuing complications.

Before the event, GM Ian Rogers wrote the “Couch Potato’s Guide”, covering a wide variety of viewing options for US Chess readers.

One such viewing option began with round ten, Today In Chess, hosted at the Saint Louis Chess Club by GMs Yasser Seirawan, Maurice Ashley and US Chess editor WGM Jen Shahade.

The show continues to air over the final four rounds at 12 CT on the STL Chess Club YouTube channel, as well as on chess24.

As American fans watch with bated breath, vote in the poll below. What are Caruana’s odds to earn the right to challenge Carlsen?

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