Fabi Leads the Berlin candidates tournament 2018, Grischuk and Mamedyarov follow him closely


Berlin, Germany – Candidates 2018 one of the most important chess tournament of this year which will decide the challenger for the world championship against the current world champion Magnus Carlsen in London later this year is in its dramatic phase. Fabiano Caruana American GM, one of the eight players competing to win the spot to challenge for World Championship title is leading the tournament after 8 rounds. Fabi, who is never seen out of his preparation during all 8 rounds, managed a draw against GM Wesley So. Another 6 rounds to go and Fabi is leading by ½ point above Azerbaijani No. 1 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Russian GM Alexander Grischuk is slowly making his impression felt and has moved to the 3 rd place by winning a superbly played game against his fellow countryman and former World Champion GM Vladimir Kramnik.

Magnus Carlsen has successfully managed to defend his World Championship title twice after winning it from the Indian Chess prodigy and 5 times World champion GM Viswanathan Anand. First time in more than a decade Vishy Anand is not a part of Candidates Chess or the World Championship Cycle.

Fabiano Caruana appears to be the most favorite to lock horns against Carlen as he is unbeaten in thistournament. There is still great excitement left as he will be playing against Shak Mamedyarov in 10th round game with black pieces which can change the tournament standings on its head. It will be one of the best games for the kibitzers as Shak Mamedyarov who is just half point behind Fabi and will have everything to play for is known for his dynamic and belligerent play.

Tournament has been little unpredictable as so many chess authors and former champions fancied
Armenian GM Levon Aronian’s chances who looked little off track during all 8 rounds and currently in bottom 3 of the standings. It will be a great show for the chess lovers to witness as the remaining six rounds being played and the drama unfolds.




Amar Godbole

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