Grenke Chess Classic – before the final round

Martin Lokander Martin Lokander is an up and coming 18 years old Swedish FM with a rating of 2365. Despite being a full-time student he plays a lot (about 120 games/year!) and also closely follows top level chess events.

We’re about to witness the final round of the Grenke Chess Classic, and it’s about to be a nailbiter. The surprise of the tournament, GM Arkady Naiditsch is in shared lead together with Magnus Carlsen, whom he managed to beat. However, Caruana has a good chance of joining them in the lead, as he plays David Baramidze who has been struggling with 4 consecutive losses.

Adams – Anand isn’t really interesting for the tournament, and anything but a draw would be surprising for me. Anand can’t be satisfied with his tournament, and while Mickey had his chances he’s been unable to put the ball in the back of the net.

Naiditsch – Aronian is certainly an interesting game, seeing that Aronian has been struggling for the entire last year. His games against Anand and Adams were definitely shaky, although he eventually managed to sort things out. If Naiditsch would be able to win tomorrow, which I definitely think he is capable of, it would be a huge sensation for him. However, a draw is the most probable result.

Carlsen – Bacrot is probably the game with most eyes on it. Carlsen is Carlsen, and as White he’s extremely dangerous. But to be fair, Bacrot has been very solid this tournament and he’s even been very close to winning certain games. Carlsen-fans will be disappointed, but I think Bacrot will be able to hold once again.

Baramidze-Caruana will probably see some slightly unusual choice of opening from Caruana, who will probably do his outmost to beat Baramidze with the Black pieces. Baramidze is suffering from 4 consecutive, terrible losses, and Caruana comes straight from a quick draw with the World Champion. My money is Caruana.

Would my predictions work out, we will have a shared win between Carlsen, Naiditsch and Caruana.