The first leg of the third annual Grand Chess Tour took place from June 21-25 in Paris. As it did last year, the tour kicked off with a rapid and blitz event. Five grueling days and 29 games later, World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen emerged as the winner. He collected 12 tour points and $31,250 for his efforts. At the first glance, the favorite competitor of the chess event coming in first place doesn’t seem exciting or interesting, but the final standings don’t tell the whole story. The finale of the chess event was one the most nerve-wrecking matches in the history of the Grand Chess Tour. Carlsen started the tournament very strongly, winning seven out of the possible nine games in the rapid round. However, the tables turned during the last two days of the blitz chess tournament when the World Champion seemed to …

Source: GameKnot online chess news