Top 3 leaders collapsed & lost in the final round at Grand Chess Tour in Leuven

In spite of doing poorly in blitz chess, Wesley So hung on as both MVL & Karjakin lost in the final round

Final round results

​Caruana, Fabiano - Aronian, Levon 1-0
Giri, Anish - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0
Nakamura, Hikaru - So, Wesley 1-0
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1

​Grand Chess Tour was held in the historic Town Hall of Leuven, Belgium from 12-16 June

The first stage of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour sees Caruana, Nakamura, So, MVL, Anand, Aronian, Grischuk, Mamedyarov, Karjakin and wild card Giri compete for a $150,000 prize fund.

2017 saw World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen ease to a comfortable victory but there will definitely be a new champion this year as Magnus is not returning to defend his chess title.

9 rounds of rapid chess (25 minutes with a 10-second delay) were played on the first 3 days, with wins worth 2 points. 18 rounds of blitz (5 minutes with a 3-second delay) follow on the final 2 days, with wins worth 1 point.

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The event is sponsored by Your Next Move, a non-profit organisation promoting chess as an educational tool.

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