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Rising Stars - Experience Tournament

Boris Gelfand7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Anish Giri6/10(+3 -1 =6)[games]
Peter Svidler5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[games]
Fabiano Caruana5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
David Howell4.5/10(+3 -4 =3)[games]
Wesley So4.5/10(+0 -1 =9)[games]
Peter Heine Nielsen4/10(+2 -4 =4)[games]
Loek van Wely4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games]
Ljubomir Ljubojevic3.5/10(+1 -4 =5)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 50  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W So vs P H Nielsen ½-½482010Rising Stars - ExperienceD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. A Giri vs Svidler ½-½312010Rising Stars - ExperienceA15 English
3. D Howell vs Gelfand 0-1632010Rising Stars - ExperienceC42 Petrov Defense
4. Caruana vs Van Wely ½-½322010Rising Stars - ExperienceB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Nakamura vs Ljubojevic 1-0412010Rising Stars - ExperienceB32 Sicilian
6. Van Wely vs Nakamura ½-½712010Rising Stars - ExperienceE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. P H Nielsen vs Caruana  ½-½372010Rising Stars - ExperienceA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
8. Gelfand vs A Giri ½-½232010Rising Stars - ExperienceE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
9. Svidler vs W So ½-½502010Rising Stars - ExperienceB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. Ljubojevic vs D Howell 0-1302010Rising Stars - ExperienceA15 English
11. A Giri vs Ljubojevic ½-½492010Rising Stars - ExperienceE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
12. D Howell vs Van Wely 1-0402010Rising Stars - ExperienceB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Nakamura vs P H Nielsen 1-0402010Rising Stars - ExperienceD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. W So vs Gelfand ½-½212010Rising Stars - ExperienceC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
15. Caruana vs Svidler 1-0452010Rising Stars - ExperienceD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
16. Ljubojevic vs W So 1-0322010Rising Stars - ExperienceA15 English
17. Gelfand vs Caruana  ½-½222010Rising Stars - ExperienceA50 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Svidler vs Nakamura 1-0372010Rising Stars - ExperienceB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. Van Wely vs A Giri 0-1342010Rising Stars - ExperienceA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
20. P H Nielsen vs D Howell 1-0522010Rising Stars - ExperienceD80 Grunfeld
21. Nakamura vs Gelfand 0-1752010Rising Stars - ExperienceB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
22. Caruana vs Ljubojevic ½-½422010Rising Stars - ExperienceC10 French
23. W So vs Van Wely ½-½152010Rising Stars - ExperienceA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
24. A Giri vs P H Nielsen 1-0392010Rising Stars - ExperienceD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
25. D Howell vs Svidler ½-½182010Rising Stars - ExperienceC45 Scotch Game
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Aug-22-10  nigelsnoru: <turbo> Bullet means (time + 2/3 increment) is *strictly* less than 3. Therefore 3 0 does not qualify, but 2 1 does.

Blitz means (T+2/3) is between 3 and 15 inclusive.

Aug-22-10  DeepFriedLiver: <turbo> Not quite. I think Chessbomb put the moves up as fast as they could get them, but there appeared to be some delay. The first 12 moves were put up nearly simultaneously.

If FICS is broadcasting, Babaschess is probably a better way to watch blitz.

Aug-22-10  finrod: I was impressed by Gelfand and also by Giri.

Even if Giri didn't do well in the last two games, some of his games were outstanding. Well done!

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  JointheArmy: Nakamura is way too talented at blitz to be challenged by Giri.
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  paulalbert: I watched Nakamura-Giri blitz playoff on ICC.No problem. Paul Albert
Aug-22-10  SetNoEscapeOn: <Although I believe his first round in candidates is versus Aronian, not exactly an easy matchup. O.o I'm curious as to the record between these two.>

Gelfand is doing fine:

two of his wins against Aronian came in the Mexico City wc tournament.

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  YouRang: Congrats to Nakamura, but it is a bit of a pity that Giri lost it this way.

As far as the tournament was concerned, I see Giri as the MVP of the Youth team. He carried the team during some critical rounds and only lost in the last round when it practically didn't matter (aside from the Amber issue).

Excellent performance by Gelfand for the Experience team.

Aug-22-10  Hesam7: <SetNoEscapeOn: <Although I believe his first round in candidates is versus Aronian, not exactly an easy matchup. O.o I'm curious as to the record between these two.> Gelfand is doing fine:

two of his wins against Aronian came in the Mexico City wc tournament.>

Well Aronian was ill in Mexico City and performed very poorly overall. So I would not hold those two games against him.

Aug-22-10  James Bowman: Lol Giri played very well and I'm impressed as all get out with this young man his future looks bright, but blitz against Naka almost seems to be cruel and unusual punishment. Naka is the best blitz player on the planet.

On second thought maybe knocking your opponent out in the early rounds is sorta merciful?

I really enjoyed this tournament over all. Gelfand yoll codger learnen them yungins a thin er tu ku ku.

Aug-22-10  Kinghunt: Assuming none of the top players lose any points before the next rating list (which I think is guaranteed, since as far as I know none of them have any events in the next week), the next rating list will be the first ever to have 10 players rated over 2750.
Aug-22-10  boz: Congratulations to Nakamura. Is there anybody out there who will be content to tie with this guy knowing a blitz playoff awaits?
Aug-22-10  crazybird: Two interesting videos from the event:

Aug-23-10  Atking: What is the live rating of Giri? He should not be far of the 2700 line but still not in the frogbert list.
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  alexmagnus: <the next rating list will be the first ever to have 10 players rated over 2750.>

Wrong. The January 2009 list had 11 players at 2750 or higher (number 10 was 2751).

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  alexmagnus: Also the July 2009 list had 10 players over 2750, September 2009 had #10 at 2750, November 2009 had #10 at 2750.

So much for "the first ever".

Aug-23-10  paavoh: @james bowman: <"Naka is the best blitz player on the planet."> That's debatable. He should participate in the top notch blitz tourneys such as the Tal Memorial.
Aug-23-10  laskerian: Some of my post-mortem impressions of this tournament: (a) Gelfand is still capable of showing flashes of his 90ís brilliance. I think, in the forthcoming Candidates Matches, he can give the other contenders a run for their money. (b) Giri is an outstanding talent, although being comparatively young, he still has to learn how not to fold during crunch time. But all in all, his play shows great promise, really world-class. (c) Nakamura is in a league of his own when it comes to speed chess. I still remember that one time he beat the daylights out of Grischuk in an internet blitz match (considering that at that time, Grischuk sported the highest blitz rating on the internet). (d) Ljubojevic can still play, despite being severely handicapped by lack of cutting-edge theory. It only shows that the former star of the Yugoslavian chess firmament really has enormous talent. I still remember that in 1985 he made the startling remark, ďAt present I consider Kasparov and Karpov to be better players than I am. But I donít think anyone else in the world is better than I am, aside from these two.Ē Now, I think it was not a boast.
Aug-23-10  crazybird: Peter Doggers @ Chessvibes "At the closing ceremony rumours were confirmed that this 5th edition was the last NH Chess Tournament. All people present gave a big applause to the Van Oosterom family for generously sponsoring these five events in the heart of Amsterdam."

Aug-23-10  SetNoEscapeOn: <Hesam7>

I didn't realize that Aronian was ill for the entire fortnight... Of course, it's not the only time he's had a bad tournament result.

In any case, Gelfand has been trading classical wins with him for years now, and their personal score (classical) seems to be 5-5. At times Aronian has seemed to be the best rapid player in the world, but Gelfand beat him in Leon this year.

Of all the first round candidate matches, that one seems to be the closest "on paper," despite the rating gap. I feel Aronian is a slight favorite but I won't be surprised at all if Gelfand manages to eliminate him.

Aug-23-10  SetNoEscapeOn: <At present I consider Kasparov and Karpov to be better players than I am. But I donít think anyone else in the world is better than I am, aside from these two.Ē Now, I think it was not a boast.>

Because he managed -3 in this field?

People can say what they want about chessmetrics and ratings in general, but if he was that good in 1985 I would expect him to at least be in the top 10.

Aug-23-10  Kinghunt: <alexmagnus> So much for me having done any research. =P
Aug-23-10  Whitehat1963: Fabiano Caruana. Most recent FIDE rating: 2697. +2-2=6. Pages of kibitzing: 16

Anish Giri. Most recent FIDE rating: 2672. +3-1=6
Pages of kibitzing: 15

Wesley So. Most recent FIDE rating: 2667. +0-1=9
Pages of kibitzing: 3,340

Yeah, I just don't get it. Sorry!

Aug-23-10  bravado1: In this video, all Russians and former Russians are incesantly pacing up and down the room. Only Van Wely, Lubojevic, Nakamura nad Howell sit still.
Aug-23-10  redwhitechess: Giri vs Nakamura, is this the highest rated chess game between two Japanese speaking chess player?
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  Jambow: <Whitehat1963> Filipino's are very passionate fans, and no confusion Wesley is a Pinoy. Filipino's have produced very dominant Boxing and Billiards champions recently, maybe the optimism is carrying over?

In contrast Fabiano has relocated several times. I'm not even sure where he lives now, although he was born in the US and is of Italian heritage so maybe less have latched on to him.

Likewise Anish is of Nepalese and Russian heritage and now represents the Netherlands who already had a chess hero of sorts. I think in Giri's case that will change as he makes his way towards the top and he starts to become recognized for his immense talent.

I don't think So will attain the same level, he is already way to ready to escape with a draw. His fans will diminish somewhat and likely be mostly motivated by nationalism while Giri will gain international appeal. I really think his commentary is awsome and he is very likable to boot.

Caruana is more of a question mark to me, how far he will go is slightly less clear but all these guys will find a home in the 2700's which in my opinion is do to elo inflation as much as improved chess and will become crowded making 2750's the new mark.

Thats my take anyway.

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