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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Biel Tournament

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave6/10(+3 -1 =6)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[games]
Anish Giri5/10(+3 -3 =4)[games]
Yifan Hou5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Alexander Motylev3.5/10(+1 -4 =5)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Harikrishna  ½-½512014BielA45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Motylev vs R Wojtaszek 0-1402014BielB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. Yifan Hou vs A Giri 1-0282014BielB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
4. R Wojtaszek vs Yifan Hou  ½-½402014BielD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
5. Harikrishna vs A Giri 1-0412014BielC50 Giuoco Piano
6. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Motylev  ½-½402014BielD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Yifan Hou vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1632014BielB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. Motylev vs Harikrishna 1-0432014BielC67 Ruy Lopez
9. A Giri vs R Wojtaszek 1-0842014BielB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. R Wojtaszek vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½382014BielE60 King's Indian Defense
11. A Giri vs Motylev 1-0532014BielD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Yifan Hou vs Harikrishna ½-½692014BielB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. Harikrishna vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½472014BielB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Giri 1-0612014BielC67 Ruy Lopez
15. Motylev vs Yifan Hou ½-½412014BielB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
16. Harikrishna vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½402014BielB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. R Wojtaszek vs Motylev  ½-½292014BielD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. A Giri vs Yifan Hou ½-½692014BielB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
19. Yifan Hou vs R Wojtaszek ½-½532014BielA07 King's Indian Attack
20. Motylev vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1352014BielB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. A Giri vs Harikrishna ½-½262014BielE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. R Wojtaszek vs A Giri  ½-½502014BielD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Yifan Hou ½-½412014BielD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
24. Harikrishna vs Motylev  ½-½292014BielB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. Yifan Hou vs Motylev 1-0502014BielB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-24-14  Kanatahodets: <kia0708: <And yet, Carlsen is a millionaire, the other top ten all earn six figures.> with so much money on the table
maybe the sleeping giant, USA,
will wake up and step out of the
mediocricity>
no, no, no way. If you work in trade - you get much more. It's a safe business; go to an investment bank and you have your bonus payments. Recently I've met a world level scientist; he said, I regret that I went to science. My college buddies all make ten times more than I.
Jul-24-14  MarkFinan: Pick 3 paid off today at 20-1 or something but I don't understand why the elite, the cream of the crop don't get invited to a tournament like this instead of 2770's. I don't follow these tournaments like people who come here for chess only (special mention to <notyetagm>! That guy is chess chess chess chess and current chess, lol) but it's disappointing to see 4-5 tournaments a year from Carlsen Anand et al. #Justsaying

Well other sportsmen who *really* shatter their bodies twice a week still perform right at the top for 9 months a year ,so why can't chess players do at least one tournament per month?? It can't be money because they get paid well in this day and age.

Jul-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: <with so much money on the table maybe the sleeping giant, USA,
will wake up and step out of the
mediocrity>

We have too many lawyers, here. We need to shut down 10% of the law schools in the USA and turn them into chess centers.

Jul-24-14  1d410: Botvinnik was way better than any of his students because he learned it all himself.
Jul-24-14  biskop: Of the younger generation, my money is on Wei Yi being one of the top grandmasters in a few years.
Jul-24-14  Gryz: I think most of you must have missed the memo from the year 2000.

Chess is dead.

At least, as a competitive professional sport it is. No audience cares about chess. Young people don't care about chess. Of course chess will always live on as "just a fun game". Played by kids and elderly people with too much free time. But the chess as we knew it from the 20th century is gone. The magic is gone.

This is a process that started around the year 2000. You will see more and more effects of it during the next 1-2 decades. And then it'll be all over. Thanks for the fish.

Jul-24-14  1d410: <Gryz> I think you are right. Contrary to <Wavy>, people are actually getting stupider due to doctors throwing evolution down the toilet. Good luck getting young people my age interested in chess.
Jul-24-14  1d410: And what's with this tournament. MVL will never challenge Magnus (at the very least) if he doesn't dominate here. Look at the player's at this tournament ratings! I guess he's just getting by with the draws....
Jul-24-14  Everett: Just came back from camping. Wonder how the coming world of quants will handle a blackout.
Jul-24-14  Everett: <frandie: <KKDEREK: who cares, blitz on ICC.> The top guys according to elo have invested countless hours in the ICC. Obviously, the no. of games they played reflect the importance they attach to getting good rating in the website:>

Not obviously. Maybe they just like to play online.

What may be more obvious is that you have an axe to grind.

Jul-24-14  Wavy: < jphamlore: A simple look at the FIDE ratings lists explodes the myth that there is any signs of a post-Carlsen generation:>

Everyone that you see in the FIDE rating still belong to the Carlsen generation. The post-Carlsen generation is not yet born. One generation is equivalent to 25 years. I guess Carlsen is not yet 25yrs old.

Jul-24-14  Everett: <Jul-24-14 1d410: <Gryz> I think you are right. Contrary to <Wavy>, people are actually getting stupider due to doctors throwing evolution down the toilet. Good luck getting young people my age interested in chess.>

Maybe the next generation will be smart enough to not invest so much time in this game. Who says this is some magical and superior pastime, or vocation? We all enjoy the game, but who here thinks it is absolutely worthy of income production? Just a reminder: it is a board game, albeit a very cool one.

Jul-24-14  Wavy: As for the next generation whether they are getting smarter or stupider, I think the answer is both. The population is exploding fast and we are getting all kinds of people on the planet now. The smartest kids are really smarter than their previous generation but the stupidest kids are also more stupid than their previous generation. We have them all.
Jul-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: That it is difficult to make money from chess is not new - that has been true since the 19th century.

To us fanatics chess will continue to be beautiful and profound

Jul-25-14  vkk: To the guy talking about carlsen being millionaire

Yes the people that win world titles tend to a couple million

Jul-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Everett, are you some middle aged guy who is bitter because you never became rich, or you spent a lot of time on chess, as a youth, and now you have a job you hate, and you blame it on your being an amateur chess player who spent a lot of time on chess?

That fact that ratings continue to inflate means that there is an accelerating number of people playing tournament chess. The internet has gotten all kinds of people into chess, including people like me who lost track of it, but returned when the internet made it so easy to follow chess, and play any time of day or night, against people at your own skill level.

It's a great time to be a chess player.

Jul-25-14  Kanatahodets: <Everett: Maybe the next generation will be smart enough to not invest so much time in this game. Who says this is some magical and superior pastime, or vocation? We all enjoy the game, but who here thinks it is absolutely worthy of income production? Just a reminder: it is a board game, albeit a very cool one.> U r right. I completely agree.
Jul-25-14  Kanatahodets: <Everett: <frandie: <KKDEREK: who cares, blitz on ICC.> The top guys according to elo have invested countless hours in the ICC. Obviously, the no. of games they played reflect the importance they attach to getting good rating in the website:> Not obviously. Maybe they just like to play online.

What may be more obvious is that you have an axe to grind.> I myself is addicted to on-line chess; broke many mouses in rage:)

Jul-25-14  Kanatahodets: <HeMateMe: <with so much money on the table maybe the sleeping giant, USA, will wake up and step out of the
mediocrity>

We have too many lawyers, here. We need to shut down 10% of the law schools in the USA and turn them into chess centers.>
ABOLISH lawyers! Why are they needed? Law is a political prostitute anyway, a servant of political correctness and political needs. I stopped believing in American justice long time ago when I saw how biased it is. "You suck my blood like a leech You break the law and you preach Screw my brain till it hurts You've taken all my money And you want more"
Jul-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: That's for solicitors? I suppose our American lawyers are just as bad.
Jul-25-14  Mendrys: Everett, It's worthy of income production because the advertisers and sponsors of chess events that pay think it's worthy their money and time to do so. As well, the residual income thru appearances, books and other activities is certainly earned.
Jul-26-14  fisayo123: Congrats to MVL! Deserved win.
Jul-26-14  Everett: <HeMateMe: Everett, are you some middle aged guy who is bitter because you never became rich, or you spent a lot of time on chess, as a youth, and now you have a job you hate, and you blame it on your being an amateur chess player who spent a lot of time on chess?>

Is that transference or projection? I'm rusty with my Jungian terms.

Jul-26-14  Everett: <Mendrys> I'm all for some people making money any way they can, chess included. We all know how the mechanisms work. I'm just not down with the idea that it somehow "should" be more, that everyone who wants to can make a living doing it. and <Kanatahodets>, funny, I used to break my mouse from playing RPGs for years before getting into chess. Thankfully I recognize now that I cannot really play certain games, chess included, outside of a community of friends. So I stick with enjoying the game face to face with analog clocks over drinks.

I come here for my politics and <occasional> chess culture ;-)

Jul-27-14  vkk: That being said harikrishna needs to step it up a notch... The guy lives in my hometown back in India and is the only shimmer of hope after anand retires to be in the top 10 for India
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