|Sep-10-14|| ||offramp: GRENKE, manufacturers of fine cigars. Also a cheap giblet retailer.|
|Sep-10-14|| ||Troller: Not as strong as last year, where Anand had his first tournament win in several years:|
GRENKE Chess Classic (2013)
|Sep-10-14|| ||Richard Taylor: They'll all better than me though.|
|Sep-10-14|| ||waustad: They are also sponsors for OSG Baden Baden in various German leagues. Bluebaum has started very well. It can't be a norm, with all players coming from one federation (not a national championship) and being only 7 rounds (not a continental championship). |
Caveat: I could be confused about some facet of the norm process or could have forgotten the details. I downloaded a PDF from FIDE and have read it, but ....
|Sep-10-14|| ||whiteshark: This years' participants consist of
- the 5 members of the German 2014 Olympiad team,
- P. Schlosser as 2600+ GM, playing for OSG Baden-Baden in the Bundesliga
- and 2 emerging German youngsters, Bluebaum + Wagner (aka die Schachprinzen).
|Sep-10-14|| ||Chessgames Bookie: Betting on round 6 is now open:
GRENKE rd 6: Meier-Nisipeanu
GRENKE rd 6: Meier-Nisipeanu: DRAW NO BET
GRENKE rd 6: Naiditsch-Wagner
GRENKE rd 6: Naiditsch-Wagner: OVER/UNDER
GRENKE rd 6: DAILY DOUBLE
Good luck, and have fun!
|Sep-10-14|| ||waustad: This tournament has a mix reminiscent of a typical US championship, with older immigrants from Eastern Europe and younger native born players. Professional chess players have always been a movable bunch, but the mass migration after the Soviet Union collapsed was on an epic scale.|
|Sep-10-14|| ||Penguincw: Anyone wanna bet that a German will win the tournament (j/k)? ;)|
Anyway, last year (GRENKE Chess Classic (2013)) the bottom 2 finishers were Naiditsch and Fridman. This year, they're at the very top.
|Sep-10-14|| ||mrbasso: Schlosser is a former 2600+ and it looks like he will never be over 2600 again.
Nisipeanu has a German mother.
Naiditsch is from Latvia and Baramidze from Georgia.
|Sep-10-14|| ||Penguincw: Sorry, what I meant to mean, was that if they played in an international tournament (ex. Olympiad), I'm pretty sure they would have a German flag.|
< Schlosser is a former 2600+ and it looks like he will never be over 2600 again. >
Probably so. Rated 2582, he's already lost about 13.7 rating points, so looks like his playing days could be outnumbered.
|Sep-10-14|| ||perfidious: Schlosser's glass ceiling has been reached--don't understand why anyone is even discussing it.|
Such cognoscenti should turn their talents in prognostication to the question of whether Carlsen will ever regain his form, or be doomed to remain just another member of the 2800 club.
|Sep-10-14|| ||WannaBe: This is not the Zack Greinke Classic?
|Sep-10-14|| ||Ke2: The dude is 46...
Anyway, Bacardi should get back into sponsoring ( a la Fischer - Spassky 2 ), so we can have fine beverages and cigars at the same time.
|Sep-10-14|| ||cro777: This year's event functions as a <qualifying tournament> of the German players for two places in the 2015 GRENKE Chess Classic, which will again be an international supertournament, like the first edition won by Anand. The first edition had corporate sponsors, GRENKELEASING AG among them. This year's event is organised by Ooser Chess Club 1922 with the support of the German Chess Federation.|
The format is a single round robin, 7 rounds (without rest days). The following criteria will be used to break ties between players who have the same total number of points: 1.Number of wins 2.Most games with the black pieces 3.The result of the direct encounter(s). If two players are tied for first place there will be a play off.
No zero tolerance rule (30 minutes tolerance). No short draws (before move 40).
|Sep-11-14|| ||Chessgames Bookie: Round 7 markets have now been opened:
GRENKE rd 7: Baramidze-Naiditsch
GRENKE rd 7: Nisipeanu-Blübaum
GRENKE rd 7: Nisipeanu-Blübaum: FIRST MOVE
GRENKE rd 7: Wagner-Fridman
GRENKE rd 7: DAILY DOUBLE
|Sep-12-14|| ||waustad: All Naiditsch needs is a draw, though he is black against Baramidze. I would not be shocked if this drew quickly. Nisipeanu v Blübaum could be a difficult game for the younger player, but being at +1 going into the final round, with a win over Naiditsch no less, is a very good result so far for the youngster.|
|Sep-12-14|| ||kevinatcausa: Naiditsch doesn't even need a draw. If first tiebreak is number of wins, he's already locked first place up.|
|Sep-12-14|| ||waustad: True enough, assuming chess-results is correct. I was just looking at number of points. http://chess-results.com/tnr143773....|
|Sep-12-14|| ||waustad: I'd also seen this from chessbase: "Damit liegt die deutsche Nummer eins vor der Schlussrunde mit einem Punkt Vorsprung in Führung und braucht nur noch ein Remis gegen David Baramidze, um alleiniger Erster zu werden."|
|Sep-12-14|| ||Troller: Well, that is true as far as winning "alone" goes - but if the qualifier for next year is one spot, and number of wins is the tiebreaker, then Naiditsch has taken that spot now. He would probably be invited anyway of course.|
Georg Meier was very promising some years back, where he looked a potential +2700 player. That seems not so likely anymore. He has a nice active-positional style, but maybe he is focussing more on his education now.
|Sep-12-14|| ||lost in space: http://www.grenke.de/en.html|
|Sep-12-14|| ||cro777: Naiditsch and Baramidze drew their game in the last round. With this result they both qualified for the next edition of the tournament (February 2015) which will again be an international supertournament.|
Naiditsch won the tournament with 5 points out of 7 ahead of Baramidze and Fridman with 4 points. Baramidze qualified thanks to greater number of wins.
|Sep-13-14|| ||waustad: I was pleased to see a very sharp game in D Baramidze vs Naiditsch, 2014. Considering the situation it could have been a dry as dust draw, but instead featured an aggressive unbalanced game that ended in a perp.|
|Sep-15-14|| ||posoo: always TRAMENDOUS to see a tornament where da winner under TRADITIONAL scoring is da same as da winner under da PSS!|