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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Millionaire Chess Tournament

Yu Yangyi6/7(+5 -0 =2)[games]
Le Quang Liem6/7(+5 -0 =2)[games]
Evgeny Bareev5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Luke McShane5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Gata Kamsky5.5/7(+5 -1 =1)[games]
Fabiano Caruana5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Wesley So5.5/7(+5 -1 =1)[games]
Ray Robson5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Aleksandr Lenderman5/6(+4 -0 =2)[games]
Gil Popilski4.5/6(+4 -1 =1)[games]
Gregory Kaidanov4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Sergei Azarov4.5/6(+4 -1 =1)[games]
Vasif Durarbayli4.5/7(+4 -2 =1)[games]
Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez4/6(+4 -2 =0)[games]
Aleksandar Indjic4/6(+3 -1 =2)[games]
Conrad Holt3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[games]
David Berczes3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[games]
Aleksandr Shimanov3.5/5(+2 -0 =3)[games]
Zbigniew Pakleza3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[games]
Jeffery Xiong3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Marcin Tazbir3/4(+2 -0 =2)[games]
Subramanian Arun Prasad3/5(+3 -2 =0)[games]
Varuzhan Akobian3/5(+2 -1 =2)[games]
Samuel Shankland3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Axel Rombaldoni3/5(+3 -2 =0)[games]
Raven Sturt2.5/4(+2 -1 =1)[games]
Artur Jakubiec2.5/4(+2 -1 =1)[games]
Bartlomiej Macieja2.5/4(+2 -1 =1)[games]
(123 players total; 94 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Millionaire Chess (2015)
Live games: https://millionairechess.com/live ; http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCED... (video channel hilights).

Also see: Millionaire Chess (Final) (2015), Millionaire Chess (Rapid Tiebreaks A) (2015), Millionaire Chess (Rapid Tiebreaks B) (2015) (October 11th events); Millionaire Chess (Knock-Out Rapid) (2015) (the "Millionaire Monday" event finale occurred on October 12th).

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 183  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Liu vs M Tedesco  1-0252015Millionaire ChessB01 Scandinavian
2. D Kadric vs J H Canty  ½-½272015Millionaire ChessB23 Sicilian, Closed
3. R Sturt vs Z Pakleza  1-0502015Millionaire ChessA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
4. S Arun Prasad vs O Brendel  1-0232015Millionaire ChessB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
5. J Sarwer vs A Jakubiec  0-1392015Millionaire ChessA81 Dutch
6. K W Troff vs F Mandizha  0-1322015Millionaire ChessA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
7. V Krishnan vs A Rombaldoni  0-1322015Millionaire ChessB56 Sicilian
8. I Chirila vs K Kavutskiy  ½-½372015Millionaire ChessE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
9. K Gulamali vs G Popilski  0-1662015Millionaire ChessB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
10. C Holt vs Craig Hilby  1-0392015Millionaire ChessA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
11. B Wall vs M Tazbir  ½-½322015Millionaire ChessE12 Queen's Indian
12. Fishbein vs T Braunlich  1-0312015Millionaire ChessB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
13. Akobian vs A Melekhina  1-0362015Millionaire ChessA59 Benko Gambit
14. H Contreras vs Yu Yangyi  0-1532015Millionaire ChessB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
15. D Karatorossian vs X Zhang  ½-½472015Millionaire ChessA07 King's Indian Attack
16. A Indjic vs F Sanchez Saez  1-0422015Millionaire ChessA65 Benoni, 6.e4
17. Lenderman vs O Estay  1-0452015Millionaire ChessE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
18. J Xiong vs Zhou Jianchao  ½-½252015Millionaire ChessC67 Ruy Lopez
19. R Barcenilla vs Luis Flaquer  0-1432015Millionaire ChessA12 English with b3
20. S Azarov vs G Kjartansson  1-0202015Millionaire ChessC42 Petrov Defense
21. D Myers vs D Berczes  0-1352015Millionaire ChessC28 Vienna Game
22. H H Hernandez vs K Yang 0-1242015Millionaire ChessD85 Grunfeld
23. N Huschenbeth vs A Colmenares  ½-½292015Millionaire ChessC45 Scotch Game
24. G Popilski vs V Chulivska  1-0412015Millionaire ChessE10 Queen's Pawn Game
25. J Sinanan vs H H Hernandez  0-1372015Millionaire ChessE00 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 183  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Oct-16-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: <I have met a few intelligent people who liked that kind of work just because while earning money with a task they could do blindfolded they had the time to think about a lot of other things not workrelated during work.>

It's funny you mention that. I used to think about chess positions from my games or from puzzle books, and try to work out lines, solve answers, stuff like that. It would keep me from falling asleep standing up.

Other people came in drunk or smoked pot in the bathroom before going on the line. Whatever worked for the individual, I guess.

Oct-16-15  Everett: <Jim Bartle: <Unfortunately, Waging war fits about 90% of this statement.>

And there's more money available for war than for chess.>

Too true.

Oct-17-15  Overgod: <<Error again Bobby. People are more likely to reveal their true personalities online,> Why don't you actually look at what the research shows about that? Oh, I know why, you don't care about data and a scientific approach, only about what you feel is true. Right... Welcome to my ignore list.>

Says the individual who has to date provided zero data/science to back anything he's uttered.

Why do you think facebook is such a valuable commodity in the first place? It provides invaluable information as to the behavior and habits of real people! Why do you think intelligence agencies/governments can't get enough of facebook? Because it fuels confirmation bias?

It's the best social science and wide-range statistics tool you're going to get.

If you disagree, put up information/data that contradicts my statements. I know you won't, because it doesn't exist.

Run along now, little one.

Oct-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: Looks like Facebook advertisements and promotions have crept into chessgames dot com as well.
Oct-18-15
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  MissScarlett: <While I thought that preparing for MC2 would be a lot easier than that for MC1, I now realize that I concluded prematurely. This time around expectations are higher, the dreams bigger and thus the work has been much greater and the pressure, more intense. The result for me has been increased stress and strong feelings of prolonged depression. We all go through some kind of “hay leui (similar to discourage)” in life, the time when we struggle emotionally, feeling stressed or hopeless and some kind of “hay hui = sign” those times when we are on the brink of giving up. This is a project I have poured my heart and soul into, and it’s been difficult watching it struggle to gain real traction.

Maurice and I want to effect change in the world of chess. We have many of the tools to do so and the most amazing concept for high stakes chess. Even now, from a strictly business standpoint, I still challenge anyone that doesn’t see the potential for growth in the game. So why am I frustrated today?>

http://amylee.biz/onward-to-mc2-the...

<That is impressive. You are a Chess Mom with no serious involvement with the chess world before. Why did you decide to organize Millionaire Chess?

My children play chess. This was how I was introduced to the chess world. I became a believer in the benefits of chess. But in spite of chess being one of the most popular sports in the world, the potential is not even close to being fully realized. This is why I want to help brand chess to a bigger worldwide community. After all, I was told there are over 600 million people who play chess around the world, and this number is growing bigger every year.>

https://www.fide.com/component/cont...

The myth of the 600 million:

http://streathambrixtonchess.blogsp...

Oct-18-15
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  thegoodanarchist: < Troller: <Investment bankers and lawyers will always work like dogs.>

We had a dog once. I wouldn't mind working like that.>

Like the way dogs lick their own balls?

Oct-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <Investment bankers and lawyers will always work like dogs.>

A completely misleading perception.

Dogs work in a lot of honourable ways. Guide dogs, watch dogs, huskies etc..

Investment bankers and many lawyers do not.

Oct-18-15
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  diceman: <The myth of the 600 million:>

600 million play chess.

...out of those, 597 million mix up the board and king & queen.

Oct-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <Investment bankers and lawyers will always work like dogs.>

When they have their own TV show.

<john barleycorn:

<Investment bankers and lawyers will always work like dogs.>

A completely misleading perception.

Dogs work in a lot of honourable ways. Guide dogs, watch dogs, huskies etc..

Investment bankers and many lawyers do not.>

Parasites, piranha, leeches, and sharks, sounds like a better analogy.

Oct-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <diceman:...

600 million play chess.

...out of those, 597 million mix up the board and king & queen.>

What? <LITEMASTER AJ> had so many students?

Oct-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <<While I thought that preparing for MC2 would be a lot easier than that for MC1, I now realize that I concluded prematurely. This time around expectations are higher, the dreams bigger and thus the work has been much greater and the pressure, more intense. The result for me has been increased stress and strong feelings of prolonged depression.>

I think she's channeling Vishy Anand.

Oct-18-15
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  perfidious: <john b> But none came close to equalling Le Grand Maitre, much less outstripping his achievements.

Only shot one of 'em has is winning at least a couple of them there Chocolate Milk thangs.

Oct-18-15
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  john barleycorn: <perfidious> no mortal can hope to emulate the awesome <LifeDolt>
Oct-19-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <john b> One of the fine things about playing this game has always been that we ordinary players can have moments to remember.

I just don't remember any....

Oct-19-15  5hrsolver: I'm wondering why not more super Gms are joining Millionnaire Chess.
Oct-19-15
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  Absentee: <5hrsolver: I'm wondering why not more super Gms are joining Millionnaire Chess.>

Perhaps because the swiss format is horrendous.

Oct-19-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <Sally Simpson> Excellent game from the under 1200 section
Oct-19-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Sally Simpson: Hi morfishine:

It was a good game considering the grades.

Truth be told I don't think I could have been so patient waiting for the blunder and would have mixed it up a bit - probably unsoundly.

I was showing that lad 'Overgod' if he thinks he can just turn up, look at the grade and play his net blitz game OTB then he may be in for a surprise.

Especially as he, apparently, has never played an OTB tournament game before.

His OTB vision will be zilch, he will thinks he's playing with giant pieces on a huge chequered carpet.

He will lose his first game on time by forgetting to press the clock (the internet does that for him.)

Oct-19-15
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  perfidious: <Sally....(ovie) will lose his first game on time by forgetting to press the clock (the internet does that for him.)>

rofl

Oct-20-15
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  morfishine: <perfidious> Yes, <Overgod> is immensely "Overdone" LOL...I don't even bother to have him on ignore anymore, he's too entertaining. Here, he dribbles on-and-on and about money in chess, I got quite a laugh...I mean, its one thing to put on the pretense of someone elevated in society, yet to display such ignorance and stupidity...I hope he doesn't go away. Later, morf

*****

Oct-22-15  sonia91: The arbiters <suddenly> entered Sevian in the tiebreakers of final four U2550 after Axel Rombaldoni had already secured a spot after 2 out of 3 rounds (originally between 4 players). Axel lost to Sevian in the blitz games and exited the event. I think this is very unfair, if this have happenend in Russia everyone would have shouted "These bastard Soviets!", "Old Soviet habits die hard" etc., but in this case an American was favoured, so it's ok, nobody say anything...what a hypocrisy!
Oct-24-15
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  Richard Taylor: My rather tedious worded statement before that players never really "stonewall" was wrong, first as I meant "sandbag" ...but in any case I have second and more thoughts seeing the match-fixing in cricket, in particular Lance Cairns, who is clearly a crook, but who (with his father) is / was a great cricketer.

I don't bewail this as I am a NZr, it just reminds me that I enjoyed watching sport (in particular I used to watch Halberg and Snell, in the 50s running before they got their gold medals, and I used to see John Walker* training in Auckland (running right across Auckland) in the 70s or so.

But nowadays, with such big money available, and the use of steroids, and match fixing and the obsessive counting of medals: it has left me with no interest in any sport.

I hope this doesn't happen in chess. Money is good, Lasker tried to keep hold of it, Schlecter who he "hoodwinked" out of their match, died of malnutrition after WWI...but these days it seems that power and money are taking centre stage.

Chess is also degenerating under FIDE as it is these times and under 'pressure' from sponsors.

People talk here about playing to get FIDE rating and they talk about rules at every tournament...it is not as good as it used to be. It is over-ruled and is also will be subject to "match-fixing" as players get bored with playing each other, and even bored with winning too many games (it can happen) so that the injection of money is setting it all up to rot.

Chess, if it goes the way of other "sports" is knackered to say the least.

It is dubious that it does anything for anyone's "spatial abilities" or whatever by the way. It is probably simply a fact that the better players, while they work hard, have, overall, a higher intelligence quotient. I doubt if playing the game does anything for anyone except to make them miserable when they lose, which is most common for most players most of the time including myself. It certainly did nothing for my mathematical or whatever reasoning as I could never do maths very well...what it did do, was to give pleasure in studying combinations and games and endings etc

*Walker was the first person to run the mile in under 3:50. He won the Olympic Games 1500m in Montreal in 1976.

Jul-24-16
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  MissScarlett: <But it is difficult task to attract and retain sponsors. After giving out $1 million in prizes its first two years, and losing hundreds of thousands of dollars each time, Millionaire Chess is not able to live up to its name this year: It is offering no more than $510,000 and the total prize fund might be as little as $306,000, depending on the number of entries it receives.>

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dylan...

Aug-01-16  Kellius: Congrats Yangyi! I will be coming... some day :))
Aug-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Is "millionaire chess" an oxymoron?
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