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Champions Showdown Tournament

Veselin Topalov3.5/6(+2 -1 =3)[games]
Viswanathan Anand3.5/6(+1 -0 =5)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura3/6(+2 -2 =2)[games]
Fabiano Caruana2/6(+0 -2 =4)[games] Chess Event Description
Champions Showdown (2016)

In November 2016, in true holiday spirit, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis hosted a showdown between four of the top rated players in the world. Over five days in the ultimate champions matchup, No. 3 rated Fabiano Caruana, No. 7 rated Hikaru Nakamura, and two former world champions, No. 8 Viswanathan Anand of India and No. 13 Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria competed in three different styles of chess: two classical round robins (G/60 +5 delay) (10-12 November, this page), two rapid round robins (G/15 +5 delay) and four blitz round robins (G/3 +2 delay). (1)

Live Games

Rapid Games
Champions Showdown (Rapid) (2016)


 page 1 of 1; 12 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Topalov vs Caruana 1-0292016Champions ShowdownD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
2. Anand vs Nakamura ½-½582016Champions ShowdownC53 Giuoco Piano
3. Caruana vs Nakamura ½-½642016Champions ShowdownC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. Topalov vs Anand  ½-½462016Champions ShowdownA21 English
5. Anand vs Caruana  ½-½372016Champions ShowdownB32 Sicilian
6. Nakamura vs Anand 0-1422016Champions ShowdownA21 English
7. Nakamura vs Topalov 1-0142016Champions ShowdownE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
8. Caruana vs Topalov  ½-½382016Champions ShowdownA09 Reti Opening
9. Nakamura vs Caruana 1-0492016Champions ShowdownD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
10. Topalov vs Nakamura 1-0432016Champions ShowdownC67 Ruy Lopez
11. Caruana vs Anand  ½-½332016Champions ShowdownA13 English
12. Anand vs Topalov  ½-½322016Champions ShowdownC53 Giuoco Piano
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  Gilmoy: No posting orbital information of member solar systems!

<I -- played -- Ca5!> -- G.M. Khaaan

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  Sokrates: Great quartet - and great games can be expected from these gentlemen.
Nov-10-16  Knight13: <Gilmoy> John Smith is a real member of User: john smith
Nov-10-16  Boomie: <WannaBe: Well... Kinda strange this would be held during World Championship...>

They're gambling that the first few games of the WC will be yawners.

Nice interview with Ken Rogoff in the broadcast at about 53 minutes.

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  offramp: A delay is different to an increment because it happens after the last move not before the next move.
Nov-11-16  starry2013: The time control must be the reason the classical isn't rated.
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  plang: <Knight13: <...two classical round robins (G/60 +5 delay)...> G/60 + 5 delay is considered "classical" time control?>

Not by me - wonder where other people draw the line. To me G/60 is just another form of Quick Play/Speed

Nov-11-16  Chess for life: Agreed the timing is strange. At least it's only during the first few days.
Nov-11-16  positionalgenius: Why hold this event at the same time as the World Championship...? It would have been nice to have this as a follow up to the title match, for sure.

And what's with the G/60 +5 being considered <classical> time control? Very odd.

How many games total are there for each time control?

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  morfishine: <positionalgenius: Why hold this event at the same time as the World Championship...?> Read the intro, this event is only 5 days, the WC runs 3 weeks


Nov-12-16  WorstPlayerEver: It's like Barça plays during the WC 2018. Dorks.
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  LucB: Wow, Anand is doing quite well thus far!.. Go old man!
Nov-14-16  Conrad93: When did 46 become old?
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  LucB: Hi <Conrad93>,

It's not; I'm just being facetious. Anand is actually 10 years younger than me, and I still feel young... well, at least I still feel immature!

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  LucB: Congratulations to Vishy by the way, who only had one loss in the entire tourney (and on time, in an equal position, to boot!)
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  paulalbert: As an older guy, in my 70s, I love to see the older ( but not old ) players triumph, especially at faster time controls where they supposedly are at a disadvantage. Age does not necessarily vitiate enormous talent, and Vishy always had that, perhaps even more than people realize. He certainly has to be among the all time great chess GMs, and he is still playing at a very high level. I had the privilege in private sessions of seeing Tal, Kasparov, and Vishy play straight five minute blitz ( before the Fischer clock ) when they were at their peek, and I would subjectively rate Vishy the best. How Vishy would rate at his peek against Magnus, hard to say, but at the age of 46, he certainly, at least in this tournament, showed he is on par with Hikaru.

Great performance! Congratulations Vishy. Taking home $60,000 not bad either.

Nov-14-16  Boomie: <When did 46 become old?>

46 is the new 66.

Nov-15-16  Octavia: They actually played 24 games in 4 days!!! I watched some of the allegro and blitz games, Anand lost no games until the very end, when he lost a r and b against r on time after over 100 moves.

Well done, Vishy !

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  paulalbert: As <Octavia> mentioned the full event was 24 games, at 3 different time controls as described in the tournament description above. I am not sure why CG does not have the final standings and all the games. I watched most of it ( very interesting games but of course not error free ), and good commentary with GMs Yasser Seirawan, Alejandro Ramirez, and IM Tania Sachdev. Then after yesterday's blitz portion I followed it up watching the great struggle yesterday between Magnus and Sergey, evoking the retort from my wife, " Do you ever do anything except watch chess? "
Nov-15-16  WorstPlayerEver: <Octavia>

Thanks for the info.

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  Jambow: Well I'm 50 and still improving at chess, of course I started pretty late and if you're bad enough it is hard to get worse.
Nov-17-16  sanjay9505: Where is the update?Anand won champions show down 4 days ago.still not updated in
Nov-25-16  shivasuri4: Anand finished with 3.5/6 in classical, won the rapid with 4.5/6 in rapid, 7/12 in blitz.

Nakamura scored 3/6 in classical, 3.5/6 in rapid, and won the blitz portion with 7.5/12.

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  perfidious: <Knight13: <5. No posting personal information of members.> John Smith is a bipedal primate that lives on planet Terra in the Milky Way Galaxy near the inner rim. The planet orbits a main sequence red dwarf star, and is the third planet from the star within a solar system of eight planets. Smith is an omnivore that lives on dry land and breathes oxygen. He can usually be found in the continent of "North America".>

Dang it, ya didn't tell us enough! Ah don't see why anyone would have a problem!

Dec-07-16  Retireborn: The Sun is a red dwarf now?! I still haven't recovered from being told that Pluto is a dwarf planet. I feel belittled.
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