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GRENKE Chess Classic Tournament

Levon Aronian5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[view games]
Magnus Carlsen4/7(+1 -0 =6)[view games]
Fabiano Caruana4/7(+2 -1 =4)[view games]
Arkadij Naiditsch3.5/7(+2 -2 =3)[view games]
Yifan Hou3.5/7(+2 -2 =3)[view games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave3.5/7(+2 -2 =3)[view games]
Georg Meier2/7(+0 -3 =4)[view games]
Matthias Bluebaum2/7(+0 -3 =4)[view games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
GRENKE Chess Classic (2017)

The 2017 GRENKE Chess Classic was an 8-player round-robin held in Germany from April 15-22. Levon Aronian dominated the field, finishing a point and a half in the lead.

The first 3 rounds were in Karlsruhe alongside the GRENKE Chess Classic (Open) (2017), then after a rest day, the last 4 rounds were in Baden-Baden. The field featured World Champion Carlsen and fellow Top 10 players Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave and Aronian, as well as women's no. 1 Hou Yifan.

The time control was 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and then 15 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. If players were tied for first place a rapid play-off would take place. (1)

Official site: http://www.grenkechessclassic.com/en/

(1) chess24: GRENKE Chess Classic https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Yifan Hou vs Caruana 1-040 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicC67 Ruy Lopez
2. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Naiditsch 0-143 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicC11 French
3. Aronian vs G Meier ½-½41 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicA06 Reti Opening
4. M Bluebaum vs Carlsen ½-½59 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicE90 King's Indian
5. G Meier vs Yifan Hou 0-134 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicE01 Catalan, Closed
6. M Vachier-Lagrave vs M Bluebaum 1-074 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicA06 Reti Opening
7. Naiditsch vs Caruana 0-140 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicC28 Vienna Game
8. Carlsen vs Aronian ½-½70 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Yifan Hou vs Carlsen ½-½38 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Aronian vs M Vachier-Lagrave 1-042 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicA04 Reti Opening
11. Caruana vs G Meier 1-035 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicC10 French
12. M Bluebaum vs Naiditsch 0-144 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
13. Naiditsch vs G Meier  ½-½68 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. M Bluebaum vs Aronian 0-146 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½40 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicC42 Petrov Defense
16. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Yifan Hou 1-068 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
17. Aronian vs Naiditsch 1-058 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicA00 Uncommon Opening
18. G Meier vs Carlsen 0-141 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicD90 Grunfeld
19. Yifan Hou vs M Bluebaum ½-½48 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
20. Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½43 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. M Bluebaum vs Caruana ½-½79 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
22. Naiditsch vs Carlsen  ½-½42 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. M Vachier-Lagrave vs G Meier  ½-½40 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicC10 French
24. Aronian vs Yifan Hou 1-042 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicA00 Uncommon Opening
25. Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½59 2017 GRENKE Chess ClassicA00 Uncommon Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-23-17  activechess55:

Did the teeth lose their sharpness? Were the nails missing from his claws? Had he grown too old to hunt? There were doubts abound.

But last week proved all these speculations wrong. The tiger from Armenia had all hunting tools intact and working! His appetite was as voracious as ever! He gorged on a bagful of preys for four days on end! This was a good news for his fans, who awaited similar performance from him for long.

Kasparov says,“Chess world is a better place when Aronian is in form.” His games reminds us of an artist with a canvass and the brush!

Congrats Levon!

Carlsen, Caruana, Aronian, Yifan and MVL were vying for the top spot. All of them sported glasses. It is befitting, Aronian won the event. His glass-frames happen to be the trendiest!

Apr-23-17  scholes: In the last 10 years, Apart from Carlsen, Aronian super tournament record is way ahead of other players . Unfortunately he choked at all important tournaments. Was not even second at any candidates tournament.
Apr-23-17  scholes: If two top 5 players of the world cannot find a move after thinking for 50 minutes then should it be called a blunder. Engines have become too strong.
Apr-23-17
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  zanzibar: <<scholes> If two top 5 players of the world cannot find a move after thinking for 50 minutes then should it be called a blunder. Engines have become too strong.>

This is indeed a very good point.

But I think two is too low a bar - after all, Anand and Carlsen both missed a fairly basic tactic, once upon a time.

But the gist of the point remains...

Apr-23-17  BOSTER: A lot was said about game Caruana vs Aronian, but nobody didn't show how to win after 36.h5.
Apr-23-17
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  plang: <but nobody didn't show how to win after 36.h5.>

I'm calling double negative

Apr-23-17
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  perfidious: <plang: <but nobody didn't show how to win after 36.h5.>

I'm calling double negative>

Far as I tell, <N0B0DY> made no post on this....

Now there is <another> double negative!

Of a sort.

Apr-23-17  BOSTER: My mistake.
Thanks,< plang>.
Apr-23-17
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  plang: l in fun - I remember learning in math class that as long as there are an odd number it is still a negative - always looking for the precious triple negative
Apr-23-17
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  AylerKupp: <Gregor Samsa Mendel> No, I never learned Spanish descriptive notation. I came to this country when I was 11 years old (a loooong time ago) and I didn't get interested in chess until a few years later, so my first exposure to chess notation was English Descriptive.

My Spanish is somewhat rusty since I seldom get a chance to practice it. But I still add, subtract, and multiply in Spanish, particularly the latter, because that's how I learned the multiplication tables.

Apr-23-17
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  AylerKupp: <saffuna> I'm glad that you liked AKC2ML. I don't think that it's brilliant, but I do think that it is remarkably accurate.
Apr-24-17
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  Sokrates: Fortunately, the chess world abandoned the odd English notation form - was it in the early 70s? Because of that notation, I only acquiered German (and Scandinavian) books in my early chess-playing days.

Perhaps a re-introduction of the system is on Theresa May's agenda, now that she will restore the British Empire to its former glory?

Apr-24-17
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  perfidious: <Sokrates....Perhaps a re-introduction of (English descriptive notation) is on Theresa May's agenda, now that she will restore the British Empire to its former glory?>

MAGA? (Make Albion Great Again)?

Apr-24-17  Petrosianic: <Fortunately, the chess world abandoned the odd English notation form - was it in the early 70s?>

1980. But anyone who can play chess should be able to handle any of the notations out there.

Apr-24-17
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  TheFocus: <Petrosianic: <Fortunately, the chess world abandoned the odd English notation form - was it in the early 70s?>

<1980. But anyone who can play chess should be able to handle any of the notations out there.>

There are many coaches who refuse to use books that used English notation.

And many juniors do not even know how to read it.

Apr-24-17  Petrosianic: <TheFocus>: <There are many coaches who refuse to use books that used English notation.>

Then they aren't very good coaches, to voluntarily alienate themselves from large sections of chess literature. Fischer learned Russian just to be able to read their chess books. If he had arbitrarily decided he wasn't going to read any book that wasn't published in the US, written in English Descriptive, and written by a US Citizen, he'd never have become World Champion.

Apr-24-17
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  zanzibar: <<Petrosianic> But anyone who can play chess should be able to handle any of the notations out there.>

Mostly agreed - I don't have much problem reading algebraic notation in Russian, German, Spanish, etc.

English Descriptive notation has two advantages:

1) The symmetry of the board is respected.

Rooks on the 7th vs. Rooks on the 2nd/7th, etc.

2) Because it's out of fashion the used chess books in descriptive notation tend to be a lot cheaper than their counterparts.

(And they're often printed with better quality)

Spanish Descriptive is a little challenging because it's "backwards" - putting the piece last (iirc).

But the absolute most challenging notation was Kieseritzky's (this is indeed a concern - I can now spell his name by rote!) in La Regence.

https://sites.google.com/site/carol...

I can't find some of the somewhat caustic historical comments on his notation - but they're out there, and often the most scalding the more humorous.

Apr-25-17
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  Sokrates: Great link, thanks <Zanzibar>.

I am sure books with the descriptive system are quite cheap - just like a pair of shoes with two lefts. :-)

Yeah, <perfidious>, let's become first movers (literally) and introduce the MAGA system! I am in!

Apr-25-17
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  Amulet: Has Magnus reached his peak and he's on his way descending down?
Apr-25-17  Petrosianic: <mrkaic>: <I have made a superb case for the need to retire on top of the game.>

Is your argument then that all world champions should retire with the title?

<Kasparov, for example, timed his retirement almost perfectly.>

For Kasparov, perfect timing would have been in the Summer of 2000. OR immediately after getting the title back.

<Feel free to disagree, but I don't understand your need to censor me.>

You're using the word "censor" as a synynom for "disagree", but they do not mean the same thing.

Apr-25-17
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  saffuna: I would say it's the player himself who can best decide when to retire. It's his choice.
Apr-26-17
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  Pedro Fernandez: <<AylerKupp>: My Spanish is somewhat rusty since I seldom get a chance to practice it. But I still add, subtract, and multiply in Spanish, particularly the latter, because that's how I learned the multiplication tables.> LOL! +1!
Apr-26-17
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  Pedro Fernandez: Good article by <Sokrates>, thank you!
Apr-26-17
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  Pedro Fernandez: My impression about Caruana is that he does not end up finding himself. Indeed it is remarkable how GM Caruana lost, won and tied a lot of his games.
Apr-26-17
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  Pedro Fernandez: <<scholes>: If two top 5 players of the world cannot find a move after thinking for 50 minutes then should it be called a blunder. Engines have become too strong.> Such a qualification (a bit radical) of "a blunder" is (IMO) still uncertain but, overall, you're right! Now my dear <scholes>, dealing with machines is not so trivial!
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