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Your Next Move (Blitz) Tournament

Magnus Carlsen14.5/18(+12 -1 =5)[games]
Anish Giri10/18(+5 -3 =10)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave10/18(+9 -7 =2)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik9.5/18(+4 -3 =11)[games]
Levon Aronian9.5/18(+6 -5 =7)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi9/18(+6 -6 =6)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk8.5/18(+5 -6 =7)[games]
Wesley So8.5/18(+4 -5 =9)[games]
Viswanathan Anand8/18(+4 -6 =8)[games]
Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava2.5/18(+1 -14 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Your Next Move (Blitz) (2017)

Played in Leuven, Belgium 1-2 July, as part of the Grand Chess Tour 2017. The ten participants first played nine games of rapid chess (see Your Next Move (Rapid) (2017)) then 18 games of blitz (this page) for a total prize fund of $150,000. The blitz was won by Carlsen with 14.5/18. Crosstable:

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 Pts 1 Carlsen ** 0½ 11 ½1 1½ 11 11 1½ 1½ 11 14½ =2 Giri 1½ ** ½½ 0½ 0½ ½0 1½ 1½ ½½ 11 10 =2 Vachier-Lagrave 00 ½½ ** 00 11 01 10 11 01 11 10 =4 Kramnik ½0 1½ 11 ** ½½ ½0 ½½ ½½ ½½ 10 9½ =4 Aronian 0½ 1½ 00 ½½ ** ½1 10 ½½ 01 11 9½ 6 Nepomniachtchi 00 ½1 10 ½1 ½0 ** 10 0½ ½1 1½ 9 =7 Ivanchuk 00 0½ 01 ½½ 01 01 ** ½½ ½1 ½1 8½ =7 So 0½ 0½ 00 ½½ ½½ 1½ ½½ ** 10 11 8½ 9 Anand 0½ ½½ 10 ½½ 10 ½0 ½0 01 ** 1½ 8 10 Jobava 00 00 00 01 00 0½ ½0 00 0½ ** 2½

Combined standings (rapid points and blitz points) and Grand Chess Tour points (GP):

Ra Bli Pts GP 1 Carlsen 11 14½ 25½ 13 2 So 14 8½ 22½ 10 3 Vachier-Lagrave 12 10 22 8 4 Giri 10 10 20 7 =5 Kramnik 9 9½ 18½ 5½ =5 Aronian 9 9½ 18½ 5½ 7 Nepomniachtchi 9 9 18 4 8 Anand 8 8 16 3 9 Ivanchuk 7 8½ 15½ 2 10 Jobava 1 2½ 3½ 1

Carlsen won the event with 25.5 points using the scoring system which weighted rapid games (Ra) twice as much as blitz (Bli). He took home $37,500 and 13 Grand Chess Tour points (GP).

Official site: http://grandchesstour.org/YourNextM...

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 90  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Giri vs Anand  ½-½292017Your Next Move (Blitz)C50 Giuoco Piano
2. Aronian vs W So  ½-½352017Your Next Move (Blitz)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
3. Anand vs Ivanchuk  ½-½322017Your Next Move (Blitz)C50 Giuoco Piano
4. Jobava vs A Giri 0-1362017Your Next Move (Blitz)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Kramnik vs M Vachier-Lagrave  1-0432017Your Next Move (Blitz)A48 King's Indian
6. Carlsen vs Aronian 1-0602017Your Next Move (Blitz)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. W So vs I Nepomniachtchi  1-0582017Your Next Move (Blitz)A04 Reti Opening
8. Aronian vs A Giri  1-0562017Your Next Move (Blitz)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Kramnik vs Jobava  1-0662017Your Next Move (Blitz)A06 Reti Opening
10. I Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen 0-1192017Your Next Move (Blitz)C22 Center Game
11. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand 0-1502017Your Next Move (Blitz)B10 Caro-Kann
12. Ivanchuk vs W So  ½-½362017Your Next Move (Blitz)E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
13. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Jobava 1-0612017Your Next Move (Blitz)C42 Petrov Defense
14. A Giri vs Carlsen 1-0362017Your Next Move (Blitz)E01 Catalan, Closed
15. Carlsen vs W So 1-0412017Your Next Move (Blitz)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. I Nepomniachtchi vs M Vachier-Lagrave  1-0662017Your Next Move (Blitz)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Aronian vs Kramnik  ½-½802017Your Next Move (Blitz)A14 English
18. Ivanchuk vs Jobava  ½-½302017Your Next Move (Blitz)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Kramnik vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½352017Your Next Move (Blitz)A48 King's Indian
20. Anand vs Aronian 1-0382017Your Next Move (Blitz)C78 Ruy Lopez
21. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ivanchuk  1-0542017Your Next Move (Blitz)B07 Pirc
22. Jobava vs Carlsen 0-1292017Your Next Move (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
23. W So vs A Giri 0-1322017Your Next Move (Blitz)D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. I Nepomniachtchi vs Anand  ½-½412017Your Next Move (Blitz)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. Ivanchuk vs Kramnik  ½-½292017Your Next Move (Blitz)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-04-17  KnightVBishop: in the GCT their are 3 blitz/rapid events

each player only chooses 2 of the 3, so Wesley already did the Paris GCT and YourNextMove

so he can't do the Sinquefield cup

Jul-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  rogge: Is it fair to say that knightvbishop forgot to ask a stupid question?
Jul-04-17  activechess55:

At one stage, Magnus was relegated to the bottom of point-tally at Stavanger. After the event, he examined himself closely and drew the right conclusions. He trimmed his hair! And bang! He was back at the top in Paris and Leuven!

Jobava, are you listening?

Jul-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: Leuven and its Belgian predecessor tournaments:

The most important international chess tournaments in Belgium have been organized in <Ostende> (1905-1907; 1936, 1937, 1956; Open series 1983-1993), <Spa> (FBE) in 1926, <Liège> (World Exposition) in 1930, <Brussels> with OHRA and SWIFT in the mid- & end-1980s, <Antwerp> (Lost Boys Festival) in the 1990s, and <Leuven> (YourNextMove GRAND CHESS TOUR) Rapid & Blitz tournament, annually since 2016.

Belgium chess history: http://www.chessdiagonals.ch/431660...

Jul-05-17
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  ajk68: I wonder if Carlsen is playing more speed chess of late?
Jul-06-17
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  AylerKupp: <<devere> Carlsen's blitz performance rating for this event = 3014>

Where did you get that number from? I calculated a Blitz TPR for Carlsen of 3034 (close but not exactly the same) and I want to see how my calculations for the other players compare.

Jul-06-17
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  AylerKupp: <<tuttifrutty> Wesley rapid performance rating for this event is 3010.>

I'm assuming that for "this event" you mean the YourNextMove (Rapid) Tournament.

And where did you get that number from? I calculated a Rapid TPR for So in the YourNextMove (Rapid) Tournament of 3003 (again, close but not exactly the same) and I want to see how my calculations for the other players compare.

Jul-06-17
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  morfishine: Hey, did you here, Kasparov is "coming out of retirement" playing in the Sinquefield cup this August? Big news, though apparently he's only in the rapid and blitz per a wildcard offer to play

I like news like this

*****

Jul-07-17
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  Jambow: <Morfishine> I did and I do too.
Jul-07-17
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  tuttifrutty: http://en.chessbase.com/Portals/all...
Jul-07-17
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  Sokrates: Yeah, it'll be fun to see the old warrior fighting again.

Much can be said about Kasparov, but at the closing ceremony he showed the calibre of a world champion: speaking generously about the organisers, the city counsel, the great performances of the contestants etc. Carlsen, with $ 37.5 K in his hand, barely had a word for thanks, cutting off attempts to make him say at bit more than the minimum. As always: stellar performance at the chess board, very poor performance in public.

Jul-07-17
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  john barleycorn: <Sokrates: Yeah, it'll be fun to see the old warrior fighting again. ...>

yes, it will be. But I think the motivation is that Kasparov's financial situation is Boris Becker like.

Kasparov did not make it anywhere in his political ambitions (including FIDE) his books are hardly selling and his coaching attempts are going nowhere.

Who has ever heard about any significant contribution of his "Human Rights Foundation"?

Jul-07-17
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  AylerKupp: <tuttifrutty> Thanks!
Jul-07-17
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  Sokrates: <john barleycorn> I think it's fair to say that Kasparov isn't the only opposition to Vladimir Putin (the true and beloved friend of the American president Trump) who has suffered hardship these years. It's downright impossible for him to enfold an alternative, when the free press (an annoying institution for Trump as well as his friend Putin) doesn't exist in Russia, and the Russian public is thrilled by their new glorious leader, whose merits include illegal annectations and instigations of civil wars.

I am sure many would enjoy the decline of this brilliant former world champion, but in spite of many reservations towards his megalomanic personality, I cannot gloat when or if he and/or former masters struggle to achieve a decent income. Too often have I seen the most brilliant artists of our game end their career under all too poor conditions. I can muster no pleasure in the ill fate of those who have given so much spirit and joy to our beloved game.

Jul-07-17
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  WorstPlayerEver: <I think it's fair to say that Kasparov isn't the only opposition to Vladimir Putin (the true and beloved friend of the American president Trump) who has suffered hardship these years.>

<Sokrates>

I think guys like you should stay away as far as possible from what should be called 'fair' or what not. How 'bout that?

Jul-08-17
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  Sokrates: <WorstPlayerEver: ... I think guys like you should stay away as far as possible from what should be called 'fair' or what not. How 'bout that?> I think guys like you should make arguments instead of personal attacks. How 'bout that?
Jul-08-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <Sokrates: <john barleycorn> I think it's fair to say that Kasparov isn't the only opposition to Vladimir Putin (the true and beloved friend of the American president Trump) who has suffered hardship these years.>

Putin deliberately interfered in the elections to favor Trump (who was also supported by China for identical motives), not because they're really friends (as shown by Mr. T's recent speech in Poland) but because Putain knew he couldn't hire a more effective anti-US propaganda agent than President Rump the Chump to destroy US international alliances (particularly with NATO and Latin America) in preparation for Putnik's upcoming restoration of the Soviet Union to its former "glory" (cough, cough...). What's really funny is that the right-wingers consider this accelerated Trump-fueled demise of the West to be somehow "showing who's boss". They're right, but the boss isn't Trump.

<I am sure many would enjoy the decline of this brilliant former world champion, but in spite of many reservations towards his megalomaniac personality, I cannot gloat when or if he and/or former masters struggle to achieve a decent income.>

I agree with you there. Even a goodly percentage of patzers are megalomaniacs but at least Kasparov has some justification for it, and chess prize money has always been chicken-feed compared to US football and soccer (http://www.totalsportek.com/money/h...)

Jul-08-17
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  Sokrates: Thanks, <ChessHigherCat>. I fully concur with your notions and comments.
Jul-08-17
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  Jambow: <the true and beloved friend of the American president Trump>

You know it's always nice when some idiot can't control themselves and puts political garbage in the comments that are totally unrelated to the topic at hand. FYI the American media is garbage. If Putin and Trump were such good friends why hadn't they ever met one time there wwhole lives until the other day as heads of state? That is a question people of normnal intelligence would ask. But most people don't have original thoughts they simply move when their strings are pulled.

I say this not because I think Trump is a wonderful guy, I really doubted he could get elected. Frankly he scares me on some levels but the other choice was Hillary. The Russians had zero influence on the American election, not one vote. Illegals, dead people and multiple state votes that is another question. .

Thanks for the wonderful chess discussions it is very much appreciated.

Go Kasparov!!!

Jul-08-17
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  Jambow: If you want to crap go to the Rogoff page please... This is why Democrats in America can't win an election they are arrogant and run their mouthes everywhere. Never consider there might be another side to the story. That they probably are accomplices when people are run over, blown up and stabbed to death. Why the countries they run are bankrupt too. Take your rich Hollywood elitist propoganda, with you and go worship Soros your puppet master, but do it on the Rogoff page.

Go Morphy!!!

Jul-08-17
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  WorstPlayerEver: You guys are the nazis of today. Deal with it! The game is on.
Jul-08-17
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  AylerKupp: <<Jambow> But most people don't have original thoughts they simply move when their strings are pulled.>

That's an interesting thing for you to say. Let's see:

1. "The Russians had zero influence on the American election, not one vote."

2. "Illegals, dead people, and multiple state votes that is another question."

3. "This is why Democrats in America can't win an election they are arrogant and run their mouthes everywhere."

4. "Never consider there might be another side to the story."

5. "Why the countries they run are bankrupt too."

6. "Take your rich Hollywood elitist propoganda, with you and go worship Soros your puppet master."

Now, who's failing to have an original thought? All these "original thoughts' are direct from Mein Kampf 2.0.

One thing I do agree with you though. Spew your "original thoughts" on the Rogoff page. Leave these pages for chess.

And that goes for everyone else regardless of your opinion. Please.

Jul-08-17  Clemens Scheitz: It seems that we all get to say what we think before suggesting to leave this pages for chess. Well then...

- Evolution is real and the earth is not only 6000 years old.

- Republicans hate illegal immigrants, unless they need their lawns mowed or their houses cleaned..

- Inside every Republican is a Klansman or a Nazi ready to bloom.

- Fox news isn't real news, it's just a racist, sexist, right-wing propaganda machine.

- The religious right is made up of many idiots. Sarah Palin is an idiot, Glen Beck is another. Dinesh d'Souza is an idiot and so are Rush Limbaugh and of course <Jambow>.

- Donald Trump is crap and his supporters are dim-witted and dumb.

Go Levon !!

Jul-08-17
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  perfidious: <CHC....Even a goodly percentage of patzers are megalomaniacs but at least Kasparov has some justification for it....>

One need not appreciate Kasparov's attitudes, but he was one terrific player--as to the attitudes of lesser fry, I have seen my share of averagely good players, in chess and poker, who came across as the second coming, if one were to believe them. Very often in my experience, the strongest players I have met have been reasonable to deal with generally.

<....and chess prize money has always been chicken-feed compared to US football and soccer....>

Even compared to poker, chess prize funds are a frigging joke--if I ever play in semi-serious events again such as blitz or rapid games, it will never be for the money--not that it ever was, or could be, for this old warhorse.

Jul-17-17  ChessEscudero: Giri is still one of the players with most draws... even in a blitz tournament!
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