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FIDE Grand Prix Mallorca Tournament

Levon Aronian3.5/5(+2 -0 =3)[games]
Peter Svidler3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Ding Liren3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Richard Rapport2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky2.5/5(+0 -0 =5)[games]
Anish Giri2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev2.5/5(+0 -0 =5)[games]
Teimour Radjabov2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev2/5(+1 -2 =2)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons2/5(+1 -2 =2)[games]
Li Chao2/5(+0 -1 =4)[games]
Pavel Eljanov2/5(+0 -1 =4)[games]
Boris Gelfand1.5/5(+0 -2 =3)[games]
Jon Ludvig Hammer1.5/5(+0 -2 =3)[games] Chess Event Description
FIDE Grand Prix Mallorca (2017)

Players: Riazantsev, Giri, Gelfand, Liren, Jakovenko, Inarkiev, Tomashevsky, Vallejo Pons, Nakamura, Hammer, Aronian, Chao, Vachier-Lagrave, Eljanov, Harikrishna, Svidler, Rapport, and Radjabov.

More info: Pairings and results:

ChessBookie action:
FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca rd 6: Aronian - Svidler
FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca rd 6: Harikrishna - Vachier-Lagrave
FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca rd 6: Nakamura - Ding Liren
FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca rd 6: How many draws?
FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca rd 6: Pick Three

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J L Hammer vs Harikrishna  ½-½452017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
2. Radjabov vs A Riazantsev ½-½122017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. E Inarkiev vs Li Chao 1-0292017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaD85 Grunfeld
4. A Giri vs R Rapport 1-0622017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaA10 English
5. Tomashevsky vs Svidler  ½-½292017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaE60 King's Indian Defense
6. Ding Liren vs F Vallejo Pons  ½-½202017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaA06 Reti Opening
7. Eljanov vs Nakamura ½-½342017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaA07 King's Indian Attack
8. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Gelfand 1-0342017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaB30 Sicilian
9. Jakovenko vs Aronian  ½-½272017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaC78 Ruy Lopez
10. Gelfand vs R Rapport ½-½522017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaA10 English
11. Li Chao vs J L Hammer  ½-½402017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Harikrishna vs Tomashevsky  ½-½302017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaC53 Giuoco Piano
13. F Vallejo Pons vs Radjabov 0-1372017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaE73 King's Indian
14. Svidler vs Eljanov  ½-½192017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaC53 Giuoco Piano
15. A Riazantsev vs Ding Liren  ½-½452017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. Nakamura vs Jakovenko ½-½232017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Aronian vs E Inarkiev 1-0342017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. A Giri vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½312017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. F Vallejo Pons vs Gelfand 1-0632017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaB30 Sicilian
20. R Rapport vs Li Chao ½-½782017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaC42 Petrov Defense
21. Jakovenko vs A Riazantsev  ½-½182017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaB12 Caro-Kann Defense
22. E Inarkiev vs Harikrishna  ½-½202017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
23. J L Hammer vs Svidler 0-1392017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
24. Ding Liren vs Eljanov  ½-½382017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaA06 Reti Opening
25. Tomashevsky vs Nakamura  ½-½482017FIDE Grand Prix MallorcaE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
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  Willber G: <john barleycorn: I will write this to MVL on a postcard. I hope MVL knows what he is doing.>

Thank you. Helpful as ever.

Nov-20-17  stst: <Sharks seldom fight each other, prefer to go after the minnows.>

That's why again, such tourneys end up in "lucking" out one another with smaller species. There should be a wrestle for the big sharks, and that's why it's always preferable to have the final four knocking horns with each other.... but, always the case, nah,... not enough time, not enough resources, etc etc.

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  Marmot PFL: All draws today, except Eljanov-Inarkiev (and that should be). Ding Liren-Aronian drew in 19 moves and the other top boards soon followed.

They should have a 30-move minimum on draws, and maybe more points for wins (although it's hard for risk averse players to change their style).

Nov-20-17  et1: How amazing to see that these guys "are humans after all" and after yesterday's carnage (six victories in nine matches) today we had nine easy draws, waiting for tomorrow rest day. I believe the next four games will be a blood fest, chess speaking !
Nov-20-17  JimNorCal: Agree with <et1>, yesterday was pretty traumatic! Still, as the last chance to get a step ahead before tomorrow's rest day, it's a bit surprising that MVL, for example, did not expend more effort.
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  Sokrates: <JimNorCal: MVL takes an early draw. When will he start to play?> Agreed. He has to get more aggressive, show a burning passion to win. Four draws simply isn't good enough, presupposing he is actually interested in getting into the candidates. Karjakin is a great example of how far you can get, if you have a strong will to win and invest everything you've got to serve the main goal. Pure chess strength has to be supported psychologically if you want to get to the very top. No feeble hearted has ever become world champion.
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  Willber G: Hey, <jbc>, perhaps you could add the thoughts of <JimNorCal> and <Sokrates> to your postcard? ;)
Nov-20-17  BOSTER: < Willber G> :<to get some clear water>. I don't think it is possible <to get some clear water> in our dirty world. Otherwise, Giri'd grab a glass of such water and play 24...Qd6 in the game vs Aronian.
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  Chessgames Bookie: ♙♙ PAY DAY IS COMING ♕♕

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Place your bets here:
FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca rd 6: Aronian - Svidler
FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca rd 6: Harikrishna - Vachier-Lagrave
FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca rd 6: Nakamura - Ding Liren
FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca rd 6: How many draws?
FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca rd 6: Pick Three

Newcomers can find the rules and tips on how to play at the ChessBookie Game Help Page. Good luck everybody, and have fun!

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  Boomie: MVL took draws against the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th highest rated players in the tournament. It was just an odd coincidence that he had to play them consecutively. I'm sure he will take a draw against Ding (4th), too. Aside from good tournament strategy, I can't read anything more in this.
Nov-20-17  BOSTER: <Boomie> < good tour strategy >. The Q is: Can such <drawish> strategy bring MVL to the top of the chess world? Till now he has only one win vs Gelfand.
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  PawnSac: < stst: Within 50 moves, no draw allowed whatsoever - and, no repetition of moves simply to fill up the 50 moves!! >

If after 40 moves a defender is forced to play a repetitious check to avoid a loss, and apart from this stipulation it would normally be reasonably drawn, your suggestion is not a fair ruling if the only option was to make a losing move. The only just appeal to break such an unfair situation is to have an arbiter exception.

Nov-20-17  BOSTER: <Boomie>< I'm sure he (MVL) will take a draw against Ding>.What will you say if Ding win?
Nov-20-17  KoNUlla: Ding and Aronian said in a post match inteview that neither of them wanted to go into the rest day with a loss on their mind, guessing the other players might be thinking the same or they simply wanted a rest after five days work.

MVL so far mostly played the top dogs, I think he got something cooked up if he play Hammer or Rapport in his last games. I can't find the full pairings on the official site, just see he play Harikrishna tomorrow.

If he or Radjabov does not make it I'm really happy Grischuk will! He got to few invites the last years IMO and I would like to see him in the Candidates if MVL does not make it.

Nov-21-17  wtpy: KoNUlla,I am pulling for Grischuk myself.
Nov-21-17  chesslearner1991: Grischuk can upset Magnus once in a while than MVL.
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  Sokrates: <chesslearner1991: Grischuk can upset Magnus once in a while than MVL.> In blitzes yes, absolutely - in classics it's 4:1 in favour of the champ. All formats taken into account it's +28 -19 =21. But who has statistics on his side in a comparison with Carlsen? :-)
Nov-21-17  not not: Giri, who else?
Nov-21-17  rokko: With the exception of Ding, MVL has indeed played all the top seeds already and will get lower-placed players for the final rounds. This is one of the oddities of this mini-Swiss format. In Sharjah and Moscow, +2 was good enough for 140 points and for 125 (tie with Grischuk!) in Geneva. But this is obviously a risky bet. Thanks to Nakamura, MVL is at least ahead of Radjabov - for the time being.
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  Sokrates: <not not: Giri, who else?> That's right, Giri is very close to a tie with Carlsen. It's a well-known phenomenon which occurs in chess and sports that the dominant player has an inexplicable weakspot towards one relatively weaker player. Giri, now no. 14 on the LiveRating list and c. 80 points below Carlsen is exactly that person in chess. The exception that confirms the rule if you will.
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  botvinnik64: go MVL!
Nov-21-17  JimNorCal: <bot64>: go MVL!

I'll be happy to be proved wrong but, sadly, I sense MVL has already gone...

Nov-21-17  stst: < JimNorCal: <bot64>: go MVL! I'll be happy to be proved wrong but, sadly, I sense MVL has already gone...>

Sadly so, quite agreed.
As somebody "advocates," draws to continue... Could MVL surface on draws?

Nov-21-17  stst: <...will be a blood fest,..>

Not so quick, before that, some vegi pl.!!
(All draws after "rest day?" yet another rest day is needed!! ))

Nov-22-17  jphamlore: Every single one of MVL's opponents so far has played in at least one prior Candidates tournament. Radjabov is left.

I think MVL is going to win 2 of the next 4 games and finish clear top 2 in this event, making Candidates 2018.

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