|Spring Chess Classic (A) (2019)|
Played in Saint Louis Chess Club, Missouri USA, 2-10 March 2019. Prize fund: $22,000, with $6,000 to the winner. (1) Time control: 90 min/40 moves + 30 min/end + 30 sec increment per move starting from move 1. Organizer and chief arbiter: Tony D Rich. Deputy arbiter: Michael Kummer. (2) Jeffery Xiong won with 6/9. The B group had a prize fund of $14,000 and was won by Jinshi Bai. (1) ChessBase report: https://en.chessbase.com/post/xiong... Crosstable:
(1) https://www.uschesschamps.com/2019-... (2) https://ratings.fide.com/tournament...
Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1 Xiong 18 2666 * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 6
2 Nyzhnyk 22 2638 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 5½
3 Le Quang Liem 28 2710 0 ½ * ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 5
4 Robson 24 2667 0 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5
5 Tari 19 2620 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 4½
6 Hansen 26 2615 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 4½
7 Akobian 35 2643 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 0 1 1 4
8 Bok 24 2638 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ 1 4
9 Kasimdzhanov 39 2661 ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 3½
10 Ivanchuk 49 2713 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * 3
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45
|1. Robson vs Kasimdzhanov
||1-0||51||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||B33 Sicilian|
|2. I Nyzhnyk vs J Xiong
|| ||½-½||39||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||A30 English, Symmetrical|
|3. Ivanchuk vs Akobian
||0-1||58||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||C11 French|
|4. B Bok vs Le Quang Liem
||0-1||38||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||E00 Queen's Pawn Game|
|5. A Tari vs E Hansen
|| ||1-0||43||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||A15 English|
|6. Robson vs I Nyzhnyk
|| ||0-1||38||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||C43 Petrov, Modern Attack|
|7. J Xiong vs Ivanchuk
|| ||½-½||18||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||A46 Queen's Pawn Game|
|8. Akobian vs B Bok
|| ||0-1||46||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch|
|9. Le Quang Liem vs A Tari
|| ||½-½||36||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||B33 Sicilian|
|10. Kasimdzhanov vs E Hansen
|| ||½-½||42||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||C67 Ruy Lopez|
|11. E Hansen vs Le Quang Liem
||1-0||60||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||B30 Sicilian|
|12. A Tari vs Akobian
|| ||½-½||47||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||C11 French|
|13. B Bok vs J Xiong
||0-1||37||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical|
|14. Ivanchuk vs Robson
|| ||½-½||37||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||A09 Reti Opening|
|15. I Nyzhnyk vs Kasimdzhanov
|| ||½-½||34||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||A45 Queen's Pawn Game|
|16. Kasimdzhanov vs Le Quang Liem
|| ||0-1||54||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||C67 Ruy Lopez|
|17. Akobian vs E Hansen
|| ||0-1||70||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch|
|18. J Xiong vs A Tari
|| ||½-½||66||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||A34 English, Symmetrical|
|19. Robson vs B Bok
|| ||1-0||56||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense|
|20. I Nyzhnyk vs Ivanchuk
|| ||½-½||51||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||A30 English, Symmetrical|
|21. Le Quang Liem vs Akobian
|| ||½-½||62||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||D35 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|22. E Hansen vs J Xiong
|| ||½-½||30||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||C67 Ruy Lopez|
|23. A Tari vs Robson
|| ||½-½||32||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack|
|24. B Bok vs I Nyzhnyk
|| ||½-½||33||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation|
|25. Ivanchuk vs Kasimdzhanov
|| ||½-½||41||2019||Spring Chess Classic (A)||B30 Sicilian|
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45
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|Mar-12-19|| ||chessgames.com: We've added the games through Round 9 for the St. Louis Spring Chess Classic (Group A).|
|Mar-12-19|| ||Tabanus: Ivanchuk turns 50 next week.|
|Mar-12-19|| ||Sokrates: Thanks, <CG>, for this. |
<Tabanus: Ivanchuk turns 50 next week.>
Sad to be a witness to his steep descencion. This tournament pushed him 19 places down in live rating list, ending on at 63. The past ten years or so have not served him well. His results and performances were always extremely variable, but now there are very few ups and many downs. It seems as though he doesn't know what else to do and just keeps going on. What a merciless business to be a pro chess player with a faded halo.
|Mar-12-19|| ||Tabanus: Or a fun business. And he did take home the world rapid champion title in 2016 in Doha.|
|Mar-13-19|| ||HeMateMe: Korchnoi kept playing to the end. So did Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. They just want to keep playing. I appreciate their efforts.|
|Mar-13-19|| ||Sokrates: <HeMateMe: Korchnoi kept playing to the end. So did Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. They just want to keep playing. I appreciate their efforts.>|
So do I, but I think you'd agree with me that if we are talking about financial foundation there is a world of difference having been a top tennis player and a top chess player. Connors and Navratilova can play just for fun - Ivanchuk probably plays because he loves to play chess, but he might also play for the purpose of having sufficient money on his account.
This was, btw, always a sort of ignored theme in the world of chess. Chess history displays a sad army of top players who had to struggle with their personal finances all their life. It would be very interesting if a good journalist and researcher would examine the financial conditions for the, say top 100 players of today. Some of them are likely supported by their home country, others by commercial sponsors, but there might also be a group of players who base some of their economy on price-funds hunting.
|Mar-13-19|| ||HeMateMe: I would think things are better because today the top players in most countries get a stipend. Chukie perhaps has to keep playing to keep getting a stipend. There might also be a bonus for making an Olympiad team, and some extra money for summer league, playing in Germany.|
Would guys like Chuck quit (when going downhill) if it weren't absolutely necessary to keep playing, finance-wise? Maybe. But, turn back the clock 30 years. It's better to be a player who has to work when the money is there than to be a player who can't make any money playing (like in the USA, where there are no stipends, unless you're a Rex-guy).
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