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Spring Chess Classic (A) Tournament

Jeffery Xiong6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Illya Nyzhnyk5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Le Quang Liem5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Ray Robson5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Aryan Tari4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Eric Hansen4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Benjamin Bok4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Rustam Kasimdzhanov3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
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 Spring Chess Classic (B) (2019) had a prize fund of $14,000 and was won by Jinshi Bai. (1) ChessBase report: Crosstable:

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Xiong 18 2666 * 1 1 1 6 2 Nyzhnyk 22 2638 * 1 1 5 3 Le Quang Liem 28 2710 0 * 0 1 1 1 5 4 Robson 24 2667 0 0 * 1 1 1 5 5 Tari 19 2620 * 1 0 4 6 Hansen 26 2615 0 1 0 * 1 4 7 Akobian 35 2643 0 0 * 0 1 1 4 8 Bok 24 2638 0 0 0 1 * 1 4 9 Kasimdzhanov 39 2661 0 0 1 0 * 3 10 Ivanchuk 49 2713 0 0 0 * 3

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Robson vs Kasimdzhanov 1-0512019Spring Chess Classic (A)B33 Sicilian
2. I Nyzhnyk vs J Xiong  ½-½392019Spring Chess Classic (A)A30 English, Symmetrical
3. Ivanchuk vs Akobian 0-1582019Spring Chess Classic (A)C11 French
4. B Bok vs Le Quang Liem 0-1382019Spring Chess Classic (A)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. A Tari vs E Hansen  1-0432019Spring Chess Classic (A)A15 English
6. Robson vs I Nyzhnyk  0-1382019Spring Chess Classic (A)C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
7. J Xiong vs Ivanchuk  ½-½182019Spring Chess Classic (A)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Akobian vs B Bok  0-1462019Spring Chess Classic (A)D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
9. Le Quang Liem vs A Tari  ½-½362019Spring Chess Classic (A)B33 Sicilian
10. Kasimdzhanov vs E Hansen  ½-½422019Spring Chess Classic (A)C67 Ruy Lopez
11. E Hansen vs Le Quang Liem 1-0602019Spring Chess Classic (A)B30 Sicilian
12. A Tari vs Akobian  ½-½472019Spring Chess Classic (A)C11 French
13. B Bok vs J Xiong 0-1372019Spring Chess Classic (A)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
14. Ivanchuk vs Robson  ½-½372019Spring Chess Classic (A)A09 Reti Opening
15. I Nyzhnyk vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½342019Spring Chess Classic (A)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Kasimdzhanov vs Le Quang Liem  0-1542019Spring Chess Classic (A)C67 Ruy Lopez
17. Akobian vs E Hansen  0-1702019Spring Chess Classic (A)D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. J Xiong vs A Tari  ½-½662019Spring Chess Classic (A)A34 English, Symmetrical
19. Robson vs B Bok  1-0562019Spring Chess Classic (A)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. I Nyzhnyk vs Ivanchuk  ½-½512019Spring Chess Classic (A)A30 English, Symmetrical
21. Le Quang Liem vs Akobian  ½-½622019Spring Chess Classic (A)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. E Hansen vs J Xiong  ½-½302019Spring Chess Classic (A)C67 Ruy Lopez
23. A Tari vs Robson  ½-½322019Spring Chess Classic (A)C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
24. B Bok vs I Nyzhnyk  ½-½332019Spring Chess Classic (A)D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
25. Ivanchuk vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½412019Spring Chess Classic (A)B30 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member We've added the games through Round 9 for the St. Louis Spring Chess Classic (Group A).
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  Tabanus: Ivanchuk turns 50 next week.
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  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.

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  Tabanus: Or a fun business. And he did take home the world rapid champion title in 2016 in Doha.
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  HeMateMe: Korchnoi kept playing to the end. So did Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. They just want to keep playing. I appreciate their efforts.
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  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.

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  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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  Sargon: We've also imported the complete set of games for the Spring Chess Classic (B) (2019).
May-02-19  ellajonshon12: This post is really good i also want to install classic chess game on windows 10 but when i tried to install it shows an error during installation, so i really want a instruction how to install this game without facing any error.
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  parmetd: <sokrates> nearly all top players live hand to mouth. There's probably less than 100 players in history that have reached financial stability by playing (and almost all of those are either WC or WCC).
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