|GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz (2019)|
The Paris Rapid & Blitz was the third stage of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, a series of eight events in which the world's best players competed for a total prize fund of $1.75 million. The Paris event this year took place in the Head Office of sponsors Vivendi from July 27 to August 1. Seven of the 12 tour regulars, Caruana, Giri, MVL, Nepomniachtchi, Mamedyarov, Anand and Nakamura were joined by event wild cards Grischuk, Duda and Dubov. The rapid part was a 10-player round-robin and featured three rounds each day on the first three days, with a time control of 25 minutes for all moves and a 10-second delay from move 1. The final two days were a blitz double round-robin, with 18 rounds of 5 minutes + 3-second delay. Rapid games counted double, with 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw. (1)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won with 21/27 and collected 13 Grand Chess Tour points (GP):
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts GP
1 Vachier-Lagrave *** 11½ 10½ 0½0 200 210 101 21½ 211 200 21 13
2 Anand 10½ *** 1½1 2½1 11½ 111 1½1 00½ 100 21½ 20½ 10
=3 Grischuk 11½ 1½0 *** 2½1 000 2½0 201 10½ 2½½ 1½1 20 7½
=3 Nepomniachtchi 2½1 0½0 0½0 *** 2½0 211 2½½ 001 11½ 11½ 20 7½
5 Duda 011 10½ 211 0½1 *** 001 10½ 21½ 1½0 201 19½ 6
6 Caruana 001 100 0½1 000 210 *** 210 211 111 11½ 19 5
7 Nakamura 110 1½0 010 0½½ 11½ 001 *** 210 211 1½1 18½ 4
8 Mamedyarov 00½ 21½ 11½ 210 00½ 000 001 *** 0½½ 201 15 3
9 Dubov 000 111 0½½ 10½ 1½1 100 000 2½½ *** 110 14 2
10 Giri 011 00½ 1½0 10½ 010 10½ 1½0 010 101 *** 12½ 1
Previous GCT event 2019: GCT Croatia (2019). Next: GCT St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (2019)
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|1. Grischuk vs Nakamura
|| ||1-0||56||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3|
|2. J K Duda vs Grischuk
||1-0||28||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||A09 Reti Opening|
|3. D Dubov vs A Giri
|| ||½-½||46||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||E10 Queen's Pawn Game|
|4. Nakamura vs Mamedyarov
|| ||1-0||60||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||A04 Reti Opening|
|5. Anand vs Caruana
|| ||½-½||52||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack|
|6. M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Nepomniachtchi
||0-1||35||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||B12 Caro-Kann Defense|
|7. A Giri vs Anand
|| ||0-1||63||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||E11 Bogo-Indian Defense|
|8. Caruana vs J K Duda
||1-0||45||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||C42 Petrov Defense|
|9. Nakamura vs Caruana
|| ||0-1||37||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3|
|10. D Dubov vs M Vachier-Lagrave
|| ||0-1||62||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||A33 English, Symmetrical|
|11. Anand vs I Nepomniachtchi
||1-0||39||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation|
|12. Grischuk vs Mamedyarov
|| ||½-½||25||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||A04 Reti Opening|
|13. J K Duda vs A Giri
||1-0||54||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||C50 Giuoco Piano|
|14. Mamedyarov vs M Vachier-Lagrave
|| ||0-1||41||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||E60 King's Indian Defense|
|15. I Nepomniachtchi vs D Dubov
|| ||½-½||39||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||A33 English, Symmetrical|
|16. J K Duda vs Mamedyarov
||1-0||33||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||A13 English|
|17. I Nepomniachtchi vs A Giri
|| ||½-½||32||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|18. Grischuk vs M Vachier-Lagrave
|| ||½-½||39||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||E61 King's Indian|
|19. Caruana vs I Nepomniachtchi
||0-1||63||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||B07 Pirc|
|20. J K Duda vs Anand
|| ||½-½||36||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||A13 English|
|21. Mamedyarov vs A Giri
|| ||1-0||43||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||A45 Queen's Pawn Game|
|22. Nakamura vs D Dubov
|| ||1-0||41||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|23. Anand vs Nakamura
|| ||½-½||19||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense|
|24. D Dubov vs Grischuk
|| ||0-1||76||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||A06 Reti Opening|
|25. Grischuk vs Anand
|| ||½-½||49||2019||GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz||E10 Queen's Pawn Game|
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|Jul-31-19|| ||csmath: Giri is still in the cellar, having two wins and three losses in blitz.|
Grischuk and MVL had lousy day today. MVL on 50% and Grischuk winning only once while losing 3 games.
|Jul-31-19|| ||Sokrates: And the score by the end of round 9 in blitz and 27 games in total:|
MVL still first with 17.5, followed by
Nepo and Grischuk both on 15.5, and
Caruana / Anand / Nakamura all on 14.5
|Jul-31-19|| ||jphamlore: A good day for Nakamura, except Caruana is having success versus him at <any> time control.|
|Jul-31-19|| ||MissScarlett: A good day for Nakamura, because in the context of chess history, Carlsen regained his #1 blitz rating from MVL.|
|Aug-01-19|| ||csmath: So far Nakamura will be losing some rating points, he already lost three games today, to MVL, Anand (in a nice ending), and to Grischuk. MVL lost three games to Caruana, Giri and Nepo so his blitz rating is going down 80+ points, complete free fall.|
Caruana is receiving some serious beating today, losing 4 games already in the first 6 rounds.
Looks like Magnus Carlsen is safe on #1 rating.
|Aug-01-19|| ||jith1207: Anand has a hattrick of wins against Caruana, Grischuk and Nakamura. Tied for third spot with three rounds to go.|
Not probably gonna challenge the leader, but he's definitely playing like a rejuvenated person on third day of this kind of gruelling event, where he has struggled to win games consistently of late.
|Aug-01-19|| ||jith1207: <csmath>: with due respect, if I may object, Carlsen wouldn't be a bit worried about who's losing rating points today, as it seems to be the trend of the posts here.|
He definitely has a chip on his shoulder about his ratings and rankings but he's the kind of person who gets the required rating points through his games rather than following others' games for going up in the rankings indirectly.
|Aug-01-19|| ||csmath: Blitz only:
Fabiano ended with three wins in the last three rounds and saved himself from a disaster. Duda won the day with 6.5/9, Anand had a good day as well. Nakamura not so, going below 50% for the day. MVL had a complete disaster in blitz, going with -2. Lost a ton of rating points.
Giri left Dubov in blitz cellar but overall Giri is dead last.
|Aug-01-19|| ||jith1207: Anand gained 10 (rapid), 4.5 & 6 (blitz rounds) points in three days, finishing +1, =0, +3 respectively in these days. Ended up just half a point behind the winner. The last round win against Nepo must have impacted significant prize money earnings for both of them, as Anand jumped from 4th to sole 2nd place.|
MVL started the day with seemingly well settled 17.5 points and just scraped enough to finish on 21 to be the sole top rank. He lost 102 rating points though.
Considering how well Anand has done competing with some guys half his age, I guess we can retire the retirement speculation and give him time.
|Aug-01-19|| ||jith1207: Surprisingly, Anand got only one draw each and 4 losses from 6 games against Dubov and Shak, who actually finished close to the bottom overall. |
Anand did well against most other players, losing only one other game in the whole tournament to MVL among all other contestants.
A slightly better performance against these two players could have given him even better overall result.
|Aug-01-19|| ||jphamlore: Anand is playing for his son's future and therefore had dad strength.|
|Aug-01-19|| ||botvinnik64: MVL pips Anand (21 1/2 out of 36 to 21 for Anand) to take this event. How does Vishy do it year after year!?!!! He is AMAZING!|
|Aug-01-19|| ||csmath: Because he never lost a zeal for preparation. He is not sidetracked, he lives in Europe so they don't obsessively bother him which would happen if he were in India. He does nothing outside chess, no politics, no schools (at least nothing that require his effort), etc. He has stable marriage with full support from his wife, regular seconds and so on and so forth. |
Chess is his whole life, like Korchnoi. What else he is going to do? Karpov has real business, Kasparov wonders in politics, Kramnik "education" (god help the kids), Grischuk poker (supposedly), Nakamura stock market (supposedly) etc.
How long was Korchnoi in elite curcuit? I think somewhere until early 1990ies. That means into his 60ies. I think Anand can probably do the same.
|Aug-01-19|| ||chessfanprag: ... and so many voices and disrespect in past days about Anand... he should retire and similar talk... great performance and congrats to Vishy...|
|Aug-01-19|| ||csmath: I wouldn't put too much stock on any great performance here.|
After all the difference between players (with possible exception of Giri and Dubov) is really small and one or two more blunders (and there were a lot of them) could have turned the final standings upside down. You can see that with individual players. Rapid was somewhat better for judgment but there was only 9 rounds of it so ...
The blitz part is a complete hogwash in my view, nothing worth looking into.
I think we need more classical supertournaments to see the form of players, I don't think one can see that in these circus competitions.
I mean classical chess is a real serious chess, perhaps rapid to some degree but these competitions are nothing more than a chess circus.
|Aug-01-19|| ||Sokrates: <chessfanprag: ... and so many voices and disrespect in past days about Anand... he should retire and similar talk... great performance and congrats to Vishy...> |
Man, you really want to twist and misinterpret a completely justified discussion about a player, who has been at the top for ages and now - after the younger Kramnik's retirement - is the oldest player in the elite. There was not a iota of "disrespect" in that discussion, unless you think age is a taboo. In the past decades it has become much tougher to stay in the elite after you have passed 45 or been a long time in the game. Just look at the average age of the top ten.
No-one here disrespects Anand, the nobleman in chess, on the contrary! I have expressed my deep admiration for him numerous times, others have done the same. Age comes to us all, there's no shame in that whatsoever.
What Anand did today bears witness of his enormous talent, a flare once again demonstrating his genius.
|Aug-01-19|| ||botvinnik64: So we all agree: Viva Vishy!!!|
|Aug-01-19|| ||Pedro Fernandez: No doubt that the great "winner" of this tournament was GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda, 21yo!|
|Aug-02-19|| ||Sokrates: <Pedro Fernandez: No doubt that the great "winner" of this tournament was GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda, 21yo!> |
My dear Pedro, dare I ask why so? Because he is 21? Both Tal and Carlsen were around 23, when they became world champions. Because of his result? Being no. 5 of 10? Was it his play? He lost 8 games (if I count correctly). Or you simply find the man sympathetic - I'd acknowledge that without any explanation! :-)
The winner without quotation marks is, of course, MVL, and I congratulate him on this victory, particularly because it may give him a boost of self-confidence, enabling him to get into the candidates and rise to his former glory there.
The winner with q.marks is IMO Vishwanathan Anand, who at 49 managed to become the clear second, only half a point behind the winner and in the company of such strong players in the quicker formats. He also had relatively few losses. Very remarkable, I'd say!
|Aug-02-19|| ||jith1207: MVL needs to get back the form he was in the last world cup. Since then, it has been up and down, but I guess it is how it goes among the elite except for Carlsen. MVL is very sharp, and hopefully few better performance like this could boost him in time for qualifying for the candidates.|
|Aug-02-19|| ||jith1207: Maybe, because Duda beat Grischuk thrice, MVL twice, Caruana and Nepo once each. But his consistency was not there and must have been good experience playing in the grand chess tour nevertheless.|
|Aug-02-19|| ||jith1207: Maybe, going by the original point system for all formats, Duda finishes joint second along with Grischuk behind Anand, as in the points table above.|
|Aug-02-19|| ||alexmagnus: <How long was Korchnoi in elite curcuit? I think somewhere until early 1990ies. That means into his 60ies. I think Anand can probably do the same.>|
Depends on the definition of "elite".
He was 58 at his last top 10 appearance and 68 at his last top 20 one. Interestingly, in between the two he even fell out of top 50 (his lowest ranking between the two lists in question was 73, just two years after his last top 10 appearance).
|Aug-02-19|| ||jith1207: Top 20 in the world at the age of 68 still sounds elite to me, you can't expect someone to keep up the rankings at a senior age, but if they had bounced back to the top level again that's impressive.|
There are many legends who reached the top but retired not willing to show their longevity, but they are also elite because they achieved something unique and great in their playing says.
Just like how you don't take away the Title norms, you don't over analyze the eliteness of the great players.
|Aug-02-19|| ||Sokrates: While we recall the greatness of magnificent players who remained very strong almost until their death (Lasker, Smyslov and Korchnoi being the most prominent), let it be noted that they were rare exceptions. Let us hope Anand will join this distinguished club, but we shall have to wait until he has reached his 60s in order to make a proper comparison.|
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