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Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz) Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura12/18(+7 -1 =10)[games]
Levon Aronian11/18(+5 -1 =12)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave10.5/18(+6 -3 =9)[games]
Sergey Karjakin10.5/18(+7 -4 =7)[games]
Wesley So9/18(+2 -2 =14)[games]
Alexander Grischuk9/18(+3 -3 =12)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov8.5/18(+5 -6 =7)[games]
Viswanathan Anand8/18(+3 -5 =10)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6/18(+3 -9 =6)[games]
Fabiano Caruana5.5/18(+2 -9 =7)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz) (2018)

Played in Paris, France, 23-24 June 2018, as part of the 2nd leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2018. The participants first played nine games of rapid chess (see Grand Chess Tour Paris (Rapid) (2018)) then 18 games of blitz (this page) for a total prize fund of $150,000. The blitz was won by Hikaru Nakamura with 12/18. Crosstable:

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 Pts 1 Nakamura ** ½½ ½½ ½½ ½½ 1½ 01 ½1 11 11 12 2 Aronian ½½ ** ½½ 0½ ½½ ½½ ½1 1½ 11 ½1 11 =3 Vachier-Lagrave ½½ ½½ ** 11 ½0 ½½ 01 1½ 10 1½ 10½ =3 Karjakin ½½ 1½ 00 ** 1½ 1½ 0½ 10 11 1½ 10½ =5 So ½½ ½½ ½1 0½ ** 0½ 1½ ½½ ½½ ½½ 9 =5 Grischuk 0½ ½½ ½½ 0½ 1½ ** ½½ 01 ½½ 1½ 9 7 Mamedyarov 10 ½0 10 1½ 0½ ½½ ** ½½ 01 01 8½ 8 Anand ½0 0½ 0½ 01 ½½ 10 ½½ ** ½½ ½1 8 9 Kramnik 00 00 01 00 ½½ ½½ 10 ½½ ** 10 6 10 Caruana 00 ½0 0½ 0½ ½½ 0½ 10 ½0 01 ** 5½

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

Ra Bli Pts GP 1 Nakamura 11 12 23 13 2 Karjakin 11 10½ 21½ 10 3 So 12 9 21 8 4 Aronian 9 11 20 7 5 Vachier-Lagrave 9 10½ 19½ 6 6 Anand 9 8 17 5 7 Grischuk 7 9 16 4 8 Mamedyarov 7 8½ 15½ 3 9 Caruana 8 5½ 13½ 2 10 Kramnik 7 6 13 1

Nakamura won the overall event with 23 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).

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TWIC: report:


 page 2 of 4; games 26-50 of 90  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. So vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½792018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)A04 Reti Opening
27. Kramnik vs Aronian 0-1472018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
28. Caruana vs Anand  ½-½432018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
29. Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana  1-0542018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)C53 Giuoco Piano
30. Nakamura vs Anand  ½-½322018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)A04 Reti Opening
31. Aronian vs So  ½-½242018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)A06 Reti Opening
32. Mamedyarov vs Kramnik 0-1412018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
33. Karjakin vs Grischuk  1-0452018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
34. Grischuk vs Nakamura 0-1252018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)C67 Ruy Lopez
35. Kramnik vs Karjakin 0-1582018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
36. Caruana vs Aronian  ½-½462018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)C46 Three Knights
37. Anand vs Vachier-Lagrave 0-1332018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
38. Nakamura vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½402018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)B50 Sicilian
39. Mamedyarov vs Caruana 0-1402018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
40. Aronian vs Anand  1-0422018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
41. Grischuk vs Kramnik  ½-½752018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
42. Karjakin vs So 1-0412018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)C18 French, Winawer
43. Kramnik vs Nakamura 0-1392018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)A14 English
44. Caruana vs Karjakin 0-1442018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)C46 Three Knights
45. So vs Mamedyarov 1-0442018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)D06 Queen's Gambit Declined
46. Grischuk vs Anand  1-0592018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)A37 English, Symmetrical
47. Karjakin vs Vachier-Lagrave  0-1812018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)A48 King's Indian
48. Kramnik vs Caruana 0-1462018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)D04 Queen's Pawn Game
49. Nakamura vs So  ½-½262018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
50. Vachier-Lagrave vs Mamedyarov  1-0352018Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
 page 2 of 4; games 26-50 of 90  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-20-18  ambongtumbong: Will it be a tight race again for the overall standing after the blitz?? half a point again that separate the winner from the rest of the pack?
Jun-20-18  The Kings Domain: Love the Grand Chess Tour. Looking forward to the tournaments and games.
Jun-21-18  troipee: Wonder how much money one of these top players earn a year.Do they fly first class and pick their own hotels?
Jun-24-18  jphamlore: Finally signs of life of the Nakamura of old, and not just an older Nakamura.
Jun-24-18  siamesedream: Congratulations to <GM Hikaru Nakamura>!
Jun-24-18  chesslearner1991: Why did Sergey took a 13 move draw in the last round, when he desperately needed a win? Magnus & Hikaru wouldn't have done that.
Jun-24-18  fisayo123: 14 draws in 18 blitz games is some achievement. Truly shocking from So.
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  transpose: I am glad Hikaru won the tournament. He did it with solid play (only one loss) and steady nerves. I believe he held back a bit in the blitz (taking a draw where he could have pressed on in some cases) because he knows that the Grand Chess Tour is more than any one stage, and he is aiming to maximize his combined score over the four events.

it is a bit concerning that Fabiano couldn't do better. Rapid and blitz have never been his forte, but he is better than his performance here. Perhaps he was ill? I am hoping his form returns for his next few events as I want to see a good close match for the WC. That's a tall order because Magnus is so much better than anyone else right now.

Jun-24-18  Marmot PFL: Looks like Sergey ran out of gas at the end, but frankly he was lucky not to lose some earlier games--

Karjakin vs Caruana, 2018

Grischuk vs Karjakin, 2018

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  maturner: I think Fabiano is just burned out from too much chess. He needed more rest.
Jun-24-18  Bobwhoosta: <maturner>

I agree. He's been on a grueling schedule. But after some rest I expect he's going to be beasting it again.

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  FSR: What happened to Karjakin? He must've collapsed at the end.
Jun-24-18  5hrsolver: Fabiano Caruana is fine. Classical chess is his strength. He knows he is not that good at Rapid and Blitz but all this play keeps his chess reflexes sharp. The ultimate goal of a chess player is to challenge for the world title and he is the one doing it.
Jun-24-18  Marmot PFL: For the next Grand Chess Tour event they should get Nepomniatchi instead of Giri, Kramnik, or Caruana.
Jun-24-18  Marmot PFL: Shankland would be a good addition for the St. Louis event.
Jun-24-18  rodman2: Karjak arrest!
Jun-25-18  Junbalansag: Wesley's strength lies in his faith in God. Faith enables him to be humble, to learn from his mistakes and to soar high like an eagle. He is a role model for his kababayans (compatriots) in the Philippines with humble beginnings.
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  Kapmigs: I like jokes
Jun-25-18  geniokov: <<Junbalansag: Wesley's strength lies in his faith in God. Faith enables him to be humble, to learn from his mistakes and to soar high like an eagle. He is a role model for his kababayans (compatriots) in the Philippines with humble beginnings.>> In order for Wesley to be a real model in chess for our country,i think it would be better for him to return,stay to our country and carry the Philippine flag! Whatelse did he want more? He doesn't have human trainer then so what? He can secure ALPHA ZERO for him to make him even stronger at his expense. He must join AFGM and other Philippine GM to establish chess in our country! That time,i am sure our government will support him! About FAITH IN GOD? What's the difference between faith in God in US compare to his motherland? He can have a second chance like everybody does! Just give a try. That is just my opinion if he wants to be a model for our country.
Jun-25-18  geniokov: He( Wesley) must avoid politics or else,his image will end up like Manny Pacquiao. Faith in God will become pure if you doesn't carry thorn in your heart!
Jun-25-18  The Kings Domain: Although I was hoping for So, Karjakin or Grischuk to win it it was a good one.

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