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Champions Showdown Chess 9LX Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Magnus Carlsen6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Fabiano Caruana5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Levon Aronian5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Wesley So5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Garry Kasparov3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Peter Svidler3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Alireza Firouzja2.5/9(+2 -6 =1)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Champions Showdown Chess 9LX (2020)

The 2020 Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX is a 10-player Chess960 single round-robin taking place online from 11-13 September 2020 and hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club. The prize fund is $150,000, with $37,500 for 1st place.

The time control is 20 minutes for all moves and a 10-second increment from move 1. In the event of a tie for any place in the tournament, there shall be no tiebreak. Prize money shall be divided equally among all tied players. (1)

Official site: https://www.uschesschamps.com/2020-...

(1) chess24 https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

 page 2 of 2; games 26-45 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Caruana vs Nakamura  0-1952020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
27. Svidler vs L Dominguez  ½-½362020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
28. A Firouzja vs Aronian  0-1402020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
29. W So vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½682020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
30. Nakamura vs Carlsen  ½-½412020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
31. Kasparov vs Caruana 0-1352020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
32. L Dominguez vs Kasparov  ½-½352020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
33. Aronian vs Svidler 1-0202020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
34. M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Firouzja  0-1442020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
35. Carlsen vs W So 0-1292020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
36. Aronian vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-1312020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
37. L Dominguez vs Carlsen  ½-½442020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
38. Svidler vs Caruana  ½-½292020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
39. A Firouzja vs Nakamura  0-1282020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
40. Kasparov vs W So  ½-½392020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
41. Caruana vs A Firouzja  1-0442020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
42. Carlsen vs Svidler  1-0312020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
43. M Vachier-Lagrave vs L Dominguez  1-0732020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
44. Aronian vs Kasparov  ½-½482020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
45. Nakamura vs W So  ½-½202020Champions Showdown Chess 9LX000 Chess variants
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Sep-11-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessgames Bookie: Place your bets! Big showdown tomorrow, Nakamura v Carlsen. Go to the ChessBookie Game link. Thanks
Sep-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: Note: if you can't see the games, please set your game viewer to pgn4web (in the box under the game score) - but remember to set it back to our default viewer Olga in the end, as it is about to be upgraded soon, and will be the best of our viewers. :)
Sep-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Thanks, <Annie K.>.

Great drama in the game between the two capital C's. In the post mortem Carlsen admitted that he was overplayed in the middle game and decided he had to do something. Indeed he did.

32.Qxa7 was the start of manoeuvres opening diagonals and lines into the fortress of the black king. Caruana must have been shocked by witnessing his good position + an exchange getting penetrated by Carlsen's effective pieces.

Many great games so far. This will be good!

Sep-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <Sally Simpson> will be pleased to know that should MVL score 0/9, he'll still pick up $7,500.
Sep-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: A 960 tournament! I'm in heaven!
Sep-12-20  RookFile: People called Fischer crazy, and maybe he did have his issues. Nevertheless, Fischer said we should have increments in the chess clock and we do. Fischer came up with Fischer Random chess and now we play it (chess 960). Pretty far sighted from a guy who was already retired from the game.
Sep-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<RookFile> People called Fischer crazy, and maybe he did have his issues.>

Maybe ??!

<Pretty far sighted from a guy who was already retired from the game.>

Given that he was retired and with "issues", what else did he have to do? I'm also retired, and that gives me lots of time to come up with lots of ideas, most of them pretty bad. And I don't think that my "issues" compare with his.

Sep-12-20  metatron2: WOW, did Kasparov really play Qc2 in his last move vs Caruana??

This is quite unbelivable.. to miss the fact that black just takes his Bd4 with check is unbelivable in itself, but what is even more amazing is the fact that black could grab Bd4 even if it wasn't taken with check, since his Qc7 is protected by his Knight..

I never thought Kasparov was capable of playing super-blunders like that.

Sep-12-20  metatron2: I hope for Garry that this was a mouse slip ..
Sep-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: I share your astonishment, <metatron2> - this is not the GK we once knew. It's great and brave that he participates in this tournament, but it's a hard fact that age and lack of routine eventually takes its toll.
Sep-12-20  fabelhaft: Of course Kasparov never intended to play Qc2 there, he wanted to play Qe4-c2 before but accidentally double clicked first on d3 and then on c2 so it registrered as a premove to c2. Just an online clicking blunder rather than a real chess blunder.
Sep-12-20  metatron2: OK, of course that makes more sense <fabelhaft>. I wonder why Kasparov left this multi-moves option active (I don't know, but I guess that you can turn it off on chess24 UI).

In any case, I didn't see the video. Did Kasparov said what happened to him while he was still playing Caruana ?

If so, then IMO, Caruana should have allowed the old champ a take back in that case. I mean, beating Kasparov in such a way is really cheap and undeserving.

Sep-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: Mmmmm. Up to a point Lord Copper. GK took no prisoners when playing in his pomp. Hard to see why his opponents should go easy on him now. Live by the sword, die by the sword say I.

Apologies -I can't believe I have have accidentally used so many idioms.

Sep-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: < Dionysius1: ...
Apologies -I can't believe I have have accidentally used so many idioms.>

No-no, please keep them coming. I am a sucker for English idioms - learning, you-know.

I have to admit I am with you on the Kasparov blunder (sorry, <metatron2>). GK showed no mercy in his heydays. Ask Judit Polgar about his gameplaying ethics.

Sep-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  norami: Black is ahead 13 wins to 6 with 11 draws.
Sep-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Pedro Fernandez: I was thinking about how lucky young GM Firouzja is to be facing the best chess players in the world. I can't even imagine how much he will be learning.
Sep-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: One of the things I like about this arrangement is that the players have effectively no time to think about the starting position before the clocks start ticking. Wasn't there a version last year where players had half an hour between the starting position being decided and the start of the game? It's more exciting this way.
Sep-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Very true, dear <Pedro>. Getting master class lessons while getting paid for it is by no means common. Ask those who get master classes by piano and violin virtuosi.
Sep-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessgames Bookie: Speaking of draws, how many today in round 7? Starts in a few hours. Only one in Rd 6 yesterday. Place your bets! Click ChessBookie at the top of the page to play!
Sep-13-20  evilkenevil: I wanted to replay the games but cannot..pls show me
Sep-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  soldal:

<Annie K.: Note: if you can't see the games, please set your game viewer to pgn4web (in the box under the game score) - but remember to set it back to our default viewer Olga in the end, as it is about to be upgraded soon, and will be the best of our viewers. :) >

Sep-13-20  aporia: After six rounds, 6 wins for white and 13 for black. Similar oddities arise in the chess960 tournaments with computer programs, e.g., rounds with all white wins or all black wins.
Sep-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  soldal:

Round 7 has started.

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

Sep-13-20  Doktorn: Super fun event! I hope we will see more of chess960 in the future. I love it when the players has to start thinking and evaluating the position from move one.
Sep-14-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Nakamura and Carlsen in a tie for the first, and no Armageddon this time (fortunately, since I don't think anyone could stand another discussion of its terms :-))

So suffered an unexpected defeat against Firouzja - but So can be proud of his performance here, being the only one to defeat Carlsen.

I fully agree with you, <Doktorn> about the Chesss960 and the games in this event. This is where pure chess talent shines.

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