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🏆 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (2020)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Pentala Harikrishna, Alireza Firouzja, Jeffery Xiong

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St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (2020)

The Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz is a 10-player tournament taking place online from 15-19 September 2020. The event is organised by the Saint Louis Chess Club and has a prize fund of $250,000, with $50,000 for 1st place.

The rapid section on the first 3 days is a single round-robin with a time control of 25 minutes for all moves and a 5-second increment from move 1. The final 2 days are a blitz double round-robin, with 18 rounds of 5+3 blitz. Rapid games count double, with 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw. In the event of a tie for any place in the tournament, there shall be no tiebreak, with prize money divided equally. (1)

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

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

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nakamura vs Carlsen 0-1342020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. I Nepomniachtchi vs Aronian  ½-½562020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzC44 King's Pawn Game
3. Grischuk vs Harikrishna  0-1402020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. A Firouzja vs J Xiong  ½-½452020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzA06 Reti Opening
5. L Dominguez vs Nakamura  ½-½582020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzC67 Ruy Lopez
6. W So vs Carlsen ½-½492020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. Nakamura vs W So  ½-½212020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzC42 Petrov Defense
8. J Xiong vs L Dominguez  ½-½272020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. Harikrishna vs A Firouzja  ½-½322020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. W So vs J Xiong 1-0672020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzB30 Sicilian
11. L Dominguez vs Harikrishna  0-1512020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzB12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. A Firouzja vs Aronian 0-1402020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
13. Grischuk vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½332020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzA35 English, Symmetrical
14. Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-1382020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzA20 English
15. Aronian vs Grischuk 1-0682020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzE20 Nimzo-Indian
16. Aronian vs Harikrishna  ½-½582020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzB12 Caro-Kann Defense
17. Carlsen vs Harikrishna 1-0312020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. J Xiong vs Aronian  ½-½322020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
19. Nakamura vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-1592020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzB50 Sicilian
20. W So vs Grischuk  ½-½212020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. L Dominguez vs A Firouzja  1-0272020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzB12 Caro-Kann Defense
22. I Nepomniachtchi vs J Xiong 0-1212020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. Grischuk vs Nakamura  ½-½222020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. A Firouzja vs W So ½-½202020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzC42 Petrov Defense
25. Carlsen vs Aronian 1-0342020St. Louis Rapid & BlitzD97 Grunfeld, Russian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Sep-30-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Susan Freeman: <Sokrates> That is what I thought, ECT. They rarely do that here anymore in the US, and in place they use a variety of antidepressants. Good for your wife. I would get depressed just working in that area.
Sep-30-20
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  Sokrates: <Susan Freeman> I know it varies a lot. It is quite common in Scandinavia. The rationale behind the treatment is that it has no side effects, besides a minimal short-termed loss of certain memories. Contrary to psycho-pharmaca, many of which have severe and lasting side effects.

Of course, the medical industry is more happy with medicals than ECT. :-|

In Denmark the experience has been great. My wife often tells about persons arriving very depressed and leaving joyful after the treatment. Anyway, it doesn't feel depressing to her, because it actually helps quite effectively, particularly on depressions and similar conditions. A well-known author was treated completely of his deep depression and made in public.

There are many false myths about the treatment. Primarily because people have "One Flew Over the Coockoo's Nest" in mind. They have just forgotten that it wasn't the electroshock that made Jack N. a vegetable, it was a lobotomy surgeon.

Sep-30-20
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  AylerKupp: <Susan Freeman> I don't mean to state the obvious but I hope that you realize that probably not many of us, if any, took seriously the supposed number of "employees" and "revenue" indicated in the link https://www.zoominfo.com/c/chessgam.... I certainly didn't, and my post about really finding out once we get access to its tax returns was meant to be funny, even if it might not be taken as such by some. After all, a common theme on TV shows that the best way to find out how things really are is to "follow the money".

It reminds me of a TV ad airing several years ago in which a guy is telling a gal that "You can't say anything false in the Internet." When she asks him where he heard this his replay was "On the Internet."

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that you have our support in your efforts to keep CG alive.

Sep-30-20  login:

Captain obvious

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Sep-30-20
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  perfidious: <login....NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic....>

You really should mind your own business rather than trying to play the hypocritical role of site prefect manque.

Sep-30-20  login:

Oh, a rare perfidious appeared. A premium member and site editor so full of himself he could even beat Magnus with knight odds IMAO

Cool down you megalomaniac; I understand you don't give a poop about site rules or the of scope your personal safe space.

Sep-30-20
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  Sokrates: <perfidious> Hear, hear, well said.
Sep-30-20
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  perfidious: <lunkhead.... A premium member and site editor so full of himself he could even beat Magnus with knight odds IMAO>

If Carlsen offered those odds, not if I gave them--can you handle that, or is it above your pay grade?

'IMAO'? Really?

Sep-30-20
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  Susan Freeman: <AylerKupp> Yes, I saw that article on zoom. They have Chess.com as a mere 20 million right next to CG. LOL

I consider Erik from Chess.com a friend, even though he is a competitor, and I even had plans to meet him when I was in San Francisco for a few days on my way to Singapore a year ago.

He was going to come to the Sir Francis Drake where I was staying, but we both got too busy and decided not to mix holiday with business

. We still communicate on the phone. once in a while, (much to Sargon's dismay) . lol.

Erik and Chess.com are wayy out of CG's league. They are huge.

So much for zoom. And enough off topic posts here.

Sep-30-20
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  moronovich: <Oh, a rare perfidious appeared. A premium member and site editor so full of himself he could even beat Magnus with knight odds IMAO>

<Perfidious> is a well respected member here.

That could perhaps also happen to you,some day.

Sep-30-20  metatron2: <moronovich: That could perhaps also happen to you,some day>

Very unlikely.

Someone who calls himself "login", and who comes around only to tell the owner and savior (voluntarily I might add) of this website/community, that she should stop posting off-topic (on a page that doesn't really have a topic anymore, since its tournament that ended long ago)?

I don't think so.

Oct-01-20  SimplicityRichard: <metatron2> Moronovich is right. Perfidious is a well respected member of this site with good reason: He's incredibly helpful as is Moronovich. Please don't be bitter. Your comments sound bitter.
Oct-01-20
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  Sokrates: <SimplicityRichard> <... Your comments sound bitter.>

Not to me. <metatron2> gave the man a well-deserved and precise flick, that's not being bitter. I am sure you know the difference between being angry and bitter.

And now the person in question already got way too much attention. Sorry!

Oct-01-20  login:

For the the record: my post - that you have had problems understanding (happens when one puts zero efford into reading) was just (sic!) directed at the particular comment (and therefore visibly posted right under his share) of our dear AylerKrupp around 10 days earlier (so much for the only non-argument I could decipher that stuff began long after the the tournament was over).

St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (2020) (kibitz #60)

Ever since this tourney (the 2nd/3rd most popular in total views this year if I understood reddit) was off-topic for 5 out of 7 pages (from covid to financial speculation). 'Best promotion' and of great help to reach new members for this struggling site. They come here, see your drivel and leave.

But who could have said it better than meatron2 himself 'on a page that doesn't really have a topic anymore'.

Later posts are tough guys' buddy buddy and banter. All fine, all off-topic and if you would stop putting words in my mouth ('who comes around only to tell' assuming a systematic approach, after your deliberate misinterpretation of a single posting) willingly accepting to construct a virtual cardhouse where it seems that I would have attacked the admin(s) all harmless. But if anyone feels obliged and still continues on that particular ugly route of fake news, that means trouble. Shame my (neutral/non racist or sexist) username all you want, call someone hypocrite/lurkhead out of nothing fine ('respectable and helpful' remarks), but it ends right there where meatron2 makes dangerous (possibly bannable for me) stuff up. Not so funny 🐇🐰🐇🐰🐇🐇🐰.

Oct-01-20
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  Big Pawn: <Moron: <Perfidious> is a well respected member here.>

lols

LOLS!

He's like the Rain Man, except he has no special talents.

<Perfidious> is one of the most hated and ignored posters on this site. Even on the <Rogoff> page, no one really talks to him on one side or the other, except to rattle his cage and walk away.

<Perfidious> is a guy who stoops to the lowest possible level on this site. He actually insults people's mothers on a regular basis (there are hundreds of posts) and thinks he's somehow winning a debate when he does that. I don't know of any other poster on this site that does that, and there are some dubious people here for sure.

His insufferable pretentiousness is bad enough, but when you add to it his childish tantrums and schoolyard taunts, it's clear that he does not deserve and does not receive much respect at all.

I mean, the guy is a 2100 player and he refers to his chess games as his <career> lols lols

lols

Of course, the admins on this site allowed him to post obscene, profane, vitriolic language and engage in years long systemic personal attacks, while suspending other members for two years over nothing really.

True story.

Oct-01-20
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  moronovich: Just love that ignorebutton.
Oct-01-20  shach motov: It's true that <Perf> stinks up any page he posts on, being one of the smellier skunks on this site, but that's one of the diseases of the modern "liberal" mind: it's almost empty, brainwashed, usually insane, and causes great problems and suffering for whole countries. Who do you think has destroyed many hundreds of businesses, smashing windows, setting them on fire, destroying hard working people's livelihoods during liberal riots the last 6+ moths? The same deranged braindead leftist vermin who hate Trump but love Biden. So why be surprised when those same vermin stink up this site as well??

However, to advocate the devil for a second, it's always surprising when people make comments about keeping discussion "on-topic". Why do you care? Is there nothing better to do on this earth than to come to this site just to make a comment about "off-topic" discussions?? And of course, that one comment about keeping things on-topic will cause several pages of off-topic discussions...

Oct-01-20
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  Sokrates: <moronovich: Just love that ignorebutton.>

And now I shall use it twice! That's a record.

Oct-01-20
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  moronovich: <Sokrates>
The picture of a naked screamer in a deep forest were none hears his ramblings appeals to me.
Oct-01-20
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  Sokrates: Yes, <moro>, and then the silence afterwards. So deeply soothing.
Oct-01-20
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  perfidious: Have to say that the visualisation of the charming little scene portrayed by <moronovich> has its points.

Who is <shach motov>, anyway? That's right: the former <shach matov>, troll bait extraordinaire and pathological liar.

Oct-04-20
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  Pedro Fernandez: My dear <Sokrates>, what's up!

You and my great <AylerKupp> have abandoned me. No reply me, no nothing! LOL! Great greetings for you two!

PS. BTW, I really regreat the serious impasse among my great friends <Big Pawn> and <perfidious>, where the former threw a furious attack against the latter. I'm ignorant about what's going on. I do hope that this unfortunate impasse be overcome, where rationality, maturity, understanding, reflection and brotherhood prevail. It is not fair that, given the cleverness and quality of these two persons, don't finish in something good, positive!

Oct-04-20
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  Pedro Fernandez: <Aylerkupp> is so modest that he does not gave me time to formally request PASS GNU certification. Given the strong character, our great friend <Scarlett> possesses, it is possible that this person had wanted the creation of this little congregation, but... who knows!
Oct-04-20
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  Sokrates: Dear <Pedro>,

You must be joking about <AylerKupp> and me not responding to your posts. I hope you and your family are well and stay clear of all pandemic evils.

I wouldn't know about the attack you mention since <the former> is on my ignore list. But I am sure <perfidious> is thick-skinned when it comes to vitriolic attacks.

In a perfect world your notions about humanity should be the norm. The lamb and the lion and all that. Unfortunately, these times we witness the opposite in many countries, where opposite viewpoints lead to personal attacks and mutual demonisations.

I, myself, cannot live up to your high standards of embracing nearly everyone here. For the sake of my blood pressure and mental health I have to exclude those who - viewed from my chair - do nothing but spreading all sorts of hatred and extremism.

True, more than ever the world needs dialogue instead of polarisation, facts instead of lies, but we seem to have gone into a post-science age, where people don't adjust their opinions to facts, but twist facts so that they correspond with their opinions.

I don't have the greatness to do anything about that. I regard the latter as hopeless cases, and I don't want to waste a second trying to convince them, since they only want to stay comfortably in their echo chambers.

Enough of that.

Much more important in the context of CG is the fact that the tournament pages have been stone dead since the 6th round of this tournament.

The Norway Altibox is starting very soon and the maintainers of CG seem to be totally absent. The obligation of updating the chessworld for CG members doesn't seem to be regarded as paramount, and that is sad.

Oct-04-20
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  Pedro Fernandez: My great <Sokrates>, what a kind of man are you! Of course that in my post I was joking (but, unfortunately, in my PS, I don't).

My friend, I think, that currently, your mouth is more loose, than before, but I don't know why, or do you think am I wrong? I think you opine with more ''freedom'', which is for me amazing!

Your reply, which it I really appreciate, is so large that I need to read more deeply.

I realize that to be Sunday, you wake up very early. Don't you think that to be so young you should sleep a little more? It's 2:30 am here, but I'm drinking. If you like Scotch, I recommend you Buchannans 12, the 18 is very smooth and scratches you.

Cheers

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