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St. Louis Rapid & Blitz Tournament

Magnus Carlsen16.5/24(+13 -4 =7)[games]
Wesley So15/24(+8 -2 =14)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura14.5/24(+9 -4 =11)[games]
Levon Aronian13/24(+7 -5 =12)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi12/24(+7 -7 =10)[games]
Alexander Grischuk11/24(+4 -6 =14)[games]
Jeffery Xiong11/24(+6 -8 =10)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna9.5/24(+5 -10 =9)[games]
Alireza Firouzja9/24(+5 -11 =8)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez8.5/24(+3 -10 =11)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
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-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: I wonder if they have virtual prize awarding moment?
Sep-14-20
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  Sokrates: I like the whole concept of this online tournament. 25 minutes is more in the rapid genre than 15, and it's fair that the rapids count double. Also great that they have decided to quit tiebreaks, silencing all the discussions about them.

The "field" of players is very promising. Age span of 37 to 17 mixing two youngsters with the battle-hardened.

Aronian did fine in the recent tmt. - the format seems to suit him well. My heart wishes success for this sympathetic player, who really deserves it.

Interesting to see if So and Nepo will be able to spoil the dominance of the deadly duo, Carlsen and Nakamura.

Sep-14-20  rgr459: Isn't Alireza subject to sanctions here?
Sep-15-20  DrGridlock: Here is the list of sanctions the US State department has announced against Iran.

Unless Alireza is involved in the petrochemical industry or has been accused of a human rights violation, he should be all right.

https://www.state.gov/iran-sanctions/

Sep-15-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessgames Bookie: And how will Alireza do tomorrow against the Champ?

St. Louis Rapid & Blitz, Rd 7 Rapid: Firouzja-Carlsen

Place your bet (after checking your crystal ball, of course).

Sep-18-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Listen to the sound of silence.

Honestly: no comments on this fantastic tournament? Has someone put a ban on this page?

Sep-18-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: It's a phenomenon known as Wesley Somnolence.
Sep-18-20  et1: OK just one comment then - it is a two part tournament. So now we are heading for two times 9 games in blitz in two days. Each victory one point and draw half. Crucially standings are the following after Rapid: https://www.uschesschamps.com/2020-...
Sep-18-20
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  Sokrates: <MissScarlett: It's a phenomenon known as Wesley Somnolence.> LOL
Sep-18-20  DrGridlock: Biggest drama so far seems to be whether Magnus' internet connection turns glitchy again and makes the tournament competitive.
Sep-18-20
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  Check It Out: $250,000 prize money?! Where do these people come up with so much money for a short little online chess tournament? There's no appreciable income stream I can see to offset the expense.I know Rex is loaded, but even rich people (especially!) like to see ROI.
Sep-18-20
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  AylerKupp: <<MissScarlett> It's a phenomenon known as Wesley Somnolence.>

Perhaps. Seeing how well So had played at the start of the tournament I had expected a swarm of well-deserved congratulatory posts. But it seems that the <So>bots have decided that venturing out in the open will put them in danger of seeing non-fawning So posts that would damage their apparently fragile psyches. So they have retreated to the isolation and safety of the So page where anyone who dares to post anything even remotely objective about So, even if only to correct factual errors, is considered to be anti-So and promptly banned from posting on it. And <chessgames.com> apparently condones it because they got tired of fighting it.

Oh well, I think that it's a benefit for the rest of us that we are not subjected to all that silly gushing praise like <So>math which always seems to elevate him to a higher tournament placing than he earned. Good riddance I say, I hope that they enjoy themselves and stay away . They will not be missed.

Sep-18-20
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  Check It Out: <AylerKupp> You sound quite bitter about so-called <So>bots, which seems futile. Were you banned from the So page?
Sep-18-20
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  Sokrates: I am not sure what is worse: the uncritical praise of a certain player, regardless - or the consistant slander of a player, regardless.

I guess I don't have what it takes to be a blind fanatic.

Sep-18-20
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  perfidious: <Sokrates....I guess I don't have what it takes to be a blind fanatic.>

That is to your credit.

Sep-18-20
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  Pedro Fernandez: <<HeMateMe>: I wonder if they have virtual prize awarding moment?>

Hi <HMM>, with your question indeed ''You Mate Me'', as I have not idea what you mean. Is it this one a satiric joke question? I do suspect that, I'm not sure though. How can there be a ''virtual awarding moment'' if all the players are at home? Maybe you can ''elaborate'' your question 'for me'.

But apart of that, my great <HeMateMe>, I need your help in a translation as you mother tongue is English. I'm little confident of Google Translate. It is about the following question:

''So how do we come up with K(x)?''

I can't understand this one (I think you don't need to know what the function K(x) is). For sure, with a brief explanation, you can explain me what this question mean. Hey my friend, this not a joke, it is in serious! Thanks a lot in advance and a warm greetings for you.

Sep-18-20
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  morfishine: So is a great player and a great person
Sep-18-20
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  morfishine: Chess960 is the best version of chess so far, IMHO

Those mired in the muck of classical chess openings and having to memorize 30 moves out to just get out of the opening would find that Chess960 is a breath of fresh air, a relief from the daily drudgery of classical chess, a new beginning to chess and life, IMHO

Sep-18-20
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  Sokrates: Carlsen in the lead after 27 (!) games. So close behind, but still many games ahead. Everything can happen. Highly entertaining.

CG still having a score sheet after 6 games.

Sep-18-20
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  AylerKupp: <Check It Out> Were you banned from the So page?>

Yes I was, about 3 years ago. I didn't know why so I contacted So directly. He asked someone else to look into it which I thought was gracious of him and I was told that some of his followers classified me as an "anti-So" person so the So page's webmaster, without bothering to check into it, just banned me. This surprised me because I think that So is a great player and have never posted anything derogatory about him. I have even defended him about some posts that he supposedly made and indicating that they seemed completely out of character because every time I have seen him on a chess event video he has been very gracious and humble.

I provided links to many of my posts where I praised him and congratulated him on a recent good performance but I was told that they were too busy to check into it. So I let the matter drop there. I contacted <chessgames.com> about this blatant attempt at censorship and was told that they "hold the reins" and have the situation under control. When I replied that holding the reins implies a responsibility to use that power if necessary I never heard back. So I dropped that also.

I'm certain that most of So's fans are as normal as chess players can be, but there are a few, very few, who have definite bizarre ideas and seem to get very upset when anyone tries to point out an error in their statements. I refer to them as <So>bots because they toe the party line and for a while every word that included the letters "so" in it was highlighted by were highlighted by capitalizing the "So" and placing the "So" within angle brackets.

I remember I meeting that I held where I kept using the term "SLF" and nobody asked me what the acronym stood for. When at the end of the meeting as everyone started to leave I asked why no one had asked me what "SLF" stood for, no one said a word. When I told them that I had just made that acronym up and that it stood for "Software Lunatic Fringe" (I was a Systems Engineering Manager at the time) still no one said anything. So I think that I can finally reuse that acronym.

But I'm not bitter, just sad. I stopped bothering to visit the So page because even though I found many factual errors that I could have corrected, I couldn't. I even retold the old Groucho Marx joke about being denied a membership in a club because he "wouldn't have any respect for a club that accepted him as a member", but to no avail.

The only time I notice the So page is when it pops up in the 'Recent Kibitzing' list, as it has recently. And if the <So>bots restrict their kibitzing to the So page so that "undesirables" can't respond to their inanities, even in a constructive way, that makes me happy. Less clutter to wade through on the various pages.

Sep-18-20
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  AylerKupp: <<Sokrates> I am not sure what is worse: the uncritical praise of a certain player, regardless - or the consistent slander of a player,>

I am. It's good to have heroes or idols although I suspect that most of the receivers of such uncritical praise would say that they don't deserve it. But the consistent slander of a player, any player, is an affront that should not be tolerated. And <chessgames.com> was correct in removing the posting privileges for anyone that engaged in that kind of activity with respect to So. And if I had been engaged in that kind of activity, <chesssgame.com> would have been absolutely correct in denying me my posting privileges in perpetuity.

But when the "crime" involves having a disagreement with some of the posters and because they could not defend a questionable position they took they resort to "killing the messenger", that's a different situation. It's called censorship and I had thought that it was against <chessgames.com>'s policy to allow that. But, as I often am, I was wrong about that also.

Sep-18-20
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  AylerKupp: <<morfishine> So is a great player and a great person.>

I know that you won't see this because you have me on your ignore list, but I wholeheartedly agree with you.

Sep-18-20
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  AylerKupp: <Pedro Fernandez> I had a good experience with Google Translate once. I was in London with my wife and we were in a pub enjoying some fish & chips when 3 young travelers asks us, via gestures, whether they could share our table.

They were Hungarian and didn't speak any English. We, of course, didn't speak any Hungarian or any other language they understood. And we didn't speak any other language that they understood. So my wife had the brilliant idea of using Google Translate to convert our questions from English to Hungarian and they responded by converting their answers from Hungarian to English. We passed our cell phones back and forth with questions and answers.

They were very pleasant people and it was encouraging that, thanks to technology, two sets of people were able to communicate even though neither of them knew any language that the other understood or spoke.

But I didn't get a chance to ask if any of them played chess. We might have had a nice game. Nicer at any rate than trying to play "Global Thermonuclear War".

Sep-19-20
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  Sokrates: Duly noted, <AylerKupp>, but I have to disagree. Both propagators do the same: ignore truths and nuances to keep a stereotypical framing. Turning the beloved into a saint or the hated into a devil are two sides of the same coin.

In a broader perspective they are equally dangerous and very dangerous. They lead to poltical polarisation and terminate all fruitful discussions.

<So is a great player and a great person>. A great player, absolutely, that's easy to verify, but a great person? Perhaps, perhaps not. I wouldn't know. I have never met him (or any other top player for that matter) in person, never seen his reactions in various situations, never had a personal conversation with him. All I know about him are second/third/fourth hand assessments by others and formal interviews.

IMO it is very naive to build a sober, durable characterization of a person based upon such superficial impressions. I sometimes do it myself, that comes naturally, but we, I and all others, should constantly remind ourselves of how superficial our assessments actually are.

A former Danish PM once said that even the most glorified person cannot stand a closer inspection without revealing flaws and shortcomings. Now, THAT is true, yes?

Sep-19-20
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  moronovich: <Sokrates: Duly noted, <AylerKupp>, but I have to disagree. Both propagators do the same: ignore truths and nuances to keep a stereotypical framing. Turning the beloved into a saint or the hated into a devil are two sides of the same coin. In a broader perspective they are equally dangerous and very dangerous. They lead to poltical polarisation and terminate all fruitful discussions.>

Spot on.

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