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Magnus Carlsen Invitational Tournament

Magnus Carlsen10.5/15(+7 -1 =7)[games]
Anish Giri10/15(+6 -1 =8)[games]
Wesley So9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura9/15(+3 -0 =12)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
Alireza Firouzja8.5/15(+4 -2 =9)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave8.5/15(+4 -2 =9)[games]
Levon Aronian8/15(+5 -4 =6)[games]
Sergey Karjakin8/15(+5 -4 =6)[games]
Daniil Dubov7.5/15(+3 -3 =9)[games]
Teimour Radjabov7/15(+2 -3 =10)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov6.5/15(+4 -6 =5)[games]
Nils Grandelius6/15(+3 -6 =6)[games]
Jorden van Foreest6/15(+3 -6 =6)[games]
David Anton Guijarro4/15(+3 -10 =2)[games]
Alan Pichot2.5/15(+0 -10 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Magnus Carlsen Invitational (2021)

The Magnus Carlsen Invitational was the fourth event of the $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour 2020-2021. The games were played online from 13-21 March 2021 on the chess24 Playzone. It started with a 16-player round robin on the first three days (time control 15 minutes for all moves with 10 seconds added per move from move 1), from which the eight best players qualified for an elimination (knockout) phase on the last six days (16-21 March). The action each day began at 16:00 GMT (17:00 CET, 11:00 ET). Prize fund: $200,000, with $60,000 to the winner. Tournament director: Arkus Fredriksson. Chief arbiter: Panagiotis Nikolopoulos. N games played: 120 + 62 = 182.

Carlsen, Giri, So, Nakamura, Nepomniachtchi, Firouzja, Vachier-Lagrave and Aronian qualified for the knockout stage:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Carlsen * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 2 Giri 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 10 3 So 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 4 Nakamura * 1 1 1 9 5 Nepomniachtchi 0 1 1 * 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 8 6 Firouzja * 0 1 1 1 0 1 8 7 Vachier-Lagrave 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 8 8 Aronian 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 8 9 Karjakin 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 8 10 Dubov 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 7 11 Radjabov 0 0 0 1 * 1 7 12 Mamedyarov 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 1 1 0 6 13 Grandelius 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 6 14 Van Foreest 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 6 15 Anton 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 4 16 Pichot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 2

In the knockout each match consisted of two mini-matches of up to four games each (Rapid 15 + 10), and if 1-1 a tiebreak match of two games (Blitz 5 + 3) plus if necessary an Armageddon game (5 vs 4). Anish Giri beat Nepomniachtchi 2-1 in the final.

Quarterfinals (16-17 March) Semifinals (18-19 March) Final (20-21 March)

Giri 01 11 -- - 1 Vachier-Lagrave 10 00 -- - Giri 011 1 -- - 2 So 100 0 -- - 0 So 11- 11- -- - 2 Firouzja 00- 00- -- - 0 Giri 10 11 - 2 Nepomniachtchi 01 00 - 1 Nepomniachtchi 01 11- -- - 1 Nakamura 10 00- -- - Nepomniachtchi 1 100 1 - 2 Carlsen 0 011 0 - 1 Carlsen 11- 1- -- - 2 Aronian 00- 0- -- - 0

Match for 3rd place (20-21 March): Carlsen 11 1- -- - 2 So 00 0- -- - 0

Giri netted 96 tour points. Nepomniachtchi got 58 points, Carlsen 50 and So 32. Standings after four events: So 140 points, Carlsen 135, Radjabov 108, Giri 105, Nepomniachtchi 83, Aronian 67, MVL 54.

Official site:
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Previous Champions Chess Tour event: Opera Euro Rapid (2021). Next: New In Chess Classic (2021)

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 182  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs D Anton Guijarro 1-0852021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalC77 Ruy Lopez
2. Nepomniachtchi vs Nakamura  ½-½452021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalC67 Ruy Lopez
3. Mamedyarov vs J van Foreest 1-0362021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalC26 Vienna
4. N Grandelius vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½492021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
5. D Anton Guijarro vs Firouzja  1-0522021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalE60 King's Indian Defense
6. A Giri vs Carlsen 1-0582021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalB27 Sicilian
7. Firouzja vs Carlsen  ½-½402021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalD05 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Vachier-Lagrave vs D Anton Guijarro 1-0442021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalA15 English
9. J van Foreest vs N Grandelius 0-1412021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalB50 Sicilian
10. Karjakin vs Dubov  ½-½132021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
11. Radjabov vs Aronian  ½-½922021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
12. Firouzja vs N Grandelius  1-0592021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalA48 King's Indian
13. Vachier-Lagrave vs Mamedyarov  1-0342021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalC41 Philidor Defense
14. J van Foreest vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0572021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalB06 Robatsch
15. Nakamura vs Karjakin  ½-½142021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalC67 Ruy Lopez
16. Dubov vs Radjabov  0-1702021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
17. Aronian vs A Pichot 1-0632021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
18. W So vs A Giri 0-1292021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalC53 Giuoco Piano
19. A Pichot vs W So  0-1372021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalC53 Giuoco Piano
20. Nakamura vs Mamedyarov  ½-½482021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalC41 Philidor Defense
21. Dubov vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0432021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
22. Vachier-Lagrave vs Firouzja  ½-½602021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalA06 Reti Opening
23. J van Foreest vs Carlsen 0-1502021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalB27 Sicilian
24. Nakamura vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½372021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. Dubov vs N Grandelius 1-0402021Magnus Carlsen InvitationalA37 English, Symmetrical
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  Sokrates: Hi <Clemens>. Thanks a lot for that tip - so very kind of you, my friend. And you are right, I hold the Estonian in high esteem, a coin with his portrait is actually in front of my keyboard. I hope you are okay and kicking!?
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  Sokrates: And I have now read the article. A great article summarizing the merits of Keres very well. Amidst many masters and champs of small calibre in big egos, the glory and modest genius of Keres will shine forever. Thanks again, dear <Clemens>.
Mar-26-21  Clemens Scheitz: My pleasure, Sven.
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  0ZeR0: <siggemannen>

The knockout stage games from the last online tournament, the Opera Rapid haven't even been added yet. So I doubt we'll see the ones from this tournament anytime soon. It sure would be nice to have them though.

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  Tabanus: The knockout stage games are added both for Opera Euro Rapid and this page. Use your eyes.
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  0ZeR0: <Tabanus>

For some reason I was thinking they hadn't been added yet because the point tables at the top hadn't been updated to include the knockout stages (without looking at the number of games). But I guess those are only for the preliminary sections. My bad.

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  Tabanus: <0ZeR0> It is indeed confusing. But it is currently not possible to have a meaningful table for knockouts.
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  0ZeR0: <Tabanus>

Which is perfectly understandable. I apologize for my ignorance. I had been eagerly awaiting the games from the knockout stage for the Opera Euro Rapid but to learn they were there all along, I feel doubly foolish. I greatly appreciate you and any other members who work to keep the database updated and I certainly did not mean to imply otherwise.

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  Tabanus: <0ZeR0> I didn't think you were. Unfortunately, CG does not realize it's potential. They've always only aimed to present an educational heap of games with an erroneous title on top and a chat box at bottom. Resulting in apathy. Examples: 4th Young Masters (2003) and 68th Bulgarian Championship (2004).
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  MissScarlett: <Unfortunately, CG does not realize it's potential. They've always only aimed to present an educational heap of games with an erroneous title on top and a chat box at bottom. Resulting in apathy.>

Do you really think there's a market opening in better coverage of Bulgarian championships? The apathy is already there. There's a constant stream of tournaments to which hardly anyone pays notice beyond the very elite events. Practically all interest gravitates to the top. Yesterday, I happened upon a stream of the FIDE Online World University Championships. 14 people were watching. Even Super GM events enjoy peak audiences (combined across all online platforms) in the low tens of thousands. The vast majority of chess players, across all strengths but especially the weak, prefer to play, not watch.

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  Tabanus: <Miss> Alekhine Memorial (1992) then, that's a top event.

It took a week to add the Opera Euro Rapid KO games, because in the end <I> decided to add them. Here's what CG do with <all> top events: they pick a pgn from the internet, spend 5 minutes to blast all the games into CG, without checking anything at all, not even if the event is finished. (<"We've added some games from xxx, and the last round is now on the web>". Done!) The only reason you can find readable top events covered in CG is because volunteer editors have edited some hundreds of them. For free.

Do not think for a second that CG cares. Not for your 19th century players either. I think we need a new owner.

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  Tabanus: Another example: Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2020).

CG published this without any intro and with last round missing. No indication who won, etc. This was not an exception, it's the CG <norm>.

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  MissScarlett: I'm aware as anyone about the failings of this site, but even if the site was lavishly funded and professionally staffed, there's a limit to the scope of coverage based on strictly commercial considerations.
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  Tabanus: It may be that the majority of the members left here actually <prefer> to have only a heap of games, or half the event covered, and no intro.

I've chosen not to think of that, until now ;)

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  Sokrates: Smyslov's 100th birthday is celebrated on in a brilliant article. Highly recommendable.
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  Check It Out: thanks <sokrates>, here's the link:
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  0ZeR0: <Sokrates>
<Check It Out>

Wow, what a great article. Thanks for sharing guys. Smyslov has always been one of my very favorite players. This is a real treat.

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  Sokrates: Vasily Vasilievich Smyslov is IMO one of the finest chessplayers who ever lived. Fine in the sense that his gameplay was highly sophisticated and his personality likewise. Very discreet about his own character and private life. Even in his own book, "Smyslov's 125 Selected Games" he reveales very little about himself.

Genna Sosonko gives a very kind portrait of him in his "The World Champions I Knew", in particular of his passion for the spiritual part of human consciousness.

Contrary to the system's man Botvinnik, the opposition's man Bronstein, to types like Geller and Petrosian, Smyslov appears gentle, unaggressive, modest, trying to keep himself as much out of politics (in a wider sense) as possible.

He played many fantastic games with my other favourite, Keres. Their lifetime score against each other was 9:9, with 22 draws. Occasionally, I go down memory lane and play some of their games. They remind me why I shall always find chess fascinating.

The players before the age of the two K's were indisputably more interesting persons, as even Kasparov notes in his musings about Larsen (in his Predecessors).

Mar-30-21  Pedro Fernandez: <<devere>: If Nepo can win the candidates he'll be a serious threat to take Carlsen's title. Mar-21-21>

<<carpovius>: <devere>: If Nepo can win the candidates he'll be a serious threat to take Carlsen's title100% agree+ if Nepo takes a break to prepare well for the candidates he can win. Looks like MVL is out of form.>

It is really surprising for me that my friends make so risky inference from this pandemy-Cheap Chess. Specially if this one comes from my great friend <devere>.

<carpovius> is even more temerarious when saying: ''MVL is in low form''. So GM Fabiano Caruana is retired?

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  0ZeR0: <Sokrates>

Well said. You've articulated some of the aspects that make Smyslov special and fascinating as both a player and a person. I'm glad you've mentioned Keres as well as the two had the uncanny ability to create artwork over the board, doubly so when they played each other!

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  Sokrates: Many thanks, <0ZeR0>, very kind of you.
Apr-01-21  macer75: <Sokrates: Yeah, let's celebrate the subtle eloquence of sentences like <He played garbage> and <Both Carlsen and Giri suck balls>. Keep CG alive and kicking!>

Thank you for the compliment! I always pride myself on having a way with words.

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  Sokrates: <macer75> <... I always pride myself on having a way with words.>

Do you now? Interesting!

Apr-04-21  macer75: <Sokrates: <macer75> <... I always pride myself on having a way with words.> Do you now? Interesting!>

Certainly! As your namesake once said, "Eloquence on the internet is a most telling sign of intelligence and character."

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  Sokrates: <macer75> I am blinded by the rays of your erudition.
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