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GCT Bucharest Classic Tournament

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Wesley So5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Alexander Grischuk5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Anish Giri4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Teimour Radjabov4.5/9(+0 -0 =9)[games]
Bogdan-Daniel Deac4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Fabiano Caruana4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Constantin Lupulescu3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
* Chess Event Description
GCT Bucharest Classic (2021)

The Superbet Chess Classic (GCT Bucharest Classic) was the first of five events of the $1,275,000 Grand Chess Tour 2021. The 10-player round robin took place in the Sheraton Bucharest Hotel in Bucharest, Romania, 5-14 June 2021. Rest day: 10 June. Eight of the top players in the world participated, as well as 'wild-cards' Deac and Lupulescu of Romania. Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi declined to play because of preparations for their World Championship match in November. Tournament category: XXI (2751). Prize fund: $325,000, with $90,000 paid out to the winner. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by an additional 30 minutes for the whole game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. The games began each day at 3 pm local time. Tournament director: Tony Rich. Chief arbiter: Dinu-Ioan Nicula, assisted by Radu-Catalin Chirila. Number of games played: 45.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won with 6/9 and earned 13 Grand Chess Tour points (GP):

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 GP 1 Mamedyarov 2770 * 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ 6 13 2 Aronian 2781 0 * ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 5 8.3 3 So 2770 ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 5 8.3 4 Grischuk 2776 ˝ 0 ˝ * ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 5 8.3 5 Giri 2780 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 1 4˝ 5.5 6 Radjabov 2765 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 4˝ 5.5 7 Deac 2627 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 1 4 - 8 Caruana 2820 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * 1 ˝ 4 3.5 9 Lupulescu 2656 0 ˝ ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝ 0 * ˝ 3˝ - 10 Vachier-Lagrave 2760 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ * 3˝ 1.5

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 40  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Mamedyarov vs So ½-½462021GCT Bucharest ClassicD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
2. Grischuk vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½442021GCT Bucharest ClassicD85 Grunfeld
3. Lupulescu vs Aronian ½-½292021GCT Bucharest ClassicE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
4. Deac vs Giri ½-½472021GCT Bucharest ClassicD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Radjabov vs Caruana ½-½182021GCT Bucharest ClassicD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
6. So vs Aronian ½-½302021GCT Bucharest ClassicD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
7. Mamedyarov vs Grischuk ½-½312021GCT Bucharest ClassicA33 English, Symmetrical
8. Giri vs Radjabov ½-½302021GCT Bucharest ClassicE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
9. Caruana vs Lupulescu 1-0282021GCT Bucharest ClassicC11 French
10. Vachier-Lagrave vs Deac 0-1442021GCT Bucharest ClassicC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. Deac vs Mamedyarov ½-½482021GCT Bucharest ClassicE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
12. Lupulescu vs Giri 1-0392021GCT Bucharest ClassicA28 English
13. Aronian vs Caruana ½-½342021GCT Bucharest ClassicD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. Grischuk vs So ½-½232021GCT Bucharest ClassicC67 Ruy Lopez
15. Radjabov vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½252021GCT Bucharest ClassicD85 Grunfeld
16. Grischuk vs Deac 1-0622021GCT Bucharest ClassicD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
17. Giri vs Aronian ½-½342021GCT Bucharest ClassicE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
18. So vs Caruana 1-0522021GCT Bucharest ClassicA20 English
19. Vachier-Lagrave vs Lupulescu ½-½452021GCT Bucharest ClassicC11 French
20. Mamedyarov vs Radjabov ½-½212021GCT Bucharest ClassicE60 King's Indian Defense
21. Lupulescu vs Mamedyarov 0-1382021GCT Bucharest ClassicA06 Reti Opening
22. Caruana vs Giri ½-½462021GCT Bucharest ClassicC67 Ruy Lopez
23. Aronian vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½462021GCT Bucharest ClassicA34 English, Symmetrical
24. Radjabov vs Grischuk ½-½352021GCT Bucharest ClassicD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Deac vs So ½-½372021GCT Bucharest ClassicD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
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  HeMateMe: <The canddidates are not an invitational though.>

yes they are. The world's best 8 players (who are not world champion at the moment) are 'invited.'

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  HeMateMe: The Super Bowl pits the best two NFL teams against each other. The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings were not 'invited' to the Super Bowl because they weren't as good as some other teams. Kramnik and Anand no longer get invited to the Candidates tournament. Neither do Gata Kamsky and Topalov. That's how it works.
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  Tabanus: Slow down pls ...

Caruana - qual as WC match loser
Ding - qual as World Cup (2019) finalist (Radjavov wihdrew)
Grischuk . qual as overall winner after Grand Prix Jerusalem (2019)
Nepo - qual as overall no. 2 after Grand Prix Jerusalem (2019)
Wang Hao - qual as winner of Isle of Man Grand Swiss (2019)
Giri & MVL - qual by rating
Alekseenko - "invited".

Jun-10-21  tuttifrutty: < What is the point of Wesley So devoting his life to chess if he isn't going to take every opportunity to become world champion.>

Hold your horses...Wesley is already a world champion. How quick people forget when he run over Magnus flat like pancake on 960 chess world his own turf. Haha!!

Some people also forget that 960 chess is all about true talent unlike a regular chess where rich uncles can pay a group seconds and thirds to prep for your next game.

Now, now, now... can you honestly say that you can do that in chess 960? You tell me.

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  HeMateMe: What exactly is 960 chess? Both players are blindfold and naked? Something different?
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I don't care enough about the topic to look it up on google, but I think that "960 Chess" might be the same chess variant as "Fischer Random."

I think you can try this variant out against live opposition on some of the popular internet chess sites? I never tried to find it myself.

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TBH I find your variant rules more appealing: "blindfold and naked."

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  alexmagnus: <.Wesley is already a world champion. How quick people forget when he run over Magnus flat like pancake on 960 chess world his own turf. Haha!!>

Reminder of how that event went:

So got trounced by Naka
Naka got trounced by Caruana
Caruana got trounced by Carlsen
Carlsen got trounced by So.

All four matches were extremely one-sided. All four players can therefore claim to have been the best. The format was faulty (So loses to Naka and still wins the event in a KO format?! The heck with those "consolation rounds"?).

Also, players like to pick on how Carlsen has won his WC matches on rapids. But the 960 WC was ALL rapids and blitz!

Jun-11-21  tuttifrutty: Wesley never made the rules, he just played the game and won. On the other hand, Magnus didn’t beat Caruana in the classical championship match but beat him in speed chess as a tie breaker and was proclaimed as the champion. Do you think that’s faulty? You tell me.
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  chancho: A very well reasoned statement by <alexmagnus.>.
Jun-11-21  Pedro Fernandez: Yes, 960 Chess is the same thing as Fischer Random. Its main purpose is to reduce the impact of Opening Theory as has been settled down. However, in my opinion, that it is an 'extension' of Standard Chess, since there is not difference in the mid-game and ending.
Jun-11-21  Pedro Fernandez: Yes, 960 Chess and Fischer Random is the same thing. Its main purpose is to reduce the impact of Opening Theory. In my opinion this is an extension of Standard Chess since there is not difference in mid-games and endings.
Jun-11-21  nok: <The format was faulty (So loses to Naka and still wins the event...>

Less faulty than the classical WC. So would be seeded in the final and that's it.

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  HeMateMe: Fischer Random has been around forever. It's like someone claiming to have invented 'Giveaway' chess [winner is the first person to lose all of his pieces. You are required to capture an opponent's man if the opportunity is there on the board.]

How embarrassing that an all time great player was too lazy to write a book or two on chess to make some money, put in a little work. A Fischer book on any of the karpov/Kasparov matches would have been a best seller. Instead, Fischer tried to get patents for <Fischer Random> chess and also for a chess clock he claimed to have designed, which automatically added 5 second per move, something like that.

well, it could have been worse. At least Fischer didn't try and call God on the telephone.

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And yet "giveaway chess" has indeed been marketed. I use to play it with Dave Minato- he had a board game called "Anti Chess" with the exact same rules.

I suppose the company copyrighted their piece and board design, and the name used, and the design of their box.

It's a surprisingly fun game that does require strategy eh? Have you ever tried it?

It's funny eh me and Dave played that game for years without once thinking, hey we could have been playing this the whole time without buying the game, because Dave had a chess set as well.

Question: Have you ever tried 3-D chess? It is also a real variant which I played, though I was terrible at it. That one was marketed by Mattel, or maybe Hasbro, if I remember correctly. It had three transparent plastic boards mounted one above the others. Looked pretty fly if you ask me.

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  HeMateMe: It's a bit like bug house or siamese chess--you can drop a piece anywhere you want on a second (or third) board. I like bug house, playing with friends. 3D is one too many boards.

Giveaway is fun but games tend to repeat, move for move.

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  Messiah: Terrible tournament!
Jun-12-21  AngryHungryTurdBird: This <Messiah> guy called Shakh fathead. I guess that fathead is better than these top guys.
Jun-12-21  virginmind: Great round seven!
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  Messiah: Terrible round!
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<Messiah> lolol

Very good coverage brah, thank you~!

Jun-13-21  jphamlore: I don't recall Caruana losing a game at classical chess ever in such a fashion as he did to Mamedyarov. I hope he isn't being affected by something outside of chess.
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  Tabanus: The CG Editor page doesn't work properly (yet) - Round 9 games (and perhaps the next event as well) will have to wait.

Congrats, Shakh! ;)

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  Messiah: I can't believe Fathead won the event...
Jun-15-21  Nosnibor: <Messiah> And guess what even drew with Radjabov again?
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