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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 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 6 13 2 Aronian 2781 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 5 8.3 3 So 2770 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5 8.3 4 Grischuk 2776 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 5 8.3 5 Giri 2780 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 1 4½ 5.5 6 Radjabov 2765 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 4½ 5.5 7 Deac 2627 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 4 - 8 Caruana 2820 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 4 3.5 9 Lupulescu 2656 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 3½ - 10 Vachier-Lagrave 2760 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 3½ 1.5

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Next GCT event: GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz (2021)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 44  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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  saffuna: Thank you for that, <z>. I think.

<fredthebear> has the right to express his political opinions, no matter how ridiculous I may think they are. I certainly express mine.

What I did object to is his holier-than-thou attitude, decrying others for voicing political opinions here.

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  beatgiant: <keypusher>
I agree with the points you made, anyone can jump in, but I just don't think we should do it here and I don't think we should do it on the Rogoff page either.
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  0ZeR0: <Sokrates>

I am sad to hear you will be leaving. I think you've contributed much to this community. However, I understand and respect why you would want to leave it at this time.

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  keypusher: <beatgiant> I am sorry, I made things worse. Agree that this discussion should not be here or on Rogoff -- nice of you to volunteer your forum.

<All> As a general matter, I think it's good that there's a Rogoff page -- a place to concentrate discussions re politics. Of course not every political comment will be made there, but it's a good practice to confine political posts to that page as much as possible.

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  saffuna: <As a general matter, I think it's good that there's a Rogoff page -- a place to concentrate discussions re politics.>

That's what I try to do. But when I see hypocritical or convenient comments on other pages I usually respond.

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  chancho: <Sokrates> I hope you reconsider.

Just put the posters that annoy you on the ignore list.

Even <0Zer0.>

I'm kidding!

I deleted my prior post.

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  0ZeR0: <chanco>

Your post literally made me laugh out loud. Thank you for making my evening a little bit happier.

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  keypusher: Don't drink the hemlock, <Sokrates>!
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  perfidious: <saffuna....What I did object to is (<fredthebore>'s) holier-than-thou attitude, decrying others for voicing political opinions here.>

Likewise; he has his views and every right to them, same as anyone else, but castigating others with that supercilious air is de trop.

Jun-23-21  not not: hes got as much to do with Socrates as Meletus

good riddance

Jun-23-21  Muttley101: Meanwhile, in the real world Mamedyarov won the tournament with +3 and no losses. Which is great, but a shame that one player was responsible for 25% of the number of decisive games (by my count).

OTB classical tournaments need different participants to shake things up, and they are around.

Jun-23-21  Sokrates: <keypusher: Don't drink the hemlock, <Sokrates>!> LOL - I'll stick to an Ardbeg Corryvreckan - it'll kill all unwanted bacteria!

Thanks, <chancho> and <0ZeR0>.

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  0ZeR0: <Muttley101>

Do you not consider Deac and Lupulescu different participants from the usual crowd in this tournament? Or did I misunderstand and you were saying there should be more tournaments like this that do include different participants?

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  Tabanus: So won the GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz. Cheers from Tab's result service.
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  0ZeR0: <Tabanus>

Nice! Well done, Wesley. He?s been on quite a tear recently.

Jun-24-21  fabelhaft: <So won the GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz. Cheers from Tab's result service>

And since it's been a while since that event finished there is even a chance the games will be added to the site...

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  Diademas: Impressive job by So, winning both the rapid and blitz section with only one loss.

With any luck there will be a tournament page up in this decade.

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  Tabanus: GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz (2021)
Jun-28-21  ooda: I hate it how so many chess events are being sponsored by things like betting agencies, poker sites and crypto currencies. To me it is almost akin to the old days when tobacco companies would sponsor sporting events and teams. To me chess is something good and wholesome and it is being sullied by these harmful industries.
Jun-28-21  AdolfoAugusto: Has the issues with Chessgames been resolved? No new event pages, no games added, Not enough posts... we (as a comunity) are in danger to disband.... There are not that many events, and we are getting less and less in contact,
Jun-28-21  Z truth 000000001: <<AdolfoAugusto:> Has the issues with Chessgames been resolved? >

In a word, no.

Jun-28-21  Sokrates: Hi, <AdolfoAugusto>

There has been an invisible update of something something to the benefit of someone. However, as <Z> hints, the events in the world of chess seems to have microscopic priority for the owners, who use all their energy on fiercely defending self-announced bullies on the members' page.

Send a prayer to Caissa and hope that the world championship match in November this year will be set on the agenda, if not before and during then after the match.

Jun-30-21  AdolfoAugusto: Carlsen got thru but he seems vulnerable, today it was So, yesterday it was Aronian, Maxime, Caruana, Nepo, Ding... Dubov...
Jul-02-21  AdolfoAugusto: It had to happen. Opponents are getting better, -or Carlsen's effort ha snot been enough- Kudos for Aronian he played without fear. Careful with Artemiev though, after what he did to Ding he's is on a roll too.
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  MissScarlett: Try here: Goldmoney Asian Rapid (2021)
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