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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Goldmoney Asian Rapid Tournament

Levon Aronian10.5/15(+6 -0 =9)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Ding Liren9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Magnus Carlsen9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Wesley So9/15(+4 -1 =10)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda8/15(+5 -4 =6)[games]
Anish Giri8/15(+3 -2 =10)[games]
Arjun Erigaisi8/15(+3 -2 =10)[games]
Alireza Firouzja8/15(+6 -5 =4)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi7/15(+3 -4 =8)[games]
Peter Svidler6.5/15(+3 -5 =7)[games]
D Gukesh6.5/15(+3 -5 =7)[games]
Daniil Dubov6/15(+3 -6 =6)[games]
A R Saleh Salem5.5/15(+3 -7 =5)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban5/15(+3 -8 =4)[games]
Yifan Hou3.5/15(+1 -9 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Goldmoney Asian Rapid (2021)

The Goldmoney Asian Rapid was the 7th event of the $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour 2020-2021. The games were played online from 26 June to 4 July 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 first eight players qualified for an elimination (knockout) phase on the last six days (29 June - 4 July). The action each day began at 13:00 CEST | 07:00 ET | 16:30 IST. Prize fund $100,000, with $30,000 to the winner. Tournament director: Arne Horvei. Chief arbiter: Sotiris Logothetis. N games played: 120 + 68 = 188.

Aronian, Artemiev, Ding Liren, Carlsen, So, Duda, Giri and Erigaisi qualified for the knockout stage:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Aronian * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 10½ 2 Artemiev ½ * 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 10 3 Ding Liren ½ 1 * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 9½ 4 Carlsen 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 9 5 So ½ 1 ½ ½ * 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 9 6 Duda ½ 0 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 0 0 1 8 7 Giri ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 8 8 Erigaisi 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 8 9 Firouzja 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 8 10 Vidit ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * 1 0 0 ½ 1 1 7 11 Svidler ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 0 * ½ ½ 0 1 1 6½ 12 Gukesh 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ * 0 1 ½ 1 6½ 13 Dubov 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 * 0 ½ 1 6 14 Salem ½ 0 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 0 1 * 0 ½ 5½ 15 Adhiban 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * 0 5 16 Yifan Hou ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 * 3½

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). Levon Aronian beat Artemiev 2-0 in the final.

Quarterfinals (29-30 June) Semifinals (1-2 July) Final (3-4 July)

Aronian ½01½ ½½½½ 1½ - 2 Erigaisi ½10½ ½½½½ 0½ - 1 Aronian 10½0 1½½1 11 - 2 Carlsen 01½1 0½½0 00 - 1 Carlsen 101½ 1½00 1½ - 2 So 010½ 0½11 0½ - 1 Aronian ½½1½ 11-- -- - 2 Artemiev ½½0½ 00-- -- - 0 Artemiev 111- 1½½- -- - 2 Giri 000- 0½½- -- - 0 Artemiev ½00- ½10½ ½1 - 2 Ding Liren ½11- ½010 ½0 - 1 Ding Liren ½½½½ 0111 -- - 1½ Duda ½½½½ 1000 -- - ½

Match for 3rd place (3-4 July): Carlsen 1½½½ 000- 1½ - 2 Ding Liren 0½½½ 111- 0½ - 1

Aronian earned 50 tour points. Artemiev got 33 points, Carlsen 20, and Ding Liren 16. Standings after seven events: Carlsen 291 points, So 207, Radjabov 133, Aronian 131, Giri 123, Nepomniachtchi 115.

Official site: https://championschesstour.com/gold...
Regulations: https://championschesstour.com/regu...
Chess-Results: http://chess-results.com/tnr566353....
Chess.com: https://www.chess.com/news/view/aro...
ChessBase: https://en.chessbase.com/post/goldm...
chess24 1: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...
chess24 2: https://chess24.com/no/watch/live-t...
TWIC: https://theweekinchess.com/chessnew...

Previous Champions Chess Tour event: FTX Crypto Cup (2021). Next: Chessable Masters (2021)

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 185  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Adhiban vs Aronian 0-1462021Goldmoney Asian RapidA09 Reti Opening
2. Ding Liren vs V Artemiev 1-0402021Goldmoney Asian RapidD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. D Gukesh vs Dubov  0-1542021Goldmoney Asian RapidA40 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Arjun Erigaisi vs Duda  ½-½332021Goldmoney Asian RapidE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. V S Gujrathi vs Giri  ½-½752021Goldmoney Asian RapidD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Firouzja vs Carlsen 1-0452021Goldmoney Asian RapidC26 Vienna
7. Yifan Hou vs A R Saleh Salem  ½-½362021Goldmoney Asian RapidB15 Caro-Kann
8. So vs Svidler  ½-½372021Goldmoney Asian RapidD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Aronian vs Svidler  ½-½382021Goldmoney Asian RapidD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. A R Saleh Salem vs So  0-1392021Goldmoney Asian RapidE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. Carlsen vs Yifan Hou  1-0372021Goldmoney Asian RapidD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
12. Giri vs Firouzja  1-0302021Goldmoney Asian RapidB30 Sicilian
13. Duda vs V S Gujrathi  ½-½742021Goldmoney Asian RapidA35 English, Symmetrical
14. Dubov vs Arjun Erigaisi 0-1532021Goldmoney Asian RapidA37 English, Symmetrical
15. V Artemiev vs D Gukesh 1-0362021Goldmoney Asian RapidC49 Four Knights
16. B Adhiban vs Ding Liren  0-1352021Goldmoney Asian RapidA09 Reti Opening
17. Ding Liren vs Aronian  ½-½642021Goldmoney Asian RapidE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
18. D Gukesh vs B Adhiban  ½-½312021Goldmoney Asian RapidE72 King's Indian
19. Arjun Erigaisi vs V Artemiev  0-1462021Goldmoney Asian RapidD85 Grunfeld
20. V S Gujrathi vs Dubov  0-1632021Goldmoney Asian RapidE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
21. Firouzja vs Duda  0-1712021Goldmoney Asian RapidA45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Yifan Hou vs Giri  ½-½542021Goldmoney Asian RapidC78 Ruy Lopez
23. Svidler vs A R Saleh Salem  0-1442021Goldmoney Asian RapidA13 English
24. Aronian vs A R Saleh Salem  ½-½582021Goldmoney Asian RapidA13 English
25. Carlsen vs Svidler 1-0402021Goldmoney Asian RapidB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 185  PGN Download
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Jul-03-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: KO games added. Final games tomorrow.
Jul-04-21  optimal play: Congratulations Aronian.

I watched the third game live. Couldn't believe Artemiev blundered so badly.

Jul-04-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Hi, <Tabanus>,

Thanks again for you hard work. You seem to be a lone rider in the endeavour to bring new events to the members. Highly appreciated!

Is there any reason to why the links you created to the present tournaments can't be placed on CG's front page?

Something Steve or Tristan should do?

The links are now hidden among additions of older events and only noticed if you know about this new practice.

Jul-04-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: <Something Steve or Tristan should do?>

Yes <Sokrates>! Something CG should do. But for 20 years now, they've always had some technical issues to fix first.

Jul-04-21  optimal play: I just noticed on youtube that they're still playing?

I didn't know it extended into a second night.

Well, Aronian just beat Artemiev in the first game of match 2 tonight so perhaps my congratulations was not premature.

Jul-04-21  optimal play: Okay, Aronian just won the second game of match 2 and thus the tournament.

Congrats Lev.

Very comprehensive.

Jul-05-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Thanks, <Tabanus>, sadly true, and another circumstance to bear in mind when or rather if the subscription should be renewed. Until then I am glad that you have taken action of fixing what CG neglects.
Jul-05-21  Z truth 000000001: Some revisionist history here... op-par.
Jul-05-21  Z truth 000000001: OK <jfq>, why exactly did <Annie K> leave?

What were the differences she had with management?

I'd like to know specifically, because I think <Annie> likely had the better vision for how the site should be run, and what should be the priorities.

It seems the site functionality has been in a steady decline since her departure, and the only members of the community celebrating her departure are... well, we all know who they are, and how much/little they contribute.

I will add, imo, that she was at the time swamped with work just trying to bail the boat out, with little or no support from mgt. Nor from certain members of the community who should have known better.

The leaks haven't gone away, but <Annie> has. As have many members of the community, previously in good standing.

Jul-09-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Sounds like the name of an elite poker tournament where MI-5 has entered James Bond...
Jul-10-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: <Z truth 000000001>

Many thanks for the true and well-phrazed words about <Annie K>. In the wake of her departure there have been sad revelations of the ethical level of those who allowed it, in an unholy alliance with <well, we all know who they are, and how much/little they contribute.>.

Jul-10-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Hate to say it, but Garry Kasparov looked like Garry Patzerov in that game he lost to Duda.

(I still remember the way he went down in flames to Navara a few years ago.)

Saric would have done better in the blitz event.

Father Time is merciless.

Jul-10-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  fabelhaft: <Hate to say it, but Garry Kasparov looked like Garry Patzerov in that game he lost to Duda. (I still remember the way he went down in flames to Navara a few years ago.)>

Against Navara he at least played a brilliant game and eventually lost in time trouble (the only of the three against Navara that he lost then)

Kasparov vs Navara, 2017

In these games he has looked a totally different player, one draw and the rest losses where he at most reached move 32, and lost in 7 against Mamedyarov.

Jul-10-21  nok: Comment on chessbomb:

After this Kasparov is going to Vegas to fight McGregor

Jul-10-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  fabelhaft: In the 2017 event many were disappointed with Kasparov?s result, but I think he actually did great then. Over the 18 blitz games he scored +4-4=10 and finished ahead of players like Anand and Caruana. But this is something else, quick losses in every game except one. Maybe it gets better.
Jul-10-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  fabelhaft: It got a bit better, partly, against MVL, who played some ridiculous opening and was lost before move ten with white. Kasparov gradually lost the advantage and went on to lose again, but not the average loss in 24 moves this time, now he almost reached move 50.
Jul-10-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Garry's doing worse even than this chump: Kasparov vs Short (Blitz) (2015)
Jul-10-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  fabelhaft: 18 moves with white against Nepo, and he could have resigned earlier
Jul-10-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  fabelhaft: I know he is 58, retired 16 years ago and only played rapid and blitz once in a while since then. But he is the God of Chess, depressing to see him so thoroughly wiped off the board so quickly in game after game.
Jul-10-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: I'm just glad that Yury Dokhoian isn't alive to see this, because that would have killed him.
Jul-11-21  macer75: lol... it took long enough for this to appear on the main page
Jul-11-21  macer75: <fabelhaft: I know he is 58, retired 16 years ago and only played rapid and blitz once in a while since then. But he is the God of Chess, depressing to see him so thoroughly wiped off the board so quickly in game after game.>

Putin is probably laughing like a maniac.

Jul-11-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: what about that chess board that got broken over Kasparov's head during a protest march years ago, in the rodina? I wonder if someone glued it together and sold it on Ebay? One must be resourceful...
Jul-12-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  0ZeR0: <fabelhaft>
<I know he is 58, retired 16 years ago and only played rapid and blitz once in a while since then. But he is the God of Chess, depressing to see him so thoroughly wiped off the board so quickly in game after game.>

Agreed, although to be honest I wasn't expecting him to do particularly well. Based on both the games and his comments in the interview after the blitz section it seems he hasn't been keeping up with opening theory all that much. At least he played one nice game against van Foreest.

Aug-01-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Goldmoney Meltwater. These jokes write themselves.
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