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Meltwater Tour Final Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura28/49(+17 -10 =22)[games]
Teimour Radjabov23.5/41(+12 -6 =23)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev22/42(+10 -8 =24)[games]
Magnus Carlsen21.5/40(+13 -10 =17)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave20.5/43(+12 -14 =17)[games]
Levon Aronian20.5/37(+13 -9 =15)[games]
Anish Giri19/43(+8 -13 =22)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov18/42(+11 -17 =14)[games]
Wesley So17/39(+7 -12 =20)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda17/38(+8 -12 =18)[games] Chess Event Description
Meltwater Tour Final (2021)

The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Final was the 10th and last event of the $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour 2020-2021. A 10-player round-robin tournament over 10 days, the games were played from 25 September to 4 October on the chess24 Playzone. Rest day: 30 September (after Round 5). In each round, each 'game' consisted of 4 rapid games, with 3 points for a win and 0 points for a loss. In case of 2-2, a 2-game Blitz tie-break was played, eventually followed by an Armageddon game, with 2 points to the winner and 1 point to the loser. In addition to the 27 points thus being available, bonus points were awarded to the players according to the Tour standings (after 9 events, reflecting their success so far in the Tour): Carlsen received 16½ points before start, So 12½ points, Aronian 8, Radjabov 6, Giri 5½, Nakamura 4, Artemiev 3½, Vachier-Lagrave 2½, Mamedyarov ½, and Duda 0 bonus points. The player with the highest sum of points at the end of the event (including bonus points) to be declared the winner of the Tour.

Teimour Radjabov won the Tour Final, and Magnus Carlsen won the Tour:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Radjabov * 1 3 3 1 3 3 3 1 3 21 2 Nakamura 2 * 3 0 2 3 2 2 1 2 17 3 Aronian 0 0 * 3 3 0 1 3 3 3 16 4 Carlsen 0 3 0 * 0 3 2 3 2 2 15 5 Artemiev 2 1 0 3 * 0 2 0 3 3 14 6 Duda 0 0 3 0 3 * 0 1 3 2 12 =7 Vachier-Lagrave 0 1 2 1 1 3 * 3 0 0 11 =7 So 0 1 0 0 3 2 0 * 2 3 11 =9 Giri 2 2 0 1 0 0 3 1 * 0 9 =9 Mamedyarov 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 3 * 9 Final Bonus Total 1 Carlsen 15 16½ 31½ 2 Radjabov 21 6 27 3 Aronian 16 8 24 4 So 11 12½ 23½ 5 Nakamura 17 4 21 6 Artemiev 14 3½ 17½ 7 Giri 9 5½ 14½ 8 Vachier-Lagrave 11 2½ 13½ 9 Duda 12 0 12 10 Mamedyarov 9 ½ 9½

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Wikipedia article: Champions Chess Tour 2021

Previous Champions Chess Tour event: Aimchess US Rapid (2021)

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 207  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. So vs Mamedyarov  ½-½522021Meltwater Tour FinalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. Carlsen vs Duda 1-0182021Meltwater Tour FinalD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
3. Aronian vs Vachier-Lagrave 1-0512021Meltwater Tour FinalD85 Grunfeld
4. Radjabov vs V Artemiev  ½-½332021Meltwater Tour FinalD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Giri vs Nakamura  0-1722021Meltwater Tour FinalC53 Giuoco Piano
6. Nakamura vs Giri  ½-½442021Meltwater Tour FinalD85 Grunfeld
7. Duda vs Carlsen 0-1412021Meltwater Tour FinalD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
8. V Artemiev vs Radjabov  ½-½542021Meltwater Tour FinalD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
9. Mamedyarov vs So 0-1402021Meltwater Tour FinalD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
10. Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian  ½-½652021Meltwater Tour FinalC78 Ruy Lopez
11. Carlsen vs Duda  ½-½192021Meltwater Tour FinalB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. Giri vs Nakamura 1-0292021Meltwater Tour FinalC53 Giuoco Piano
13. Aronian vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½112021Meltwater Tour FinalE60 King's Indian Defense
14. So vs Mamedyarov  ½-½562021Meltwater Tour FinalB33 Sicilian
15. Radjabov vs V Artemiev  ½-½612021Meltwater Tour FinalD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Nakamura vs Giri  ½-½152021Meltwater Tour FinalD85 Grunfeld
17. Mamedyarov vs So  0-1562021Meltwater Tour FinalA06 Reti Opening
18. Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian 1-0592021Meltwater Tour FinalC78 Ruy Lopez
19. V Artemiev vs Radjabov  ½-½362021Meltwater Tour FinalA05 Reti Opening
20. Nakamura vs Giri  ½-½612021Meltwater Tour FinalE60 King's Indian Defense
21. Aronian vs Vachier-Lagrave 0-1382021Meltwater Tour FinalD85 Grunfeld
22. V Artemiev vs Radjabov 1-0352021Meltwater Tour FinalA05 Reti Opening
23. Radjabov vs V Artemiev  ½-½602021Meltwater Tour FinalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian 0-1472021Meltwater Tour FinalB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Giri vs Nakamura 1-0462021Meltwater Tour FinalC50 Giuoco Piano
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  Messiah: C'mon Donald, ENTER THE HALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct-02-21  fabelhaft: The format makes the last rounds less interesting than they could have been given that Carlsen already has won it all with a big margin, but there’s lots of money to play for and it’s very close for second place and 60 000 dollar. Looks like So or Radjabov at the moment, third place will have to settle with 40 000.
Oct-02-21  Albertan: MCCT Finals:Carlsen stuns Giri with a Queen sac:

Oct-02-21  Albertan: Magnus Carlsen is the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Winner:

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  Messiah: C'mon Aronian, BE INVINCIBLE TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct-03-21  fabelhaft: Dubov just gave a rather fascinating interview where he was very critical of these online events. He said he thought they were boring, that some players showed little respect for the audience by playing meaningless draws in the openings, and even said that he doubted the honesty of some participants…

It looked as if Mamedyarov might help improve Aronian’s chances to pass Radjabov, after reaching a totally dominant position. But then he used a couple of minutes on a piece sacrifice that gave away the advantage and then misplayed the rest of the game so Radjabov won and keeps an advantage with regards to Aronian.

Oct-03-21  fabelhaft: The last round excitement will mainly concern second place and the 20 000 dollar difference between second and third place. Radjabov will be in second before the last round but So is very close behind.
Oct-03-21  Albertan: Champions Chess Tour Finals Day 7:Carlsen loses but wins series:

Oct-03-21  nok: <It looked as if Mamedyarov might help improve Aronian’s chances to pass Radjabov...>


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  Messiah: <3 Aronian <3

<3 MVL <3

So is okay.

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  Diademas: Just to state the bleeding obvious: They should probably work on the format...
Oct-04-21  Albertan: Champions Chess Finals:Day 8:Radjabov moves to second place:

MCCT Finals:Radjabov overtakes So:

Oct-04-21  Albertan: Champions Chess Tour:Round 9 results and standings:

Oct-05-21  thebully99: Terrible! Radjabov won the tournament and is now the best online player because of prearrangement!
Oct-05-21  SymphonicKnight: The write-up for this tournament should include the points scored using the system in the tournament of 3 for a win, 2 for a draw followed by tiebreaker win, 1 for a draw followed by tiebreaker loss, and 0 for a loss. Here are the points scored just in this tournament without the bonus points awarded for previous tournament results:

1. Radjabov 21
2. Nakamura 17
3. Aronian 16
4. Carlsen 15
5. Artemiev 14
6. Duda 12
7-8 MVL, So 11
9-10 Giri, Mamedyarov 9

Although Magnus won the overall Champions Chess Tour 2021 because of his numerous successes which built bonus points, in this tournament he finished in sole 4th place, which is not spectacular. What Radjabov accomplished was spectacular, however, and was the equivalent of +4 in a 9 round round-robin tournament, which is almost always enough to win.

Oct-05-21  JustAnotherMaster: MC literally dropped So-so to fourth, dont make the Great One angry So-so or you will be losing lots of money ...hahahahahaha unbelievable job by MC
Oct-05-21  JustAnotherMaster: MC used 1 b3 to smash him into 4th MC demolished poor so-so
Oct-05-21  metatron2: <fabelhaft: It looked as if Mamedyarov might help improve Aronian’s chances to pass Radjabov, after reaching a totally dominant position. But then he used a couple of minutes on a piece sacrifice that gave away the advantage and then misplayed the rest of the game so Radjabov won and keeps an advantage with regards to Aronian>

Prearrangement accusations in the spirit of Bobby Fischer..

In any case that was another amazing performance by Radjabov in a top-of-the-top level tournament.

Very impressive.

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  Messiah: <thebully99: Terrible! Radjabov won the tournament and is now the best online player because of prearrangement!>

Weakest attempt ever to indicate you are my sock puppet.

Oct-05-21  fabelhaft: <Prearrangement accusations in the spirit of Bobby Fischer..>

If you would look at all the games they played against each other in classical you will see that there are 22 draws and one decisive game. The decisive game came in the Candidates qualification, when a win for Radjabov would mean that he secured a place in the Candidates. Since the wild card was going to an Azerbaijani player Radjabov’s win also meant that Mamedyarov got a place in the Candidates.

Now I didn’t say that this or that game was prearranged, but Mamedyarov did misplay the endings in both games. Maybe none of their games have been prearranged, those are just the facts.

Oct-05-21  Albertan: MCCT Finals:Carlsen first,Radjabov second,Aronian third:

Champions Chess Tour Finals Day 9:Carlsen Wins Tour,Radjabov Top Finals Scorer:

Oct-05-21  Albertan: Champions Chess Tour Final:Radjabov and Aronian Reach The Podium:

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  chancho: <Magnus Carlsen
The system was rigged for the best player to win #sorrynotsorry

Magnus Carlsen
@MagnusCarlsen · Oct 4

Am I thanking myself for my own efforts here? Yes.

Deal with it.>

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  Check It Out: Cocky SOB :D
Oct-15-21  fabelhaft: <Teimour Radjabov won the Tour Final>

At least Radjabov played best in the final, even if the event itself didn’t have any official final ranking or first prize winner, only the tour total was counted. But, as Radjabov said

<you can say that for Magnus he was already winning the tournament, but you know that he’s always unhappy to lose the match or something, so he’s always fighting, and it’s a great motivation for me that I’ve managed to beat him in this match of four games>

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