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FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament

Alireza Firouzja8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Fabiano Caruana7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Yangyi Yu7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Vincent Keymer7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Alexandr Predke7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Alexey Shirov7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
David Howell7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
David Anton Guijarro7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Anton Korobov7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Samuel Sevian7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Andrey Esipenko7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Bogdan-Daniel Deac7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Manuel Petrosyan6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Nihal Sarin6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Daniil Dubov6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Yuriy Kuzubov6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Yuriy Kryvoruchko6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Nils Grandelius6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Levon Aronian6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Jeffery Xiong6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Alexey Sarana6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Kirill Alekseenko6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Pavel Ponkratov6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
* (108 players total; 76 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
FIDE Grand Swiss (2021)

The 2nd FIDE Grand Swiss was an 11-round Swiss tournament held at the Hanzas Perons Cultural Centre in Riga, Latvia, 27 October - 7 November 2021. Rest day: 2 November. The two best players would qualify for the next Candidates tournament. Tiebreaks (Buchholz) would decide the placings in the event of ties. Players received 100 minutes for 40 moves followed by 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes to the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move starting from move 1. Prize fund: USD 425,000, with USD 70,000 for first place. Rounds started at 2 pm local time. Tournament director: Egons Lavendelis. Chief arbiter: Alex Holowczak. Number of games played: 594.

Alireza Firouzja won with 8/11. He and Fabiano Caruana (2nd on tiebreak ahead of Oparin) qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2022) tournament. Oparin, Yu Yangyi, Keymer, Vachier-Lagrave, Predke and Shirov qualified for the 2022 Grand Prix tournament series.

Official site:
Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2021

Previous: Isle of Man Grand Swiss (2019). See also FIDE Grand Swiss Women (2021)

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 594  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ganguly vs S Sjugirov  ½-½232021FIDE Grand SwissC78 Ruy Lopez
2. Niemann vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½332021FIDE Grand SwissA04 Reti Opening
3. J Cori vs Goryachkina  ½-½312021FIDE Grand SwissD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. R Hovhannisyan vs A Korobov  ½-½302021FIDE Grand SwissC78 Ruy Lopez
5. J Moussard vs Dubov  ½-½312021FIDE Grand SwissC55 Two Knights Defense
6. D Paravyan vs Morovic Fernandez  ½-½332021FIDE Grand SwissB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. Ponomariov vs V Fedoseev  ½-½352021FIDE Grand SwissB53 Sicilian
8. R Sadhwani vs I Cheparinov  ½-½312021FIDE Grand SwissC53 Giuoco Piano
9. Caruana vs M Chigaev 1-0342021FIDE Grand SwissB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. M A Tabatabaei vs Aronian  ½-½552021FIDE Grand SwissD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
11. Firouzja vs N Abasov 1-0282021FIDE Grand SwissC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
12. Vitiugov vs Dreev  ½-½322021FIDE Grand SwissE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
13. Erigaisi vs A Esipenko  ½-½432021FIDE Grand SwissE20 Nimzo-Indian
14. Harikrishna vs V Kovalev  ½-½302021FIDE Grand SwissC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
15. K Alekseenko vs K Shevchenko  1-0402021FIDE Grand SwissB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. Y Yu vs Keymer  ½-½402021FIDE Grand SwissB12 Caro-Kann Defense
17. V Durarbayli vs P Maghsoodloo  0-1422021FIDE Grand SwissB56 Sicilian
18. Pichot vs V Artemiev 0-1542021FIDE Grand SwissC67 Ruy Lopez
19. Svidler vs Movsesian  ½-½362021FIDE Grand SwissB12 Caro-Kann Defense
20. M Yilmaz vs Eljanov  ½-½322021FIDE Grand SwissD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. Navara vs M Kravtsiv ½-½362021FIDE Grand SwissD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
22. Kuzubov vs J van Foreest  ½-½642021FIDE Grand SwissD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Wojtaszek vs Martirosyan  1-0422021FIDE Grand SwissD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Kryvoruchko vs V Onyshchuk 1-0332021FIDE Grand SwissB12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. A Brkic vs M Matlakov  1-0322021FIDE Grand SwissC42 Petrov Defense
 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 594  PGN Download
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Nov-07-21  nok: <So the amazing 18 year old Firouzja is in.>

"A Night at the Oparin"

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  devere: Firouzja wins the tournament and Fab qualifies. For once a FIDE event goes well. Now two more candidates spots left for the Feb-April 22 Grand Prix. to decide.
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  devere: Wikipedia now shows Fab as having qualified for the candidates tournament, and the last round hasn't even finished yet .
Nov-07-21  Refused: Sjugirov - Vitiugov was nuts. Either player was winning at some point in that game.

And Yilmaz will kick himself for blundering away a full point against Alekseenko.

Can somebody aupdate me on the GP qualifiers.

I figure it's

Oparin, Yu, MVL, Shirov and Keymer, and ?

Nov-07-21  Olavi: Predke, I presume.
Nov-07-21  Albertan: Grand Swiss:Firouzja beats Howell:

Grand Swiss 10:Firouzja a draw away from the Candidates:

FIDE Grand Swiss:Round 10 Recap:

Nov-07-21  Albertan: Grand Swiss (open) final standings:

Nov-07-21  Albertan: Alireza Firouzja wins the FIDE Grand Swiss.American Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana qualifies for the Candidates with Firouzja,because Caruana had a superior tie-break to Grigoriy Oparin:

Nov-07-21  Albertan: Grand Swiss:Firouzja and Caruana in the Candidates:

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  Messiah: <TRIVIA from the 594 games played>

There were no games where the black king went to a1 - but b1, c1, d1, h1 and h2 had one game, respectively.

There was one game where a black knight jumped to h1.

There was one game where black's a-pawn was promoted on f1, and one where the b-pawn was promoted on h1.

There were no games where the white king went to g8 or h8.

There were no games where a white knight jumped to h8.

There were 162 white wins, 320 draws, and 112 black wins.

White's average rating was 2640, with 2667 performance. Black's average rating was 2638, with 2611 performance.

The highest average rating games were Caruana - Angry (2800 vs 2770, 1-0), MVL - Caruana (2763 vs 2800, draw), and Angry - MVL (2770 vs 2763, draw)

1-0 average length was 48 moves, draw 46 moves, 0-1 50 moves.

Shortest wins with White were Jobava - Moussard (14 moves), Cheparinov - Kravtsiv (24 moves), and several 26 moves. Ponkratov as Black lost two games in 26 moves.

Shortest wins with Black were Niemann - Xiong (25 moves), Kravtsiv - Jorden van Foreest (26 moves), and Saric - Shirov (30 moves)

1. e4 was played 307 times, 1.d4 189 times, 1.c4 49 times, 1.Nf3 46 times, and 1.b3 3 times.

Opposite-side castling occurred in 7% of the games.

From the 15 highest average rating games there were 3 White wins (Caruana - Howell and Caruana - Chigaev were both 34 moves), 1 Black win, and the remaining were draws.

There was no game starting with 1.d4 f5.

Nov-08-21  Albertan: Firouzja wins FIDE Grand Swiss ,reaches Candidates with Caruana:

Nov-08-21  Albertan: An interview with Firouzja:

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  0ZeR0: Congratulations are in order for Firouzja. What can you say? The kid's special. Looking forward to seeing what he can do in the Candidates.
Nov-08-21  carpovius: From the crosstable above Oparin took the 2nd place and qualified?!
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  perfidious: No--Caruana was cold for a spot going into the last round, due to S-B tiebreaks, so long as he made a draw, though a half-point behind Firouzja, for whom a draw was also sufficient. This was one more instance in which a player tieing for a spot in a Swiss and being higher-rated guaranteed he would face higher-rated (presumably more difficult) opponents, but over this longer event, also ensured a huge edge in any tiebreak.
Nov-08-21  Olavi: No--the first tiebreak was Buchholz minus worst opponent. Caruana had that won over Oparin before the last round. But that underlines your point even more, since it's immaterial who you score your points against.
Nov-08-21  Edeltalent: <Messiah: There was one game where black's a-pawn was promoted on f1, and one where the b-pawn was promoted on h1.>

Cool, I'd be interested to see them (especially the second), can you share the games please?

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  Tabanus: This chess event must be what Daniel called "squeeky clean".
Nov-08-21  metatron2: <Its nice to see the older guys in the lead now, but that probably won't last long..>

I wrote this after 5 rounds, but 49 yo Shirov, did manage to play well up until the final 11th round, going undefeated while facing the toughest opposition(!), including: Firouzja, MVL, Esipenko, Vitiugov and Yu Yangyi.

And he qualified for the next Grand Prix.

Very impressive..

Nov-08-21  virginmind: Congratulations, Alireza Firouzja! You will be big.
Nov-09-21  Albertan: Firouzja and Lei win Grand Swiss Tournaments in Riga:

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  Messiah: <Edeltalent: <Messiah: There was one game where black's a-pawn was promoted on f1, and one where the b-pawn was promoted on h1.>

Cool, I'd be interested to see them (especially the second), can you share the games please?>

I cannot find either of them, the scid ( lied. I cannot understand what went wrong, apologies for my false claim.

Nov-12-21  Albertan: Grand Swiss highlights part 1:

Grand Swiss highlights part 2:

Dec-22-21  Albertan: In case some of you are interested in this:

2022 Grand Prix To Start February 3rd:

Jan-02-22  tuttifrutty: <You will be big>

Hahaha, for now he is, because of Covid which prevented a lot of top players unable to attend. Wait til He play against Wesley So,,he will be not so big no more. lol.

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