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🏆 World Fischer Random (2022)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Vladimir Fedoseev, Matthias Bluebaum, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson

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World Fischer Random (2022)

Name: World Fischer Random Event Date: October 25-30, 2022 Site: Reykjavik, Iceland Format: double round-robin Time Control: 30 moves in 25 minutes, plus 5 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 5 seconds increment per move starting from move 31.

<Final Standings>
1. Hikaru Nakamura
2. Ian Nepomniachtchi
3. Magnus Carlsen
4. Nodirbek Abdusattorov
5. Vladimir Vedoseev
6. Wesley So
7. Matthias Blübaum
8. Hjörvar Steinn Grétarsson

Official Website: https://fischerrandom.fide.com/

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 72  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs V Fedoseev 1-0252022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Bluebaum vs Nakamura 0-1632022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
3. N Abdusattorov vs So 1-0552022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
4. H S Gretarsson vs Nepomniachtchi  0-1272022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
5. So vs N Abdusattorov  ½-½822022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
6. Nepomniachtchi vs H S Gretarsson  1-0262022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
7. Nepomniachtchi vs N Abdusattorov 0-1772022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
8. So vs H S Gretarsson  1-0192022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
9. N Abdusattorov vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0222022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
10. H S Gretarsson vs So  ½-½1002022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Carlsen vs Nakamura 0-1462022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
12. Bluebaum vs V Fedoseev  ½-½662022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
13. Nakamura vs Carlsen ½-½392022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
14. V Fedoseev vs Bluebaum 1-0432022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
15. V Fedoseev vs Carlsen  ½-½522022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
16. Nakamura vs Bluebaum  ½-½312022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
17. N Abdusattorov vs H S Gretarsson  1-0382022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
18. Nakamura vs V Fedoseev  ½-½372022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
19. Bluebaum vs Carlsen  0-1752022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
20. V Fedoseev vs Nakamura  ½-½412022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
21. Carlsen vs Bluebaum  ½-½452022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
22. V Fedoseev vs Nakamura  ½-½602022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
23. Carlsen vs Bluebaum  1-0312022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
24. Nakamura vs V Fedoseev  ½-½192022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
25. Bluebaum vs Carlsen  0-1392022World Fischer RandomA00 Uncommon Opening
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 72  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Oct-27-22  Transfinite Cardinal: And the board has frozen for all the games they're immobile. What a joke.
Oct-27-22  Chessius the Messius: Castling speaks for itself.
Oct-27-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: <Trans> please follow the advice <pete> gave:

<Just a reminder to set <PGN Viewer: pgn4web> then click <set> to view the games.>

Oct-27-22  offramp:


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17...Qe6
18. Qa8+ 1-0.
Nepo: <"I guess he relied on 0-0 after Qa8+, because you both protect your king from check and castle, but as far as I know in any chess rules since I was 5 or something, you can't castle when you're in check!">
Nepomniachtchi vs So, 2022

Oct-27-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: In that position castling is moving the rook to the other side without touching the king, SO that could explain the confusion.
Oct-29-22  carpovius: Nepo beats Carlsen and advances to the final.
Oct-29-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: Yes, Nepo and Naka will play in the final tomorrow, sunday.
Oct-29-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Carl and Abdu will fight it out for the bronze.
Oct-30-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  devere: Carlsen is the Salieri of Fischer random chess.
Oct-30-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  devere: Congratulations to Naka for winning the tournament
Oct-30-22  ndg2: Waiting for the recap on YT. The memes will be legendary!
Oct-30-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: One thing sure: a certain coterie hereabout are not singing chanteys to So's invincibility after this result.
Oct-30-22  nok: ^ Jetlag.

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Oct-30-22  AdolfoAugusto: Naka is now World Champion in something ahead of Sauron,
Oct-30-22  Chess for life: <lentil: I note that all games in a round begin with the same position. This seems fairest.> Can't seem to find anywhere how often the position gets changed. Seems like a very relevant piece of information and yet hard to find! Thank you.
Oct-30-22  dehanne: Chess is hard when you can't just memorize computer analysis.
Oct-31-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  fredthebear: Perhaps chess is much easier when one doesn't have to memorize opening theory since the initial alignment is random; just play on principle.
Oct-31-22  Chessius the Messius: I thought it was a game, not a scrapyard.
Oct-31-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <Can't seem to find anywhere how often the position gets changed.>

Why not check the games?

Nov-04-22  saturn2: In Fischer's time I guess the elite in 960 and classic would not corrispond that much as nowadays. By then openings were more determining the scene and superior opening knowledge was a good guarantee to perform well. Today it is not enough.
Nov-06-22  Atterdag: True, <saturn2>. A heavy argument for the Fischer Random setup. FR favours the true chess talents and their creativity - ordinary chess at high levels favours players with an autistic gift of memorizing thousands of computer lines.

Alas, FR will always have an exotic place in the chess world. Too many are dependent on the classical format. Think of the huge industry of computer programmes and opening books - and the countless trainers & coaches who would lose their earnings, more or less.

All the colossal work and endless hours spent on openings would be of very little use.

The days when the "machine" was just a servant, a sparring partner, for the elite are long gone. Now it has become the master and the oracle to which everybody seeks to find objective perfection. Chess is no longer just "human mind vs. human mind". Sadly, very sadly, IMHO.

Nov-06-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Atterdag>, I recall playing at Philadelphia in 1994; a player from my club had a copy of Fritz 2, and I thought of how such software could change everything. As you say, it has grown far beyond that and taken over in many ways. It is an unhappy day indeed.

<.... FR favours the true chess talents and their creativity - ordinary chess at high levels favours players with an autistic gift of memorizing thousands of computer lines....>

As to this, my memory was, and remains, even in my sixties now, well beyond average, but I never had any desire to simply swot up masses of theory for their own sake, which probably hindered me from being a player at international level, say 2400+. While chess was my main interest, there was more to life for me.

Nov-06-22  saturn2: <Atterdag ordinary chess at high levels favours players with an autistic gift of memorizing thousands of computer lines.>

Yes but it is interesting the strongest players are almost the same in both games Maybe Fischer himself underestimated his own talents and overestimated openings when blaming the Soviets for playing system chess. Afterall if strength in FR and traditional corrisponde at top level there was no need for introducing FR.

I watched various banter vids from GMs and quite often after move 5 they dont know how to continue or they knew but have forgotten. Though some kind of understating can be involved. For example Shankland had given a course in an opening and confessed he had forgotten the lines soon after in the banter session.

Nov-06-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <fredthebear: <Perhaps chess is much easier when one doesn't have to memorize opening theory since the initial alignment is random; just play on principle.>>

BUT: Every beginning is difficult. ;)

Nov-06-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  jnpope: <Afterall if strength in FR and traditional corrisponde at top level there was no need for introducing FR.>

I suspect the strong traditional-chess players will still be strong in any chess variant. Has anyone done a statistical check of the decisive games vs drawn games between traditional chess and FR?

I thought the purpose of FR was to force players into being creative from the first move and not after 30+ moves of "even" book/theory, i.e. having a greater percentage of games in FR where a creative player can introduce a game winning imbalance.

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