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🏆 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals (2022)

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Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Anish Giri, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Le Quang Liem, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, Arjun Erigaisi Chess Event Description
Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals (2022)

Name: Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals Event Date: November 14-20, 2022 Site: INT Format: 8-player Round-robin Time Control: 15 minutes for the whole game with a 10-second increment from move one

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Rank Team MP 1 Magnus Carlsen 20 2 Wesley So 13 3 Liem Le 11 4 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 10 5 Praggnanandhaa 9 6 Arjun Erigaisi 9 7 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 6 8 Anish Giri 6

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 111  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Praggnanandhaa vs Mamedyarov 0-1462022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals C55 Two Knights Defense
2. Le Quang Liem vs Giri  ½-½432022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
3. Carlsen vs So  ½-½472022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals C67 Ruy Lopez
4. Duda vs Erigaisi 1-0412022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
5. Giri vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½532022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. Mamedyarov vs R Praggnanandhaa  ½-½542022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. Erigaisi vs Duda  ½-½652022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals D85 Grunfeld
8. So vs Carlsen  ½-½1132022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals B07 Pirc
9. Carlsen vs So 1-0392022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. R Praggnanandhaa vs Mamedyarov 1-0372022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals A00 Uncommon Opening
11. Le Quang Liem vs Giri  ½-½342022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals A36 English
12. Duda vs Erigaisi 1-0262022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
13. Giri vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½922022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. So vs Carlsen ½-½692022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals C50 Giuoco Piano
15. Mamedyarov vs R Praggnanandhaa  1-0392022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. Giri vs Le Quang Liem 1-0622022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Le Quang Liem vs Giri  ½-½522022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals A36 English
18. Giri vs R Praggnanandhaa  0-1332022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals E20 Nimzo-Indian
19. Le Quang Liem vs So  ½-½522022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals A33 English, Symmetrical
20. Erigaisi vs Carlsen 0-1742022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals A04 Reti Opening
21. Mamedyarov vs Duda  ½-½552022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals D84 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit Accepted
22. R Praggnanandhaa vs Giri 1-0752022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals C53 Giuoco Piano
23. Duda vs Mamedyarov 1-0822022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. Carlsen vs Erigaisi  ½-½862022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. So vs Le Quang Liem 0-1312022Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals E48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
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Nov-18-22  SymphonicKnight: Through Day 4 of this tournament, is anyone else disheartened by the Niemann-Carlsen scandal, the War and lack of certain competitors, the disappearance of Ding from the circuit, the abdication of Magnus, and the lack of competition in this tournament for Magnus as all his foes wilt and show nothing of their real strength; and other circumstances in the world at large that increase cynicism? It seems so from the silence. This lawsuit is just in its infancy, and might take years to process if it is given substance.
Nov-18-22  Atterdag: <SymphonicKnight>

I am sure we are many who are seriously disheartened by all the things you mention plus some more: the climate crisis, the inflation, the shortage of energy, the un-democratic movements in democratic countries and so forth.

2022 has been a horrible year so far, one of the worst in my lifetime. A misanthrope would claim that the draconical urges of human nature can't be covered in the varnish of civilisation. The ugly side of the human mind will always find a person who gains power to execute it.

However, I see no other option than converting this paralyzed position into active support for all the good that fortunately still rules many parts of the world. We should not give in to the Saurons in this world - that has never worked.

Nov-18-22  Sally Simpson: Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals (2022) (kibitz #2)

I'm in full agreement with you Atterdag.

Nov-18-22  Mayankk: Yes. Far too many of these events with the same names. And the events themselves are of little consequence. It's just the star power of Carlsen that draws the sponsors and thereby high prize money.

This is indeed an era of excess. And not just in chess.

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  perfidious: As I have noted across the years, AVRO 1938 had the charm of novelty; with travel conditions much improved, the same top 15-20 players can play anywhere, multiple times each year, and do. Probably not that interesting for even the elite to play each other twentyleven times each year.

Bit of new blood would be welcome.

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  tamar: Carlsen seems in a zone where if he was playing classical time controls, he could reach 2900. But rapid and blitz events have superseded the classical circuit.
Nov-18-22  Chessius the Messius: Simply because Carlsen would lose 1000-0 versus SF.
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  HeMateMe: where's the smoking gun? Surely investigative authorities have looked into adult novelty on line stores that sell vibrating love beads? you can probably break into these sites with a can opener. Any instances of these love beads being sold to chess professionals?

Enquiring minds what to know.

Probably a good thing that Hans and Magnus aren't from England. Fleet street would be publishing lewd, bad taste cover stories, one after the other.

Nov-19-22  Atterdag: <perfidious>

AVRO 1938, what a tournament! No less than four world champions participating - former, present and coming. And two of their strongest opponents, Keres and Fine, who won the tournament but never got the title. Reshevsky was also very strong in those days - only Flohr was an inch below the rest.

Incidently, I played a simul game against Flor decades ago. He was in Copenhagen for a tournament and visited my then working place. I have rarely seen a more sad and sombre looking person. Not the one, you'd choose in the classic "Which three players from the past would you invite to dinner" enquète.

The games in that tournament have become iconic and some of the most inspirational in my life with chess.

I sense you feel the same!?

Nov-20-22  NrthrnKnght: SymphonicKnight: you forgot the scamdemic
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  boz: Watching these guys go up against Magnus is like watching a meat grinder at work.
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  boz: Interesting anecdote, Atterdag. I didn't know that about Flohr. It's funny because I remember the first time I saw a photograph of him, I remarked to myself how boyishly happy he appeared. It was early in my chess life and I was reading Chernev's <Most Instructive Games in Chess History > which was my introduction to all the great masters of the past. Sad to hear that the photo deceived me. Of course time will do that to a person.
Nov-20-22  Atterdag: Hi <boz>,

As one can read in great Wiki article about Flohr, he had a very troublesome life at times. Both parents being massacred, he and his brother orphaned, but then flourishing brilliantly in the 30s in the Soviet.

But it was the fate of the original Czech that he became almost contemporary with an exceptional group of star players in the Soviet Union: Botvinnik (foremost), Keres (in the rise), Bronstein, Smyslov etc. etc.

When I met him - I think it was before the dissolution of the USSR but also by the end of his life - he looked like a man carrying tons of sorrow. Nonetheless, a great chess player, who also contributed to opening theory and the overall knowledge of our game. One of those who have a lesser place in history than deserved.

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  boz: Thank you for that, Atterdag. As we all know and many remember, the 20th Century was a period great progress and terrible suffering especially in Europe. I'm sorry to hear of Fohr's misfortunes. It is nice, though, that you met a player who competed in the era of the great legends of chess.
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  perfidious: Flohr was well within the first ten players in the world through the 1930s, with his result at AVRO being the nadir of his career. Weeks after conclusion of his debacle in the Netherlands came Flohr's greatest triumph: Leningrad / Moscow training (1939), in which Reshevsky came second, 1.5 points behind, and Keres, joint winner of AVRO, finished minus in a strong field.
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  HeMateMe: Wasn't flohr the second best player in the world, in the 30s, after Alekhine?
Nov-21-22  Olavi: Flohr was easily one of the eight best players in late 1938, not an inch below the rest, but AVRO was played a month after the Munich pact, annexation of the Sudetenland - and the First Vienna Award was signed a week before AVRO. He will not have been in the best of spirits.
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  Everett: Interesting Liem was the only one to give Carlsen problems
Nov-21-22  Atterdag: Correct, <Olavi>.

The inch was meant contextual on his performance in that tournament, not as a general assessment of Flohr. I should have made that more clear.

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  perfidious: On Flohr, from the Leningrad/Moscow page:

<....The surprising news was that Flohr won so convincingly over a very strong field, especially after finishing last at AVRO 1938, and being virtually "written off" as a top-flight player....>

Funny how things go sometimes; the 'pundits' don't always get there.

Nov-21-22  karik: Final results

1 Carlsen, Magnus 20
2 So, Wesley. 13
3 Le, Liem 11
4 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof. 10
5 Praggnanandhaa, R 9
6 Erigaisi, Arjun. 9
7 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 6
8 Giri, Anish 6

Nov-22-22  Atterdag: Some pretty games by which Carlsen defeated Duda. It seems that all the foolish things he has been involved in only have strengthened him and made his gameplay more creative and sharp.
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  Check It Out: Foolish indeed, but on the other hand he no longer carries the burden of the crown and he's come out against cheaters. Now he can get back to doing what he loves, being the best chess player.
Nov-24-22  tonsillolith: Carlsen killed it in this tournament. The games against Giri and Mamedyarov were a lot more one-sided than I would have expected.

Congratulations to Le Quang Liem for not losing too badly to Carlsen in their match, and congrats to So for not coming in quite as far behind Carlsen as the rest.

Nov-26-22  Chessmusings: Some memorable chess positions from the 2022 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals in San Francisco.

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