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WR Chess Masters Tournament

Levon Aronian5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Dommaraju Gukesh5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Wesley So4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Anish Giri4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
Andrey Esipenko4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Nodirbek Abdusattorov4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
Vincent Keymer4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
WR Chess Masters (2023)

Name: WR Chess Masters Event Date: February 16 - 26, 2023 Site: Düsseldorf, Germany Format: 9-round single round robin Time Control: 120 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment beginning from move 61.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 49  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. So vs Duda 1-0482023WR Chess MastersA06 Reti Opening
2. Giri vs D Gukesh ½-½822023WR Chess MastersD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Aronian vs R Praggnanandhaa 1-0502023WR Chess MastersA20 English
4. A Esipenko vs V Keymer 1-01012023WR Chess MastersE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. Nepomniachtchi vs N Abdusattorov ½-½192023WR Chess MastersA57 Benko Gambit
6. Giri vs So ½-½292023WR Chess MastersE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
7. N Abdusattorov vs A Esipenko 1-0412023WR Chess MastersE46 Nimzo-Indian
8. V Keymer vs Aronian  ½-½302023WR Chess MastersA15 English
9. Duda vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½392023WR Chess MastersC42 Petrov Defense
10. D Gukesh vs R Praggnanandhaa 1-0322023WR Chess MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
11. So vs D Gukesh  ½-½332023WR Chess MastersD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. R Praggnanandhaa vs V Keymer 1-0432023WR Chess MastersC78 Ruy Lopez
13. A Esipenko vs Duda  ½-½442023WR Chess MastersE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
14. Nepomniachtchi vs Giri  ½-½372023WR Chess MastersA28 English
15. Aronian vs N Abdusattorov 1-0312023WR Chess MastersB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. Duda vs Aronian  ½-½312023WR Chess MastersD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
17. So vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½422023WR Chess MastersE10 Queen's Pawn Game
18. D Gukesh vs V Keymer  ½-½402023WR Chess MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. N Abdusattorov vs R Praggnanandhaa  ½-½582023WR Chess MastersB30 Sicilian
20. Giri vs A Esipenko  ½-½332023WR Chess MastersA45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. V Keymer vs N Abdusattorov 1-0522023WR Chess MastersE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
22. Aronian vs Giri 1-0482023WR Chess MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
23. A Esipenko vs So ½-½222023WR Chess MastersE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
24. Nepomniachtchi vs D Gukesh  ½-½452023WR Chess MastersD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. R Praggnanandhaa vs Duda  ½-½342023WR Chess MastersC42 Petrov Defense
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 49  PGN Download
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  perfidious: Carlsen has known nothing but preparing for this tournament or that match since a very early age; it is understandable that he should want something else, having accomplished all anyone could desire by his early thirties.
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  HeMateMe: would be interesting to see if some private financier, maybe a bank or insurance firm, put up some money for a match between Carlsen and the winner. It would be a non-title match, less pressure than the FIDE matches Carlsen has been playing for six years. Of course MC would be recognized as world champion even if it isn't the FIDE match. He is anyhow, right now.
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  lostemperor: The predictions' winners on the final standings of WR Chess on my forum <Penquincw>♔, <Golden Executive>♔, <Chesschronicle22>♕, <OhioChessFan>♕, <Messiah>
Feb-26-23  offramp: Dommaraju Gukesh, 16 years old, finished 1st= with Aronian and Nepo. That is a great result! When he is 21, in 5 years time, he will probably get some more top-class results.

Not me. I think he will have more or less given up chess by the age of 21. By then he will be a systems analyst.

I think this was a very good tournament, but it had a couple of boring players, who suck the life out of the tournament.

Specifically I mean <Wesley So> and <Anish Giri>. Nice enough geezers, but they are usually aiming for +1 or (rarely) +2.

These two guys choose dull openings in which they can out-technique their opponents with their extra 100 Elo points. Nepo is the same, but it is impossible to drop him, except after he has been beaten by Ding Liren. Mind you, Nepo will be an outstanding commentator.

Dortmund ended up with
White wins, 9 = 20%
Black wins, 2 = 7%
Draws, 32 = 73%.

That's a lot, but there were many very interesting draws.

Feb-26-23  goodevans: <Dortmund ended up with
White wins, 9 = 20%
Black wins, 2 = 7%
Draws, 32 = 73%.>

That's a remarkable coincidence. Exactly the same spread as here in Düsseldorf. ;o)

Feb-26-23  offramp: I meant <Duisburg>. It's easy to mix them up.
Feb-26-23  AdolfoAugusto: Round 9 game between Keymer and Nepo is not updated,
Feb-26-23  AdolfoAugusto: Round 9 game between Keymer and Nepo game is still missing. If possible please upload it to have the tournament complete.
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  MissScarlett: It's up, plus the four rapid play-off games.
Feb-27-23  AdolfoAugusto: Thank you Miss Scarlett, I enjoyed the Keymer Nepo, and the Finest Nepo games.
Feb-27-23  AdolfoAugusto: *Gukesh Nepo
Feb-27-23  Ninas Husband: Aronian wins! <U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!>
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  Check It Out: Armenia! 🇦🇲
Feb-27-23  Nietzowitsch: <Lemon Erronian> Even a blind man may perchance hit the mark.
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  Check It Out: <Nitwitsch> And armchair philosophers can be jerks.
Feb-27-23  Ninas Husband: <Check It Out> Finally, something USEFUL comes out of Armenia! #kardashianssuck!
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  Check It Out: Cher and Andre Agassi were huge in the entertainment and tennis fields. both with Armenian roots.
Feb-28-23  stone free or die: <<Check It Out> Finally, something USEFUL comes out of Armenia! >

Dude's never gone shopping in Little Armenia (Watertown).

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  perfidious: Used to go shopping for wins at the Armenian Cultural Centre in Watertown, back in the day.
Feb-28-23  stone free or die: Ha, that's a good one <perf>!
Mar-01-23  Atterdag: Been away from this a couple of days, so two things have to be done.

Congratulations to Levon Aronian on this well-deserved victory. I think he needed this triumph after his moving to the U.S.

Apologies to <goodevans> for my sarcastic comment to his on the So-Keymer game. That was hasty and undeserved - sorry!

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  HeMateMe: Mannix (Mike Connors) was Armenian. So there.
Mar-06-23  Ninas Husband: <HeMateMe> <Mannix (Mike Connors) was Armenian. So there.> So there what? So there you prove you don't know what you're talking about? :)
Mar-08-23  tuttifrutty: < Specifically I mean <Wesley So> and <Anish Giri>. Nice enough geezers>

Please bear in mind that these two are not in it to please you. This is their full time. They have nobody to rely on to bring the food on the table. So what do you expect, play aggressively and gamble their price money? You tell me.

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  perfidious: <glenn> would gamble away every dime.


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