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Superbet Rapid Poland Tournament

Jan-Krzysztof Duda6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Levon Aronian6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Wesley So5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Magnus Carlsen5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Richard Rapport4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Anish Giri3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Bogdan-Daniel Deac3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Kirill Shevchenko2/9(+0 -5 =4)[games] Chess Event Description
Superbet Rapid Poland (2023)

Name: Superbet Rapid Poland Event Date: May 21 - 23, 2023 Site: Warsaw, Poland Format: 10-player Round-robin Time Control: 25 minutes for the entire game, with a 10-second increment starting on move 1

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Duda vs Carlsen ½-½882023Superbet Rapid PolandB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
2. Rapport vs K Shevchenko 1-0352023Superbet Rapid PolandB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
3. Aronian vs Giri  1-0602023Superbet Rapid PolandC28 Vienna Game
4. Vachier-Lagrave vs B Deac 1-0462023Superbet Rapid PolandC53 Giuoco Piano
5. Wojtaszek vs K Shevchenko  ½-½602023Superbet Rapid PolandE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
6. So vs Rapport  1-0862023Superbet Rapid PolandA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
7. Rapport vs Wojtaszek  ½-½482023Superbet Rapid PolandB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. Carlsen vs So ½-½692023Superbet Rapid PolandD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. B Deac vs Duda  0-1942023Superbet Rapid PolandD94 Grunfeld
10. K Shevchenko vs Aronian  0-1602023Superbet Rapid PolandE10 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Giri vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½312023Superbet Rapid PolandD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian ½-½272023Superbet Rapid PolandA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Duda vs Giri 1-0562023Superbet Rapid PolandD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
14. So vs B Deac  1-0482023Superbet Rapid PolandC53 Giuoco Piano
15. Wojtaszek vs Carlsen 1-0382023Superbet Rapid PolandA40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Aronian vs Carlsen  ½-½402023Superbet Rapid PolandB40 Sicilian
17. So vs Duda  ½-½572023Superbet Rapid PolandC42 Petrov Defense
18. K Shevchenko vs B Deac  ½-½652023Superbet Rapid PolandA28 English
19. Wojtaszek vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½452023Superbet Rapid PolandD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
20. Rapport vs Aronian  ½-½602023Superbet Rapid PolandC29 Vienna Gambit
21. Carlsen vs Giri  ½-½592023Superbet Rapid PolandA06 Reti Opening
22. So vs K Shevchenko  1-0492023Superbet Rapid PolandB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
23. Giri vs B Deac  0-1532023Superbet Rapid PolandA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Duda vs Wojtaszek  1-0422023Superbet Rapid PolandE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
25. Wojtaszek vs So  ½-½512023Superbet Rapid PolandD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-21-23  Atterdag: We are spoilt these weeks. First Bucharest now Warsaw, both tournaments with today's elite.

Carlsen defeated by Wojtaszek is the opening sensation. More exitement ahead!

May-21-23  tomhau: Now Ding #1 in Rapid.
Carlsen #2
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  fredthebear: No surprise. Carlsen has lost his self-discipline, now a playboy or so it appears in the public releases.
May-22-23  Atterdag: Really? Is that a fact? Let's test this <playboy>s live-standings in relation to the "world champion".

Carlsen # 1 - 2853.0
Ding Liren # 3 - 2779.6
= 73.4 p. behind

Ding Liren # 1 - 2830.0
Carlsen # 2 - 2829.7
= 0.3 (!!) p. behind

Carlsen # 3 - 2852.0
Ding Liren # 9 - 2787
= 65 p. behind

Before we trust tabloid journalism and wishful thinking among Carlsen haters, perhaps we could live with the provisional conclusion that Carlsen has been relieved of the immense pressure of the title and now enjoys the freedom of less expectation? Carlsen is still second to no one in this world of chess, while the present champ still has a lot to prove.

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  offramp: Kirill Shevchenko is totally duffing up little Giri. A Scotch, and he needs it.
May-22-23  jphamlore: <offramp: Kirill Shevchenko is totally duffing up little Giri. A Scotch, and he needs it.>

For whatever reason, Giri has never been all that great at rapids compared to his peers?

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  MissScarlett: ChiBots vs Fanboys.
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  fredthebear: Somebody might read posts more carefully instead of drawing wild conclusions. The haters are on Kenny's page. Here's Magnus and Playboy:

Spare change:

What's a beer or two?

When to say when?

Wolfgang on air:

Strange comment:


There's more, but you get the idea that he associates drinking lots of alcohol with having fun. He seems to think that booze and chess can mix. Opening theory might not feel the same way.

Of course, he's a lady's man:


Keep your eyes on Pragg:

A Day as Champ:

A person should live a little or a lot (what good is money if you don't spend some of it?), have some fun, go places, see and do different things, try on the world. Maybe it's time Magnus spent more time being Magnus and less time being a chess player. Perhaps he'll tire of the knight life and decide he wants to get serious about being the reigning champion again, but I just don't see it happening as long as he's making money streaming. For now, MC has nothing to prove to the chess world, other than cheating accusations.

May-23-23  SChesshevsky: <Maybe it's time Magnus spent more time being Magnus..>

It's not an easy task. Magnus childhood has been a bit unusual, even by chess prodigy standards. Seems basically a chess pro, and consumed by chess, since at around 10 years old, it's a difficult answer to the question, "Who is Magnus outside of chess?"

When it looked like Magnus was involved in building a chess related business, kind of hoped business was an interest. Then the sale. Was it because no interest in business or reduced interest in chess? Or both?

Whatever the reason, it's not an easy time for Magnus. Seems, as of now, the future isn't playing chess. But finding what the future is going to be is likely difficult and probably feels daunting.

Really hoping he does find something. And if it means dumping chess completely, so be it. He's been an inspirational player and a good world champ for many years. Deserves to be happy and productive whether in chess or completely out of it.

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  Aminda: Just read your comment SChesshevsky. I find it very wise and empathetic. Chess is wonderful and quite a challenge if you want to improve. To become a WC is of course a remarkable achievement. But that chess does not define completely who is Magnus Carlsen, that he might have other goals, wishes and interests, is also something to respect and admire.
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  beatgiant: SChesshevsky <Then the sale. Was it because no interest in business or reduced interest in chess?> Or was it simply because the sale made the most business sense? Here's an article on the sale making that case:

Carlsen has already earned many times what would be retirement money for most of us, is a worldwide celebrity, is still the highest ranked chess player by a wide margin, and is only 32. If all those are not enough to face the future with confidence, then what is?

May-23-23  SChesshevsky: <beatgiant: Or was it simply because the sale made the most business sense?> It's probably the case. But the Play Magnus effort didn't seem to be around that long. Founders that usually find something they really believe in and find interesting usually don't sell out so quickly and take the fast buck.

There are numerous examples of folks at the top, with plenty of money, and seemingly endless opportunities who just don't make the "career" transition successfully. Elvis and Michael Jackson are big names that didn't end well. Guess there are also countless entertainment and sports child stars and even chess has had its share of top players who didn't continue on gracefully. Remember there was this "Big Bang Theory" episode where there was some child prodigy scientist smarter than Sheldon. So the group introduced him to some girls and like six months later they see the kid hanging around around with other teenagers drinking from a paper bag and looking beat.

You'd think with all the advantages you mention, the future would be a slam dunk. Seems it often doesn't turn out that way.

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  MissScarlett: Congratulations to Duda on winning the rapid section on home ground! The games will follow....eventually.
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  Check It Out: Oh da duda day!
May-24-23  stone free or die: <<SChess> Elvis and Michael Jackson are big names that didn't end well. >

Howard Hughes comes to mind here as well.

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  keypusher: < stone free or die: <<SChess> Elvis and Michael Jackson are big names that didn't end well. > Howard Hughes comes to mind here as well.>

No need to look so far afield, what about Paul Morphy and Bobby Fischer?

May-24-23  fabelhaft: Well, Carlsen lost a game in a rapid event, still a bit early to see as a sign he is going the way of Elagabalus.
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  perfidious: So long as Carlsen's corpse is not thrown into the Tiber, as was that of Elagabalus, as penalty for such effrontery; the nerve, to lose one frigging game.
May-24-23  keithbc: I can't see Carlsen willing to undertake the gruelling schedule needed to win back the world championship. I see in him, similar attitudes to other sports persons who have been world number 1 but now just relaxing, not exerting themselves but enjoying life a bit more and having a better 'work/life' balance. Liren Ding is world champ and for that we can be grateful as we look forward to his next challenge - but not Carlsen
May-24-23  virginmind: Bravo Bogdan!
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  offramp: They are playing the Blitz, 18 rounds.

Will this tournament have a page?

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  MissScarlett: Eventually.
May-24-23  fabelhaft: <Liren Ding is world champ and for that we can be grateful>

There are many reasons to be grateful but this doesn’t make my top three list…

Jun-04-23  stone free or die: <Missy> is a prophet - here's a link to the blitz games:

Superbet Blitz Poland (2023)

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