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Superbet Blitz Poland Tournament

Magnus Carlsen14/18(+11 -1 =6)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave10.5/18(+8 -5 =5)[games]
Wesley So10.5/18(+6 -3 =9)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda10/18(+8 -6 =4)[games]
Kirill Shevchenko9/18(+7 -7 =4)[games]
Richard Rapport9/18(+7 -7 =4)[games]
Levon Aronian8.5/18(+5 -6 =7)[games]
Anish Giri8/18(+5 -7 =6)[games]
Bogdan-Daniel Deac6.5/18(+4 -9 =5)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek4/18(+1 -11 =6)[games] Chess Event Description
Superbet Blitz Poland (2023)

Name: Superbet Blitz Poland Event Date: May 19 - 26, 2023 Site: Warsaw, Poland Format: 10-player double round-robin Time Control: 5 minutes for the entire game, with a 2-second increment starting on move 1

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 90  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Deac vs Vachier-Lagrave  1-0662023Superbet Blitz PolandB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. Carlsen vs K Shevchenko 1-0252023Superbet Blitz PolandB30 Sicilian
3. So vs Duda ½-½812023Superbet Blitz PolandC53 Giuoco Piano
4. B Deac vs Aronian 0-1512023Superbet Blitz PolandC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. Wojtaszek vs Giri  0-1492023Superbet Blitz PolandD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. K Shevchenko vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½222023Superbet Blitz PolandB25 Sicilian, Closed
7. Carlsen vs Rapport 1-0622023Superbet Blitz PolandA10 English
8. Giri vs Carlsen 0-1482023Superbet Blitz PolandB30 Sicilian
9. Aronian vs Wojtaszek  ½-½492023Superbet Blitz PolandB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
10. Rapport vs K Shevchenko  0-1412023Superbet Blitz PolandA45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Duda vs B Deac  1-0342023Superbet Blitz PolandC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Vachier-Lagrave vs So  ½-½642023Superbet Blitz PolandC67 Ruy Lopez
13. Wojtaszek vs So  ½-½412023Superbet Blitz PolandD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. K Shevchenko vs So  ½-½622023Superbet Blitz PolandC77 Ruy Lopez
15. Wojtaszek vs Duda  0-1522023Superbet Blitz PolandA56 Benoni Defense
16. Carlsen vs Aronian 1-0312023Superbet Blitz PolandC21 Center Game
17. Rapport vs Giri  1-0382023Superbet Blitz PolandD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Giri vs K Shevchenko  0-1712023Superbet Blitz PolandB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
19. Aronian vs Rapport 0-1402023Superbet Blitz PolandC02 French, Advance
20. Duda vs Carlsen 0-1902023Superbet Blitz PolandA13 English
21. Vachier-Lagrave vs Wojtaszek  1-0382023Superbet Blitz PolandB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. So vs B Deac  1-0312023Superbet Blitz PolandE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
23. B Deac vs K Shevchenko  0-1422023Superbet Blitz PolandA04 Reti Opening
24. Aronian vs So  0-1412023Superbet Blitz PolandC50 Giuoco Piano
25. Duda vs Vachier-Lagrave  1-0532023Superbet Blitz PolandA21 English
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May-25-23  AdolfoAugusto: "Wesley is the only one who can defeat Magnus" I believe that in other life Nakamura thought he was the only one that could defeat Sauron. Giri dreamed of it too.
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  Williebob: "Weakest World Champion"
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  perfidious: <Williebob>, which poor sap is the 'weakest' today?
May-25-23  AdolfoAugusto: I think that from the win column result Magnus distances himself "just a bit" from second place... Of course, he lost a game and is rusty from enjoying "the Playboy life"
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  Williebob: <perfidious> It's much too difficult to pick just one, now that I've spent more than a mouse click actually thinking about it!

Should anyone get the wrong impression, I have a history of violently reacting to the "weak" label, however applied, to the world's Top 10, 20, heck why not 50, players of any era. Weak moves, weak games, sure, but JEESH people.
May-25-23  Bobby Fiske: Magnus Carlsen: "Nice to show that my retirement only lasted a couple of days."
May-25-23  Yuri Stremel: We will have a more complete panoram in a few days with his performance at Norway Chess, but I have the feeling that he will win the tournament undefeated with a round to spare.

Personally I believe that if he stays active he will be #1 until the end of the decade and then will sit undefinetly among the top 3

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  fredthebear: I watched the final blitz game between Carlsen and Duda live. Duda had to play for a win as Black and popped out 1...c5 2...b6. Shortly thereafter, Duda was worse (resignable in a non-stakes game) but pulled even after the queens were exchanged.

In the endgame, Duda had a bishop and two connected pawns vs. Carlsen's rook. Carlsen's king controlled the promotion square. After a series of rook checks from behind the Black king, the backward pawn was skewered and captured -- game agreed drawn. It was very dramatic, as Carlsen was running on fumes throughout the endgame, six seconds or less (2 second delay was the saving grace) but MC just kept making threats with the rook. Carlsen must have moved the rook 20 times in a row.

Duda, from Poland playing in front of a Polish crowd, had to win as Black and gave it a great try. Carlsen wins the tournament and receives about $40K.

May-25-23  Atterdag: Let's just stop for a moment and give an applause to player Carlsen. 14/18 with 11 wins in this company of brilliant players is a magnificent result. Once again it is confirmed that there is Carlsen and then the others.
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  offramp: Magnus had a rip-roaring half!!
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  Check It Out: Out of a combined rapid and blitz total of 27 games, Magnus lost only two, count 'em, 2, games.


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  chancho: Against top tier Grandmasters, no less.
May-25-23  AdolfoAugusto: I think that from the win column result Magnus distances himself "just a bit" from second place... Of course, he lost a game and is rusty from enjoying "the Playboy life"
May-26-23  JustAnotherMaster: Bravo, magnific he can eat drink and be Merry, well earned. One of a kind this kid is, they say he is washed up finished, he just says hold my sunglasses, my beer, and my Botezes!!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: +11, -1. Mr. Carlsen has a way of reminding people of his existence, doesn't he?
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  Sergio X Garcia: No Nakamura, Firouzja, Nepo, Ding.
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  perfidious: When one has ten-player events, it is a practical impossibility to feature everyone in the top ten, every single time out. Besides, I am reasonably certain, human nature being what it is, that these players probably rather tire of facing one another on what must seem an everyday basis.
May-26-23  Atterdag: <Sergio X Garcia: No Nakamura, Firouzja, Nepo, Ding.> Besides concurring with <perfidious>'s constructive respons, I'd like to bluntly add: So what? Name one tournament with all the players in the elite. These days Firouzja, Caruana, Abdusattorov play in the ChessKid Cup. No Carlsen, MVL, So etc. etc.
May-26-23  Olavi: <Atterdag> I'd like Carlsen (and the others naturally) play chess again. For me this is not a tournament; but if this is nowadays considered chess, well.
May-26-23  fabelhaft: So the best players were absent, and Carlsen couldn’t even beat Deac in any of their games here…
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  perfidious: <fabelhaft: So the best players were absent, and Carlsen couldn’t even beat Deac in any of their games here…>

In the immortal words of <antichrist>:


As <WannaBe> would say:

Carlsen sucks--trade him.

May-26-23  Atterdag: I know what you mean, <Olavi>, and I also have a significant degree of sentimentatlity towards the classical time format.

However, I keep reminding myself that the classical time format is just another convention, at some time decided by some humans who thought, this is the right compromise between quality and time.

In ancient days of chess, 1833 for instance, there were no limits. Alexander M'Donald could sit in front of Louis Charles de Labourdonnais for two hours speculating on a move that turned out to be bad anyway. M'Donald's beard grew half an inch during the course of such a game!

The intention was this: to obtain a satisfactory quality in the games, the players need to have a certain amount of time to achieve it. The benchmark quality was for a long time what the best players in the world would acknowledge, even after thorough scrutinizing. Now it's Sir Stockfish and other silicon nobilities that determine the optimum of perfection, an ideal that can never be reached by any human being, not even Carlsen!

So, at what level of imperfection should we set the standard? The level of classical time formats, slower formats, quicker formats? Regardless of the human time limits, no human will achieve 100% perfection during a game.

So, I say, let us firmly ignore absolute perfection. Let us return to what chess originally was created for: a mind battle between two humans, who bear in mind that "errare humanum est".

What counts for me, is the HUMAN battle. Not a proxy battle between autistic players who are capable of parrotting a computer programme, but between two players, who have delved into the soul of our game and use that to produce small works of art together with their opponents. Just like many have done in this tournament - and in Bucharest, just with a slightly different level of human imperfection.

I beg your pardon for this overly long response, but I was partly intoxicated by a brilliant Chardonnay from Ardèche, adjourning fresh white asparagus (season!).

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  moronovich: Very well said, Mr <Atterdag> !
May-26-23  Atterdag: Thanks, my friend!
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  perfidious: <Atterdag....What counts for me, is the HUMAN battle. Not a proxy battle between autistic players who are capable of parrotting a computer programme, but between two players, who have delved into the soul of our game and use that to produce small works of art together with their opponents....>

I agree with <moronovich>.

When I play poker, the mathematical aspects play their part, but in the battle with other human beings, psychology also has a role.

When sitting across the table from an opponent, whether s/he be weak or strong, I aim to figure out what motivates them, what they can or cannot do, etc. There is far more, but in the heat of the battle, such small details can turn the tide.

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