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16th Unive Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Sergei Tiviakov3/6(+1 -1 =4)[games]
Anish Giri2.5/6(+0 -1 =5)[games]
Yifan Hou2/6(+0 -2 =4)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nakamura vs A Giri 1-064201216th Unive TournamentC67 Ruy Lopez
2. Yifan Hou vs Tiviakov ½-½40201216th Unive TournamentC10 French
3. Yifan Hou vs A Giri ½-½58201216th Unive TournamentB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
4. Tiviakov vs Nakamura ½-½47201216th Unive TournamentB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
5. A Giri vs Tiviakov ½-½30201216th Unive TournamentC10 French
6. Nakamura vs Yifan Hou 1-049201216th Unive TournamentB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
7. Tiviakov vs Yifan Hou 1-070201216th Unive TournamentB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. A Giri vs Nakamura ½-½25201216th Unive TournamentE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
9. Yifan Hou vs Nakamura ½-½71201216th Unive TournamentB53 Sicilian
10. Tiviakov vs A Giri ½-½46201216th Unive TournamentB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. Nakamura vs Tiviakov 1-039201216th Unive TournamentC00 French Defense
12. A Giri vs Yifan Hou ½-½42201216th Unive TournamentE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
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Oct-26-12  Arcturar: <Blunderdome <They rarely, in my opinion, actually win anything> I don't think that whether a game is won, drawn or lost depends on your opinion.>

Of course not, but whether I choose to classify their winning frequency as "rare" DOES depend almost entirely on my opinion.

Caissant, I get what you're saying. But my point is that Radjabov, for instance, often doesn't try to win at all. Maybe the best example of this is his last round game versus Aronian at Tata Steel 2012. He didn't try boring Lev to death, and didn't attempt any other method. He just gave up the tournament without any fight at all and didn't seem to regret anything. I get that these guys make a living off of chess and that 2nd-place prize money is probably still very good, but come on. It's like the guy would rather earn 2 Silvers than a Gold and a Bronze, which is dissapointing.

Oct-26-12  Kanatahodets: Tivi-Giri: draw. Still the white's pawn e5 is the only strength of white's position. But I se nothing but a draw. Hou-Naka: draw. I don't see a possibility of sharpen the game here.
Premium Chessgames Member We'd like to point out that the final round game, Nakamura vs Tiviakov, 2012, will be open to everybody. Game starts at the same time, 8:00am USA/Eastern. Hope to see you there!
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  Dionysius1: Thanks <>. Generous, and I'm looking forward to it.
Oct-26-12  bubuli55: Looking forward to last round. Yifan should be coming out with all guns blazing. Giri will have his hands full.

And Tiviakov. No push over. Highest rating 2697. I have a feeling he will be all in. He could be rewarded with a championship!

Good luck!

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  HeMateMe: You said it, pardner! That 'lil ol lady gonna draw a Colt .45, and get things done!
Oct-27-12  Atking: Good to see Nakamura winning again. Congratulations!
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  Eyal: In terms of points and W/D/L rate, the final crosstable looks exactly like that of last year's (15th Unive (Crown Group) (2011)), with the winner - and rating favorite - again winning all his games with White and drawing all his games with Black. Considering the lineup, though, one might have expected Giri to preserve his 2nd place rather than dropping to 3rd...
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  Eyal: More than half of the games (7/12) were Sicilians.
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  HeMateMe: Is there a Hou/Giri game missing, from the cross table? Just a draw?
Oct-27-12  refutor: <sneaky> if kramnik ever logs an account here i hope he chooses the username <mulletor> ;)
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  Eyal: Nakamura regains 5 of the 31 rating points that he dropped recently in the Grand Prix and ECC (, which puts him at no. 13 in the live rating with 2760. Giri loses 9 points, which together with his recent results at the GP and ECC constitutes a 24-points drop (, putting him at no. 40 with 2706.
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  Dionysius1: Good to see Nakamura's win. May it be the start of a recovery.
Oct-27-12  hellopolgar: What's the next big tournament that has nakamura and/or carlsen?
Oct-27-12  brankat: <Good to see Nakamura's win. May it be the start of a recovery.>

This was a relatively minor event. In Nakamura's case one never knows. He is just too erratic, his form way too inconsistent.

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  perfidious: <brankat> A pleasure to see a balanced assessment of the young grandmaster, as opposed to the flogging of his name which seems to go on ad infinitum in various pages by players who couldn't come close to him on the best day of their lives.
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  cro777: <What's the next big tournament that has Nakamura and/or Carlsen?>

London Chess Classic (1-10 December 2012), a nine player all play all tournament.

Players: Carlsen, Anand, Aronian, Kramnik (the defending champion), Nakamura, Judit Polgar, Adams, McShane and Jones (the 2012 British champion).

This will be fourth consecutive Carlsen's appearance at the London Chess Classic. Next year, he will try to win the Candidates tournament in London, to set-up a world title match-up with Anand.

Hikaru H Bomb Nakamura alwas gives fan value.

Oct-27-12  rapidcitychess: I want to treat everyone to lunch; I just made top 10 in ChessBookie. Thanks Naka!
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  cro777: Magnus Carlsen will also participate in the Torneo Cuadrangular, the event included in the grand festival UNAM (the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico), one of the largest chess festivals in the world, which is going to take place from 21st to the 25th of November 2012. UNAM Torneo Cuadrangular is a knockout event with four players (Magnus Carlsen, Judit Polgar, Lazaro Bruzon, and Manuel Leon Hoyos).

On Saturday 24th of November, Magnus Carlsen will play against the team of "The World". The game will be played from the Sala Magna Nezahualcoyotl of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico starting at 12:00 local time (UTC 18:00). In a variant of vote chess, three GMs will be suggesting what they consider to be the best moves in the game, while the audience will choose between them in a given time frame.

Oct-27-12  hellopolgar: <cro777> thanks for the info.
Oct-27-12  SetNoEscapeOn: < UNAM Torneo Cuadrangular is a knockout event with four players (Magnus Carlsen, Judit Polgar, Lazaro Bruzon, and Manuel Leon Hoyos)>

I wonder who will win.

Oct-28-12  brankat: Manuel Leon Hoyos?
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  perfidious: Leon Hoyos is booking with Ladbrokes right now at -200 to take it down.
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  cro777: Manuel Leon Hoyos (2603) is Mexico's top player. At the 2012 World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul he played for Mexico on board 1 scoring 8/11. He finished first (tied with GM Dmitry Gurevich) in the 2012 US Open Champioship in Vancouver, Washington.

Leon Hoyos is a member of the SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) chess team at the Webster University.

Oct-30-12  Blunderdome: I think -2 was Yifan's expected score here, no rating gain or loss from this event.
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