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🏆 Millionaire Chess (2014)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Wesley So, Yu Yangyi, Le Quang Liem, Bu Xiangzhi, Samuel Shankland, Jeffery Xiong, Aleksey Dreev, Rauf Mamedov, Evgeny Najer, Gregory Kaidanov, Timur Gareyev, Ray Robson, Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian, Zhou Jianchao, Sergei Azarov, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Daniel Naroditsky, Alexander Shabalov, Aleksandr Lenderman, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez, Ruben Felgaer, Sabino Brunello, Julio Catalino Sadorra, Kaido Kulaots, Alexander Vladimirovich Ivanov, Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez, Denis Kadric, Conrad Holt, Ruifeng Li, Giorgi Margvelashvili, Ioan-Cristian Chirila, David Berczes, Carlos S Matamoros Franco, Jacek Stopa, Gudmundur Kjartansson, Alexander Fishbein, Akshat Chandra, Zbigniew Pakleza, Rogelio Barcenilla, Wan Yunguo, Jayaram Ashwin, Kacper Drozdowski, Ronald Burnett, Irina Krush, Lev Milman, Joshua Daniel Ruiz Castillo, Joshua Sheng, Dennes Abel, John Bartholomew, Dionisio Aldama Degurnay, Levon Altounian, Roberto Martin del Campo, Sam A Schmakel, Florin Felecan, Kesav Viswanadha, Bjorn Thorfinnsson, Ricardo De Guzman, Levy Rozman, Farai Mandizha, Igor Sorkin, Rade Milovanovic, Kapil Chandran, Konstantin Kavutskiy, Cesar Zuluaga, David Karatorossian, Dagur Arngrimsson, Robert M Perez, Igor Schneider, Alexandre Kretchetov, Oliver Brendel, William Morrison, Kazim Gulamali, Justus D Williams, Atousa Pourkashiyan, Arthur Calugar, Ylon Schwartz, Carlos Andres Perdomo, Sean Vibbert, Elliott Liu, James H Canty, Eduardo Rojas Sepulveda, Aghasi Inants, Qibiao Wang, Eugene Yanayt, Vilmos Balint, Adithya Balasubramanian, Henry Contreras Rodriguez, Luis Flaquer, Alisa Melekhina, Alexander Solomon Barnett, Enrique Alfredo Farfan Ortiz, William J Aramil, Ioulia Makka, Rejean Tremblay, Oscar Estay Torreblanca, Paul Omar Perez Avendano, Harutyun Akopyan, Tony J Davis, Hristos Zygouris plus 22 more players. Chess Event Description
Millionaire Chess (2014)

Played in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada USA, 9-13 October 2014. After 7 rounds (this page), four players (So, Robson, Yu Yangyi and Zhou Jianchao) advanced (Yu and Zhou via a blitz playoff) to the Millionaire Monday knock-out final. The remaining players (minus four players from each of two lower rating groups) finished the 9-round Swiss, the results of which can be seen at The overall winner was Wesley So - see all winners at

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 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 190  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Krush vs T Braunlich  1-0292014Millionaire ChessA59 Benko Gambit
2. T Gareyev vs R Milovanovic 1-0472014Millionaire ChessD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. J Bartholomew vs D Naroditsky  ½-½402014Millionaire ChessE81 King's Indian, Samisch
4. G Kacheishvili vs D Arngrimsson  ½-½452014Millionaire ChessA14 English
5. G Kjartansson vs E Ghaem Maghami  0-1402014Millionaire ChessE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Fishbein vs E Farfan Ortiz 1-0232014Millionaire ChessB72 Sicilian, Dragon
7. Shabalov vs H Zygouris  ½-½412014Millionaire ChessD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. C S M Franco vs O Estay  1-0312014Millionaire ChessE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
9. J Sheng vs I Chirila  0-1322014Millionaire ChessC50 Giuoco Piano
10. K Davidson vs Kaidanov  0-1402014Millionaire ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
11. C Holt vs D Karatorossian  1-0342014Millionaire ChessE90 King's Indian
12. C A Perdomo vs Bu Xiangzhi  0-1492014Millionaire ChessA33 English, Symmetrical
13. C De Seroux vs R De Guzman  0-1472014Millionaire ChessC45 Scotch Game
14. R Burnett vs K A Stancil  1-0522014Millionaire ChessA10 English
15. J H Canty vs A Pourkashiyan  0-1412014Millionaire ChessB23 Sicilian, Closed
16. K Drozdowski vs Robson  ½-½332014Millionaire ChessB54 Sicilian
17. R Barcenilla vs C Crespo Hidalgo  1-0322014Millionaire ChessA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
18. S Shankland vs I Krush  1-0392014Millionaire ChessC07 French, Tarrasch
19. D Berczes vs Akobian  ½-½712014Millionaire ChessE10 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A Dreev vs J Xiong 0-11042014Millionaire ChessD94 Grunfeld
21. W So vs R M Perez 1-0292014Millionaire ChessD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
22. Le Quang Liem vs E Rojas  1-0322014Millionaire ChessD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. K Kavutskiy vs Yu Yangyi  0-1322014Millionaire ChessD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
24. R Mamedov vs A Inants 1-0392014Millionaire ChessB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
25. S Schmakel vs A Dreev 0-1392014Millionaire ChessD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 190  PGN Download
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Oct-15-14  Wavy: <1d410: <MissScarlett> So fans are nuts, don't bother with them. What is dismaying is that So looks like he might actually make a dent on the chess world soon and they will become mainstream.>

People who generalize are nuts. I'm a So fan and I don't think I'm nuts. Generalization is always not a good thing to say. There are some So fans who are nuts but don't generalize.

Oct-15-14  Pulo y Gata: Yes, I'm a So fan and I'm nuts and I don't generalize!
Oct-16-14  dunkenchess: I'm a So fanatic. I get drunk when he wins and also get drunk when he draw.


Oct-16-14  Absentee: Do you get even MORE drunk when he loses?
Oct-16-14  Everett: <People who generalize are nuts.>

that's priceless. Want to try again?

Oct-16-14  john barleycorn: < Wavy: ... A real businessman will find a way not to spend money for something if it is possible. ...>

agree. a businessman only spends if he has to. If you are in good health why buy omega3? Why spend a 1,000$ entrance fee if somebody else will?

However, I think that the usual agreement among gamblers in a tournament applies. The winner will always compensate his not so successful teammates so there is a "no lose" for them.

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  HeMateMe: <Although it's certainly not my specialty, I have had occasion to represent both a plaintiff and a defendant (William Brock, against a lawsuit brought by Sam Sloan) in separate Internet defamation cases.>

Thanks for responding, Fred. I do respect your skills in research and organization. I simply don't have the interest you do in such things and don't hunt them down.

The fact that Sam Sloan appears in your reply/court case tells me that no real money was at stake, no real cause was produced by the plaintiff, and the mess was probably thrown out by the judge before any serious litigating was done.

I don't have to be a lawyer to see that much.

Since the topic was libel, I doubt anyone really can attack the anonymity provided by the internet, even when they use their real name. If both sides are airing dirty laundry on the net, neither side is guaranteed privacy or good behavior.

Violent threats against another person might be actionable though, if means and activity show that a threat is credible.

The other time when litigation might appear on the net is business fraud, when someone holds themselves out to be an expert in some field and advises people on the net without meeting stringent guidelines, such as posting your business history and licensing in newspapers and on television, where every internet reader is reasonably likely to see it. Seems an impossibility considering the global internet audience. So, financial advisers, doctors, lawyers and other professionals can't give specific tailor made advice to people, or risk losing their license.

Even with all of that, it isn't libel litigation.

Oct-17-14  Kanatahodets: Wes has potential to become a new WC. I think it will be the era of Magnus, Fabiano, Wei Yi and Wesley.
Oct-18-14  Everett: Rapport? MVL? Many good, young players. Nepo is another.
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  perfidious: <Benzol: I think <AJ> found the fact of other US LifeMasters on the site difficult to deal with. I don't think he liked the presence of <FSR> and <perfidious> somehow.>

Lovely stuff.

Easy to forget that there is always someone out there who might be stronger than you. In mah part of this heah world, we calls em Gee Emms, cuz they's all tough.

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  Benzol: Accusing <FSR> of being an alky and/or an imposter sounded like something out of a hack TV Whodunnit. Just what was he thinking?

I guess flashing the LifeMaster title wasn't going to wash in this particular case.


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  PhilFeeley: It's good to see the larger prizes, even for the lower rateds. I always thought the prize listings for every single golf tournament were absurdly high, down to the 20th participant. Chess deserves at least their money.
Nov-02-14  freeman8201: they didn't post the rapid games between So and Robson?
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  Richard Taylor: I have studied Wesley So's games at with great depth of thought and assiduity, putting all his moves into computers, analsying, comparing etc

I finally reached some startling and greatly significant conclusions about his chess:

It is so so.

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  HeMateMe: Didn't So finish in the middle of Tata "A" group, last year? I can't remember is he was in the sub group or the main group. If it was in the main group, then he has arrived as a top player.

Probably not a threat to Carlsen, but someone who can win games, like a Moro, Mamey or a Nepi.

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  SugarDom: Tata Steel (2014)

He finished tied for 4th-7th in the main Group won by Aronian.

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  HeMateMe: That's not too bad, Tat-A. Was he invited for this year?
Dec-19-14  schweigzwang: Apparently So.

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  HeMateMe: Hou will playing in the A group, terrific. She is near the bottom in ratings, just above local boy Van Wely. I would guess she'll do ok. she finished in the middle of the Chinese championships, playing in the men's draw.

Are Judit Polgar and Hou Yifan the only women to ever play in the January Holland tournament?

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  Richard Taylor: ...............So!
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  HeMateMe: Are Judit Polgar and Hou Yifan the only women to ever play in the January Holland tournament (top group)?
Dec-21-14  Troller: <HeMateMe: Are Judit Polgar and Hou Yifan the only women to ever play in the January Holland tournament (top group)?>

Nona Gaprindashvili played in 1979.

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  HeMateMe: Well done, Troller. Thank you. Has Pia been invited, or has it been just Nona, Judit and Yifan?
Dec-21-14  Troller: I actually expected Pia Cramling to have had an appearance or two in the eighties, but apparently not:

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  iking: <Jambow: <TheFocus> AJ Goldsby isn't even here anymore so who is it you are making to look foolish other than yourself. Ironically you told us a hundred times how this was really it I'm done I'm not coming back and yet predictably your drivel persists. On topic congrats to Wesley So his future just looks brighter all the time. Susan Polgar has helped him reach his potential and Robson another of her students got second place so those claiming she just got lucky by inheriting So need to take a second glance. This is a mutually beneficial relationship it appears.

Not only do I like So's results his style is intriguing as well.

I'm becoming a So fan I think?> .. it seems you are ....

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