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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
GRENKE Chess Classic Tournament

Magnus Carlsen4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Michael Adams4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Fabiano Caruana4/7(+1 -0 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian3.5/7(+1 -1 =5)[games]
Etienne Bacrot3.5/7(+0 -0 =7)[games]
Viswanathan Anand2.5/7(+1 -3 =3)[games]
David Baramidze1.5/7(+0 -4 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
GRENKE Chess Classic (2015)

The 3rd GRENKE Chess Classic was played in Baden-Baden, Germany 2-9 February 2015. Rounds began each day at 3 pm, with a single rest day on Thursday 5 February.
Carlsen and Naiditsch both got 4.5/7. After 2-2 in the playoff (two rapid games and two blitz games), Carlsen won the final Armageddon game Carlsen vs Naiditsch, 2015.

Official site: http://www.grenkechessclassic.de/20.... ChessBase: https://en.chessbase.com/post/grenk... Chess.com: https://www.chess.com/news/view/car... Crosstable (http://www.chess-results.com/tnr160...) :

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Carlsen 2865 * 0 1 1 1 4 2 Naiditsch 2706 1 * 1 4 3 Adams 2738 0 * 1 1 4 4 Caruana 2811 * 1 4 5 Aronian 2777 0 * 1 3 6 Bacrot 2711 * 3 7 Anand 2797 0 0 0 * 1 2 8 Baramidze 2594 0 0 0 0 * 1

Previous edition: GRENKE Chess Classic (2014). Next: GRENKE Chess Classic (2017) (there was no tournament in 2016).

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bacrot vs D Baramidze ½-½312015GRENKE Chess ClassicD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
2. Aronian vs Carlsen ½-½642015GRENKE Chess ClassicD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
3. Adams vs Naiditsch ½-½612015GRENKE Chess ClassicC07 French, Tarrasch
4. Caruana vs Anand ½-½382015GRENKE Chess ClassicC53 Giuoco Piano
5. D Baramidze vs Aronian ½-½412015GRENKE Chess ClassicC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
6. Carlsen vs Adams 1-0642015GRENKE Chess ClassicA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
7. Anand vs Naiditsch ½-½532015GRENKE Chess ClassicD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
8. Caruana vs Bacrot ½-½542015GRENKE Chess ClassicD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
9. Bacrot vs Anand ½-½372015GRENKE Chess ClassicC67 Ruy Lopez
10. Adams vs D Baramidze 1-0312015GRENKE Chess ClassicC78 Ruy Lopez
11. Aronian vs Caruana 0-1402015GRENKE Chess ClassicE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. Naiditsch vs Carlsen 1-0612015GRENKE Chess ClassicB06 Robatsch
13. Anand vs Carlsen 0-1362015GRENKE Chess ClassicA90 Dutch
14. Caruana vs Adams ½-½432015GRENKE Chess ClassicD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. D Baramidze vs Naiditsch 0-1272015GRENKE Chess ClassicA30 English, Symmetrical
16. Bacrot vs Aronian ½-½302015GRENKE Chess ClassicD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
17. Naiditsch vs Caruana ½-½652015GRENKE Chess ClassicC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
18. Carlsen vs D Baramidze 1-0492015GRENKE Chess ClassicC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
19. Aronian vs Anand 1-0342015GRENKE Chess ClassicD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
20. Adams vs Bacrot ½-½652015GRENKE Chess ClassicA15 English
21. Bacrot vs Naiditsch  ½-½372015GRENKE Chess ClassicE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
22. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½262015GRENKE Chess ClassicC67 Ruy Lopez
23. Aronian vs Adams  ½-½562015GRENKE Chess ClassicA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
24. Anand vs D Baramidze 1-0652015GRENKE Chess ClassicC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
25. Carlsen vs Bacrot ½-½462015GRENKE Chess ClassicA48 King's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-04-15  BadKnight: Kramnik only drew with berlin.
Feb-04-15  dumbgai: Whoa, that does not look like a sound piece sac.
Feb-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <1971: A speculative piece sac; same thing Carlsen did against Caruana in Sinquefield and Wojtaszek in Tata Steel when faced with positional pressure. Both losses. In both games he was facing a strategically inferior position thematically and chose to avoid it at the cost of a piece. He's scared of facing a positional grind, his own medicine. Any other times you've seen him sac a piece this way?>

Yes. This game. He wasn't inferior here, or facing a positional grind, when he played the sacrifice.

Feb-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: <keypusher:Yes. This game.>

lol...

Feb-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: From MVL

<That feeling when you're just chilling at home, then #Bxg4WTF happens and you know how you'll spend your afternoon. Damn you Magnus Jobava>

Now that's funny.

Feb-04-15  lainulo: I was just expressing my opinion on the candidates format.

I prefer the format during Fischer's time- i.e. only 2 seeded players to the candidates tourney.

The best format would have been 1997- 2005- i.e. no seeded players.

The format in 2013 which Magnus won have 4 seeded players as follows:

Gelfand[43]
Carlsen, Aronian, Kramnik[44]
Radjabov[41

There should have been no seeded players- that's the only fair thing to do. Every player must earn their spot just like everyone else and that is by playing in qualification tourneys.

My voice is one of reason. Why should I be branded a troll than a true crusader for truth and justice- that which I truly am.

Look for yourself:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candid...

Feb-04-15  lainulo: 5 seeded players in 2013 (i.e not 4 in my previous post)including Magnus. Whew...lots of free tickets to give away.
Feb-04-15  Bobwhoosta: <keypusher>

One of the commentators on chess24 said "WTF5, I'm pretty sure that means 'Was That Forced?'"

HILARIOUS.

Feb-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: <Why should I be branded a troll than a true crusader for truth and justice>

Do you consider yourself to be a super hero? What does your outfit look like?

Feb-04-15  Bobwhoosta: Had to add the 5 in because chessgames doesn't like the phrasology.
Feb-04-15  lainulo: <Do you consider yourself to be a super hero? What does your outfit look like?>

I am the man from la mancha and I dare to dream the impossible dream:

http://youtu.be/RfHnzYEHAow

Feb-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <1971> I was thinking of this one, but he actually gets three pawns for the piece, so I guess it doesn't qualify.

Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2012

I bet he still can't believe he didn't win the game.

Feb-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: The Spider has just injected Baramidze with venom to soften his innards.

He's well on his way to a decent meal...

Feb-04-15  Nf8: MVL's hashtag <#Bxg4WTF> trending worldwide:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bxg4WTF...

Feb-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <1971: A speculative piece sac; same thing Carlsen did against Caruana in Sinquefield and Wojtaszek in Tata Steel when faced with positional pressure. Both losses. In both games he was facing a strategically inferior position thematically and chose to avoid it at the cost of a piece. He's scared of facing a positional grind, his own medicine....>

If Carlsen simply sat back and took the medicine, getting ground down--as you correctly note, he has so often done to others--you and other 'pundits' would doubtless be flaying his acquiescence. As matters stand, you are left with nothing for it but to play Monday morning quarterback as always.

Feb-04-15  Bobwhoosta: Or Monday Morning Pete Carroll, in this case.
Feb-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <1971> Also, can't you think of games where Carlsen faced a positional grind and <didn't> sacrifice a piece? I sure can.

Naiditsch is playing great, I must say. Confidently, accurately (per the engines) and relatively quickly.

Feb-04-15  beenthere240: It reminds me of the first Fischer Spassky WC game where Bobby grabbed a poisoned pawn and lost miserably.
Feb-04-15  1971: Aronian - Caruana in a rich position. Plenty of play. Always interesting to see the Sicilian "6" structure (pawns on a6, b6, d6, e6) played out. With one pair of Knights exchanged, Blacks position is a little easier to manage.
Feb-04-15  1971: As getting the other Knight to d5 will take a long time and b5 has one less defender. After Bd7 from Caruana he's that much closer to freeing his game with the b5 break. A very double edged position that would be fun from either side. One of those positions where Alekhine would beat you, when you resign, he'll flip the board and beat you again :).
Feb-04-15  kummatmebro: If carlsen loses this one he is banking on destroying anand adams ans caruana.

Which can easily happen

Feb-04-15  1971: Shout out to <Shams> wherever he is.
Feb-04-15  SimonWebbsTiger: @<plang>

he is such a fool he wears his skidmark stained Y-fronts under the latex gimp suit.

<Do you consider yourself to be a super hero? What does your outfit look like?>

Feb-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Naiditsch-Carlsen is fascinating but will likely be decided in a time scamble
Feb-04-15  rogge: Naiditsch gets a perpetual, according to engines.
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