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Millionaire Chess Tournament

Gawain Jones6/7(+5 -0 =2)[games]
Rauf Mamedov5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Jeffery Xiong5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Emilio Cordova5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Dariusz Swiercz5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Zhou Jianchao5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Lazaro Bruzon Batista5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Yaroslav Zherebukh2.5/4(+2 -1 =1)[games]
Ioan-Cristian Chirila2.5/4(+2 -1 =1)[games]
Oliver Barbosa3/5(+3 -2 =0)[games]
Magesh Chandran Panchanathan2.5/3(+2 -0 =1)[games]
Kayden W Troff3/4(+2 -0 =2)[games]
Awonder Liang5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Samuel Shankland4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
Samuel Sevian2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Alexander Yevgenyevich Stripunsky2.5/4(+2 -1 =1)[games]
Andrey Gorovets1/2(+1 -1 =0)[games]
Mark Paragua2.5/5(+2 -2 =1)[games]
Akshat Chandra2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Alexander Fishbein1.5/4(+1 -2 =1)[games]
Pontus Carlsson0/2(+0 -2 =0)[games]
Aman Hambleton1/2(+1 -1 =0)[games]
Igor Sorkin2/3(+1 -0 =2)[games]
Daniel Anwuli1/2(+1 -1 =0)[games]
Uriel Capo Vidal1/1(+1 -0 =0)[games]
Eugene Perelshteyn2/4(+1 -1 =2)[games]
* (65 players total; 36 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Millionaire Chess (2016)

"Ladies and gentlemen, the games are about to begin! MC3 starts on October 6 at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. Some of you have been preparing for the tournament, the richest Open in the world, for months. Soon the rubber will hit the road. Players from all over the world, including over two dozen GMs, will throw their hats into the ring to do battle." (1)

Top seeds included Samuel Shankland, Jeffery Xiong, Rauf Mamedov, Varuzhan Akobian, Aleksandr Shimanov, and many other GMs and IMs. Full regulations:

After seven rounds, Jones, Swiercz, Cordova and Jianchao Zhou advanced (Jones directly and the latter three via the Millionaire Chess (Blitz Tiebreaks) (2016)) to the Millionaire Chess (Knock-Out Rapid) (2016). The "Millionaire Monday" event final between Jones and Swiercz occurred on October 10th, and was won (2-0) by Swiercz. Four players from each of two lower rating groups (2400-2549 and U2400) also proceeded to knock-out rapid matches. The remaining players finished the 9-round Swiss.

(1) Official site: Schedule and regulations:

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 116  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R M Perez vs B Adhiban  0-1422016Millionaire ChessE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. R Mamedov vs Fishbein  ½-½572016Millionaire ChessB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. A Hambleton vs E Iturrizaga  0-1422016Millionaire ChessA50 Queen's Pawn Game
4. J Xiong vs N Mitkov  1-0422016Millionaire ChessC41 Philidor Defense
5. I Sorkin vs G Jones  ½-½302016Millionaire ChessE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
6. A Shimanov vs P Carlsson  1-0662016Millionaire ChessA30 English, Symmetrical
7. A V Escobar vs E Cordova  0-1352016Millionaire ChessA04 Reti Opening
8. D Swiercz vs A Kaliksteyn  1-0482016Millionaire ChessB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. D Jere vs Zhou Jianchao ½-½372016Millionaire ChessA36 English
10. Akobian vs K Yang  1-0442016Millionaire ChessD85 Grunfeld
11. Alexander R Katz vs L Bruzon Batista  0-1602016Millionaire ChessC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
12. D Boros vs S Shankland  ½-½352016Millionaire ChessD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. B Adhiban vs Alexander V Ivanov ½-½332016Millionaire ChessC53 Giuoco Piano
14. L Bruzon Batista vs B G Moore 1-0412016Millionaire ChessE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. S Shankland vs R Burnett 1-0502016Millionaire ChessD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. D Shevelev vs R Mamedov  0-1332016Millionaire ChessA46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. E Iturrizaga vs O Adu  1-0422016Millionaire ChessA09 Reti Opening
18. Qibiao Wang vs J Xiong  0-1342016Millionaire ChessA48 King's Indian
19. G Jones vs Daniel Anwuli  1-0412016Millionaire ChessA15 English
20. Kyron W Griffith vs A Shimanov 0-1452016Millionaire ChessB12 Caro-Kann Defense
21. E Cordova vs Hans M Niemann  1-0522016Millionaire ChessA15 English
22. D Volkov vs D Swiercz  0-1322016Millionaire ChessB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Zhou Jianchao vs S P Rahul  1-0262016Millionaire ChessB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
24. E Wilson vs Akobian 0-1462016Millionaire ChessA20 English
25. A V Escobar vs A Ramirez Alvarez  ½-½332016Millionaire ChessA09 Reti Opening
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  PhilFeeley: I just looked at the official page and Gawain Jones doesn't appear in round 8 at all. Did he take a bye? What is this crazy system?

The Millionaire Chess Open is different from any other open chess tournament in history.

The first seven rounds of every section will be a qualifying stage to determine who plays for the big prizes on Millionaire Monday.

Four finalists from each section will move on to play two knock-out rounds to determine who wins the top prize.

The last two rounds of the Open section will also be played on Millionaire Monday to determine who wins 5th place and under, as well as to give players a chance to acquire norms.

In the other sections, the tournament will be officially over by Sunday night, October 9 for players who did not make it to Millionaire Monday.

read more;

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  ketchuplover: Sounds like Swiercz took top prize. Kudos.
Oct-11-16  greed and death: Gratulacje dla Świercz. Mam nadzieję, że do dalszych sukcesów w przyszłości!


Oct-11-16  dumbgai: Super confusing tournament schedule.
Oct-11-16  dumbgai: I hate these big-money open tournaments with class prizes. I understand full well that high entry fees from amateurs are used to provide incentives to attract GMs. But man, those cash prizes in the lower sections just bring out all the sandbaggers and possibly other cheaters.
Oct-11-16  john barleycorn: <dumbgai: I hate these big-money open tournaments with class prizes. ...>

Do not worry. in my opinion this one was the last.

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  WannaBe: Let me see here...

Early entry fee, $880, room at Harrah's $123 per night, seven nights (if you qualify for Millionaire Monday), that's almost $1,740 (then you throw in some food money, in there too).

You got plane fare, or if you take the Greyhound bus to the tournament. But I doubt GMs from West Coast would take a bus to New Jersey.

So I can sandbag and go home with $1300 prize money (which is no guarantee that I could/would have won).

Sounds like a really smart move. And who forced all the lower section players to enter?

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  diceman: <john barleycorn: <dumbgai: I hate these big-money open tournaments with class prizes. ...>

Do not worry. in my opinion this one was the last.>

What happens in Atlantic City, stays in Atlantic City.

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  diceman: <john barleycorn:

Do not worry. in my opinion this one was the last.>

This was so forgettable, it may have ended with last years tournament.

Oct-11-16  Mudphudder: I'm wondering if Maurice is going to be able to continue this tournament next year.

And if so, where will it be held...

Oct-11-16  Amulet: What's going on with this page? GM Oliver Barbosa won the second place, and yet his name is shown halfway down the list. Please update.
Oct-11-16  Boomie: <Amulet: What's going on with this page? GM Oliver Barbosa won the second place, and yet his name is shown halfway down the list. Please update.>

At CG, tournament tables reflect only the games in the database, not the results of tiebreaks. Notice that 2 of Barbosa's games haven't been added yet.

This tourney has some of the ditziest tiebreak rules ever seen. You would think someone who was clear first after all the classical rounds, like Jones here, would be declared the winner. But no. The "winner" is determined by a rapid mini-tourney of apparently everybody down to 5 points. Ridiculous in my opinion. No wonder the top pros stayed away this year.

Oct-12-16  Pulo y Gata: This is a mixed list of open and lower category players - barbosa is not 2nd in the open.
Oct-12-16  Doniez: To CG. The 2016 millionaire chess event winner is Dariusz Swiercz. He won his games on millionaire Monday and the 30.000$ prize.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Lol 30K one has a lot tournaments to win becoming millionaire then. What a bunch of paupers! Begging for it.
Oct-12-16  dumbgai: <Boomie> Understanding the tournament format probably put more strain on the players' brains than the actual chess.
Oct-13-16  Mudphudder: LMAO...agreed. Boomie, you have to understand that all of the GMs entering the tournament were aware of the need to win the millionaire Monday playoff (and not just place first in the regular rounds) in order win the top prize. It may not be your cup of tea but it's certainly not the "ditziest" as you claim. Everyone was aware of the rules when they entered this tournament. And all those that objected, didn't play.

BTW, the reason top pros didn't play it this year is b/c it overlapped with the Tal Memorial AND the Isle of Man tournaments. Maurice timed it badly this year, in my opinion.

Oct-13-16  Sergio 1: Not one player ranked in the top ten is competing,is this what they think of this tournament?
Oct-13-16  dumbgai: <Sergio 1: Not one player ranked in the top ten is competing,is this what they think of this tournament?>

To be fair, top 10 players don't often play in open tournaments. No guaranteed prize money + potential to lose a ton of rating points if they have a couple of bad games.

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  diceman: Man did this thing fall off a cliff.

Chessbase hasen't even done a story on who won.

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  diceman: <Sergio 1: Not one player ranked in the top ten is competing,is this what they think of this tournament?>

I'm sure So/Naka didnt mind when they won it.

Oct-20-16  posoo: dos ANYONE kno da prize money dat da TOP WINNNER took home? da old posoo is BROAK and needs somone to loan a few dolors.
Oct-20-16  posoo: also who is da top winnner?
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  Tabanus: should have a results table somewhere, but I'm unable to find it.
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