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Your Next Move (Rapid) Tournament

Wesley So7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Levon Aronian5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Alexander Grischuk4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Fabiano Caruana3.5/9(+3 -5 =1)[games]
Viswanathan Anand2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
Anish Giri2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Your Next Move (Rapid) (2018)

Played in Leuven, Belgium, 12-14 June, as part of the first leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2018. The ten participants first played nine games of rapid chess (25 min + 10 sec/move, this page) then 18 games of blitz (see Your Next Move (Blitz) (2018)), for a total prize fund of $150,000. Wesley So won the rapid with 7/9. Crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 So * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 7 14 =2 Aronian ½ * ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5½ 11 =2 Vachier-Lagrave ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5½ 11 =4 Karjakin ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 5 10 =4 Nakamura 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 0 1 1 5 10 6 Mamedyarov 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ 4½ 9 7 Grischuk 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * 1 1 ½ 4 8 8 Caruana 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 0 * 0 1 3½ 7 =9 Anand ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 * 0 2½ 5 =9 Giri 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 * 2½ 5

Combined with the blitz chess (Your Next Move (Blitz) (2018)), the overall event was won by Wesley So with 22 points using the scoring system which weighted rapid games twice as much as blitz.

Official site: https://grandchesstour.org/2018-gra...

TWIC: http://theweekinchess.com/chessnews...

Chess.com report: https://www.chess.com/news/view/so-...

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h7...

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Caruana vs So 0-1482018Your Next Move (Rapid)C78 Ruy Lopez
2. Anand vs Aronian  ½-½542018Your Next Move (Rapid)C67 Ruy Lopez
3. Grischuk vs Caruana 1-0362018Your Next Move (Rapid)C42 Petrov Defense
4. Mamedyarov vs Giri ½-½282018Your Next Move (Rapid)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Nakamura vs Karjakin  ½-½502018Your Next Move (Rapid)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
6. Vachier-Lagrave vs So  ½-½442018Your Next Move (Rapid)E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
7. Aronian vs Nakamura 1-0712018Your Next Move (Rapid)A14 English
8. Caruana vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½432018Your Next Move (Rapid)E60 King's Indian Defense
9. Karjakin vs Grischuk 1-0482018Your Next Move (Rapid)C53 Giuoco Piano
10. So vs Mamedyarov 1-0522018Your Next Move (Rapid)E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
11. Giri vs Anand 1-0412018Your Next Move (Rapid)C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. Grischuk vs Aronian  ½-½332018Your Next Move (Rapid)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Nakamura vs Giri  1-0412018Your Next Move (Rapid)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Vachier-Lagrave vs Karjakin  ½-½1042018Your Next Move (Rapid)C53 Giuoco Piano
15. Anand vs Mamedyarov 0-1512018Your Next Move (Rapid)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
16. Mamedyarov vs Karjakin ½-½1232018Your Next Move (Rapid)E37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. Grischuk vs Nakamura 0-1412018Your Next Move (Rapid)C67 Ruy Lopez
18. Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand 1-0512018Your Next Move (Rapid)C67 Ruy Lopez
19. Caruana vs Mamedyarov 0-1482018Your Next Move (Rapid)C60 Ruy Lopez
20. Karjakin vs Giri  ½-½342018Your Next Move (Rapid)C42 Petrov Defense
21. So vs Aronian  ½-½452018Your Next Move (Rapid)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
22. Anand vs Caruana 1-0572018Your Next Move (Rapid)B42 Sicilian, Kan
23. Nakamura vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½342018Your Next Move (Rapid)B50 Sicilian
24. Grischuk vs So 0-1632018Your Next Move (Rapid)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
25. Vachier-Lagrave vs Grischuk  ½-½622018Your Next Move (Rapid)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
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Jun-14-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: <jb> yeah, I changed my post because the first version was ambiguous. :)

I just meant to say that regardless of whether it was Judit or Susan there (I didn't watch, so I want to avoid seemingly commenting on that part), Judit Polgar's name has never been "Judith".

Judit <is> the Hungarian equivalent of the English Judith, but we don't take the liberty of renaming other players because their names have English equivalents - or we'd be talking about "Michael/Mike" Tal, "Joseph/Joe" Capablanca, "Victor" Korchnoi, "William/Bill" Steinitz etc.

Jun-14-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <Annie K>

My best (female) friend from 67-69 was Rita from Hungary. As Denmark took many refugees.Every day we took our bikes to school and also made some homework.But more often we listened to Beatles,Stones,Kinks etc. Those were the days :)

Jun-14-18  yhehy: GM WiseLey , AlphaSo Mode :))
Jun-14-18  Conrad93: Wesley So is top 2-3 in almost every rating category.

It's crazy how the the U.S. has three players in the top ten.

Jun-15-18  paavoh: Intriguingly, more Black than White wins (if I counted them properly).
Jun-15-18  jphamlore: Wesley So has an amazing capacity to self-correct something that is a problem with his chess game. I just wish he had had someone he could have trusted to be his trainer through Candidates.
Jun-15-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Annie K.> "William" <was> Steinitz's first name in the latter part of his life. As chessgames.com's bio of the man says, Wilhelm Steinitz <emigrated to the USA in 1883, taking out US citizenship, living in New York for the rest of his life, and changing his first name to "William".>
Jun-15-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <paavoh: Intriguingly, more Black than White wins (if I counted them properly).>

You're right - 13-12! I can't imagine that there are many tournaments, at whatever time control, where Black wins more often than White. See generally my award-winning Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First.... Remarkable.

Jun-15-18  gregory2188: Congrats GM Wesley So! Well done!
Hello chess lovers. Anyone knows where to play chess in Edinburgh 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿. I’m just one avid chess patzer who loves losing as much as winning. 😂
Jun-15-18  jphamlore: Is Nakamura going to be spending an extra day in Belgium so that he is as rested as possible for his stunt match with various versions of Komodo?

https://www.chess.com/news/view/nak...

Even if the event is a farce, at least let Nakamura be at somewhat close to a rested optimal state.

Jun-15-18  paavoh: @FSR: Thanks for the link to your <Wikipedia article>, an impressive essay indeed!

My limited experience is that when I'm White, Black usually equalizes but when I have the Black pieces, I struggle to do the same...

Jun-15-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WorstPlayerEver: The point is a mathematical one: obviously a game is drawn if both opponents play the correct moves.

Therefore the wiki article is greatly insufficient; human stats don't mean a thing in theory!

For instance: humans 'assume' (read: they don't know in fact) that opening theory has reached 'its limits.'

Complete nonsense! Zum beispiel: the variation 1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf3 3. Bg2 Bd6 is not found in any database.

However, I let the engine run for a few days and you know what? SF thinks it's the best continuation (41 ply)!

In fact, just a matter of effort, the chess game IS solved; any game is a draw in theory.

Jun-15-18  ChessHigherCat: <WorstPlayerEver: The point is a mathematical one: obviously a game is drawn if both opponents play the correct moves.>

That's not obvious at all. I'm sure there are lots of bad openings that lose despite optimal play. For example , what about the Kamikaze opening 1. e4 f5 2. Nc3 g5? You can say that 2. Nc3 isn't the best move for black but bad openings are bad for that very reason, so you would have to assume no bad openings exist to support that hypothesis.

<FSR> <Annie K.> "William" <was> Steinitz's first name in the latter part of his life. As chessgames.com's bio of the man says, Wilhelm Steinitz <emigrated to the USA in 1883, taking out US citizenship, living in New York for the rest of his life, and changing his first name to "William".>

That's not entirely accurate, because most people called him <Billy-Boy Steinitz> or <Wild Bill Steinitz>, depending on the source.

Jun-15-18  john barleycorn: <WorstPlayerEver: The point is a mathematical one: obviously a game is drawn if both opponents play the correct moves.>

They have to play the correct move at the right time. A correct move at the wrong time may be a wrong move.

Jun-15-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WorstPlayerEver: I guess it's my obsession with perfection ;)
Jun-15-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: OK, when a player actually changes their name, that's a different story. :)

For another example, so did Susan Polgar, which is why even I don't call her Zsuzsa anymore. ;p

But Judit didn't change her name, so, not to lose the point, she shouldn't be called "Judith", just like Mikhail (or Misha) Tal is never called Michael or Mike.

Jun-15-18  spazzky: Bill Steinitz reporting in... So's sweep if the tourney ended today with 2 losses.
Jun-16-18  Sokrates: <ChessHigherCat: ... That's not entirely accurate, because most people called him <Billy-Boy Steinitz> or <Wild Bill Steinitz>, depending on the source.>

LOL. - Coming up:
Manny Lasker
Ziggy Tarrasch
Joe Capablanca
Al Alekhine
Mike Botvinnik (sorry, <Annie K>)

But also surnames, Russian in particular, are prone to the transscription rules of each language. In Germany and Scandinavia Alekhine (Але́хин) is transscribed to Aljechin, and suffixes with -sky becomes -skij.

Well, in my birth town Haderslev there was a family living in a small city house. The namesplate on their front door said: Kxdzierzykowsky. Go pronuouncing that!

Jun-16-18  john barleycorn: <Sokrates: <ChessHigherCat: ... That's not entirely accurate, because most people called him <Billy-Boy Steinitz> ...>

Steinitz, being the 9th child out of 13 the <Billy-Boy> characterization may be not too fitting.

Jun-16-18  siamesedream: Congratulations to <GM Wesley So>!
Jun-17-18  QueentakesKing: I am still not impress with Wesley. He has to win at least 3 tournaments in a row to have my nod.
Jun-17-18  Sokrates: A fine victory for Mr So, although it's "only" a rapid tournament. In classical chess his results have been less impressive of late. Perhaps this victory will boost his self-confidence.
Jun-17-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dfb2YO3...
Jun-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  tuttifrutty: hmmm....I see Wesley topping this portion again. A truly remarkable achievement...there's no doubt he is the god in the world of Rapid chess. Amen...
Jun-30-18  epistle: Rapids. At least he is good at something
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