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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Champions Showdown Tournament

Fabiano Caruana26.5/36(+23 -6 =7)[games]
Richard Rapport22.5/36(+18 -9 =9)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura22.5/36(+17 -8 =11)[games]
Wesley So20/36(+16 -12 =8)[games]
Veselin Topalov18/36(+8 -8 =20)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez18/36(+8 -8 =20)[games]
David Navara16/36(+12 -16 =8)[games]
Samuel Shankland13.5/36(+9 -18 =9)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda13.5/36(+8 -17 =11)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna9.5/36(+6 -23 =7)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Champions Showdown (2019)

Played in Saint Louis Chess Club, Missouri USA, February 20-24, 2019. ChessBase report: https://en.chessbase.com/post/champ... Video (Day 5): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH1...

The event consisted of five matches where the champions first played 12 Rapid games in three days, then 24 Blitz games in two days. The Rapid games were awarded with 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss, and the Blitz games with 1 point for a win, point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. The player with the best combined Rapid and Blitz score at the end of the event would win his match. Time control Rapid: 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. Time control Blitz: 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. (1) For each match the winner would get $36,000, the loser $24,000. (2) Chief organizer: Tony D Rich. Chief arbiter: Christopher Bird. Deputy arbiter: Karen Pennock. (3)

Rapid Blitz Febr 20 Febr 21 Febr 22 February 23 February 24 Caruana 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 0 2 1 1 18 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 17 35 Harikrishna 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 12

Nakamura 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 2 1 2 14 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 15 29 Duda 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 8 18

So 0 2 1 2 0 2 2 2 2 1 0 2 16 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 12 28 Navara 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 8 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 12 20

Topalov 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 1 2 2 15 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 10 25 Dominguez 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 9 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 13 22

Rapport 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 2 2 18 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 13 31 Shankland 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 6 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 10 16

The two most convincing match winners were Caruana with 35 points (out of 48 possible) and Rapport with 31 points.

(1) https://www.uschesschamps.com/2019-... (2) https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t... (3) https://ratings.fide.com/tournament...

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 180  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Harikrishna vs Caruana  0-1522019Champions ShowdownC42 Petrov Defense
2. Navara vs W So  ½-½602019Champions ShowdownC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. Topalov vs L Dominguez  ½-½382019Champions ShowdownC53 Giuoco Piano
4. Rapport vs S Shankland  1-0712019Champions ShowdownA45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Caruana vs Harikrishna  1-0572019Champions ShowdownB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
6. Nakamura vs Duda  ½-½842019Champions ShowdownC27 Vienna Game
7. W So vs Navara  1-0642019Champions ShowdownC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. L Dominguez vs Topalov  ½-½992019Champions ShowdownC45 Scotch Game
9. S Shankland vs Rapport  ½-½782019Champions ShowdownC41 Philidor Defense
10. Duda vs Nakamura  1-0782019Champions ShowdownC53 Giuoco Piano
11. Harikrishna vs Caruana  0-1542019Champions ShowdownC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
12. S Shankland vs Rapport  0-1622019Champions ShowdownC41 Philidor Defense
13. Duda vs Nakamura  ½-½1072019Champions ShowdownC53 Giuoco Piano
14. Navara vs W So  1-0272019Champions ShowdownC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Topalov vs L Dominguez  ½-½1062019Champions ShowdownC24 Bishop's Opening
16. Rapport vs S Shankland  1-0432019Champions ShowdownD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Caruana vs Harikrishna  ½-½532019Champions ShowdownC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. Nakamura vs Duda  1-0522019Champions ShowdownC47 Four Knights
19. W So vs Navara  1-0582019Champions ShowdownC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. L Dominguez vs Topalov  0-1932019Champions ShowdownC45 Scotch Game
21. Duda vs Nakamura  0-1352019Champions ShowdownC53 Giuoco Piano
22. Navara vs W So  0-1362019Champions ShowdownD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Topalov vs L Dominguez  ½-½542019Champions ShowdownC42 Petrov Defense
24. Rapport vs S Shankland  ½-½892019Champions ShowdownA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Caruana vs Harikrishna  1-0492019Champions ShowdownC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 180  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-05-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessgames.com: All games have been added for both the Champions Showdown Rapid (2019) and Champions Showdown Blitz (2019) tournaments which recently concluded in St. Louis.

Please submit an Error Correction Form for any games which still need attention...

Mar-07-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: <tournaments> Tournament!

Also, the seven separate CG pages for Champions Showdown 2017 should be merged into one.

Mar-10-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Fixed for 2019. No comments here? Lots of interesting games.
Mar-10-19  sudoplatov: I thought Caruana wasn't that good at blitz; he seems to have figured it out here. Fischer wasn't known as a great blitz player until later in his career.
Mar-11-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Count Wedgemore: <sudoplatov> Yes, for some reason he played much better blitz in this tournament than he usually does.
Mar-11-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <Count Wedgemore: <sudoplatov> Yes, for some reason he played much better blitz in this tournament than he usually does.>

Perhaps a reaction after the tough match with Magnus !?

Mar-11-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Count Wedgemore: <moronovich> Yes, sounds reasonable. That match may have helped him improve his play at faster time controls.

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