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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]
Sam 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, ½ 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 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1 0 17½ 35½ Harikrishna 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 0 1 6½ 12½

Nakamura 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 2 1 2 14 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 15½ 29½ Duda 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 10 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 8½ 18½

So 0 2 1 2 0 2 2 2 2 1 0 2 16 1 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 1 12 28 Navara 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 8 0 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 0 12 20

Topalov 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 1 2 2 15 1 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 10½ 25½ Dominguez 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 9 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 13½ 22½

Rapport 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 2 2 18 0 1 ½ 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 13½ 31½ Shankland 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 6 1 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 10½ 16½

The two most convincing match winners were Caruana with 35½ points (out of 48 possible) and Rapport with 31½ 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. Duda vs Nakamura  ½-½1072019Champions ShowdownC53 Giuoco Piano
3. Navara vs So  1-0272019Champions ShowdownC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. Topalov vs Dominguez Perez  ½-½1062019Champions ShowdownC24 Bishop's Opening
5. Rapport vs Shankland  1-0432019Champions ShowdownD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Caruana vs Harikrishna  ½-½532019Champions ShowdownC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. Nakamura vs Duda  1-0522019Champions ShowdownC47 Four Knights
8. So vs Navara  1-0582019Champions ShowdownC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. Dominguez Perez vs Topalov  0-1932019Champions ShowdownC45 Scotch Game
10. Shankland vs Rapport  0-1622019Champions ShowdownC41 Philidor Defense
11. Harikrishna vs Caruana 0-1542019Champions ShowdownC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
12. Duda vs Nakamura  1-0782019Champions ShowdownC53 Giuoco Piano
13. Navara vs So  ½-½602019Champions ShowdownC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. Topalov vs Dominguez Perez  ½-½382019Champions ShowdownC53 Giuoco Piano
15. Rapport vs Shankland  1-0712019Champions ShowdownA45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Caruana vs Harikrishna  1-0572019Champions ShowdownB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
17. Nakamura vs Duda  ½-½842019Champions ShowdownC27 Vienna Game
18. So vs Navara  1-0642019Champions ShowdownC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. Dominguez Perez vs Topalov  ½-½992019Champions ShowdownC45 Scotch Game
20. Shankland vs Rapport  ½-½782019Champions ShowdownC41 Philidor Defense
21. Harikrishna vs Caruana  0-1492019Champions ShowdownA45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Duda vs Nakamura  ½-½342019Champions ShowdownC53 Giuoco Piano
23. Navara vs So  1-0332019Champions ShowdownD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
24. Topalov vs Dominguez Perez  ½-½702019Champions ShowdownC53 Giuoco Piano
25. Rapport vs Shankland  ½-½732019Champions ShowdownD02 Queen's Pawn Game
 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  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  Count Wedgemore: <moronovich> Yes, sounds reasonable. That match may have helped him improve his play at faster time controls.

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