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Prague Chess Festival (Masters) Tournament

Nikita Vitiugov5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Boris Gelfand5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Samuel Shankland4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Richard Rapport4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
David Navara4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Viktor Laznicka3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Prague Chess Festival (Masters) (2019)

The Masters section of the 1st Prague International Chess Festival took place from 6-15 March 2019 in Don Giovanni Hotel Prague, Czech Republic. Rest day: 11 March. Rating average: 2714 (Category XIX). Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. Tournament director: Petr Boleslav. Chief arbiter: Pavel Votruba.

The winner was Nikita Vitiugov with 5.5/9.

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Vitiugov 2726 * 1 1 5 2 Vidit 2711 * 1 0 1 5 3 Wojtaszek 2722 * 1 5 4 Duda 2731 0 * 0 1 1 1 5 5 Gelfand 2655 0 * 1 1 5 6 Shankland 2731 1 0 * 4 7 Harikrishna 2730 0 1 0 * 4 =8 Rapport 2738 0 0 * 1 4 =8 Navara 2739 0 0 * 1 4 10 Laznicka 2670 0 0 0 * 3

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Next: Prague Chess Festival (Masters) (2020). See also Prague Chess Festival (Challengers) (2019)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Wojtaszek vs V S Gujrathi  ½-½272019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
2. R Rapport vs J K Duda 0-1942019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)B08 Pirc, Classical
3. V Laznicka vs Vitiugov  ½-½302019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)A22 English
4. Harikrishna vs S Shankland  ½-½452019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
5. Navara vs Gelfand ½-½1002019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)C42 Petrov Defense
6. J K Duda vs V Laznicka 1-0412019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)A09 Reti Opening
7. R Wojtaszek vs R Rapport  1-0492019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
8. Vitiugov vs Harikrishna 1-0302019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)C67 Ruy Lopez
9. S Shankland vs Navara  ½-½232019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)E15 Queen's Indian
10. V S Gujrathi vs Gelfand 1-0462019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)C42 Petrov Defense
11. Harikrishna vs J K Duda 1-0282019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)B30 Sicilian
12. Navara vs Vitiugov  ½-½342019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
13. R Rapport vs V S Gujrathi  ½-½302019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)A33 English, Symmetrical
14. V Laznicka vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½362019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)A13 English
15. Gelfand vs S Shankland 1-0592019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. R Rapport vs V Laznicka 1-0382019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)C28 Vienna Game
17. J K Duda vs Navara 1-0402019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Vitiugov vs Gelfand  ½-½562019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)B33 Sicilian
19. V S Gujrathi vs S Shankland  0-1522019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)D85 Grunfeld
20. R Wojtaszek vs Harikrishna  ½-½352019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
21. Gelfand vs J K Duda  ½-½252019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
22. Navara vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½352019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. S Shankland vs Vitiugov  ½-½372019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. V Laznicka vs V S Gujrathi  ½-½352019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)A22 English
25. Harikrishna vs R Rapport  ½-½422019Prague Chess Festival (Masters)C01 French, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member Games have now been added for the Prague Chess Festival Masters and Challengers sections, and we'll include the Open section results as they become available. For news & details, see the official site at
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  Sokrates: A quite homogeneous group of primarily just-below-2740 players. Impressive start by Duda.
Mar-11-19  Steve.Patzer: I am amazed at how you are able to keep up with all the tournaments taking place. How many people work on your site?
Mar-11-19  sonia91: <Steve.Patzer: I am amazed at how you are able to keep up with all the tournaments taking place.>

Some users inform of the currently underway tournaments in the chessforum.

<WinKing> asked for a forum for this festival, I asked for the World Teams.

Mar-12-19  Everett: Thank you
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  morfishine: Thank you <>! And this is turning out to be a really great tournament!
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  Tabanus: The Prague organizers are using too.
Mar-14-19  Steve.Patzer: Rapport and Shankland have gone ballistic!
Mar-15-19  sonia91: Congratulations to Nikita Vitiugov!

I think this is only his third major victory, after Gibraltar 2013 and Grenke Open 2017.

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  Sokrates: Yes, well done Vitiugov. However, when the winner has a score of +2 =7 with 4 players just half a point behind him, we can safely say that this was a tournament with quite equal players. 8 players are 1 point or less behind the winner.

I am sorry for Duda, who had a fabulous start with 3 wins, but then suffered 2 defeats. Special price to him for having the fewest draws! :-)

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  Lech Kulejewski: Congratulations to Vitiugov. As in Grenke, in Prague he presented fantastic ideas in the opening; unfortunately, the greatest against Duda in the Dragodorf..If You remember, in Grenke it was French Classical. Anyway, it's really nice experience for us, polish chess fans, to kibitz our compatriots fighting the world top GM's on even never happened in my life before, and I'm 65....
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  Sokrates: <Lech Kulejewski>

Indeed, this tournament was a triumph for Polish chess and I fully understand your pride and enthusiasm. A fine event it was.

<... fighting the world top GM's ...> depends, though, how far down the ELO list you'd go by the definition "world top". Vitiugov and Duda are no. 20 and 21 on the live ratings now.

Mar-23-19  sonia91: Interview with the winner by Macauley Peterson:

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