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Prague Chess Festival (Challengers) Tournament

David Anton Guijarro6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Jan Krejci5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Ju Wenjun5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Peter Michalik5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Jiri Stocek4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Alexey Shirov4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Thai Dai Van Nguyen4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
David Paravyan4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Mateusz Bartel2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Prague Chess Festival (Challengers) (2019)

The Challengers section of the 1st Prague International Chess Festival took place from 6-14 March 2019 in the 4-star Don Giovanni Hotel Prague, Czech Republic. Rating average: 2592 (Category XIV). 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 David Anton Guijarro with 6/9.

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Anton 2643 * 0 1 1 1 1 6 2 Krejci 2570 * 0 1 1 1 5 3 Ju Wenjun 2580 * 1 1 0 0 1 5 4 Michalik 2565 1 1 0 * 1 0 5 5 Stocek 2592 0 * 1 0 1 4 6 Shirov 2667 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 4 7 Nguyen 2546 0 0 * 1 4 8 Praggnanandhaa 2532 0 1 0 1 * 0 4 9 Paravyan 2627 0 0 1 1 0 0 * 1 4 10 Bartel 2600 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 2

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

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Thai Dai Van Nguyen vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½372019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C42 Petrov Defense
2. D Paravyan vs J Stocek 1-0232019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
3. R Praggnanandhaa vs M Bartel  0-1342019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C77 Ruy Lopez
4. Shirov vs D Anton Guijarro  0-1302019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C77 Ruy Lopez
5. J Krejci vs P Michalik  0-1582019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. J Stocek vs R Praggnanandhaa  ½-½522019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)A21 English
7. Thai Dai Van Nguyen vs D Paravyan 1-0332019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. M Bartel vs Shirov  0-1312019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C77 Ruy Lopez
9. Ju Wenjun vs P Michalik  1-0312019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
10. D Anton Guijarro vs J Krejci  ½-½382019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. J Krejci vs M Bartel  1-0342019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Shirov vs J Stocek  0-1402019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C02 French, Advance
13. P Michalik vs D Anton Guijarro  1-0672019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
14. R Praggnanandhaa vs Thai Dai Van Nguyen  ½-½602019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C42 Petrov Defense
15. D Paravyan vs Ju Wenjun  0-1442019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C42 Petrov Defense
16. Ju Wenjun vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½372019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
17. M Bartel vs P Michalik  ½-½492019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C67 Ruy Lopez
18. Thai Dai Van Nguyen vs Shirov  ½-½582019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C78 Ruy Lopez
19. J Stocek vs J Krejci  ½-½312019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)E12 Queen's Indian
20. D Paravyan vs R Praggnanandhaa  ½-½452019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)A21 English
21. Shirov vs D Paravyan  1-0642019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C48 Four Knights
22. D Anton Guijarro vs M Bartel  1-0602019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)A21 English
23. J Krejci vs Thai Dai Van Nguyen  1-0362019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)A22 English
24. P Michalik vs J Stocek  ½-½512019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)E16 Queen's Indian
25. R Praggnanandhaa vs Ju Wenjun 1-0572019Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C42 Petrov Defense
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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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  diagonal: Thanks, and compliment to the organiser of the Prague International Chess Festival 2019, presenting a pretty strong and mixed <B-group> (plus an Open) as well!

<A new tournament is launching in Prague ... by the organisers behind the Czech Novy Bor Chess Club. Similar to the Tata Steel Chess model, the 1st Prague International Chess Festival 2019 will feature a Masters tournament, and a Challengers tournament, plus multiple Open events for players of various rating classes.> (ChessBase:

In earlier days, many international invitational (series) offered a B-group, as for instance Beverwijk / Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens / Corus / Tata Steel still today, from Ostend in different forms at the very beginning of the 20st century, and later Margate to the the famous IBM-Amsterdam contests, the closed Hastings Christmas Congresses, most Capablanca Memorials, or the Biel/Bienne Festival, which always features a parallel Open, it had also a B-group for some years (remember Zapata vs. Anand, Biel-B, round 9, 1988), and several big non-serial chess tournaments.

Let's hope, Prague will continue as an annual series:

<The long-term goal of the project is to establish a tradition of organizing a chess festival on par with the world's finest events, at both tournament strength and organizational levels.> (Official Website)

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  jith1207: Prague-nanandha is now tied for the first place after defeating Shirov in round 6! He utilized a favorable draw of two consecutive Whites to get grinding wins over Ju and Shirov.
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  Tabanus: Round 9 games (played March 14) are missing.
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  Tabanus: Fixed.
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