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GRENKE Chess Classic Tournament

Magnus Carlsen7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Fabiano Caruana6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Peter Svidler4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Viswanathan Anand4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Levon Aronian4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Georg Meier2/9(+1 -6 =2)[games]
Vincent Keymer2/9(+1 -6 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
GRENKE Chess Classic (2019)

The 2019 GRENKE Chess Classic was a 10-player round-robin held in Germany from 20-29 April. The first 3 rounds were in Karlsruhe alongside the GRENKE Chess Open, then after two additional rounds in Karlsruhe and a rest day the last 4 rounds were in the Kulturhaus LA8 in Baden-Baden. The field featured World Champion Magnus Carlsen and fellow Top 10 players Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vishy Anand and Levon Aronian. The time control was 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and then 15 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. If players were tied for first place a rapid play-off would take place. (1)

No playoff was necessary, since Carlsen outclassed the field with 7.5/9 and 2990 performance.

Official site: ChessBase: TWIC:

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Carlsen 2845 * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 7½ 2 Caruana 2819 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6 3 Naiditsch 2695 ½ 0 * ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 5 4 Vachier-Lagrave 2773 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5 5 Svidler 2735 0 ½ 1 ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 4½ 6 Anand 2774 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 0 1 4½ 7 Aronian 2763 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 4½ 8 Vallejo Pons 2693 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 4 9 Meier 2628 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ * 0 2 10 Keymer 2516 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 * 2

Previous edition: GRENKE Chess Classic (2018)

(1) Chess24: GRENKE Chess Classic

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Keymer vs Carlsen 0-1812019GRENKE Chess ClassicA56 Benoni Defense
2. Svidler vs Caruana ½-½402019GRENKE Chess ClassicB33 Sicilian
3. Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand ½-½202019GRENKE Chess ClassicB12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. Aronian vs Naiditsch  ½-½412019GRENKE Chess ClassicB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. G Meier vs F Vallejo Pons ½-½252019GRENKE Chess ClassicD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. F Vallejo Pons vs Carlsen 0-1732019GRENKE Chess ClassicC78 Ruy Lopez
7. G Meier vs Aronian  ½-½292019GRENKE Chess ClassicB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. Naiditsch vs Svidler 0-1392019GRENKE Chess ClassicC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
9. Caruana vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½492019GRENKE Chess ClassicB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. Anand vs V Keymer 1-0432019GRENKE Chess ClassicB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½632019GRENKE Chess ClassicA22 English
12. Svidler vs G Meier 1-0372019GRENKE Chess ClassicC11 French
13. V Keymer vs Caruana 0-1422019GRENKE Chess ClassicE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. Vachier-Lagrave vs Naiditsch ½-½422019GRENKE Chess ClassicC67 Ruy Lopez
15. Aronian vs F Vallejo Pons ½-½312019GRENKE Chess ClassicC11 French
16. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½712019GRENKE Chess ClassicB33 Sicilian
17. Naiditsch vs V Keymer 1-0362019GRENKE Chess ClassicB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. Aronian vs Svidler 1-0382019GRENKE Chess ClassicC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. F Vallejo Pons vs Anand 0-1472019GRENKE Chess ClassicB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
20. G Meier vs Vachier-Lagrave 0-1942019GRENKE Chess ClassicD90 Grunfeld
21. V Keymer vs G Meier 1-0812019GRENKE Chess ClassicD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
22. Svidler vs F Vallejo Pons  ½-½412019GRENKE Chess ClassicC55 Two Knights Defense
23. Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian  ½-½252019GRENKE Chess ClassicC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Anand vs Caruana ½-½402019GRENKE Chess ClassicC67 Ruy Lopez
25. Carlsen vs Naiditsch ½-½602019GRENKE Chess ClassicA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
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  HeMateMe: Congratulations to Magnus, he's on a Fischeresque tear!
May-01-19  doozyrook: <fabelhaft> 9 wins in the last 12 games is pretty decent. Lol! I think some people here who are not aware of chess are underestimating what Carlsen did here & in Shamkir. Beating other super GM's in computer chess era with this kind of score is crazy & outrageous. Calling it 'decent' is disrespect to Carlsen & chess!
May-01-19  Sokrates: Thanks, <nok>.
May-01-19  Sokrates: <doozyrook> < I think some people here who are not aware of chess are underestimating what Carlsen did> ... <Calling it 'decent' is disrespect to Carlsen & chess!>

I think you should show some respect yourself, Mr "kibitzed 7 times to chessgames". <fabelhaft> is a great, treasured poster with a deep knowledge of the game and a contributor with many great analysis. It's not the style of everyone to express their opinions with flamboyant adjectives and lots of "&"s. And don't think for a second that Carlsen would prefer high-flown praise to honest, modest appreciation.

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  Diademas: <doozyrook: <fabelhaft> 9 wins in the last 12 games is pretty decent. Lol! I think some people here who are not aware of chess >

Yes. Most of us just stumbled in here thinking we could get a great offer from some Nigerian Prince.

I've been here for eight years here and had to Google the word chess after your insightful post.

Seems like a fun game, any good sites you know that I could discuss it?

May-01-19  Sokrates: <Diademas> LOL, thanks, made my evening.
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  Everett: <ay-01-19 HeMateMe: Congratulations to Magnus, he's on a Fischeresque tear!>


May-02-19  Tal1949: World number 10 is 114 elo behind Carlsen. World's best female is 213 elo behind Carlsen. Magnus is in a league of his own!
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  moronovich: <Diademas: <doozyrook: <fabelhaft> 9 wins in the last 12 games is pretty decent. Lol! I think some people here who are not aware of chess > Yes. Most of us just stumbled in here thinking we could get a great offer from some Nigerian Prince. I've been here for eight years here and had to Google the word chess after your insightful post. Seems like a fun game, any good sites you know that I could discuss it?>

Sometimes brainwork can be art.
Somtimes it is good to walk on this planet.

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  dkappe1: Added Leels (+asmfish) annotated games for Carlsen.
May-03-19  BOSTER: GCT 2019 will be very interesting battle. My guess that one from 11 ( not 12 angry) man can surprise Carlsen.
May-04-19  JustAnotherMaster: Anyone can guess I’ll bet you 100 bucks and give you the field even money booster boy
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  perfidious: Always remember what the late, great Amarillo Slim said:

<Guessers are losers>

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  HeMateMe: I was reading this book about a legendary gambler from the 1940s to the 60s, Amarillo Slim's name was mentioned. this guy, (Doyle ?) ran a scam every which way possible. Poker, checkers, propositions, every possible game. He would be walking down a street with a well heeled mark (sometimes a mob guy) and they'd approach a fruit stall. The gambler would say to his companion "I'll bet you I can take a piece of fruit off of this guy's cart and throw it on top of that roof (a 40 story building)."

His companion, the sucker would look at how high the building was, figure a piece of fruit just didn't have the mass to gain that height and make the $1,000 bet. The gambler would approach the fruit stall, give the peddler five cents for an orange, step back and amazingly heave the thing over the roof of said building, and win the bet.

what the other guy didn't know was that earlier in the morning the gambler had approached the fruit peddler and said "I need to leave this orange here. It's special. I'll come by later and buy it, like I've never seen you before. Here's $10, just leave it on the corner, don't let anyone else touch it."

The orange had been hollowed out and filled with a large lead weight, the peeling glued back on.

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  perfidious: <HMM>, Slim, Doyle Brunson and Brian 'Sailor' Roberts were partners for a time and played in the same no-limit holdem games in Texas and elsewhere in the South in the post-WWII epoch. Four WSOP wins amongst them and Brunson is still alive and kicking at well past eighty.

Probably the ultimate road gambler of them all was Titanic Thompson, who was not a great holdem player but was known to run the type of scam you mentioned. Fellow called Kevin Cook wrote a bio of Thompson, who was a scratch golfer right and left-handed and used that talent to win fortunes.

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  HeMateMe: yeah, it was Titanic Thompson, that was the book I read. He hustled in California and other places, beat some pretty good players, if I remember the book.

One of the scams he ran was where he bet someone $1,000 he could drive a golf ball 300 yards, on a cold winter day in Chicago. A guy took this bet. So, Thompson says were going to a public park on lake Michigan. there's no way to measure 300 yards, but they'll eyeball it. It's a very windy day, blowing outward towards frozen over lake Michigan.

TT, with club in hand turns away from the park and towards the lake, and hits the ball towards lake Michigan. The ferocious wind grabs the ball and takes it along the smooth ice for hundreds of yards.

"[the mark] didn't even wait for the ball to stop rolling. He just paid up and walked away."

May-05-19  KnightVBishop: Magnus= BEST
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  perfidious: <HMM>, I will be in Chicago next month--wonder whether I pull that off! (laughs)
May-05-19  BOSTER: <JustAnotherMaster>.I can't take your money, but send it to Carlsen's girl if he loose one game.
May-05-19  parmetd: Perfidious... Welcome to our city. What brings you here?
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  perfidious: <parmetd>, making a brief stop on the way to the WSOP.
May-06-19  parmetd: Ah. Well if you want to meet up or visit a chessclub, I would be happy to.
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  perfidious: Not sure I will have time, but I will remember that; thanks!
May-07-19  JustAnotherMaster: Ok booster I will be glad to write her !
May-10-19  doozyrook: Lol @Sokrates. Give appreciation where its due. I care less if Carlsen wants to get praise or not. Also don't digress. My posthas nothing to do with someone being a great treasured poster. Lol u gave me a really good laugh!

Thanks Diademas the next Einstein. Your insight is very much valued as well!

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