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🏆 FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2019)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Jakovenko, Wei Yi, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Nikita Vitiugov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Daniil Dubov Chess Event Description
FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2019)

The Moscow FIDE Grand Prix 2019 took place in the Botvinnik Central Chess Club from May 17-29. The 16-player knockout was the first of four legs of the 22-player Grand Prix series that will determine two places in the 2020 Candidates Tournament.

Players compete in 3 of 4 tournaments, which each have a 130,000 euro prize fund, with 24,000 for 1st place. There are from 1 (quarterfinal loser) to 8 (winner) Grand Prix points available, plus an additional bonus point for each match win without tiebreaks. The overall series prize fund is 280,000, with 50,000 for 1st place. Each round consists of two games of classical chess, with a time control of 100 minutes/40 moves + 50 min/20 moves, then 15 min to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. If the match is tied two 25+10 rapid games are played. If still tied, there are two 10+10 games, then two 5+3. Finally a single Armageddon game is played, where White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4 (with a 2-second increment from move 61) but Black wins the match with a draw. Leading partners of the series are PhosAgro and Kaspersky Lab.

Ian Nepomniachtchi beat Alexander Grischuk in the final and collected 9 Grand Prix points.

Round 1 May 17-19 Quarterfinals May 20-22 Semifinals May 23-25 Final May 27-29

Giri ˝0 -- -- -- - ˝ Dubov ˝1 -- -- -- - 1˝ Dubov ˝˝ 0˝ -- -- - 1˝ Nakamura ˝˝ 1˝ -- -- - 2˝ Radjabov ˝˝ 0˝ -- -- - 1˝ Nakamura ˝˝ 1˝ -- -- - 2˝ Nakamura ˝0 -- -- -- - ˝ Grischuk ˝1 -- -- -- - 1˝ Duda 10 0˝ -- -- - 1˝ So 01 1˝ -- -- - 2˝ So ˝˝ ˝0 -- -- - 1˝ Grischuk ˝˝ ˝1 -- -- - 2˝ Karjakin ˝0 -- -- -- - ˝ Grischuk ˝1 -- -- -- - 1˝ Grischuk ˝˝ ˝0 -- -- - 1˝ Nepomniachtchi ˝˝ ˝1 -- -- - 2˝ Nepomniachtchi 1˝ -- -- -- - 1˝ Aronian 0˝ -- -- -- - ˝ Nepomniachtchi ˝˝ ˝1 -- -- - 2˝ Wei Yi ˝˝ ˝0 -- -- - 1˝ Wei Yi ˝1 -- -- -- - 1˝ Jakovenko ˝0 -- -- -- - ˝ Nepomniachtchi ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝1 -- - 3˝ Wojtaszek ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝0 -- - 2˝ Vitiugov ˝0 -- -- -- - ˝ Svidler ˝1 -- -- -- - 1˝ Svidler ˝0 -- -- -- - ˝ Wojtaszek ˝1 -- -- -- - 1˝ Wojtaszek 1˝ -- -- -- - 1˝ Mamedyarov 0˝ -- -- -- - ˝

Grand Prix points:

Pts Bonus Tot Nepomniachtchi 8 1 9 Grischuk 5 2 7 Wojtaszek 3 2 5 Nakamura 3 0 3 Svidler 1 1 2 Wei Yi 1 1 2 Dubov 1 1 2 So 1 0 1

Official site:

Next GP event: Grand Prix Riga (2019)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 46  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Giri vs D Dubov ½-½362019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowA17 English
2. R Wojtaszek vs Mamedyarov 1-0672019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
3. Vitiugov vs Svidler  ½-½182019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowA36 English
4. Wei Yi vs Jakovenko ½-½232019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowA13 English
5. I Nepomniachtchi vs Aronian 1-0722019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Karjakin vs Grischuk  ½-½142019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. J K Duda vs W So 1-0252019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowC53 Giuoco Piano
8. Radjabov vs Nakamura ½-½122019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowA14 English
9. Mamedyarov vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½462019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowA28 English
10. Svidler vs Vitiugov 1-0462019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. Jakovenko vs Wei Yi 0-1332019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowC77 Ruy Lopez
12. Grischuk vs Karjakin 1-0522019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
13. W So vs J K Duda 1-0552019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
14. Nakamura vs Radjabov ½-½142019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. D Dubov vs A Giri 1-0362019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Aronian vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½362019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowA20 English
17. J K Duda vs W So  ½-½722019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowC53 Giuoco Piano
18. Radjabov vs Nakamura  ½-½302019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. W So vs J K Duda  1-0442019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowC53 Giuoco Piano
20. Nakamura vs Radjabov 1-0412019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Svidler vs R Wojtaszek ½-½202019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
22. Wei Yi vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½312019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
23. Grischuk vs W So  ½-½282019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Nakamura vs D Dubov ½-½282019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. D Dubov vs Nakamura  ½-½322019FIDE Grand Prix MoscowE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
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May-28-19  jphamlore: Caruana's game is almost ideal for a Candidates double round-robin format. He won't lose to anyone except the very best, he can take advantage of the weaker players, and he doesn't have to play any rapid games. Even if he doesn't win a match versus Carlsen, he's going to keep winning Candidates for quite a while.

I am just hoping someone like Nepomniachtchi raises his game to make Candidates interesting.

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  Pedro Fernandez: <Nepomniachtchi-Grischuk, game 2> At the position

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Nepo did play 10.Re2(?)

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Who invented this creepy move? Here I like 10...b6!? with the idea of 11...Bb7. The best white can do is correct its mistake by playing 11.Re1, IMO.

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May-28-19  LameJokes:

Hi <Pedro Fernandez> Greetings! <Nepo did play 10.Re2(?) Who invented this creepy move?>

This move was played by Carlsen in the third game, WCC 2016 match against Karjakin.

Yes, the move is creepy. If you ask me 3...Nf6 and 5.Re1 are creepier.

Nepo played it, since he likes the Zero.

The engine was showing the eval 0.0000

May-28-19  starry2013: "Who invented this creepy move?"

A computer engine I'd guess.

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  beenthere240: From Fischer's bio: In Reykjavik, he won the Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972) by 12˝-8˝ to become the 11th World Chess Champion. In 1975, Fischer forfeited his title after FIDE refused to meet his conditions for a World Championship match with Anatoly Karpov. He then virtually disappeared from the public eye for nearly 20 years.

What were his demands? That he would have draw odds. He gave up chess because he was afraid he would lose to a Russian. When Carlsen loses the WC championship, you can be on one thing, he'll get off his back and try to win his title back. Just like Anand, who is a tiger. Fischer was a pussy.

May-28-19  The17thPawn: So will there be a Grischuk v. Nepom update before the tournament is over?
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  whiteshark: I'd rather wait for Godot then.
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  Count Wedgemore: <whiteshark> That may take a while.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi beenthere240,

The day after Carlsen retained the title v Caruana in a tie break an interview appeared in the Guardian basically saying he would have seriously considered giving up chess had he lost the title.

Before seeing the interview I was thinking if he lost the title then the next candidates would be pretty pointless. Carlsen would stroll it.

If Carlsen is lost to chess then there is no one so dominating to take his place. The title would change hands every two years as the rest take a turn at being the World Champion. Comes 2030 we would have 5-6 ex-world champions knocking about. We could have an ex-World Champions Round Robin. The Battle of the Ex's.


May-29-19  jphamlore: Following its TCEC 15 SuperFinal win over Stockfish, Leela Chess Zero now has a decent claim to being the best computer chess program available to the public.

I am curious if any of the top super GMs have spent the money to purchase their own workstation and GPUs to run their own version of LCZero. Chess does not pay all that well, but Carlsen and Caruana can afford it. Whether anyone in the current field of the Grand Prix can do so is not clear to me, another lasting advantage the Carlsen and Caruanas can retain over their competitors.

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  Sokrates: Hi <Sally S>,

Great reasonings, thanks. I think the world of chess would be quite dull, if MC decided to quit the game. Fortunately, it's less likely that he'd lose the title for quite a while.

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  Sokrates: <jphamlore:> <... another lasting advantage the Carlsen and Caruanas can retain over their competitors.>

Their pure talent, their fighting skills, their character, their deep thinking gives them their edge over the others - not some computer programme. IMHO.

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  Messiah: Nepo won.
May-29-19  amateur05: The best blitz player secured a place in the candidates tournament for classical chess championship. They should sack the FIDE guy who came up with this brilliant idea.
May-29-19  goodevans: I hate to see this decided by blunders that a player of Sacha's ability would rarely make under classical controls (even if his time management can sometimes be suspect).

This tournament started brightly enough with several cracking games despite some opting for quick draws. Sadly that didn't continue as the rapid games increasingly became the more important.

This format gives us just 30 classical games per event. That's less than a third of what the previous format gave us.

I guess they're committed to this format for this year's cycle but let's hope they ditch it after that.

May-29-19  fabelhaft: <let's hope they ditch it after that>


May-29-19  csmath: Chess is very often decided by blunders regardless of the format. As somebody pointed out earlier Grischuk plays blitz all the time, in classical control or not.
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  beenthere240: Hi <Sally>
MC might have said that he would have given up chess if he had lost to Caruana, but I don’t believe it. He has demonstrated resilience through this career. Compare this to Fischer, who saw plots and conspiracies everywhere and threaten to quit several times before he actually did. I think Carlsen will retire when his play begins to embarrass him. Like Kramnik, Karpov, or Kasparov. That could be a long time in the future.
May-29-19  fabelhaft: Nepo won the first classical game he played, and then drew the remaining seven.
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  MissScarlett: <The best blitz player secured a place in the candidates tournament for classical chess championship. They should sack the FIDE guy who came up with this brilliant idea.>

<The FIDE Grand Prix 2019 is a series of four chess tournaments that forms part of the qualification cycle for the World Chess Championship 2020. The top two finishers will qualify to the 2020 Candidates Tournament.>

Given that the last championship match was won by the best blitz player who remained undefeated in the classical games, one might consider the Grand Prix format to be most apposite.

May-29-19  csmath: The last blunder Grischuk made is a kind of strange. Just few moves earlier he seemed to avoid it and then again he made it. He was losing it anyway but there was still a fight in it even though white had a clear plan, probably not by chance.

I went through it and there was a nice little trap that in blitz a weaker player could fall for but I think Nepo would have brought it home nevertheless. As much as we could praise Grischuk for Nakamura win, this time he was not playing well at all.

May-29-19  Alexandro: Great Nepo, congratulations!
May-29-19  jphamlore: Top level chess is a progression. Nepomniachtchi is 28 and is just now making a push to possibly make Candidates, with much to do just to achieve that. For all but Carlsen it seems essential to take some lumps in a previous cycle's Grand Prix, like Nepomniachtchi did at Moscow in 2017.

With Carlsen and Caruana looking like they could easily reign at the top for another decade, I think the days of a 20-year old or even a 22-year old making much of an impact at the very top of chess are over. This will be the big problem for all of the Indian players -- how to be a prodigy in one's teens, earn a college degree like Anand did, and play at a high enough level to get invites to make enough money for another decade?

The more things change, the more things seem to stay the same. In the 1800s there were a few special players like Blackburne who found a professional chess niche playing blindfold simuls. Today maybe a few might find some sort of online niche playing blitz, although some of the more popular channels are not necessarily the strongest players.

May-31-19  LameJokes:

Congratulations Nepomniachtchi!

Although he is not always ranked in top 10, he tends to win a lot of Super-GM events or do well. He is exciting player to watch. His middle games are as complex as his name.

He is among the best finishers when gets the initiative. May be winning first leg doesn’t mean much, I sure hope he qualifies for the candidates.

Since he is among the few who can give Carlsen a run for his money.

Jun-01-19  zborris8: <Lame Jokes>

Think! ... NepomCtrl-v is Carlsen's second. There is NO WAY he can give Carlsen a run for his money.

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