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Isle of Man Grand Swiss Tournament

Hao Wang8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Fabiano Caruana8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Kirill Alekseenko7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Levon Aronian7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
David Anton Guijarro7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Magnus Carlsen7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Alexander Grischuk7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
David Paravyan7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
David Howell7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Le Quang Liem7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Parham Maghsoodloo6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Nijat Abasov6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Vladislav Kovalev6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Aleksandr Rakhmanov6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Yuriy Kryvoruchko6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Constantin Lupulescu6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Hrant Melkumyan6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Maxim Matlakov6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Yangyi Yu6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Yuriy Kuzubov6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Viswanathan Anand6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Wesley So6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Peter Svidler6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Truong Son Nguyen6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Samuel Sevian6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Jeffery Xiong6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
* (154 players total; 122 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Isle of Man Grand Swiss (2019)

The FIDE Grand Swiss was an 11-round Swiss tournament taking place from 10-21 October 2019 in the COMIS Hotel and Golf Resort near Douglas, Isle of Man. Rest day: 16 October. The winner (or highest placed finisher if Magnus Carlsen and/or Fabiano Caruana came out in front) would qualify for the 2020 Candidates tournament. Tiebreaks (TB 1: rating average of opponents), and not a playoff, would decide placings in the event of a tie for first place. The 100 highest rated players from July 2018 to June 2019 were invited as well as 17 players who qualified through various competitions and wildcards. Players received 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment per move starting from move 1. The total prize fund for the Grand Swiss was $432,500, with $70,000 for first place. Tournament director: Alan Ormsby. Chief arbiter: Alex Holowczak.

Wang Hao won on tiebreak ahead of Caruana, both with 8/11. Wang Hao qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2020/21) tournament. Caruana was already qualified as the loser of the Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018). World champion Carlsen ended on 7.5/11, but took his undefeated run to 101 games.

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Previous: Isle of Man Masters (2018). Next Grand Swiss: FIDE Grand Swiss (2021)

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 839  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Kuzubov 1-0522019Isle of Man Grand SwissD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Z Zhang vs Caruana 0-1562019Isle of Man Grand SwissA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. So vs A Moiseenko ½-½312019Isle of Man Grand SwissA36 English
4. E Najer vs Anand 1-0302019Isle of Man Grand SwissE46 Nimzo-Indian
5. Y Yu vs S Mareco  1-0632019Isle of Man Grand SwissC88 Ruy Lopez
6. N Abasov vs Karjakin  ½-½902019Isle of Man Grand SwissE01 Catalan, Closed
7. Grischuk vs R Jumabayev  ½-½432019Isle of Man Grand SwissC11 French
8. A Tari vs Aronian  ½-½342019Isle of Man Grand SwissC67 Ruy Lopez
9. Harikrishna vs E Alekseev  ½-½542019Isle of Man Grand SwissE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
10. Bachmann vs Wojtaszek  ½-½792019Isle of Man Grand SwissA13 English
11. V Artemiev vs Iturrizaga Bonelli 1-0442019Isle of Man Grand SwissA20 English
12. M Parligras vs Nakamura  ½-½352019Isle of Man Grand SwissD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
13. Vitiugov vs A Volokitin  1-0552019Isle of Man Grand SwissB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. V Akobian vs Svidler  ½-½212019Isle of Man Grand SwissD85 Grunfeld
15. H Wang vs A Esipenko 1-0452019Isle of Man Grand SwissB12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. N Huschenbeth vs X Bu  0-1412019Isle of Man Grand SwissC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. V S Gujrathi vs S P Sethuraman  1-0612019Isle of Man Grand SwissD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. A Rakhmanov vs M Matlakov  ½-½532019Isle of Man Grand SwissD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
19. Le Quang Liem vs J van Foreest  ½-½592019Isle of Man Grand SwissA22 English
20. Vocaturo vs Xiong  0-1682019Isle of Man Grand SwissC50 Giuoco Piano
21. Shankland vs L'Ami  0-1622019Isle of Man Grand SwissC50 Giuoco Piano
22. A Vovk vs B Amin  ½-½342019Isle of Man Grand SwissC50 Giuoco Piano
23. Dubov vs V Durarbayli  ½-½562019Isle of Man Grand SwissA30 English, Symmetrical
24. Jobava vs D Howell 1-0542019Isle of Man Grand SwissA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
25. F Vallejo Pons vs B Deac  ½-½392019Isle of Man Grand SwissC42 Petrov Defense
 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 839  PGN Download
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  diceman: <HeMateMe:

We had our Brexit vote in 1776 and there was no ambiguity about it, no delays.>

It's a shame you forgot why.

Oct-29-19  Kurakotsaba: THIS IS NÒW THE RIGHT TIME TO LOBBY AND PURSUE VIGOROUSLY THE INCLUSION OF THE CHESS 960 aka Fischer Rambo Chess as qualification requirement for the CANDIDATES. ASAP. PRONTO.
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  Diademas: <THIS IS NÒW THE RIGHT TIME TO LOBBY AND PURSUE VIGOROUSLY THE> ban on writing in all caps!
Oct-29-19  Kurakotsaba: Chess 960, 👈☝️💪💪💪💪💪☝️👉
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  diceman: <Diademas:


ban on writing in all caps!>

no, no, never!!!!

Oct-29-19  Pedro Fernandez: 𝟗𝟔𝟎 is an aberration <Kurakotsaba>.
Oct-29-19  Pedro Fernandez: <Diademas> and <diceman>, in almost all of sites I visit in internet, write in capital letters is banned.
Oct-29-19  WorstPlayerEver: Oh dear, it's Fischer Fluffy Chess again.
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  AylerKupp: <<Pedro Fernandez> 960 is an aberration>

I think that's a little harsh, it's just one person's opinion and there are many that feel that way. I think that it is better to call Fischer Random chess a.k.a. Chess 960, a "variant", a more neutral word that indicates that it is different to what we consider "normal" chess. When the rules for queen movement were changed in the late 15th century (so that the game became what we could call "standard" chess) this was considered a variant from chess that used the older piece move rules. Who knows, maybe in the future Fischer Random/Chess960 will be the standard and what we are playing now will be considered a variant.

This Wikipedia article ( is fun to read and claims that there are thousands of chess variants, and lists almost 200 of them. I just glanced at them briefly but the one that got my attention was "Charge of the Light Brigade". Both players have a king and 8 pawns but White has 3 queens and Black has 9 knights. Talk about a material imbalance!

Personally I hope that this doesn't come to pass until after I do. If it does, what am I going to do with all my obsolete opening books?

Oct-29-19  WorstPlayerEver: <AylerKupp>

Don't be silly. FR is like wearing brown shoes.

Oct-29-19  WorstPlayerEver: When you think of chess, you think of:

If you think about FR:

Oct-29-19  Pedro Fernandez: <My friend AylerKupp>: "< is different to what we consider "normal" chess.>"

Yes, that's why I consider it is <an anomaly a fortiori>.

Oct-29-19  Pedro Fernandez: <<AylerKupp>:...what am I going to do with all my obsolete opening books?> About 135 in my case, including a respectable collection of Šahovski Informator (now Chess Informant) and the Spanish revista Jaque. But Andre stored (forever?) all those decadent books. Almost sure your wife did the same in your home. However, at hand I have the following books: Nimzowitsch, Alekhine, Capablanca, Bovinnik, Tal, two about Fischer (all games and 60 memorable) and Karpov. But Why? Well, I'm idle so sometimes I follow some of those games with SF help, it is interesting for me. BTW, are you watching the MLB WS 6th game? Now in your home is 5:40 but in my one is 9:40. Greetings.
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  AylerKupp: <WorstPlayerEver> I must say that when I think of chess I don't think about the young lady in the video, but I am amazed how you found this particular video. But I won't ask ...

And when I think of FR I prefer not to think about the old man in questionable mental health appearing in the video you referenced. I prefer to think of the Fischer that I met when I was young, a player of immense talent, full of vitality, and who could be excused some "eccentricities", some of them self-destructive, every now and then. Someone who gave us all such pleasures through his games if not through his antics and behavior. It's sad to think that anyone of us might be in the same situation he was in that video some day.

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  AylerKupp: <<Pedro Fernandez> Almost sure your wife did the same [storing my decadent opening books] in your home.>

No, she left that up to me, and they are in plain sight in my office (we have a big enough house that we can have separate offices). I even look at them on occasion.

In fact, just this morning I was thinking that I need to organize my books so that those of similar subjects could be grouped together. I have many categories besides chess; history, cooking, cars, technical, fiction, etc. collected over many years and I hate to throw or give away any of them, no matter how old and decadent they may be.

As far as watching the MLS WS, I am not a baseball fan. I know that's heresy for a Cuban but that's the way it is. And I don't smoke cigars either, another heresy for a Cuban.

As I've gotten older I've lost most of my interest in sports and follow sports less and less. I do follow chess, of course, and I watch cooking shows when I can criticize the judgment, techniques, and recipes of many supposedly good cooks.

Oct-30-19  WorstPlayerEver: <AylerKupp>

I couldn't find something better ;)

Yes, it's a sad story about Fischer, but some things are just not meant to be.

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  AylerKupp: <Top 13 Finishers> (part 1 of 2)

<Pedro Fernandez> The Nov-2019 FIDE Rating List has just been published so, as promised, I have updated the list of the Top 13 finishers in the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix. I have also added their World Ranking, before and after the tournament. So now the columns are:

1st column = the player's order of finish

2nd column = their name

3rd column = their score

4th column = their place

5th column = their pre-tournament rating

6th column = their post-tournament rating

7th column = their Gain or (Loss) of rating points

8th column = their pre-tournament World Rank

9th column = their post-tournament World Rank

10th column = their Gain or (Loss) in World Rank


1 Wang, Hao 8/11 1-2 2726 2752 26 27 18 9

2 Caruana, Fabiano 8/11 1-2 2812 2822 10 2 2 -

3 Alekseenko, Kirill 7½/11 3-7 2674 2715 41 64 31 33

4 Aronian, Levon 7½/11 3-7 2758 2767 9 14 8 6

5 Anton Guijarro, David 7½/11 3-7 2674 2686 12 65 45 20

6 Carlsen, Magnus 7½/11 3-7 2876 2870 (6) 1 1 -

7 Nakamura, Hikaru 7½/11 3-7 2745 2741 (4) 21 21 -

8 Vitiugov, Nikita 7/11 8-13 2732 2756 24 25 14 11

9 Grischuk, Alexander 7/11 8-13 2759 2764 5 14 11 3

10 Paravyan, David 7/11 8-13 2602 2628 26 234 154 80

11 Howell, David W L 7/11 8-13 2694 2701 7 41 38 3

12 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 7/11 8-13 2718 2717 (1) 31 30 1

13 Le, Quang Liem 7/11 8-13 2708 2713 5 34 33 1

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  AylerKupp: <Top 13 Finishers> (part 2 of 2)

I should note a few things of interest:

1. The Live Ratings for two of the players, Aronian and Vidit were wrong, I have corrected them. Another example of why you should not rely on Live Ratings when determining "official" results such as which player qualifies for the Candidates Tournament via Average Rating.

2. Most players gained rating points and none had a lower World Rank after the tournament that they had before the tournament. A reflection of how strong the tournament was, an average rating of 2605 (a FIDE category 15 tournament) even though the lowest rating was 2087 (FIDE's rating floor is 1000). I don't know the FIDE tournament categories for other tournaments but I think that this one was high).

3. I did not calculate the Top 13 finisher TPRs but Wang Hao, Alekseenko, Guijarro, Vitiugov, and Paravyan clearly played better than expected by their pre-tournament ratings, gaining 26, 64, 12, 24, and 26 rating points respectively and increasing their World Ranking by 9, 33, 20, 11, and 80 places respectively. Paravyan in particular rose 80 ranks! Of course, some of the lower finishing players might have performed even better than these players in terms of their pre-tournament ratings, but it's too much effort to enter all the data and calculate their TPRs.

Oct-31-19  Olavi: <AylerKupp> Alekseenko's rating gain of 41 points is unbelievable, his expected score must have been 3½/11. It seems to be so, the opponents' average well over 100 points above him.
Oct-31-19  Olavi: Well, no, impossible is impossible. That 41 points includes his gaims in the World Cup.
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  AylerKupp: <<Olavi> Well, no, impossible is impossible. That 41 points includes his gaims in the World Cup.>

Good catch, I missed that. It also includes the results from the other 27 players that played in both the 2019 FIDE World Cup and the 2019 FIDE Grand Swiss. Among the top 13 finishers in the FIDE Grand Swiss this also included Guijarro, Aronian, Grischuk, Le Quang Liem, Vidit, Vitiugov, and Wang Hao. And it also includes the results from any lower-finishing player that played in both the FIDE Grand Swiss and some other event that started in late Sep-2019 and finished before late Oct-2019.

FIDE's official rating period for a new rating list is from the publishing of the previous month's rating list (typically the first day of the current month but, like for Nov-2011, it might be slightly sooner) and 3 days before the end of the current month). But, as we know, FIDE might be a little "flexible" when determining the start and end of the rating period.

But, of course, nothing is really impossible, just very, very unlikely. And I should have caught that. Alekseenko's rating in the Oct-2011 rating list was "only" 2674. If he had not played in the 2019 World Cup (I don't know how many points he gained there) and that had been his effective rating at the start of the 2019 FIDE Grand Swiss, then he could have gained 41 points if (a) he had gone a Fischer-like 11-0 in the 2019 FIDE Grand Swiss and (b) the average rating of his opponents was "only" 2582. Given that the average rating of the players in the tournament was 2605 the second part was not impossible, just not very likely. And the first part was also theoretically not impossible, just very, very, ... , very unlikely.

But Alekseenko finished with a score of 7½/11, so a 9/11 score, while still very unlikely, is somewhat within the realm of possibility. If he had scored 9/11, then in order for him to gain 41 rating points the average rating of his opponents would have needed to be 2713. Again, not bloody likely but also not impossible.

And, of course, I'm just quibbling. :-) I just missed that his rating increase was due to his performance in two tournaments, not just one, and I gave the wrong impression.

Oct-31-19  Pedro Fernandez: Hi <AylerKupp>, actually you did too much effort, which it I really appreciate. Thanks a lot but your detailed couple of replies. Take care my friend!
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