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🏆 Grand Prix Hamburg (2019)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler, Pentala Harikrishna, Yu Yangyi, Dmitry Jakovenko, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Wei Yi, David Navara, Nikita Vitiugov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Daniil Dubov Chess Event Description
Grand Prix Hamburg (2019)

The FIDE Hamburg Grand Prix took place in the Kehrwieder Theater in Hamburg, Germany from November 5-17 2019. The 16-player knockout was the 3rd of four legs of the 21-player Grand Prix series that determined two places in the World Championship Candidates (2020) tournament. Players competed in 3 of the 4 tournaments, which each had a 130,000 euro prize fund, with 24,000 euros for 1st place. There were also from 1 (quarterfinal loser) to 8 (winner) Grand Prix points available, plus an additional point for each match win without tiebreaks. The overall series prize fund was 280,000, with 50,000 for 1st place.

Each round consisted of two games of classical chess, with a time control of 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 min to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. If the match was tied two 25+10 rapid games were played. If still tied, there were two 10+10 games, then two 5+3. Finally a single Armageddon game was played, where White had 5 minutes to Black’s 4 (with a 2-second increment from move 61) but Black won the match with a draw.

Alexander Grischuk beat Duda in the final and collected 10 Grand Prix points.

Round 1 November 5-7 Quarterfinals November 8-10 Semifinals November 11-13 Final November 15-17

Vachier-Lagrave 1½ -- -- -- - 1½ Wei Yi 0½ -- -- -- - ½ Vachier-Lagrave 1½ -- -- -- - 1½ Topalov 0½ -- -- -- - ½ Nakamura 0½ -- -- -- - ½ Topalov 1½ -- -- -- - 1½ Vachier-Lagrave ½0 -- -- -- - ½ Grischuk ½1 -- -- -- - 1½ Navara ½½ 11 -- -- - 3 Vitiugov ½½ 00 -- -- - 1 Navara ½0 -- -- -- - ½ Grischuk ½1 -- -- -- - 1½ Wojtaszek ½½ ½0 -- -- - 1½ Grischuk ½½ ½1 -- -- - 2½ Grischuk ½½ 01 1½ -- - 3½ Duda ½½ 10 0½ -- - 2½ Radjabov ½½ ½½ ½½ 0½ - 3½ Dubov ½½ ½½ ½½ 1½ - 4½ Dubov ½½ ½½ 1½ -- - 3½ Svidler ½½ ½½ 0½ -- - 2½ Svidler 1½ -- -- -- - 1½ Harikrishna 0½ -- -- -- - ½ Dubov ½½ 10 ½0 -- - 2½ Duda ½½ 01 ½1 -- - 3½ Jakovenko ½½ 0½ -- -- - 1½ Yu Yangyi ½½ 1½ -- -- - 2½ Yu Yangyi ½0 -- -- -- - ½ Duda ½1 -- -- -- - 1½ Duda 1½ -- -- -- - 1½ Nepomniachtchi 0½ -- -- -- - ½

Grand Prix points:

Pts Bonus Tot Grischuk 8 2 10 Duda 5 2 7 Vachier-Lagrave 3 2 5 Dubov 3 0 3 Svidler 1 1 2 Topalov 1 1 2 Yu Yangyi 1 0 1 Navara 1 0 1

Official site:

Previous GP event: Grand Prix Riga (2019). Next: Grand Prix Jerusalem (2019)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 54  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vachier-Lagrave vs Wei Yi 1-0472019Grand Prix HamburgB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
2. Nakamura vs Topalov 0-1662019Grand Prix HamburgC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. Navara vs Vitiugov  ½-½252019Grand Prix HamburgC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
4. Wojtaszek vs Grischuk  ½-½462019Grand Prix HamburgE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
5. Radjabov vs Dubov  ½-½122019Grand Prix HamburgC50 Giuoco Piano
6. Svidler vs Harikrishna 1-0472019Grand Prix HamburgC50 Giuoco Piano
7. Jakovenko vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½172019Grand Prix HamburgC42 Petrov Defense
8. Duda vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0442019Grand Prix HamburgA22 English
9. Vitiugov vs Navara  ½-½592019Grand Prix HamburgE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
10. Nepomniachtchi vs Duda  ½-½1322019Grand Prix HamburgB27 Sicilian
11. Yu Yangyi vs Jakovenko  ½-½732019Grand Prix HamburgA30 English, Symmetrical
12. Harikrishna vs Svidler ½-½332019Grand Prix HamburgC53 Giuoco Piano
13. Dubov vs Radjabov  ½-½182019Grand Prix HamburgC55 Two Knights Defense
14. Grischuk vs Wojtaszek ½-½152019Grand Prix HamburgC50 Giuoco Piano
15. Topalov vs Nakamura  ½-½252019Grand Prix HamburgD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
16. Wei Yi vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½272019Grand Prix HamburgB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Radjabov vs Dubov 0-1372019Grand Prix HamburgB06 Robatsch
18. Dubov vs Radjabov ½-½582019Grand Prix HamburgE17 Queen's Indian
19. Dubov vs Radjabov  ½-½242019Grand Prix HamburgE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
20. Radjabov vs Dubov  ½-½622019Grand Prix HamburgC50 Giuoco Piano
21. Jakovenko vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½652019Grand Prix HamburgA10 English
22. Radjabov vs Dubov  ½-½742019Grand Prix HamburgB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
23. Navara vs Vitiugov 1-0312019Grand Prix HamburgA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
24. Grischuk vs Wojtaszek 1-0512019Grand Prix HamburgA07 King's Indian Attack
25. Vitiugov vs Navara 0-1372019Grand Prix HamburgA14 English
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Nov-20-19  not not: polish football team did not play any friendlies for almost two years in a run up to World Cup in 2018.

we boost our rating by playing only qualifiers which was legit exploit. we ended up seeded in first pot when draw was made for group stage

Spain and England went into second pot (they play friendlies when string of players are selected and results are random)

after world cup was over both countries put their weight which is financial muscle and connections to stop Poland boosting rating ever again: now friendlies are compulsory

so exploit of not playing to boost rating in not legit anymore in football, alas

Nov-20-19  not not: chess authorities, like football authorities, will gobble any amount of cash on offer. whos got few millions spare to change rules and stop Giri from qualifying??
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  Sally Simpson: ***

The rules were open to everyone, any player could have done a Giri. We have to accept he will be there.

Hopefully they will scrap this candidate spot based on rating in the future.

Poland: ' friendliess are compulsory.,

Poland should arrange friendlies v San Merino, Gibraltar, The Cayman Islands...


Nov-20-19  not not: Poland would happily play San Marino once a month for next two years!

Unfortunately, opponents are also compulsory (and chosen by football gov body).

Giri can feed of small fish to get into Candidates. What then? He might become a small fish himself.

Nov-21-19  not not: That's exactly what happened to Poland at 2016 WC. We tricked our way to 1st pot, but then lost to Senegal and Columbia and tournament was over.

That might be Giri fate too.

Nov-21-19  WorstPlayerEver: I suppose Giri is prepping. He's a very talented guy. Don't think he's looking for draws this time.
Nov-21-19  Pedro Fernandez: Thanks to <beatgiant> and <AylerKupp> for clarification. IMO there should be a minimum number of games so that the average can be considered in any player. This avoid "cheating" as my great friend <WPE> is claiming. Greetings to all of you guys!
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Not Not,

Plan B.

Play these compulsory friendlies, if getting beat with 30 minutes to go fuse the stadium light, the match will be abandoned.

It is the 2nd time Giri got into the candidates via rating (he did OK if I recall...he was unbeaten!).

This time he will probably win it, dethrone Carlsen and be champ for the next 20 years.


Nov-21-19  Absentee: <Pedro Fernandez: IMO there should be a minimum number of games so that the average can be considered in any player.>

There is.

Nov-21-19  WorstPlayerEver: The limit is 15 games. To go for the Candidates.
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  beatgiant: <Pedro Fernandez> <IMO there should be a minimum number of games so that the average can be considered in any player. This avoid "cheating" as my great friend <WPE> is claiming.>

There is. The player must play 30 games over the period, of which at least 18 are in the final 6 months.

Nov-21-19  WorstPlayerEver: Topalov only played 15 games before this tournament in 2019.
Nov-21-19  WorstPlayerEver: <beatgigant>

30 games for ranking, but not for access.

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  beatgiant: <WorstPlayerEver> To qualify for the Candidates by 12 months' average rating (i.e. Giri's qualification path), there is a minimum of 30 games over the 12 months.

To qualify by 12 months' average ratings for the qualifiers (World Cup, Grand Swiss, Grand Prix), I do not see any minimum in the rules.

I'm not sure what you mean by <access>. If a player qualifies for the Candidates by another path besides average ratings, there is no minimum per se. For example, Caruana does not need to play a single game to qualify; whoever wins the World Cup needs to play only those games required to win the World Cup, etc.

Nov-22-19  WorstPlayerEver: <beatgigant>

Access to the Candidates is a mess.
That said, I admit it's impossible to organize events in such a way that there is a standard competition when it comes to the WCC match.

Then again, last matches have proven IMHO that it is maybe time to say goodbye to the two-year cycle.

Make it 1 year. I think it's better for chess when there would be more rotation.

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  mjmorri: It might sound quaint, but I would prefer returning to a three year cycle. I am not talking about the old Zonal, Inter-zonal, Candidates progression, but three years would give more time for organizing proper qualification events around set dates that everyone could plan around. I would also increase the number of games in the WC match.
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  Everett: Wait, so Duda is in the candidates now?
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  MissScarlett: Where did you get that impression?
Dec-01-19  Absentee: No, Duda is out. He finished second here, but has only 8 points in the global Grand Prix standings and has already played his three legs. The qualifiers are Grischuk and either Lagrave, Mamedyarov or Nepomniachtchi. Based on current the score, it's likely going to be Lagrave.
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  beatgiant: <Absentee>
Hasn't this all been discussed above? Grischuk is not guaranteed to qualify.

If Mamedyarov wins the Jerusalem leg and Vachier-Lagrave is the other finalist there, Vachier-Lagrave will finish with 21 Grand Prix points and Mamedyarov with 20, leaving him tied with Grischuk. Mamedyarov would then have better tiebreaks then Grischuk (winner of 2 events versus winner of 1 event). If that happened, Grischuk would still be eligible to be a wildcard.

Dec-01-19  fabelhaft: The players get 8 points for winning an event, but one extra point for winning a mininatch without tiebreak.
Dec-01-19  fabelhaft: Grischuk could be definitively confirmed if the draw in Jerusalem is ”right” from his point of view, i.e. the threats are on the same half. If not, there is a small chance Grischuk misses out if there are few tiebreaks and the ”wrong” results for Grischuk, but it doesn’t seem too likely to happen.
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  beatgiant: <fabelhaft>
The threats to Grischuk are also the top two seeds (Vachier-Lagrave and Mamedyarov) and will definitely not be in the same half. So yes, it is mathematically possible for both to pass Grischuk.

But you are right, they would both need to win some number of minimatches without a tiebreak, which I agree <doesn't seem too likely>.

This means Vachier-Lagrave has strong motivation to win games in the final leg.

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  MissScarlett: <Dec-01-19 Everett: Wait, so Duda is in the candidates now?

Dec-01-19 Premium Chessgames Member MissScarlett: Where did you get that impression?>

I think I've got it. The front page, under <New [read Old] Events>, has:

<Grand Prix Hamburg
Hamburg GER
Nov 5-17 2019
Alexander Grischuk won this 16-player knockout, the third of four legs in the Grand Prix series, earning a slot in the 2020 Candidates Tournament along with Jan-Krzysztof Duda, who finished in second place.>

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  devere: Grischuk is now definitely in the Candidates tournament after first round games in Jerusalem.

This website is so far ignoring the Jerusalem Grand Prix which is currently under way.

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